Tony Stewart climbed the fence in front of the grandstand in what has become his trademark victory celebration. And a crowd of 100,000 at New Hampshire International Speedway roared its approval on last years race as he grabbed the checkered flag and pumped his fist in the air just as he did two weeks earlier after a victory at Daytona.
Trust me, I’ll be glad to be panting like a dog when I get up there,” he said. “It’s something they like and I’ll keep doing it for them.” Stewart said he needs a personal trainer. “Yes, I’m still too old and too fat to be doing that stuff,” the 34-year-old driver said. “I’m probably going to fall and bust my butt before its over. I’m glad they let me go through the gate instead of climbing back down.”
Stewart started 13th and wound up winning for the third time in four races, passing inside and outside in a dominant performance in the New England 300.
New Hampshire International Speedway is one of the most unusual tracks on the Nextel Cup Series. How unusual? The track has been described as “Martinsville on steroids.”