Stewart turns frustration to triumph - NASCAR Notes - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

NASCAR NOTES: Stewart turns frustration to triumph

Posted: Updated:
Photo Credits: Tom Pennington/Getty Images Photo Credits: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Glenn Campbell - "The Lugnut Cowboy" Glenn Campbell - "The Lugnut Cowboy"
  • NASCAR Notes From the Lugnut CowboyMore>>

  • NASCAR NOTES: All Stars shine in Charlotte

    NASCAR NOTES: All Stars shine in Charlotte

    The stick and ball sports have their All-Star games but, it is usually more of a social event instead of a hard fought competition. NASCAR's version places the past season's best teams against each other
    The stick-and-ball sports have their All-Star games but they are usually more a social event than a hard-fought competition. NASCAR's version places the past season's best teams against each other with the winner leaving with at least a million dollars in their pocket.
  • NASCAR NOTES: Kenseth finds Southern comfort in Darlington

    NASCAR NOTES: Kenseth finds Southern comfort in Darlington

    Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. are but a few of the sports greats who have gone to victory lane in the Southern 500. Matt Kenseth can now add his name to that historic trophy after
    Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Sr. are but a few of the sports greats who have gone to victory lane in the Southern 500. Matt Kenseth can now add his name to that historic trophy after a late surge took him to the win Saturday night.
  • NASCAR NOTES: Darlington's still too tough to tame

    NASCAR NOTES: Darlington's still too tough to tame

    Last week's white knuckle action at Talladega pitted driver against driver. This week it's a battle of another form as they try to defeat a "Track Too Tough to Tame" in Darlington, South Carolina. Darlington
    Last week's white-knuckle action at Talladega pitted driver against driver. This week it's a battle of another form as they try to defeat a "Track Too Tough to Tame" in Darlington, SC.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (RNN) -

Racing at Daytona International Speedway can be very unpredictable. Most agree that emotions race as much as the cars on any given weekend. Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 was no different as several drivers experienced frustrations through the night.

Winner Tony Stewart was the poster child for this range of emotions, which began with his qualifying run being canceled on Friday, moving him from a second-place starting position to last place as the green flag fell. Although frustrated, Stewart knew he had a good car for the night.

"Qualifying yesterday was what I was the most proud of for the weekend," said Stewart referring to his penalty. "Even though we lost our time, having our two cars qualify second and third shows how good a job the guys did at our race shop."

Daytona has been good to Stewart in recent years and he knew he still had a chance to win despite his starting position.

"The great thing about it is that 43 cars all have the same shot at winning the race," said Stewart. "That's what makes it so frustrating."

Stewart avoided several major pileups as he made his way to the front of the pack and completed the journey by crossing the finish line first for his 18th Daytona victory, a total second only to Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s 34 victories at the track.

"I wish I could trade a couple of these races in for just one Sunday race in February," continued Stewart on his Daytona winning success. "It's just being at the right place at the right time, and when those last two big wrecks happened we were ahead of them both times."

As Stewart turned his frustrations into victory, Matt Kenseth found himself heading in the opposite direction.

"Happy to get third but on the other hand, I am incredibly disappointed," said Kenseth after leading a race high 89 laps. "My team kind of deserved to be down there holding the hardware and I kind of let them down."

Kenseth's night demonstrated the old saying that the best car does not always win. However, he did leave Daytona with a firm hold on first place in the point standings.

On another frustrating situation outside the racetrack, AJ Allmendinger was placed on temporary suspension from NASCAR for failing a drug test given last week in Kentucky. Allmendinger has 72 hours to agree to a second test in order to gain reinstatement. More news on that situation will filter out later this week.

As I said earlier, Daytona can be a very frustrating place to compete. Sometimes a team can turn that frustration into triumph. Sometimes they can't. The good thing is that there are eight more races in the regular season and many are in position to make the post season Chase. The next few weeks should be quite exciting.

Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.