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NASCAR Results: Tony Stewart Wins Abbreviated Fontana Race

Tony Stewart won the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, with Kyle Busch finishing second, Dale Earnhardt Jr. third.

March 25, 2012; Fontana, CA, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) during the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
March 25, 2012; Fontana, CA, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) during the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Stewart did the right things on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway to win the rain-shortened Auto Club 400.

When it looked like Stewart was pit stopping on Lap 124, he faked everyone out and stayed on the track to stay with the pace car at a speed limit of 65 mph. Running those slow caution laps ended up being the difference to grabbing win number two. Stewart moved up to 14th in career victories by tying Buck Baker.

Kyle Busch also benefitted, finishing second, with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards finishing third, fourth and fifth in that order.

The event seemed to be a pretty clean one after 124 circles around the track, but rain brought out a yellow flag. Stewart had retained the lead through a third cycle of green-flag pit stops, with Denny Hamlin chasing him, but Hamlin opted for a late pit stop, costing him final position overall in the race.

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