He also had a successful night on Wednesday as a track owner, when Eldora Speedway got high praise for its first Truck series race.
“I don’t know how you could ask for a better week on our side. The first half of the week was great,” Stewart said. “Yesterday, Ryan going out, last car out, getting the pole, then being in the race today, watching the battle him and Jimmie (Johnson) had all day, just was impressive to watch.”
“You had to fight extremely hard today,” Gordon said. “It was just pit strategy and speed in the car and traffic it was not easy I can tell you that.”
With six races left before the Chase field is set, Gordon holds one-point advantage over Stewart in 11th-place.
Randy Earnhardt dies: Randy Earnhardt, the brother of seven-time NASCAR Cup series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., died Sunday, July 28, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was 60.
Dale Earnhardt was the oldest of five siblings, which included Randy, their brother Danny and sisters Kaye and Cathy.
"It was really tough. He helped me through a lot of challenges when I was trying to become a race car driver. He was there when I started driving late models. I went through the whole process of racing with Tony (Eury, Sr.) and all of them, Randy was always there,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., Randy’s nephew.
The doubleheader will be highlighted by a fireworks display on Tuesday and a ’Grudge Match Bus Race’ on Monday night featuring NASCAR drivers Max Papis and Miguel Paludo and several Legends car drivers.
On Tuesday night, champions will be crowned in six divisions, each featuring a tight points battle, as drivers look to lock up a Summer Shootout championship.
5 key moments
1 . Ryan Newman won the pole on Saturday, which gave his team first choice of pit stalls – something that would prove very important in a track position race.
2 . Joey Logano passes Brad Keselowski on a restart following a caution – the only pass of the 20 in the race that did not come as a result of pit stops (either under green flag conditions or caution).
3. Jimmie Johnson leads the last of his race-high 73 laps on Lap 132 when he heads to pit road for a green-flag pit stop.
4. On Johnson’s final stop on Lap 133, he takes four new tires while Newman changes just two one lap later. However, Johnson’s pit stop was an uncharacteristically long 17 seconds, which allowed Newman to gain a big advantage on the track.
5. After Keselowski makes his final pit stop, Newman moves into the lead on Lap 149 and is never seriously threatened for the lead.