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Tony Stewart Sweeps Camping World SRX Series at Eldora

Tony Stewart dominated the night at the track he owns in Rossburg, Ohio, winning both heat races and the 75-lap feature.


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For the fourth time in five dirt races for the Camping World SRX Series, Tony Stewart went to victory lane.

On Thursday night, Stewart took the win at the track he owns, Eldora Speedway, in the 75-lap feature race for the SRX superstars. It was a sweep of the night for the 2021 series champion, as he also won both heat races leading into the feature event. The first-ever heat race sweep gave Stewart the luxury of starting on the pole for the feature, and he would not relinquish the top spot.

While it was a dominant showing from the NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, he was feeling the pressure on late restarts from a hard-charging Hailie Deegan.

“That’s the one thing people don’t realize. Hailie Deegan is one hell of a dirt driver," said Stewart. "She gets to second there, she is going to put pressure on. I just had to try to get clean laps on the restart, get in a rhythm and get going.”

After a relatively clean race at Berlin Raceway one week ago, there was a little more carnage on the dirt at the Ohio half-mile. Fortunately for the crews preparing the SRX machines, they'll get some time to rest up after getting everything in working order for next week's finale at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

“Our guys got a little spoiled last week not having to fix much stuff," said Stewart. "They’ve got a tough grind this week to get ready to go to Missouri. We’re super fortunate to go to Forrest Lucas’ personal playground, so we’re going to have a good time there next week.”

For Deegan, it was a dramatic evening starting with the first heat race, when she was involved in a multi-car incident stemming from a radiator issue for Austin Dillon. Deegan and Marco Andretti, full-time competitors in the Camping World SRX Series, finished the night in backup cars, while Dillon and Tony Kanaan were unfortunately sidelined for the remainder of the evening.

“It was a little uncomfortable there," said Deegan of the backup car. "My left leg is definitely numb right now. Usually, you’ve got a board on the bottom to rest your feet on. That was non-existent. My legs were floating the whole time trying to control the pedals and it was just so much going on.”

As uncomfortable as it may have been, Deegan and the backup car worked their way through the field for a runner-up finish, matching the 2021 Knoxville race for Deegan's best finish in the series.

“I don’t know what’s happened the last couple of weeks or what’s changed. I’ve been lacking a little confidence the last couple of months. I feel like these last two or three races, it’s starting to come back. I’m starting to get those finishes, starting to get more speed. I’ve been working really, really hard the last couple of weeks, and it’s starting to pay off.”

Ryan Newman finished third, further extending his points lead. Finishes of sixth and ninth for Marco Andretti and Brad Keselowski, respectively, eliminated them from championship contention, leaving just Newman and Stewart (39 points back) to fight for the championship next week at Lucas Oil Speedway.

-Photo credit: Will Bellamy/Racing America

Camping World SRX Racing Series Race Results

1114Tony StewartBass Pro Shops75Running25
295Hailie DeeganHAAS (backup)750.748Running22
3439Ryan NewmanSouth Point751.681Running20
4218Bobby LabonteSport Clips753.579Running18
538Matt KensethFleetwood RV754.158Running--
681Marco AndrettiCamping World754.476Running14
71157Chase BriscoeHighPoint.com755.655Running--
8652Ken SchraderFederated Auto Parts755.922Running10
976Brad KeselowskiCamping World7524.065Running8
10528Ron CappsNAPA Auto Parts687 lapsAccident--
111033Austin DillonSkip Barber Racing School--75 lapsDNS--
121266Tony KanaanPurdue University--75 lapsDNS--

Heat Race 1 Results

1314Tony StewartBass Pro Shops17Running12
2218Bobby LabonteSport Clips173.733Running11
3128Ron CappsNAPA Auto Parts174.372Running--
4552Ken SchraderFederated Auto Parts175.616Running9
546Brad KeselowskiCamping World176.054Running8
6639Ryan NewmanSouth Point176.693Running7
798Matt KensethFleetwood RV177.279Running--
81033Austin DillonSkip Barber Racing School116 lapsAccident--
975Hailie DeeganGood Sam116 lapsAccident4
101257Chase BriscoeHighPoint.com116 lapsAccident--
111166Tony KanaanPurdue University116 lapsAccident--
1281Marco AndrettiCamping World116 lapsAccident1

Heat Race 2 Results

1714Tony StewartBass Pro Shops25Running12
218Matt KensethFleetwood RV251.595Running--
3239Ryan NewmanSouth Point253.150Running10
481Marco AndrettiGoodyear (backup)253.486Running9
5618Bobby LabonteSport Clips254.706Running8
6528Ron CappsNAPA Auto Parts256.736Running--
795Hailie DeeganHAAS (backup)258.613Running6
8452Ken SchraderFederated Auto Parts2515.057Running5
936Brad KeselowskiCamping World232 lapsRunning4
101033Austin DillonSkip Barber Racing School--25 lapsDNS--
111157Chase BriscoeHighPoint.com--25 lapsDNS--
121266Tony KanaanPurdue University--25 lapsDNS--