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The Pit Stop


July 21, 2007 10:43 PM

Reed Sorenson takes race at Gateway

Earlier in the day Scott Wimmer set a track record 135.355 MPH lap for the poll of the Gateway 250. Starting second is Reed Sorenson. Included in this race is three Wallace family members Kenny, Steven, and Mike.

After a lap five caution for Steve Wallace who smacked the wall hard a long green flag run occurred to lap 93. “Break pedal went to the floor,” said Steve. “I hate it.”

During the long green flag run Scott Wimmer busted out to 3.5 second lead before loosing it while trying to get through lap traffic. He would have to give up the lead of the race to Reed Sorenson on lap 54 due to a flat tire. Green flag stops started around lap 64 when Reed Sorenson came in for tires and fuel. After pit stops cycled through Reed was in the lead and Scott was able to stay on the lead lap in third place.

Green flag racing continued with Reed in the lead until caution for debris came out on lap 93. By this time around 15 cars were on the lead lap. The leaders pit and Reed is still in the lead of the race with Carl Edwards in second.

The green flag drops and the yellow flag comes quickly out for Mike Bliss who also collects Kyle Krissiloff, Kenny Wallace, and Landon Cassill. “Pretty tough to get over,” said Kenny on the wreck. “Just stinks,” said Kyle. Bliss stated that he was hit from behind by the 24(Landon Cassill).

After clean up occurred the green flag dropped again, but it did not take long and the caution came out again on lap 108 for Travis Kittleson who helps take out Brad Keselowski, and Landon Kassill.“ Something happened there with the 20 (Travis Kittleson) car, said Keselowski. Landon Kassil stated it was just a racing deal.

The next caution comes out with 79 laps to go for Richard Johns. Most of the cars on the lead lap pit, but Todd Bodine who does not pit leads the race.

With 69 laps to go Carl Edwards helps spins out Kevin Hamlin who gets Jason Keller, and Cale Gale to spin out as well. The green flag drops and David Reutimann passes Todd Bodine for the lead of the race. A couple of laps go by and a debris caution comes out.

With 50 laps to go David Reutimann is in the lead with Reed Sorenson in second. Four more laps go by and Brad Coleman spins out taking Kelly Bires with no room to go with him.

The green flag drops and Reed Sorenson quickly passes David Reutimann for the lead of the race. With 30 laps to go Reed is leading by around 1.5 seconds.

With 22 laps to go Carl Edwards spins out by him self and smacks into the wall. He was able to continue on and stay on the lead lap though, but back in 15th spot. One pit crew member for Carl Edwards was bouncing up on down on the back of the car to remove a big dent. The green flag drops Reed Sorenson gets a good restart and Carl Edwards is driving like a mad man and passing cars quickly. In a few laps he got into the top ten.

With 10 laps left Reed had a lead around 1.5 seconds over David. With 8 laps to go Scott Wimmer made the pass of David Reutimann for second. Carl made it up to sixth with five laps to go, but was more than a couple seconds behind the fifth place car.

Reed goes on to win the race by just over 2 second. His win also marks the fourth race in the row won from the front row and his third Busch Series win ever.

Reed In victory lane said he thought the car was not going to be that good.

Wimmer who finished in second place stated that when the 41 car(Reed Sorenson) was in front you were not going to catch him.

Carl Edwards who finished in sixth stated his car was “really difficult to drive all day.” He also stated that he was sorry for spinning out Kevin Hamlin.

In points David Reutimann takes over second place in the points, but is still 852 points of Carl Edwards. Kevin Harvick who skipped the race free falls back to 871 points back of Carl, but is in third place.  Carl's lead is the largest lead ever at any point of time for a Busch Series Driver.

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