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NEXT GOAL FOR STEWART, A POCONO SEASON SWEEP AS A DRIVER/OWNER

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Source — NASCAR
Date Posted — July 29, 2009
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NEXT GOAL FOR STEWART, A POCONO SEASON SWEEP AS A DRIVER/OWNER

Owners have swept Pocono Raceway’s Victory Lane in single seasons, and so have drivers. But no owner/driver has produced a single season sweep at Pocono Raceway.

Tony Stewart, winner of June’s Pocono 500, is halfway to that unlikely goal.

Drivers who have swept both Pocono victories in a single season include Bobby Allison (1982, DiGard), Bill Elliott (1985, Melling). Tim Richmond (1986, Hendrick), Bobby Labonte (1999, Gibbs), Jimmie Johnson (2004, Hendrick) and Denny Hamlin (2006, Gibbs).

Other owners have swept Pocono with different drivers. They include Jack Roush (2005, Carl Edwards & Kurt Busch) and Roger Penske (2000, Jeremy Mayfield & Rusty Wallace).

One owner/driver, Darrell Waltrip, posted wins in consecutive seasons at Pocono over the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Over those same two seasons, owner/driver Alan Kulwicki recorded the same feat at Bristol Motor Speedway’s half-mile.

Stewart can go those two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion drivers one better this week if he can repeat at Pocono as an owner/driver.

If Ryan Newman wins Sunday, Stewart joins Roush and Penske in an owner’s sweep.

Stewart’s June win at Pocono was his first points-race win as an owner/driver and the first for an owner/driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Ricky Rudd in 1998.

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on July 29, 2009. http://www.racingwest.com

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