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.