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The Pit Stop


April 5, 2008 4:56 PM

The Rowdy one finally gets one.

Rain for the fourth time this season rain caused qualifying to get can canceled again. Getting the poll for the race was Kevin Harvick for the O'reilly 300.

At the drop of the green flag the caution flag quickly came out. Somehow a rolled up T-shirt got onto the racetrack and NASCAR was not going to chance a piece of metal in it.

This lead to an ultra long green flag run that lasted over 80 laps. During this long green flag run Tony Stewart moved his way up to second, but had a tough time passing the leader of the race Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch was a rocket though. Starting in 31st position he moved his way up to the top five before pit stops around lap 58.

During the first round of green flag pit stops the leader of the race Kevin Harvick was slog getting off pit road. Over the radio the words ”broken axel,” was heard. This left Tony Stewart in the lead of the race.

At lap 71 though, the leader Tony Stewart over radio says, “something tore.” He goes into the pits to replace right side tires. This put Kyle Busch into the lead of the race and Tony Stewart one lap down.

The second caution for debris finally came out around lap 90. After the green flag dropped Kyle Busch was back leading the race with Jeff Burton in second place. Kyle went out increasing his lead big time again and then the third caution of the race popped up with 44 laps to go as Kyle Krisiloff spins out. By this time all the cars on the racetrack made a green flag pit stop.

When the green flag dropped again Kyle Busch was still in the lead of race with Jeff Burton in second. Around 32 laps to go and David Reutimann was saying his car had only seven cylinders.

With 25 laps left Kyle Busch had a lead of 1.5 seconds over Jeff Burton. With 15 laps left it was over three seconds. Four more laps go by and Kyle Krisiloff brings out the second caution in a row and finally got Tony Stewart back on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton, and David Ragan stay out while the rest of the cars on the lead lap come in for tires. With 8 laps to go the green flag drops and Clint Bowyer with two new tires quickly takes third place, but he could not move up any further.

Kyle was able to get a good restart and keep the lead of the race on his way to his first Nationwide series win of the year after many disappointments earlier in the season, like a blown tire, spinning out at Nashville, and a broken gear.

“Place so hard to win at,” said Kyle Busch. Kyle stated the he thought he would not be able to make up all those positions if he made the late pit stop.

“Remarkably fast,” said Jeff Burton on Kyle Busch. Jeff stated that he thought it was the wrong call to not come down for tires, but also said that new tires would not do anything.

Clint Bowyer said that it was good call to go for two tires. He finished inn third.

“We had a great finish,” said Bobby Labonte who finished in fourth.

Dario Franchitti said at the end of the race the car was a little tight. He finished in eleventh.

“Really, Really loose all day,” said Carl Edwards who finished 13th.

“Just took out of the pit box and snapped,” said Kevin Harvick on the axle that broke. He finished in 34th place.

Clint Bowyer leads in the points at the end of the race with Carl Edwards only 57 points back and David Reutimann in third place only 120 points back.

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