Nascar

Tony Stewart wins at Sonoma to snap 84-race drought

  • Tony Stewart, left, leads Denny Hamlin through Turn 11 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Tony Stewart, left, leads Denny Hamlin through Turn 11 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)  (The Associated Press)

Tony Stewart snapped an 84-race losing streak that dated to 2013 with a popular victory Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The 45-year-old Stewart took the lead on fuel strategy during a caution with 24 laps to go, and had to hold on after another yellow flag stalled the race. The final restart came with 14 laps remaining — the same number as Stewart's race car — and he held off a trio of Toyota drivers for his third career victory at Sonoma.

It came on a weekend in which the three-time NASCAR champion had been in an ornery mood — which has typically been a sign of when Stewart was about to put together a strong run.

Now he'll wait to see if it's good enough to get him into NASCAR's playoffs in his final season before Stewart retires.