FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Tony Stewart outdueled points leader Jimmie Johnson on a late restart and pulled away for his first career Sprint Cup win at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Stewart vaulted five spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his first win in 19 tries at California, but Johnson pushed his points cushion to 36 with six Chase races left.
Clint Bowyer went around Johnson on the final lap to finish second in his first race without suspended crew chief Shane Wilson.
Stewart started 22nd after a rough qualifying day, but was strong from the start of a lead-swapping 400-mile race, the final fall date at Fontana.
Engine troubles put a dent in the championship chances of Kurt and Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

No NASCAR odds found

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Ford EcoBoost 400 Picks Which driver will take home the Ford EcoBoost 400 title today and also the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship?
Thumbnail Ford EcoBoost 300 Picks The NASCAR Xfinity Series concludes its season later today with the running of the Ford EcoBoost 300. Which driver...
Thumbnail Ford EcoBoost 200 Picks The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series caps off its season and kicks off the tracing weekend with the Ford EcoBoost 200 tonight. Here are some drivers we like to contend for...
Thumbnail Ford EcoBoost 300 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series concludes its season on Saturday afternoon with the running of the Ford EcoBoost 300. Here...
Thumbnail Ford EcoBoost 400 Odds The final race for the Sprint Cup Championship takes place on Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400. Here is a look at the odds to win this...
Advertisement