CONCORD, N.C. — Tony Stewart crossed the finish line for his first victory as a car owner and made some rapid-fire decisions.

No, he would not climb the Lowe’s Motor Speedway fence in celebration.

No, he would not go to his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to watch — or participate — in the final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

The only thing Stewart had in mind was a long night of celebrating the first victory for Stewart-Haas Racing on Saturday night in the $1 million All-Star event.

“I don’t even know if I’ll be conscious tomorrow,” he joked. “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.

“I don’t know what day this day is actually going to end. I would like to go. And I am sure at some point tomorrow — thank God for Tivo, lets put it that way — I’ll at least see what happened at some point.”

Stewart passed Matt Kenseth with two laps to go in a thrilling final 10-lap shootout to win for the first time in 11 All-Star event starts. It was the first victory since he left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of last year, after two championships and 10 successful seasons, to become co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing.

In just six months, Smoke has turned his new toy into a championship contender.

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