Stewart claims first win of the season

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Updated: June 2, 2013

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Tony Stewart snapped a 30-race winless streak
after passing Juan Pablo Montoya for the lead with less than three laps
remaining in Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway.

During a late-race caution for an accident involving Denny Hamlin, Montoya
beat Jimmie Johnson out of the pits to take the lead. During a restart with
19 laps to go, Johnson pulled ahead of Montoya, but NASCAR ruled that Johnson
jumped the restart and therefore penalized him with a pass through on pit
road.

Stewart, who was never a factor until late in the race, chased down Montoya
during the final 10 laps before making his winning pass. The three-time Sprint
Cup Series champion beat Montoya to the finish line by 0.8 seconds. He led
only the final three laps.

It was Stewart’s 48th career win in NASCAR’s premier series but his first
since July 2012 at Daytona. He also picked up his third victory at Dover.
Stewart scored a season-sweep at this one-mile, concrete-surfaced racetrack in
2000.

Prior to his win at Dover, Stewart’s best finish this season was seventh,
which came one week ago in the 600-mile race at Charlotte.

Jeff Gordon finished third, while Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, the
defending series champion, rounded out the top-five. Busch led the most laps
with 150.

Johnson, who was attempting to win his record eighth race at Dover, finished
one lap behind in 17th. He had led 143 laps.

Hamlin, the pole sitter, ended up finishing 20 laps down in 34th. He blew his
right-front tire and slapped the outside wall for the seventh and final
caution.