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The Pit Stop


April 6, 2008 5:10 PM

Edwards wins at Texas

On a hot Sunday in Texas 43 drivers took to the track for the Samsung 500.  Taking the poll for the race was Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Got a good car all weekend,” said Dale.

At the drop of the green flag Jeff Gordon was moving to the back while Jeff Burton was making his big move to front.  At lap 29 when the caution for a Michael Waltrip spin Jeff Gordon was back in 34th place, but still on the lead lap.

All the leaders pit and Dale Jr. leads the cars of pit road.  At the drop of the green flag Jimmie Johnson made his move and took the lead of the race.  He kept the lead of the race long enough and cars started to make green flag pit stops on lap 79, but at lap 70 Jimmie put Jeff Gordon one lap down.

During green flag pit stops Dale Jr. was slow getting on pit road and cost him some precious second on the track.  At lap 108 the caution came out for Jeff Gordon as he spins out.  “Just a bad day gone worse,” said Jeff.  He did bring the car out again with around 120 laps to go, but he did not last long at all on the racetrack.  He wound finishing in last place for only his second time in his career.

Matt Kenseth was able to get the lead of the race off of pit road and he kept the lead until the next caution came out for debris on lap 132.  All the leaders pit and Matt Kenseth kept the lead of the race.

Green flag racing continued until lap 177 for a crash by J.J. Yeley.  “Just got real loose,” said J.J. Yeley.  All the leaders pit and it still was Matt Kenseth in the lead of the race.  At the drop of the green flag though Juan Pablo Montoya gets loose causing Matt Kenseth to go high giving Kyle Busch the lead of the race.

During this ultra long green flag run Dale Jr. and his car was starting to slow up and he faded back to 10th place at lap 205.  By the time green flag pit stops around lap 230 and Kyle was still in the lead of the race.  Getting really hot after the round of pit stops was Carl Edwards who took the lead of the race and started to bust out a 7 plus season lead on the field.  Fighting over second-place was Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch.

With 68 laps left Dale Jr. wound up getting lapped and he was in 14th.  The major amount of final green flag stops started with around 55 laps left in the race. By the time the next caution came out with only 40 laps to go for some debris out on the racetrack Carl Edwards left only 10 cars on the lead lap.

All the leaders pit and Carl Edwards kept the lead of the race with Kyle Busch in second and Jimmie Johnson in third.  With 30 laps to go Jimmie has moved up to second place, but Carl Edwards was slowly moving up his lead of the race.

With 15 laps to go Carl had a 1.7 second lead and was getting into some traffic.  Martin Truex Jr. has a valve spring break on his car and was trying to keep his car on the lead lap.

Traffic though did not help Jimmie much though, but with 5 laps left and Martin Truex Jr. and his car finally blows up killing a good finish for him.  This brought out the green/white checker finish.

At the drop of the green flag Clint Bowyer made a major move to get to fourth place.  Carl Edwards got a good restart and was able to cruise to the win of the race.  At the final corner Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin get together, Clint slightly spins out but was able to cross the start/finish line for tenth.

Carl Edwards said in victory lane that he has a good sponsor and that he wants to come back and sweep at Texas.

“He(Carl) was better than us,” said Jimmie Johnson.  “Great effort.”  He finished in second place.

“Just on edge all day long,” said Kyle Busch.  He finished in third place.

In points Jeff Burton has a 59-point lead over Kevin Harvick and Kyle is only 5 point back of Kevin.

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