Stewart Wins at Chicagoland

No. 20 snaps his 2007 dry spell at USG Sheetrock 400
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:10 AM CDT
Tony Stewart waves during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver introductions on the track prior to the USG Sheetrock 400 auto race at the Chicagoland Speedway, Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Joliet, Ill.(AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Stewart grabbed his first checkered flag of the 2007 Nextel Cup season yesterday at the Chicagoland racetrack, after neck-and-neck competitor Jimmy Johnson crashed during the final laps.. Though the Home Depot team driver has 12 top-10s in '07, this season's start represented his longest winless streak since 1999.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had a highly publicized split with sponsor Budweiser this week, led early, but fell behind after his power steering dropped out. Afterward, No. 8 reminisced about his late father, who won at Bristol after the same malfunction. "Man, I couldn't have done it like he did!" lamented Jr.