WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart took advantage of a stunning mistake by Jeff Gordon with two laps to go Sunday and won the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
Gordon, who started from the pole and led a race-high 51 laps, seemed to have his 10th road course victory in hand, but he spun out on his own heading into the first turn with Stewart a couple of car-lengths behind and finished ninth.
“I was driving hard,” a dejected Gordon said after climbing from his No. 24 Chevrolet. “I just overdrove going into one. It was just stupid. I knew I had to push because Tony was really good.”
For Stewart, who spun out in the same place while leading earlier in the race and dropping to 19th, it was his third victory in four races and sixth on a road course, tying him for second behind Gordon. Stewart has now won four of the last five races at Watkins Glen and finished second to Kevin Harvick a year ago.
“I saw Jeff lose it just like I lost it,” Stewart said. “I had to keep fighting back.”
Denny Hamlin finished second, Jimmie Johnson was third, Canadian road race ace Ron Fellows fourth and Robby Gordon fifth.