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The Pit Stop


July 7, 2007 10:32 AM

Kyle Busch finally gets ones

Around 9:10 AM the Busch Series drivers got the command to start their engines.  They were going to start around 8:10PM last night, but the rain would not stop ending track activities for the night.

In qualifying yesterday Jason Leffler in a Toyota took the poll for the Winn-Dixie 250.  Also starting on the front row is Tony Stewart.  The points leader Carl Edwards had to change an engine putting him to the back to the field.

Because of the special start time NASCAR is throwing out a competition yellow at lap 20.

In the first 20 laps Kevin Harvick started off leading the race and then started to drop back.  Taking the lead next was Clint Bowyer until the caution came out.  Early rockets in the race were Carl Edwards moving up to 23rd and Dale Earnhardt Jr. moving up to 11th.

During the pit stop Scott Wimmer and his car would not start. Kyle Busch took to the grass to pass a bunch of cars leaving his pit stall to take the lead of the race.  Kyle was given a warning to not do that again.

After the green flag dropped in took only a few laps and Clint Bowyer was back in the lead of the race.  Kyle Busch took over the lead of the race on lap 38.

On lap 49 Steven Wallace looses it colleting David Reutimann who had nowhere to go.   Wallace said that he “barely hit the wall” and then in a couple lap a tire blew.  This caused all the leaders to pit.  Kevin Harvick had trouble with the left rear and went to the back. Kyle Busch led the cars off pit road with Clint Bowyer coming off in second.

With 35 laps to go it is still Kyle Busch in the lead with Clint Bowyer in second.  Carl Edwards is back in ninth.

With 30 laps to go Greg Biffle slows and goes behind the wall.  Biffle stated that a shock cross member broke on his car and he also stated “I learned something for tonight.” Kevin Harvick though has moved into the top five.

A debris caution comes out with around 25 laps to go. Leaders pit again and Kyle Busch still leads the race.

The green flag dropped and it did not take long before Jamie McMurray spins out for caution four on the day.

With 10 laps to go Kyle Busch is still in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second place.  One more lap goes by and a debris caution comes out.  With three laps left Juan Pablo Montoya spins out on pit entrance to bring out the green/white checker finish.

Kyle Busch got a good restart.  With one lap to go Kevin Harvick tried to make a move on the outside, but it did not work.  On the backstretch Regan Smith spins out, but no caution flag comes out.  Kyle Busch goes on for his first Busch Series victory of the year.

Alan Gustafson who is Kyle’s crew chief said that the monkey if finally off our back.

“We finally get one, we finally get one,” said Kyle Busch.  He also stated that is was a hairy battle with Kevin at the end of the race.

Harvick who finished in second place stated that he needed one car behind me in order to get the pass of Kyle Busch.  He also stated that it was going to be “lights out” if he got the lead of the race.

“Had a good car all day,” said Dave Blaney who finished in third.

Tony Stewart who finished in forth stated his car was in the “wiggly stages” in the final 20 laps of the race.

Carl Edwards who finished in 11th stated that his car was a little tight.

“My car ran good,” said Dale Jr.  He also stated that he can’t qualify back that far.

In points Carl Edwards bumps up his lead slightly to 798 points over part time driver Kevin Harvick.  David Reutimann drops to third 871 points back of Carl.

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