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The Pit Stop


April 14, 2007 5:15 PM

Kenseth wins a weird race in Texas. (Busch Series Report)

23 double dippers took to the start of the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.  David Ragan had the poll for the race on a nice cool day.  Yesterday a major storm went through the area causing some damage.

David lost the lead of the race on lap two to Kyle Busch and the first caution of the day came out when Timothy Peters spun out on turn seven.  This led to the first long green run of the day.

During the first long green flag run Kurt Busch made a big move up the field while the David Ragan was moving to the back.  Denny Hamlin was the first car on the lead lap to pit starting on lap 50.

On lap 54 Matt Kenseth spins out for caution two on the day.  Over the radio he said, “I knew something was breaking.”  He got some fresh tires and continued the race.  This led only a few cars to start at the tail end of the lead lap with Kyle Busch still in the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag.

On lap 67 the car of Steven Wallace knocks out the car of Brent Sherman.  Behind them in a separate incident Jon Wood, Reed Sorenson, and Shane Huffman crash out.  “It was my fault,” said Steven.  Jon Wood stated that a mediocre pit stop put them in the position for an accident.  “I had no warning,” said Sherman on the wreck.

That caution got a couple of car back on the lead lap including Denny Hamlin.  When the green flag dropped it was another long green flag run with Kyle Busch keeping the lead of the race until lead cars started to pit for the second green flag pit stop of the day with around 80 laps left.

A few more laps go by and Regan Smith smacks the wall.  This caution left only 10 cars on the lead lap with Denny Hamlin as the leader of the race.  Seven cars including Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards stayed out to be on the tail end of the lead lap.  Another long green occurs after the drop of the green flag

Hamlin led the race until 61 to go when Casey Mears passed Hamlin for the lead. Casey keeps the lead and around lap 40 when the next caution comes out.  Juan Pablo Montoya had the lead out of the pits, but had to come back in for a missing lug nut.  That put Denny back in the lead of the race.

The green flag drops and then Juan hits the wall and a few more laps go buy and the caution comes out.  The green flag drops and with 20 laps to go Marcos Ambrose and Juan get together ending both of their race days.  Hamlin is still in the lead with Casey Mears in second while Kenseth, and Edwards were also in the top five.

With 11 laps to go Kenseth makes the pass on Casey for second.  Two laps later and he takes the lead of the race.  Hamlin tried to go low to pass him, but could not do it.

Kenseth takes his second Busch Series win of the season and when he wins you get free medium curly fries on Monday with race results.

Kenseth in victory lane on his spin on lap 54 stated that the right read tire went down and he also stated the freed fries deal.

Hamlin who finished in second said that he could get under Kenseth, but he had the great runs off the corner.

Carl Edwards who finished in third place said that over tightening the car on the last stop was not the right thing to do.  He also stated that Kenseth deserved to win the race.

Casey Mears who finished in fourth said he was disappointed on his fourth place finish. “A little more work and we will win one of these races.”

“A good points day,” said David Ragan who finished in fifth.

At the end of the race Carl Edwards extended his points lead to 403 points Dave Blaney who finished in 25th.  Part Timer Kevin Harvick is in third 432 points back.

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