posted on Jun, 9 2003 @ 01:48 AM
LONG POND, Pa. -- Tony Stewart was waiting for bad luck to ruin another good performance.
It didn't happen, and a third straight powerhouse performance, combined with fast work by his crew, carried Stewart to victory Sunday at Pocono
He was leading and in control in each of his last two races -- and lost.
Stewart had an engine problem two weeks ago at Lowe's Motor Speedway, then lost at Dover International Speedway after NASCAR imposed a one-lap penalty
for stopping slightly out of his stall on pit road.
He took the lead for the final time with 11 laps left when Todd Bodine and Jeremy Mayfield pitted, but got a bad break when Kurt Busch blew a tire to
bring out a caution flag with eight to go.
But Stewart's Chevrolet led Mark Martin's Ford when the green flag waved for the final three laps and beat him back to the line by five car lengths
after Terry Labonte spun out Jeff Green to end the $4.2 million race under caution. Mike Skinner also wrecked on the final lap.