Tony Stewart needed to conserve fuel with 41 laps to go after his last pit stop if he wanted to win at Pocono. With the rest of the field coming after him, Stewart was able to make the gamble pay off and hold on for the win.
It was the first win for Stewart in 2009 in a Cup point race, but no his first win of the year. Stewart was able to win NASCAR’s All-Star race earlier in the year.
The win in a Cup Series points race is the first for Stewart since he left Joe Gibbs Racing to be a part owner of his own team. That was not the only thing that worked right Stewart at Pocono. After crashing his car in practice and having to start from the back of the field, Stewart worked his way the front. Stewart was also able to keep his lead in the points as well with the win.
Rounding out the top five was Carl Edwards in second place and sixth place in the points, third was David Reutimann, who sits 11th in the points, fourth was Jeff Gordon, second in the points, and fifth place was Ryan Newman, fourth in the points.
Of the top-five points leaders not among top-five finisher in the race, Jimmie Johnson (third in the points) finished in seventh place. Kurt Bush (fifth in points) finished the race in 37th place.