Tony Stewart became just the second driver to win the first two races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Sunday after winning at New Hampshitre.
Fuel mileage was a deciding factor when several contenders ran out of fuel. Bowyer thought he could stretch his gas until the very end.
“I know exactly how [Bowyer] feels right now,” said Stewart. “I saw him slow down down the back, and I thought, ‘Oh, no, you’re kidding me.’ That’s not the way you want to win, but we’re in the Chase now, and we’ve got to get everything we can get.”
Stewart went on to say. ”We got rid of some dead weight earlier this week, so, it’s made it a lot easier It’s been a big weight lifted off our shoulders. Sometimes you’ve got to make adjustments in your life, and we did that, and it’s definitely helped this weekend for sure. These guys have never quit, man, these guys have never given up, and we’ve got a shot at this thing.”
Brad Keselowski finished 2nd, Greg Biffle 3rd, Jeff Gordon 4th and Brian Vickers 5th rounds out the top five at the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire
With eight races left in the Chase, only three drivers, Harvick, Keselowski and Edwards are within 20 points of Stewart.
Greg Biffle, is the only other driver to open the Chase with two straight wins.