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The Pit Stop


April 29, 2007 5:08 PM

Two in a row for Jeff...

After a mega wreck yesterday the double dippers race again on Sunday at the Aaron’s 499 to avoid another one.  A tie on speed occurred for the poll, but Jeff Gordon got the poll due him being higher in the points.

The first 74 laps of the race went green flag as cars were going three wide many rows deep for most of that time.

Cars leaving the race in fewer than 40 laps were Paul Menard, Carl Edwards, Robby Gordon, and Dale Jarrett.  All of them engine related.

The first green flag pit stops occurred around alp 41 and winding up with a penalty for speeding on the racetrack was Tony Stewart. He got his lap back when the caution came out.

The first car to smack the wall hard was Clint Bowyer on lap 82.  This led to another long green flag run.

With 64 laps to go and another set of green flag pit stops started to occur.  Dale Jr. was one a few cars to pit.  At the end of the lap Casey Mears was going to pit.  Slows up, but his teammate Jimmy Johnson hits him and sends him hard into the inside wall.  A pissed off Casey Mears over the radio complained about getting taken out of the points.  Over the radio Jimmy Johnson said, “I’m so sorry I dumped those guys.”  In an after wreck interview Mears said, “I thought we were all coming in.”  “I can’t believe it went down like that.”

The big one occurred with 58 laps to go.  Tony Raines got high enough on the track to get the car of Jimmy Johnson to hit the car of Ricky Rudd causing the cars of Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, and Joe Nemechek to crash out.  “Pretty disapointing,” said Joe.  Jeff stated that something like this was building up and was going to happen.

With 26 laps to go Ryan Newman blows a tire and hits Juan Pablo Montoya.  Most of the cars on the lead lap come in to top off on fuel to go the rest of the way in the race.  Cars such as David Regan, Dale Jr., and Jamie McMurray stay out.

With 20 laps to go Denny Hamlin is the leader who did not pit.  Six more laps go by and the debris caution comes out

With nine laps left the cars stated to get two and three wide again.  With six laps left Jamie McMurray takes the lead and Dale Jr. drives his way to second.  With five laps to go David Reutimann and his engine finally gives out and at the time of the caution flag Jeff Gordon is the leader for the green/white checker finish.

The green flag drops and Jimmy Johnson quickly moves into second place.  In the back Tony Stewart, David Gilliland, Greg Biffle, and Johnny Sauter all get together ending the race given Jeff Gordon his second win in a row.  The fans start throwing stuff out onto the racetrack in disgust.  This is the first win from the poll at this track since 1998.

Drivers leading this race included Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Dale Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Jimmy Johnson.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Jeff.  He stated that he never thought that he would win this race.

Jamie McMurray said that he was running out of fuel. He finished unofficially in fifth.

Dale Jr. stated that when it came to gas he “stretched and saved it.”  He also said that he did not have the car at the end of the race to win.  He finished unofficially in 8th.

“We just got crashed,” said Tony Stewart.  After looking at a replay of the wreck he wanted to see he stated that David Gilliland(38 car) just plowed up for no reason.

In points Jeff Gordon was able to push his lead in the points to over 200 points over Jeff Burton in second place.

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