By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mobil 1 sponsored Top Alcohol Dragster driver Tony Stewart has claimed his second National event win this season. Stewart won the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals on Monday at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
Stewart defeated Muscle Milk-sponsored driver Madison Payne in the final round. The Indiana native went 5.213 at 271.19 mph.
Payne, who is from California and is going to college in Texas, went 5.253 at 276.69 mph in the losing effort.
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This is the McPhillips team’s third win at their home track this season. Stewart won the August Divisional at Maple Grove Raceway.
The August Divisional was moved to Maple Grove Raceway when Atco Dragway closed down unexpectedly.
Matt Cummings defeated Jackie Fricke in the Divisional during Memorial Day weekend. Stewart defeated Cummings at the August Divisional.
Prior to this final round, Stewart and Payne had one win against each other. Payne also defeated Stewart in their previous final round, which came at Las Vegas last year.
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Stewart had the better reaction time with a 0.043. Payne was 0.056 off of the line.
After getting the starting line advantage, Stewart never trailed. He won by 0.0537 seconds or approximately 22 feet.
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