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The Pit Stop


August 24, 2007 9:34 PM

Kasey Kahne takes the win.

Jason Leffler won the poll earlier tonight for the Food City 250.  The Bristol racetrack got a makeover since the last time they raced on it.  It is three feet wider which helped create more two wide racing, but it did not stop the cautions.

"One of my least favorite race tracks," said Jason Leffler.  He also stated that he learned to love the racetrack.  "Not quite as fast as we need to be in practice," said Carl Edwards.

The first fifty laps of the race saw two leaders and two caution flags.  The first leader of the race was Jason Leffler and then the next leader was Jeff Burton.  The two cautions came out on lap 16 and 50 for different Mike Wallace Spins.

The second fifty laps also saw two different leaders and two different leaders.  The first leader was Jason Leffler and the second leader of the race was Kyle Busch.  The first caution came out on lap 76 for a crash involving Jeff Burton and Eric McClure.  Eric blew a tire and crashed right into Jeff.  Eric over the radio said "right front blew."  "I think he(Eric) had a problem," said Jeff Burton.

The second one in this period was on lap 99 when David Gilliland crashed.  That caution let Kyle Busch come to the pits for the first time tonight.

David Reutimann started the next 50 laps at the main leader and then Jason Leffler took over the lead of the race.  Three cautions popped up during this time.  One Marcos Ambrose spin on lap 119.  A spin involving Brent Sherman and Kasey Kahne on lap 132 and then right after the green flag dropped a caution for the spinning car of Reed Sorenson.

At the 100 to go mark Kelly Bires spun out for the eighth caution of the night. With 79 laps to go Marcos Ambrose spins out and then Robert Richardson II smashes right into the car of Marcos Ambrose.  That one brought out the red flag that did not last too long.  When they went back to the yellow flag condition the leader Jason Leffler pitted.  That left Ryan Newman in the lead of the race.

With 55 laps to go David Reutimann moved into second place, but was around 1 second back at the time.  With 45 laps to go the tenth caution comes out for a Steven Wallace spin.  The green flag dropped and it did not last long and Brian Vickers crashes to bring out the next caution with 36 to go.

With 25 laps to go Kasey Kahne takes over second place from David Reutimann with a pass on the outside.  With 10 laps to go Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Jason Leffler go for some three wide racing.  Kasey takes the lead, but Ryan gets the worst of it by blowing a tire.  Kasey was in the lead at the final straightaway, David Reutimann in third bumps into the back of Jason Leffler in second spinning him around at the start/finish line.  That totally sealed the win for Kasey.

"It means a ton," said Kasey on this win.  He also stated that Jason Leffler was coming on strong at the end of the race and that he raced them clean.

"It was a great day for Braun Racing," said Jason Leffler who finished in second.  He stated that his tires were too worn to make the pass on Kasey.

"It was a blast," said David Reutimann.  He also stated that he got beat by tires in the end.  He finished in third.

"Mistake on someone's part," said Kyle Busch.  He wound up back into 26th spot late off a commit cone violation error that he did not commit and NASCAR later agreed that he did not.  He was able to move up to finish in fourth place.  Kyle also stated that NASCAR could have taken some extra caution laps to get it right.

Ryan Newman who finished in 28th stated that he tried not to take Kasey out, but wound up taking him self out.

In points Carl Edwards and his lead shrinks again.  David Reutimann moves back into second place in the points only 690 points back to Carl.  Kevin Harvick falls to third place only 715 points back.

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