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The Pit Stop


March 18, 2007 5:00 PM

Johnson takes his second in a row....

The Kobalt Tools 500 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was contested today.  The weather today is perfect for a race today.   Ryan Newman who is the poll sitter for the race had to go to the back of the field due to an engine change.

The first 36 laps of the race went caution free with Jimmy Johnson leading all of those laps.  On lap 36 the first debris caution popped up.

Jeff Gordon leads the race off pit road.

The green flag drops and we get a very long green flag run that lasts through two green flag pit stops.  Getting a chance to lead the race for a number of laps during this long green flag run was Kurt Busch.  Jimmy Johnson led most of the green flag laps and the second caution for debris comes out on lap 143.

Jimmy Johnson leads the cars off pit road.  Green flag racing continued this time through the next green flag pit stop.  During this time Matt Kenseth led a bunch of lap and then Jeff Gordon led the way until he made his pit stop.  During his pit stop troubles with the right front pit him back to seventh.  Also winding up with problems was Dale Jarrett.  He picks up two speed violations on pit road.

Lap 222 finally saw a caution sending a car behind the wall as Scott Riggs blows up.  “Not real sure yet,” said Riggs on what is wrong with his car.  He stated that he had a good car.

A couple of laps go by and the next caution comes out as the cars of Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and David Reuitmann crash together.

At the drop of the green flag it is Jimmy Johnson in the lead with Tony Stewart in second.

With 75 laps to go Juan Pablo Montoya is all the way up to third spot with Tony Stewart in the lead and Jimmy Johnson in second.  Around 100 miles to go and engine problems are occurring for Kevin Harvick.

Green flag racing continued until lap 270 when the third caution for debris comes out.  Tony Stewart keeps the lead of the race with Matt Kenseth in second.  This pit stop put loads of drivers on the lead lap with a 50/50 shot of making the rest of the way on fuel.

With forty laps left in the race it is still Stewart in the lead with Kenseth in second.  With 35 laps to go a battle for the third place spot occurs between Juan Pablo Montoya and Jimmy Johnson.

With 25 laps left I the race Stewart has around a 2 second lead over the new second place driver Jimmy Johnson.

With 15 laps left another caution comes out for debris saving everyone on fuel.  Getting his lap back is the car of Jeff Gordon.  During this late pit stop cars at the front of the field took four tires and a small amount of fuel.

Stewart leads off pit road with Kenseth back in second place.  With 9 laps to go Jimmy Johnson takes second place.  With 5 laps left Jimmy gets side-by-side with Stewart.  With three laps left Jimmy Johnson was finally able to get the lead of the race again and Stewart slightly hits the turn two wall.  That hit ended any chance for Stewart to win the race.

“We just had a great racecar,” said Jimmy Johnson. “At the end of the runs we were spot on.”

Tony Stewart who finished in second place stated that Jimmy was faster at the time of the pass and that he wished that Jimmy gave him more room to race.

Juan Pablo Montoya who finished in fifth stated that he had Jimmy Johnson on the restart, but he ran out of room.

“I feel good,” said Martin who finished in tenth.  He stated that his car was a little off today.

Still leading in the points at the end of the race is Mark Martin who has an 8-point lead over the Jeff Gordon.  Gordon was able to recover back to 12th.

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