|Stewart had them covered in Fontana|
Kyle Busch also remained on-track during the rain to finish second, with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards completing the Top-5. Point leader Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch finished sixth through ninth, followed by Johnson and Hamlin. Johnson's day was saved by the rain, after the engine in his Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet began smoking badly under the race’s final caution. Had the rain abated, it is unlikely the five-time series champion would have been able to continue without losing multiple laps.
"I don't think I faked them out," said Stewart of his decisive feint toward pit road. “(It) looked good, though."
Hamlin explained his choice to duck onto pit road, saying, “We were planning on the race going back to green. If it doesn't, we lose some spots. But if we choose to stay out there, we would be behind all the cars that pitted (and) our chance of winning decreases greatly.”
The win was Stewart’s second of the young 2012 season, making him the only multi-event winner to date. “This Office Depot Chevy was bad fast,” he said in a makeshift, rain-soaked Victory Lane. "I'm really proud of Steve Addington and all of our guys."
Stewart’s 46th career Sprint Cup Victory ties him with the late Buck Baker for 14th on NASCAR’s all-time list, and gives him seven checkered flags in his last 15 starts, dating back to September of last year at Chicagoland Speedway.