Results: Stewart Wins Kissables in Front of 'Pinball' Finish
Tony Stewart won the Hershey's Kissables 300 today, driving around and away from the pack during an intense five-lap shootout at the end of the Busch race. In and of itself, that was really something to watch after the frontrunners had run nearly three straight laps three-wide.
It got crazier. Right as Stewart crossed the finish line, the cars running sixth and seveth got tangled up, causing a wreck that reminded me of a pinball machine when multiple balls are in play.
Cars were flying everywhere. I don't know that I've ever witnessed such a wild finish to a race. It took NASCAR officials at least 15 minutes to post the unofficial race results beyond the top five. I'm still not sure they've got it totally figured out. Fans were scratching their heads, waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting to find out who fininished where.
Earnhardt fans were disappointed. He stayed out of the pits around lap 25, gambling that he could run out front for the win, but that backfired. A series of late-race cautions left him in bad spot and he finally had to concede during the three-wide racing. In the end, he wound up driving around the wreck in the tri-oval, finishing 17th.
By the way, local Maryland "Terps" driver Donnie Neuenberger, whom I posted about earlier today, finished 25th. Nice job, Donnie!
They ran the final practice for tomorrow's Daytona 500 before the race. Check out the times here. The fastest lap this morning was posted by Ken Schrader. And here's the starting lineup for the 48th annual running of the Daytona 500.
And if you want to check out a cool, free video podcast preview, try this one from Apple: http://www.tuaw.com/2006/02/16/free-nascar-preview-in-the-itunes-store/http://www.tuaw.com/2006/02/16/free-nascar-preview-in-the-itunes-store/
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