Stewart wins road course race

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Racer Tony Stewart has won the International Race of Champions event on the road course on Thursday.

Stewart wins road course race

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Racer Tony Stewart has won the International Race of Champions event on the road course on Thursday.Stewart, who has seven career victories on the super speedway, started 11th but wasted no time working his way through the 12-car field. He was third after the first full lap, and took the lead on the fourth lap."The guys told us to watch out for the first corner because of cold brakes," he said. "So we just lifted early and everybody starting wrecking. We were fourth, and then got up to third, and just kind of worked our way forward after that," he added.Ahead of othersIt put him out front and away from all the spins behind him from drivers not accustomed to road courses. This was the first road course race for the IROC Series since Rusty Wallace won at Watkins Glen, New York in 1991.Stewart had several challenges from open-wheel racer Max Papis, who was the only driver who could keep up with him. But Papis never mounted a serious passing attempt, allowing Stewart to win his fourth career IROC race - second this year - and move him on top of the points standings.Papis was second and said he never had a clear shot at Stewart."I tried really hard, but I don't think I had the speed to beat Tony Stewart," said Papis. "Overall, I am pretty proud because to finish second to a two-time NASCAR champion is not bad."Ryan Newman was third and Indy Racing League drivers Scott Sharp and Sam Hornish Jr rounded out the top five.The fourth and final race of the IROC series will be run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October. The overall champion earns a $1 million payout from Crown Royal, the series title sponsor. (AP)



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