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The Pit Stop


February 25, 2008 6:51 PM

Tony wins two in a row.

After a couple day so rain racing for the nationwide series finally got off to a start for the Stater Bros. 300 race.  2007 owner points left Jeff Burton as the leader of the race.

During the first half of the race we only had two cars leading the race Tony Stewart and Morgan Shepherd who led only one measly lap during a yellow flag.  During this time we have four single car cautions.  Elliott Sadler on lap 23 for a tire problem, Jeff Burton on lap 50 for hitting the wall, Kelly Bires on lap 54 for a crash, and Brian Clauson on lap 64 who also crashed.

“I’m not really sure shat happened,” said Brian Clauson. “Started the race off really free.”

Around lap 95 the first green flag pit stops occurred with Tony Stewart still being the main leader of the race.   This finally gave a chance for drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mike Bliss to lead the race for a while.

With around 40 laps to go a debris caution flew.  This left Jamie McMurray in the lead of the race at the drop of the green flag, but it did not last long and Tony Stewart took the lead of the race again.

Around 35 laps to go a battle for second place occurs between the Toyota cars of Kyle Busch and David Reutimann.

“Blew the transmission out,” said Brad Keselowski who went behind the wall and ended his day.

With 24 laps left in the race Tony Stewart had a 1.5 second lead over Kyle Busch.  With 16 laps left the lead was not much smaller.  With 10 laps left Tony Stewart is in the lead with David Reutimann in second and Kyle Busch in third all low on fuel and hoping to go all the way without running out of gas.

With 3 laps left Tony had a 2.5 second lead over Kyle and had enough fuel left to win his second race in a row.

“We’re real close,” said Dave Rodgers who is the crew chief for Tony Stewart.

“It was awesome today,” said Tony Stewart.  He also stated that the car was the worst at the end.  On racing a second race today he said it was easy.  Tony is slated to be in only 9 races this year.

“Beringer Toyota was pretty awesome,” said Kyle Busch.  “I’m happy with it,” he stated on being second in points.  He finished in second place for the second time this year.

“Really fast at the end,” said Kevin Harvick who finished in third.

“We just got too tight towards the end,” said David Reutimann who finished in fourth,

“Great points day for us,” said Carl Edwards who finished in fifth.

“It was all right,” said Dale Jr. who finished in seventh.  He also said that he tried some pit strategy that did not work for us.

Stephen Leicht said that he was tight at the end.

In points Tony Stewart lead Kyle Busch by 30 points.

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