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Tony Stewart ends long drought with Dover Int'l Speedway win

June 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

DOVER, Del., June 2 (UPI) -- Tony Stewart logged his first victory in 31 races Sunday, grabbing the lead with three laps remaining and hanging on to win at Dover International Speedway.

Stewart, who wasn't in contention for most of the race, charged through the pack during final 10 laps took the lead from Juan Pablo Montoya in the closing stages.

He finished 0.8 seconds ahead of Montoya for the FedEx 400 title, notching his 48th career win in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series but his first since July 2012 at Daytona.

It was also Stewart's third career victory at Dover.

Jeff Gordon claimed third, followed by Kyle Busch and defending Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski.

Jimmie Johnson, who led for 143 laps, ended in 17th after fading down the stretch.

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