The Pit Stop

September 23, 2007 5:17 PM

Chaser Carl Edwards survives to win race.

Jimmy Johnson to the poll for the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover. It is the second race out of ten in the race for the chase.

The most heated caution on the day occurred on lap 203 when chaser Denny Hamlin got into the back of Kyle Petty taking him out. Also getting some damage from this wreck was chaser Clint Bowyer. Both Denny and Kyle went to the garage for repairs. A pissed off Kyle went over to the car of Denny Hamlin, said some heated words to Denny and touched his helmet. After a while to like cool off in a interview Kyle stated “He(Denny) just ran over me.” Kyle also said that he lost his focus today and should just stick to the NEXTEL race. After the race Denny stated that he did run into him, but Kyle was running 10mph slower off the corners the he was in earlier laps.

Other early race cautions on the day were mainly for single cars spins for drivers Johnny Sauter on lap 12, Kenny Schrader on lap 20, and Kyle Petty on lap 75.

Chasers having problems in the race today were Kevin Harvick who had a couple of tire issues ruining his day and Jimmy Johnson who also ran into tire problems.

For the first 2/3rds of the race it was all chaser Matt Kenseth mainly leading the race. Around lap 160 though he started to complain of an alternator problem though. Then taking over the race leading duties is chaser Carl Edwards. Carl pitted with a bunch of drivers with around 113 laps left in the race. For a while Mark Martin had the lead before he pitted with around 95 laps left.

After pit stops cycled through Edwards got back in the lead of the race and started to put even more cars one lap down. By fifty laps to go only a small 6 cars were left on the lead lap. Four more laps later and a debris caution came out. A few laps of green flag occurs and the cars of Tony Raines and John Andretti get together. Also involved is David Reutimann.

During the caution flag time Matt Kenseth comes in complaining of being down one cylinder. Some laps of caution go by and with 30 laps to go the red flag comes out to clean up fluids on the racetrack.

The green flag drops with 28 laps to go and the engine finally gives out for Matt Kenseth. “First time blown up in probably two years,” said Matt. His lat engine failure was in February of 2005.

The green flag drops and it did not take long before the caution comes out for Robby Gordon and his car that taps the wall.

The green flag drops and the second red flag comes out with 15 laps go when chaser Kurt Busch smashed into the wall. He then wound up involving Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Neman, Jeff Grenn, Scott Riggs, Reed Sorenson, J.J Yeley, chaser Martin Treux Jr., and chaser Jimmy Johnson. The wreck set the record for cautions for a 400-mile race at the track.

“Wrong place, wrong time their in the end,” said Ryan Newman. He stated that something went wrong with the right front tire on Kurt Busch. “Proud of what we did today,” said Jeff Green. “Something broke on this car,” said Kurt Busch. He also stated he was sorry for everyone involved in the wreck.

A few laps of green flag racing occurs and then car parts from the damaged car of Martin Truex Jr. comes flying off. The green flag drops and Greg Biffle made the pass and took second place from Mark Martin, but could not get close enough to Carl Edwards as he wins the race.

Carl stated that he has to keep running just like he is running. He also said that he might have gotten some free video games if he left Greg Biffle go ahead of him.

Mark Martin stated that he had an awesome car and that he needed the long runs in order to have a chance at the win. He finished the race in fourth.

Kyle Busch who finished in fifth stated that he wound up with only cosmetic damage off the big wreck and that he finished a few spot better than he should have.

“Terrible to start,” said Martin Truex Jr. He stated that Kurt Busch car got into the wall. He finished thirteenth.

In points Jeff Gordon now lead the standings by only two points over Tony Stewart. Carl Edwards is only three points back while Jimmy Johnson is only four points back.

Quick Post-Race Update:  Carl Edwards and his car has failed post race inspection.  His right-rear fender was found too low.  This will likely wind up costing him some cash and championship points.

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