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Stewart's Strategy Pays Off In Win

LOUDON, N.H. - LOUDON, N.H. - Tony Stewart isn't running many races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, so he's making the ones he does drive in count. The two-time Sprint Cup champion, who hasn't been having much luck and has no wins in the top stock car series this season, drove away Saturday with his fifth victory in seven Nationwide starts in 2008. Stewart got track position, restarting third after taking just two tires during his final pit stop on Lap 129 of the 200-lap event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He took the lead on Lap 136 from fellow Cup star Carl Edwards and led the rest of the way. Teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch finished second and third.
Former series champions Kevin Harvick and Edwards finished fourth and fifth, followed by David Ragan, Zephyrhills' David Reutimann and Mike Bliss. Kanaan Wins First Race Of Season RICHMOND, Va. - Polesitter Tony Kanaan took advantage of an out-of-sequence pit stop by front-running teammate Marco Andretti on Saturday night and ran away with the SunTrust Indy Challenge for his first victory of the season. On a night when half of the 26 cars in the largest IndyCar Series field at Richmond International Raceway went home damaged, Kanaan got the good fortune he said he deserved, avoiding the near-constant mayhem caused by a record nine caution flags and coasting to his 13th career IndyCar victory. Helio Castroneves, who started 18th, used a blistering early pit stop to get into contention and finished second, followed by Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon. Series rookie Oriol Servia was fifth, and Danica Patrick was sixth. CRAFTSMAN TRUCK: Ron Hornaday won the O'Reilly 200 on Saturday night to take the Craftsman Truck Series points lead, leading the final 129 laps and enduring a green-white-checker finish. Hornaday was leading on the 199th lap when a crash started between Ted Musgrave and Willie Allen brought out the ninth caution and eventually a red flag as the track was cleared of debris. On the green-white-checker finish, Hornaday hit his marks and beat Erik Darnell for Hornaday's second win at Memphis Motorsports Park. Land O' Lakes driver Sonny Crockett finished 27th. NHRA: Allen Johnson won the $50,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge on Saturday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, his first victory in the special bonus event for the eight quickest Pro Stock teams from the last year.
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