Tony Stewart appeared headed for victory in the closing laps of the Coca Cola 600 when with 3 laps to go he cut his right front tire ending his bid for his first 600 win.
A disappointed Stewart waved off interviews as he headed to his Joe Gibbs Racing hauler, and then he bolted out of the Sprint Cup garage area. An exasperated Greg Zipadelli, Stewartâ€™s crew chief, wasnâ€™t sure what happened to the tire.
â€œWe got a flat â€“ another tire that wouldnâ€™t hold air,â€ Zipadelli said. â€œItâ€™s hard to believe. We were so loose that entire run because we knew we needed to be there at the end. Itâ€™s just stupid. We must have run something over or had a small leak or something.
â€œI would say we lost a tire with a five-and-a-half second lead. I donâ€™t even know what to say â€“ Iâ€™m so frustrated. I feel bad for everybody at this Home Depot team. We kept digging and all day we did a good job. We knew we needed to keep our car where it was and it would be good at the end and we did exactly that, and it just fell short.â€