|Tony Stewart holds the die-cast of his winning No. 4
Oreo Ritz Chevy in Victory Lane.
Although he has yet to win the Daytona 500, Tony Stewart has plenty of other Daytona wins to put in his brag book.
Today, he added yet another.
For the fourth year in a row, Stewart won the Nationwide Series season opener in true Smoke fashion. Driving for KHI in the No. 4 Oreo Ritz Chevrolet, Stewart beat all comers in a barn-burning finish.
It’s the sixth time he has won the event in seven years – and this one was by no means a runaway.
Late in the race, Stewart was forced to make an unplanned pit stop when a tire went down.
As the laps ticked off, he maneuvered his race car closer to the front. With just nine laps to go he was sitting in eleventh spot.
But teaming up with Landon Cassill may have been Stewart’s best decision of the day. On the last leg of the last lap, Cassill gave Stewart just enough push to edge him past Clint Bowyer at the checkers.
“It was enough that when I got to the finish line I thought we had won it. If not I was going to look really stupid saying, ‘I won! I won!'” Stewart said.
In Victory Lane, Stewart chided the media, saying that when he wins at Daytona on Saturday, reporters always bring up that he hasn’t yet won the 500.
Maybe after tomorrow, they won’t be able to say that anymore.