By Brian Willwerth
For a driver who hadn’t won a race all season prior to the Chase, Tony Stewart is making the most of his victories when it matters most.
On Sunday, “Smoke,” (Stewart’s nickname), won his third race of NASCAR’s playoff – driving his #14 car to victory lane at Martinsville Speedway. He passed Jimmie Johnson on the final restart with three laps to go.
With the win, Stewart is just eight points behind the leader, Carl Edwards. Edwards started on the pole Sunday, and finished 9th. He hasn’t won a race in the Chase, yet he continues to post strong-enough finishes to remain the leader.
If you like wrecks, there were plenty of them in the race. The yellow flag waived a season-high 18 times, more than the 15 I saw when I was down in Richmond in September. There was plenty of banging and paint-trading, another trademark of the classic short-track racing that Martinsville brings out.
NEXT WEEK: They’re off to the 1.5 mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway. There are three races left in the Chase.