Tony Stewart goes from last to first in Eldora SRX win

Tony Stewart made it back-to-back victories in the Camping World SRX Series by winning in dramatic fashion at his own Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.

Tony Stewart goes from last to first in Eldora SRX win

The NASCAR Hall of Famer started last in the 12-driver field to lead twice for six laps – all in the last seven laps – and held off local star Kody Swanson to win the 50-lap feature.

It was the SRX Series’ second straight race on dirt and Stewart completed a sweep of both. He also won last week at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

“Kody found the bottom. I couldn’t roll the bottom as good as he could. I was real dependent on being up on the top,” Stewart said. “I just think that’s what Eldora does – the complexion of the track changes during the race.

“I thought the top was good in the beginning in the main and then Kody got just crushing everybody on the bottom and got rolling through there. But the good thing was when he went by, everybody else followed him down there like they were in a parade and left the top open.

“And the longer we went, I finally got the momentum going on the top to get back by him.”

SRX track action at Eldora

SRX track action at Eldora

Photo by: True Speed PR

Swanson, the five-time USAC Silver Crown champion, ended up second and 2021 Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves was third and moved into second in the series standings.

Several drivers were left fuming at 2003 IndyCar champion Paul Tracy, who got into several incidents while trying to protect his position on the track, including one late in the race involving Bobby Labonte.

“I know I’m going to have some Bobby Labonte fans after me because he’s super pissed at me, and rightly so,” Tracy said. “He got by me on the restart. I was running on top and I decided I was going to cut to the bottom like Tony did and I just got it all wrong.

“He turned in a little earlier than I thought he would and I tagged him and that was it. So that was my bad and I went over to apologize to him he was having none of it.”

Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), founded by Stewart, Ray Evernham, Sandy Montag and George Pyne, features six short track races on a mix of pavement and dirt with drivers running identical cars.

SRX heads next to Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on July 3; next is July 10 at Slinger (Wisc.) Speedway; and its season finale is July 17 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Fairgrounds Speedway.

Every Camping World SRX Series race is broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on the CBS Television Network with streaming live on Paramount+ Premium.

Feature Results (50 laps):

Note: Starting lineup was based on average finishing positions in Heat Race Nos. 1-2.

1. Tony Stewart (Started 1st, but went to back after pace laps; led laps 44-45, 47-50)

2. Kody Swanson (Started 9th; led laps 26-33, 34-35, 46; completed 50/50 laps)

3. Helio Castroneves (Started 4th; completed 50/50 laps)

4. Marco Andretti (Started 3rd; completed 50/50 laps)

5. Paul Tracy (Started 2nd; led laps 1-25, 34-35; completed 50/50 laps)

6. Scott Speed (Started 6th; completed 50/50 laps)

7. Tony Kanaan (Started 10th; completed 50/50 laps)

8. Ernie Francis Jr. (Started 8th; completed 50/50 laps)

9. Willy T. Ribbs (Started 12th; completed 50/50 laps)

10. Michael Waltrip (Started 11th; completed 50/50 laps)

11. Bobby Labonte (Started 5th; completed 45/50 laps)

12. Bill Elliott (Started 7th; completed 45/50 laps)

Camping World SRX Series Standings (after Round 3 of 6):

1. Tony Stewart (129 points)

2. Helio Castroneves (96 points, -33)

3. Ernie Francis Jr. (90 points, -39)

4. Marco Andretti (80 points, -49)

5. Bobby Labonte (75 points, -54)

6. Paul Tracy (64 points, -65)

7. Michael Waltrip (57 points, -72)

8. Bill Elliott (46 points, -83)

9. Tony Kanaan (45 points, -84)

10. Willy T. Ribbs (38 points, -91)

Note: Points are awarded in both heats and the feature.

shares
comments

Related video

FIA promotes Safe and Affordable Helmet Programme in Africa
Previous article

FIA promotes Safe and Affordable Helmet Programme in Africa

Next article

Motorsport Network launches Ferrari Marketplace, justRED.com

Motorsport Network launches Ferrari Marketplace, justRED.com
Load comments
Rating the best drivers of the century so far Prime

Rating the best drivers of the century so far

Autosport's Top 50 feature has been a staple of the magazine for the past two decades since its first appearance in 2002. Here are the drivers that have featured most prevalently during that time

General
Jan 7, 2022
The best motorsport moments of 2021 Prime

The best motorsport moments of 2021

Motorsport produced one of its greatest years of all-time in 2021 despite a backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and an ever-changing racing landscape. Through the non-stop action Motorsport.com has collected the finest moments from the past 12 months to highlight the incredible drama and joy motorsport generates.

General
Dec 31, 2021
The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers Prime

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers

Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back

General
Dec 26, 2021
The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under Prime

The one-time Schumacher rival rebooting his career Down Under

Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights

General
May 20, 2021
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Prime

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. Mark Gallagher analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

General
May 2, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

General
Apr 21, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Prime

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them.

General
Jan 31, 2021
The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

General
Dec 26, 2020