Aric Almirola took his third poll of the year at O’reilly Raceway Park a couple hours before the start of the Kroger 200. It is a short 200 lap race on the 5/8 mile race track.
A bunch of drivers including David Reutimann and points leader Carl Edwards started the race in the back of pack due to having another driver qualify the car for them.
Carl Edwards stated that he thinks his hand is going to fine. “Not your typical banked oval,” said Mike Wallace.
Through the first 95 laps Aric Almirola was unstoppable breaking out 1 plus second leads pretty easy. Only traffic and cautions killed his lead
On lap 14 Landon Cassill spins out. A few drivers come it to pit. The front tire carrier Jake Laudert for Joe Nemechek goes down after getting hit by the Richard Johns who was entering his pit stall. Jake went to the infield care center and was released back to duty.
A lap 43 caution for David Ragan brought in the leaders into the pit.
The third caution came out around lap 70 for the cars of Brad Coleman and Scott Lagasse Jr. getting together. Scott stated that he did not know what to say.
Lap 95 saw the next caution as Brent Rowe smacked into the wall. Leaders pit this time and Greg Biffle leads the race. Aric Almirola has a slow stop putting him back around 13th on the field.
Biffle kept the lead of race through the next two cautions. One for Richard Johns who smacked the wall on lap 139 and one more for Deac McCaskill on lap 145.
With 50 laps to go Greg Biffle is in the lead, Carl Edwards in second, David Reutimann in third with Aric Almirola in fifth. Five more laps go by and Deac McCaskill finishes his car smacking the wall hard and starting a fire in the back of it.
With 35 laps to go Carl Edwards is in a big side-by-side battle for the lead of the race with Greg Biffle. Carl actually led one lap briefly before going behind him. With 26 laps to go David Reutimann was able to pass Carl for second place and then Jason Leffler was able to get by him.
With 20 laps left Greg Biffle leads, David Reutiman is in second with Jason Leffler in third. Six more laps go by and Jason Leffler passes David Reuitmann for second plaxce. One lap goes by and they swap second place two more times with David getting a big hit on the second pass for second place.
With nine laps to go Josh Wise spins out for the final caution of the night. With only five laps to go Biffle got a good restart, but Jason Leffler was side-by-side with him on lap later. With a couple laps later he was fully able to get the lead of the race and give Toyota the first Busch Series victory ever. Richard Johns and Steve Wallace get together after the end of the race though.
“It was awesome,” said Leffler in victory lane.
Biffle stated that it was one of the toughest cars he had to drive at the track.
David Reuitmann who finished in third place stated it was tough to pass.
Carl Edwards who finished in fourth stated that his car was running great and that his car was getting looser and looser battling with Biffle.
In points David Reutimann comes in and leaves 852 points behind Carl Edwards. The only other driver less than 1000 points behind Card Edwards is Jason Leffler who is 947 points back.