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The Pit Stop


September 2, 2007 12:09 AM

Jeff Burton was class of field in California.

On one of the hottest days ever for Busch Series drivers with track temperatures above 100 degrees for the start of the race the drivers came out to race on Saturday night for the Camping World 300 in Fontana California.

Winning the poll for the race this week is Denny Hamlin with Kasey Kahne starting in second.

An early caution on lap 2 for Kyle Krissiloff who smacked the wall led to a long green flag run where Kyle Busch led 15 laps and then Brian Vickers took over the lead around lap 23. He kept the lead while green flap pit started on lap 42. Vickers pitted on lap 45.

Kyle Busch wound up with a penalty for exiting pit road too fast.

After pits stoops were through Vickers was back in the lead of the race around lap 49. Jeff Burton though was slowly getting closer and closer to Brian Vickers and then on lap 62 Jeff took the lad of the race.

The second and wild caution came around lap 67 when A.J. Allmendinger got into Brad Kesolowski. The second hit caused Brad’s car to get one tire on top of the safer barrier and then skidded on the wall for a while before dropping onto the racetrack. They safety crew quickly came out and got him on a stretcher. This caution brought out the red flag. Also involved was the car of J.J. Yeley and Eric McClure. “Not sure what happened,” said Eric McClure. “I thought I was clear,” said A.J. “Looks like he(J.J Yeley) wanted to make it four wide in the corner.”

During the lengthy red flag NASCAR fixed a part of the safer barrier and let the drivers get out of the car. A crew was able to come out to the drivers to bring water.

Cars on the lead lap pitted after the race finally went back to yellow. Getting the most out of the pit stop with a two-tire change was Ryan Newman who took the lead of the race.

At the drop of the green flag on lap 74 it took less than one lap and Jeff Burton took the lead of the race. He quickly bumped the lead the around 3 seconds in under 10 laps.

The third caution of the night came out with 56 to go as Greg Biffle spins out. “The rear quarter panels are smashed up pretty bad,” said Biffle. This brought leaders in for a pit stop and Denny Hamlin won the race off pit road and the lead of the race.

With 44 laps to go Kasey Kahne spins out. Some of the cars on the lead lap come in to top off on fuel.

With 36 laps to go Jeff Burton passes Denny Hamlin for the lead of the race. With 25 laps to go Denny Hamlin spins out. The leader and most of the other cars on the lead lap pit leaving Kyle Busch in the lead of the race.

With 19 laps to go a big caution came out with Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, and Stephen Leicht. Vickers stated that his car was like a rocket after 20 laps.

After a lengthy yellow the green flag dropped with ten laps to go. With seven laps to go it was side by side racing for the lead and Jeff took the lead of the race. He won the race by around three seconds.

It is his third win of the year.

Burton after the race stated that even with the fresher tires that passing Kyle was going to be gimme.

In points Carl Edwards and his leads drops even further.  He now have a 654 point over part time driver Kevin Harvick while David Reuitmann is only three points back of Kevin.

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