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The Pit Stop


March 2, 2008 8:28 PM

Two in a row for Carl.

At the UAW Doge 400 today Jimmy Johnson was attempting to make it four in a row at this racetrack.  Kyle Busch who is on a hot streak has the poll for the event today.

Carl Edwards said that this is going to be a wild race today.  “Pretty excited,” said Dale Jr.  He also stated that he is go try to take care of his car today.  Jeff Gordon said that his Chevrolet is a finicky race car today.

On the first lap David Reutimann hit the wall, but did not get the caution and then in a few laps wound up getting the black flag.  The first caution of the day occurred on lap 9 as Jamie McMurray and his car spins out.  A little over half the field came in for tires and fuel.

This led to a long green run that led to green flag pit stops at lap 49.  In the long green flag Jimmy Johnson and his car went to junk. During the pit stops Kurt Busch wound up with a penalty for exiting pit road and Greg Biffle wound up with a penalty for entering pit road too fast.

The green flag racing continued until lap 68 for debris.  By this time all the cars have pitted.

The green flag drops with Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the top of the field.  Green flag racing continued until Tony Stewart blows a tire and takes a hard lick into the wall, his second hard lick of the weekend.  Tony stated that from his hips down he feels some pain.

The next caution came out on lap 143 for the spinning car of Robby Gordon.  During this time Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon were at the top of the field.

After the green flag dropped we did not get a long green flag run this time as Patrick Carpentier spins out on lap 161.   The next green flag run was also short as Scott Riggs spins out on lap 178.

This finally led to a medium sized run that put Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth into the top two positions on the track.  The caution finally came out on lap 213 for debris.  Matt Kenseth led the cars off pit road with Dale Jr. in second.  Carl Edwards though wound with a tire leaving the pits, but the camera crew caused it meaning no penalty for him.

With 43 laps to go Casey Mears taps Brian Vickers spinning him out, but does not hit the wall at all. At the drop of the green flag it took a couple laps and Carl Edwards was right behind Matt Kenseth for the lead of the race.

At the 35 to go mark Dale Jarrett spins out.  After the green flag dropped Carl Edwards needed only one lap to take the lead of the race.  Dale Jr. in third was not making much of a challenge for the second place driver.

With 20 laps to go Dale Jr. in third was getting close to Matt Kenseth in second.  With 14 laps to go Dale finally made the pass to get to second place.  A few more laps go by and Kurt Busch blows a tire, hits the wall hard, and brings out a late caution.

The green flag drops with five to go. Dale Jr. gets a bad restart.  Jeff Gordon goes low and Matt Kenseth goes high around Dale.  Jeff and Matt pass Dale, and then Jeff goes up and taps Matt spinning him out.  Jeff then spins out and gets the worst of this wreck ending his day.  This caution brought out the red flag to clean up the mess that included the radiator on Jeff’s car which fell off his car.  “A little bit my fault,” said Jeff Gordon.  “I drifted up into Matt.”

After a lengthy red flag the green flag drops with three laps to go.  Carl gets a great run and gets out to good-sized lead.  Greg Biffle made one attempt on the final lap to get second place, but it did not work.  Carl goes on to win his second race in a row.

This marks the first time that Carl has been in the lead in the Sprint Cup points.

“Just very special,” said Carl Edwards.  He also said that he was just trying to hold off Dale in the end.

“Real frustrating,” said Dale Jr. “Red flag just killed us.”  He finished the race in second place.

In points Carl Edwards has 491 points and the lead in the standings, Kyle Busch falls to second place 21 points back with Ryan Newman in third 41 points back.

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