The Pit Stop

October 12, 2007 10:00 PM

From worst to first for Jeff Burton.

Carl Edwards comes into tonight’s race with a chance to clinch the championship tonight needing to lead by around 780 points at the end of the race.  The drivers are set for 300 miles of action in the Dollar General 300.

Carl Edwards stated that his car was real good in practice.  Jeff Burton stated that he thinks he can get to the front. An engine change for him put him dead last in the field.

Tonight Jason Keller starts his 418th race of his Busch Series career.  This breaks the record set by Tommy Houston.

The first 100 laps went pretty much caution free.  An early caution on lap 26 occurred for Marcos Ambrose who had some tire problems.  The major lap leaders in this time period were Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards.

With 68 laps to go Carl Edwards and his chances to clinch the title are over as he is involved in a wreck with Matt Kenseth, Jason Keller, and Jimmy Johnson.  Matt Kenseth stated that he saw a lot of smoke and that the 48(Jimmy Johnson) spun out.  He also said that hr he learned some stuff for the Saturday night race.  “We did what we could to win the race,” said Carl Edwards.  He also said that is was the right decision to take the spring rubber.  “Really struggled,” said Jason Keller.  He also said that he was just trying to stay out over everyone’s way.

At the drop of the green flag Clint Bowyer was in the lead, but it was not long before he brought out the caution with 62 laps to go.  He spins out and collects Greg Biffle.  Also getting damage in the wreck was Mike Bliss.  “Pretty upset,” said Greg Biffle.  It just got out from under him(Clint Bowyer).  He also stated that he got hard on the breaks.

This left Jeff Burton in the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag and went back to caution after a couple laps for a Jason Leffler spin.

With 50 laps left Jeff Burton leads the race with Dale Jr. in second.  With 30 laps to go nothing has changed at the top of the standings.  With 19 laps to go Reed Sorenson spins out and had a big, but short fire in the back of the car.

With 12 laps left the green flag drops and with nine laps to go Kyle Busch makes the pass on Dale Jr, for second, but no one had anything for Jeff Burton as he wins the race.

“We had a really good car,” said Jeff Burton. “We got the car right when it counted.”

“Great race car all night,” said Kyle Busch.  He finished in second.

Dale Jr. who finished in third place stated if it was not for the caution we would have won the race.

Aric Almirola said the car was great on cold tires.  Aric finished in fourth.

“We really weren’t that strong all day,” said Denny Hamlin who finished in fifth.

In points Carl Edwards and his lead drops to 638 points over the second place driver David Reutimann.

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