The Pit Stop

October 27, 2007 6:17 PM

Reutimann wins in wreck-fest

Carl Edwards comes into the Saturday race needing only 585 points to win the Busch Series championship.  Carl though starts in the back in 40th spot.  Drivers were at the Memphis Motorsports Park for 250 laps.

The first 100 laps saw 11 cautions for various cars spinning.  Cars spinning out included Chase Austin, Kyle Krisiloff, Matt Carter, Ron Young, Robert Richardson Jr., Bobby Hamilton Jr., Steven Wallace, John Graham, Mike Wallace, and Jeremy Clements.  Leading for most of laps in this time period was David Reutimann.  Carl Edwards though was able to move up to a top 20 position by this time.

The next 100 laps continued with 10 more cautions and one that brought out the red flag.  Cars getting involved during this time period included Steven Wallace, Landon Cassill, Brad Baker, Kelly Bires, Brad Colmen, Bobby East, Carl Edwards, Mike Wallace, Brad Keslowski, Brandon Miller, Dario Franchitti, and John Graham.  The red flag came out for a caution involving Sterling Marlin, Carl Edwards, Ron Young, and Brad Keselowski.  Various drivers led laps under this time period due to different pit strategy.

“Look like we had a top ten car,” said Brandon Miller.  “Just a bummer.”

In the final 50 laps we saw four more cautions.  Drivers involved were Tim McCreadie, Bobby East, Brent Sherman, and Steven Wallace.  The race finished with the green/white checker flag finish that saw on the final lap of the race a Landon Cassill spin that also involved Carl Edwards.  Leading the race through the last 50 laps was David Reuitmann who went on to finally win his first Busch Series race ever.

The 25 caution flags was the second most ever in a Busch Series race.  The record amount was 26 caution flags in a Hickory North Carolina race from 1992. The longest green flag run in this caution filled day was 19 laps.  The amount of caution laps was 116 on the day.

“Just a great victory,” said David Reutimann.  “Just getting tired of restarts.”

David Ragan who finished in third stated it was an exciting race and that is was best to not pit due to all the cautions.

“It felt like I was in a cup race,” said Mike Bliss who finished in second.

“Really struggling with that car”, said Marcos Ambrose who finished fourth. “Really fought hard all day.”

At the end of day Carl Edwards failed to win the championship with his 25th place finish.  David Reutimann climbs to only 531 points back of Carl Edwards.

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