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The Pit Stop


November 18, 2007 7:32 PM

Jimmy repeats.

It is the final race of the NASCAR season and a whole bunch of streaks are on the line.  Jimmy Johnson is looking to win his fifth race in a row and a second championship in a row.  Greg Biffle is looking to win for the fourth year in a row at the Miami-Homestead Speedway.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to continue to win at least one race a season.

Not laying back in qualifying for the race was Jimmy Johnson who took the poll for this race.

The race started off with green flag racing that went with Matt Kenseth leading most of the way until he made a green flag pit stop on lap 48.  Also pitting under green flag conditions was Jimmy Johnson.  A couple more laps go by and a trio of cars, Dale Jr., Kyle Busch and Patrick Carpentier, got together trying to get onto pit road.

That left a number of cars a lap down or at the tail end of the lead lap.  The green flag drops and in quickly went back to yellow as Dale Jr. spins out.  That help put Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon back on the lead lap.

The third caution on the day came out on lap 77 as Paul Menard spun out. After the green flag dropped it led to the second long green flag run with Matt Kenseth leading the way again.  It led to the second set of green flag pit stops that went in full without cautions.

Finally the fourth caution of the day came out on lap 149 for a Ryan Newman spin. After the green flag dropped only a few laps of green flag racing occur and on lap 158 saw the cars of Johnny Sauter and Brian Vickers crash together.

The next caution came out on lap 193 for a Sam Hornish Jr. Spin.  During this time period Denny Hamlin did lead some laps until Matt Kenseth took over the lead again.

At the 50 lap to go Matt Kenseth is in the lead of the race with Kurt Busch in second place. With 40 laps to go nothing has changed up front.  With 28 laps to go cars started down pit road for the final stops of the season.  Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson take on four tires and fuel.

After everyone pitted Martin Truex Jr. was the leader for one lap until Matt Kenseth with four fresh tires passed him for the lead of the race.    With 14 laps to go Tony Stewart spins out to bring out a late caution.

The green flag drops with nine laps to go and Kurt Busch makes a big move into second place, but could not get really close at all to Kenseth as he takes the win of the race.  Matt Kenseth was complaining of some tire problems late.  Jimmy Johnson brings his car home safely and his second championship in a row.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said Chad Knaus on winning the championship. “It is a great day.”

“What a performance by our team,” said Robbie Reiser who is the Crew Chief for Matt Kenseth.

“We lost a lot of close races this year,” said Matt Kenseth.   He also stated that I must have gotten a big piece of debris on the tire and then I rubbed it off.

“We all know it was about tonight,” said Jeff Gordon.  He went on to state that if he race liked this in the last four races he might have had a chance.  Jeff also said he should have gotten more aggressive.  Jeff finished fourth on the night.

“Just so proud of this race team,” said Jimmy Johnson” “Its crazy. I do not even know what to think.”  On the race tonight he said that I don’t think I had anything to win the race.

“Had a bad pit stop and a loose wheel,” said Kurt Bush.

Jimmy Johnson wins the championship with a grand total of 6718 points.  In second place is teammate Jeff Gordon scoring 6637 points.  In third place is Clint Bowyer with 6377 points.

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