Tony Stewart Wins 4th Consecutive Daytona Race

Tony Stewart edged Clint Bowyer by .007 seconds, the third-closest finish in Nationwide Series history.

With a shove from Landon Cassill, Tony Stewart surged past Bowyer, his teammate for a day at Kevin Harvick Inc., to win Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300, Stewart’s fourth consecutive victory in the season-opening Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Bowyer, who lost Thursday’s second Daytona 500 qualifying race by .005 seconds to Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton, came home second, .007 seconds behind Stewart. Cassill ran third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had pushed Bowyer for six laps after a restart on Lap 115 of the 120-lap race.

Turner Motorsports teammates Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler were fifth and sixth, respectively. Danica Patrick finished 14th, one lap down, her best result in 14 Nationwide starts.

Stewart, who earned his 10th victory in 91 Nationwide starts, had to overcome a cut tire, which forced him to restart 11th — the last driver on the lead lap — when the field came to the green flag on Lap 115. Fortunately for Stewart, he hooked up with Cassill, who pushed him to the front.

“We restarted 11th, and it really wasn’t a huge drama,” Stewart said. “They reminded me that we went from 14th to third in two laps [earlier in the race], so we knew we had a good enough car to do it. It was just a matter of what the scenario was going to be.

“The Gibbs teammates [Kyle Busch and Joey Logano] were separated [for the restart]. Clint and Dale Jr. were separated there. So everybody had to find their partners again, and that gave us a chance to get with Landon Cassill and get a big run at the front.”

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