As the 2008 season begins with 23 drivers, the most ever, in the Budweiser Shootout the poll sitter Kurt Busch and a bunch of other drivers are getting sent back due to accidents or engine changes. Kurt Busch brought out his Martinsville car. On the wreck with Tony he said we need to “Learn how to handle each other better.”
Tony Stewart on the wreck said that I made a move and he made a move and we both got wrecked.
Jimmy Johnson says that he does not know what is going to happen. He brought a short track car from Richmond as his backup car. Jeff Gordon brought a Darlington car as his backup car.
This special race has two segments in it. The first segment is twenty laps long followed by a 10-minute pit stop. The second segment is fifty laps long. This year all cars on the lead lap will start double file when we have a restart.
The first segment started out with Michael Waltrip leading the race. Then getting the lead of the race in the middle of the first segment was Dale Earnhardt Jr. and then it started to get single file at the front. At lap 15 Bill Elliott blew a tire and hit the wall to bring out the first caution flag of 2008. This brought the first segment to the end as Dale road around the track in first place. Other drivers leading laps in the first segment included Mark Martin and David Gilliland.
“A bit of a brick,” said Jimmy Johnson on his car during halftime.
With four laps into the second session Jamie McMurray hits the wall. This caution brought in a few drivers including Jimmy Johnson down to pit road. The second driver to blow a tire tonight was David Gilliland with around 23 laps to go. This caution brought in all the drivers and getting the lead of pit road was Dave Blaney with Dale Jr. getting out in second place.
The green flag drops with 19 laps to go. Dale Jr. got a good restart and took the lead of the race while racing on the high line. Tony Stewart was leading the cars on the low line and finally passed Dale Jr. for the lead at the end of the ten to go lap.
With seven laps to go Kurt Busch takes a wild ride and somehow Kurt never hit anything to bring out the next caution of the night.
With three laps to go the green flag dropped. Tony got a good restart, but it did not last long and Dale Jr. had the lead at the start of the final lap. He was on the low line of the track while Jimmy Johnson was leading on the high line. Jimmy tried to make it close, but could not do it and Dale starts the season off right.
Dale Jr. Said that with out Jimmy Johnson pushing me I would have not won the race.
“I’m pretty happy,” said Tony Stewart who finished in second place.
Finishing the race in third place was Jimmy Johnson.