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The Pit Stop


June 2, 2007 4:48 PM

Edwards dominates at Dover.

Earlier in the day Denny Hamlin won the poll for the Dover 200. Kevin Harvick with a not so hot qualifying day started the race in 29th. The points leader Carl Edwards starts the race in 8th.

“Not a whole lot,” said Casey Mears on what has changed for him since winning his first NASCAR NEXTEL Race. “It is a lot of fun representing the National Guard guys.”

Denny led the race until the cars came down on pit road around lap for tires and fuel. During this time Brent Sherman hit the wall on lap ten for caution 1 and caution 2 came out for Shane Huffman. Shane over the radio said “I just shot up the racetrack.” One early rocket in the race was Kevin Harvick who gained over 10 positions in this time period.

At the drop of the green flag a few laps went by and Greg Biffle took the lead of the race on lap 46. It only last for 2 laps and Denny took the lead again. On lap 52 Carl Edwards took the lead of the race and quickly busted out to a 2 second lead.

The next caution came out on lap 85 for the crashing car of Robert Richardson Jr. The leaders pit and Carl Edwards kept the lead of the race. At the drop of the green flag he quickly busted out to a 2 second plus lead again. On lap 92 Greg Biffle comes in to replace a flat tire.

Green flag racing continued with Carl in the lead until lap 116 when the first debris caution came out.

The green flag drops and it quickly goes back to yellow as the car of Mike Wallace spins out. Also getting involved in this wreck is Stephen Leicht, and David Ragan. This caution brings out the red flag, but it does not last for a long period of time.

Edwards gets the green flag again and starts to break out to his biggest lead of the race so far that keeps on growing to over four seconds over Denny Hamlin and the second debris cautions comes out on lap 41. Leaders pit and Denny Hamlin wins the race off pit road. Scott Wimmer came out in second second place and Carl Edwards came out in third place. Matt Kenseth and Marcos Ambrose do not pit.

The green flag drops and Denny quickly takes over second place. Then the caution comes out for a wreck started by Kevin Conway who helps spin out Regan Smith. Also getting involved in this caution was David Reutimann, Reed Sorenson, and David Gilliland. This brought out the second red flag of the day.

“I got clipped by a lapped car,” said Regan Smith. Reed Sorensen stated that he did not sure what happened. “Looked like the 18 and another car got together,” said David Gilliand.

The green flag drops and the caution quickly comes out again for a Greg Biffle spin with help from Kevin Harvick.

Matt Kenseth got a good restart with around 26 laps to go and a couple laps go by and Carl Edwards passes Denny Hamlin for second place. Right at the time Carl was behind Matt we got a spin by Jason Keller to bring out the caution flag with 21 laps to go.

The green flag drops and in a couple of laps it got three way with 15 to go for the lead of the race. Denny backs off and then Carl finally passes Matt for the lead of the race. A few more laps go by and then Brad Kesolowski brings out the tenth caution of the with ten laps to go.

The green flag drops with six to go and with five to go Scott Wimmer tries to make a pass on Denny Hamlin, but it does not work. That causes Carl to get a big enough of the lead to win the race.

On the final lap of the race a crash involving Greg Biffle, and Ward Burton occurs.

Carl Edwards sated that Denny was good on the restarts and that he was surprised at how good Matt was with those old tires.

“Just didn’t have it today,” said Denny Hamlin who finished in second.

“Really good on the long runs,” said Scott Wimmer. He also stated that he did not want to see all those short run at the end of the race.

In the points picture Carl Edwards gets a good extension in his lead over Kevin Harvick to 472 points.  Dave Blaney who finished in 16th points drops all the way back to 672 points behind Carl, but still in third place

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