Just days after welcoming in a new sponsor, Tony Stewart had more good news this afternoon, claiming victory in the Good Sam 499.5 at Talladega Superspeedway.
"I was surprised just how clean the race was today", Stewart said in the Mobil 1/Office Depot Victory Lane. "We got lots of help at the end from Michael Waltrip and whoever's in the 13 car, it was nice to have such a calm, cooperative race."
Waltrip, running a partial schedule in the 55 car, was ecstatic with his 2nd-place finish.
"This is just awesome to put the Aaron's Dream Machine in the top-5 today. Running with these cats around this track, never wrecking and never pushing the issue, reminds me why I got into racing in the first place--to run good at the Good Sam 499.5."
Marcos Ambrose, who also found himself in the top-five, commented, "The CAH was real good today, and we just had to make sure we had our CAH at the front for the last 4/5ths lap."
Stewart continued, "And to think, we got out of here without a scratch on the car! I figured this was the kind of place where you finish on your side, or on another car's hood, or both. It'll just be great to go back to Charlotte and stare at the Good Sam 499.5 trophy. Thank God they put the start-finish line right by Turn 1."