NASCAR's Stewart, Larson race in Stockton

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Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart in Stockton on Friday.

STOCKTON, CA - Tony Stewart, one of NASCAR's most popular stars tore through the new dirt track at Stockton's San Joaquin Fairground in front of a sellout crowd of 10,572 during Friday's World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car event.

Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup Champion helped celebrate the grand opening of the Stockton 99 Dirt Track alongside popular Nationwide driver Kyle Larson of Elk Grove.

Larson stole Stewart's spotlight by winning the inaugural event in dramatic fashion over Tim Kaeding. 

Kaeding led for 18 laps, but Larson captured the lead with only three laps to go and cruised his way to victory after qualifying earlier with the third fastest time.

Stewart finished in ninth place, just one spot better from his tenth position in qualifying.

As for Larson, he flew with Stewart on his private jet from Fontana - the site of this week's Auto Club 400, to race alongside him in Stockton. Stewart is positioned to start in the eighth spot after qualifying earlier in the day. 

Larson flew back with Stewart following the race in Stockton to qualify for Saturday's Royal Purple 300 Saturday morning.

By Sean Cunningham,
Twitter: @News10Sean


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