The Pit Stop

November 4, 2007 7:41 PM

Jimmy wins race and championship lead.

With three races left to go in the season the drivers all went down to Texas for the Dickies 500.  Martin Truex Jr. has the poll for the race.

The race got off to bit of a slow start before the first long green flag run occurred.  Four cautions occurred in the first 35 laps.  A couple of them were for debris, one for Paul Menard, and one for A.J. Allmendinger.  During this time chaser Jeff Gordon two took tires during one pit stop to take the lead of the race.

During the long green flag run that lasted until lap 118 one full round of green flag pit stops occurred which kept Jeff on the lead lap.  The caution on lap 118 was for a J.J Yeley spin.

The next caution came out on lap 131 as David Stremme blows a tire.  This causes the cars of Kyle Petty and Bill Elliott to get together.  “Tire fairy has to help us out,” said David Stremme.  He stated that it was the second week in a row he has had tire problems.

Green flag racing went back to only a few laps and the caution came out for David Gilliland spinning out which also caused Reed Sorenson to spin causing some major damage to his car.

After the green flag dropped we went to the second long green flag run that led to the second green round of green flag pit stops. The green flag racing continued until lap 212 and then A.J. Allmendinger spins out.

After one flag of green flag racing the caution comes out on lap 218 for a big wreck that started when Casey Mears spins out.  He took along with him Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett, David Gilliland, Mark Martin, David Ragan, and Jeremy Mayfield.  “Just disappointment,” said David Ragan.

The next caution popped up at lap 232 for Greg Biffle spinning out on the frontstretch.

With 87 laps to go chaser Clint Bowyer comes down pit road for right side tires killing his championship run.

With 70 laps to go chasers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth were in a major battle over the top two positions on the racetrack.  A couple laps later and Denny Hamlin looses control of his car and smacks it into the wall bringing out the caution.

At the 50 to go mark Kyle Busch is in the lead of the race.  He had been the leader for most of the race today.  With 37 laps left Greg Biffle spins out and the car fills up the car very quickly.

Leaders pit and some teams only go with two tires.  Ryan Newman beats all cars off of pit road and takes the lead of the race with Matt Kenseth in second.  After the green flag dropped it was not long and Matt Kenseth had the lead of the race.  Soon Jimmy Johnson started to make his move and with around 22 laps left Jimmy was in second place.

At 10 laps to go Matt was in the lead by a half a second.  With seven laps left they were side by side for the lead of the race.  Biffle won the war the first time and with three laps left they were side by side again and Jimmy Johnson won the war this time with two laps left to win his first race ever at Texas Motor Speedway.  This also marks his third win in a row and his ninth win this season.

Jimmy stated that he thought Matt Kenseth and his tires would not last as long as they did.

“I just didn’t have the grip,” said Matt Kenseth.

“Flat out just got beat,” said Jeff Gordon who finished in seventh. He stated that his car was the best at the end of the race.

In points Jimmy Johnson takes a 30-point lead over Jeff Gordon.  181 points back is Clint Bowyer.  Chasers Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hanlin, and Mart Truex Jr. have been mathematically eliminated from winning the championship today.

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