Tony Stewart wins All-Star race in the presence of Gene Haas

May 17th, 2009 - 7:18 pm ICT by GD  

The co-owner of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Gene Haas, was spotted at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race, held on 16th of May, 2009.

The race was won by Tony Stewart, who overtook Matt Kenseth when there were two more laps to go in the 10-lap race. This was the first time Gene Haas was spotted in public after he was released from 16-month federal prison term for tax fraud. Tony Stewart’s win is quite significant considering the fact that he had recently left his last company, Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of 2008 and had become the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing after winning two championships and 10 successful seasons.

Stewart has commented, “Man, he’s not going to miss a week now … He gets here and we win a race.” it must be mentioned here that Stewart is the also the second driver/owner to have become the winner of the All-Star Race. The first driver/owner to win this race was Geoff Bodine, who won the title way back in 1994. It was really wonderful to see the whole crew as a team as they encouraged Stewart to climb the fence in celebration, however, the 38 year old winner refused to do it. But this did nothing to mar their happiness and his crew did the honors of climbing the fence.

The win has not induced Stewart to participate in the final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, all he plans to do is have a night long celebrations in the honor of his victory and the $1 million that he made from it. he joked, “I don’t even know if I’ll be conscious tomorrow … we’re going to start an over/under to see what time I actually wake up, and then you guys might want to start a second pool to see what time I actually climb out of bed. So, no, I am not going to Indy.”

Gene Haas was released on the 7th of May from prison as he was held for conspiring to commit tax evasion. At the present moment Haas is on supervised release for six months and he cannot travel outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles without permission. Haas Automation Inc. has faced tumultuous times because of the economic downturn.

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