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The Pit Stop


November 17, 2007 7:51 PM

Jeff Burton takes final Busch Series race.

It is the end of an era today as the final ever Busch Series race is going run today on the Miami-Homestead race track.  Next year it is going to be called the Nationwide Series. David Ragan won the poll earlier in the day for this race.  He said the Discount Tires Ford handled very well.

The first half of the race only had one long green flag run.  It was caution filled with over 5 caution flags in the time period.  The first caution occurred on lap three for Bobby Labonte who crashed into the wall.  “It just turned right around,” said Bobby Labonte.  He also said he was trying to get around the car of Dario Franchitti.

Another driver bringing out a caution was Patrick Carpentier who lost it and gave Jason Keller some damage as well.  “Had a good car,” said Patrick.  “Pushed it too hard.”

Dario Franchitti also spun out to bring out the caution.  “I just made a mistake,” said Dario. “Over corrected.”

Steven Wallace did the last two cautions in the first half of the race.  “Car bottomed out on fresh tires,” said Steven. “It’s just a shame.”  A grand total of eight cautions flew in the time period.

The next 50 laps saw three cautions. One for a Dave Blaney spin, one for debris and one for a spin by Todd Bodine that collected Sam Hornish Jr.  Sam stated that it was not a good night for the Kodak Dodge and that he was good on the long runs, but had too many cautions.    He also said that he thought Todd was going to stay high.  Leading for a good portion in that time period was Kevin Harvick until Jeff Burton passed him.

Around 41 laps to go and cars on the lead lap started to come in for fuel for the first green flag pit stops of the day.  At 32 laps to go the leader of the race at the time David Ragan trying to get onto pit road spins out.  David stated he just got down their too hard.

After pit stops occurred Jeff Burton leads the race with Mark Martin in second, but the leaders were in middle of a whole mess load of cars.  With 18 laps to go they were side by side for the race lead with Carl Edwards right behind them.  One lap goes by, Mark gets loose in a corner and Carl Edwards takes over second place.

With 10 laps left it was Carl and Mark side by side for second place.  Mark was trying to go low to pass him just could not get the job done.  A few laps later and Mark was finally able to get the job done at get second place.  Jeff Burton was able to keep the lead and win the race.   The win marks his fifth win of the year and also gives Richard Childress the car owners points title.  Also getting a trophy tonight was Carl Edwards who won the points title.

Burton stated that he dreamed of being a Busch Series driver and that is was a lot of fun racing with Mark Martin.  Scott Wimmer came in an said that he is looking to do the same thing next year.

Richard Childress stated that he can’t wait to do a bit of celebrating.

“Need to lift more weights,” aid Carl Edwards who had a tough time lifting his trophy.  “Wins were a blast.  He also stated that he thought he could win tonight.  “Real proud for Carl,” Said Jack Roush who owns the car Carl drives.  Carl finished the race in fourth.

“He’s old school,” said Mark Martin on Jeff Burton.  “Came up short.” He also stated that it was a true honor to race for Rick Hendrick   He finished in second place.

Matt Kenseth who finished in third place said that pit strategy got him the great finish.

In final points Carl Edwards beat David Reutimann by 618 points and Jason Leffler by 809.  Part time driver Kevin Harvick finished fourth 812 points back.

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