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The Pit Stop


April 26, 2008 5:21 PM

Win from the poll for Tony.

Tony Stewart earlier today took the poll for the Aaron’s 312 while Kyle Busch attempts to win four Nationwide Series races in a row.  Mother Nature was threatening to dump a bunch of rain on track and drivers are looking to avoid the big one.

At the drop of the green flag Kyle Busch getting out the action dropped to the back of the field and on lap 11 Dario Franchitti blows a right rear tire and then behind him Larry Gunselmen, and Clint get damaged.  This wreck caused Dario to get transported to a local hospital.

After the green flag dropped it only took until lap 20 for the next caution to come out as Scott Wimmer blows a tire and wrecks all by himself.

When the race went back to green flag racing Dale Jr. made his move up to second while Tony Stewart was still leading the race.  At lap 25 teams were worried about rain coming in 30 minutes. The race went green until lap 43 for a single car spin by Larry McClure.  All the leaders pit.  Tony Stewart takes two tires to keep the lead the race.

Around 15 more laps of green flag racing occurs and the caution popped out again for a David Ragan spin.

With 46 laps to go the big wreck occurs to bring out the red flag.  It all started with Kevin Lepage getting off pit road and trying to blend into the field.  He then winds up wrecking over 10 cars including David Reutimann, Kelly Bires, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Reed Sorenson, Patrick Carpentier, and Steven Wallace.

“I think it was the 61(Kevin Lepage),” said Carl Edwards  “Really frustrated.”

“It’s like a junkyard here,” said Reed Sorenson” “Non racing incident that caused the wreck.”

“I got rear ended,” said Kevin Lepage.  He stated if they can’t see me coming off of pit road they need new spotters.  He also said that this started off with a loose wheel.

With 40 laps left it Was Tony in the lead with Dale Jr. in second.  Ten lap later and nothing changed in the top two positions. One more lap goes by and the caution comes out for the wrecking cars of D.J. Kennington and Brad Coleman.

The green flag dropped with 25 laps left and in two laps Brad Coleman hit the wall again, but no caution popped up.  Four more laps go by and the first debris caution of the day pops up.  Tony Stewart stays out to keep his lead of the race.

At fifteen laps to go the green flag dropped and Mike Wallace tried to make it two wide to take the lead but it did not work.  With seven laps to go and it was Greg Biffle trying to make it two wide for the lead of the race but even that did not work.  Two more laps go by and another debris caution comes out.

The green flag drops with two laps to go on the final lap on the backstretch Dale Jr. made a bold move to take the lead on the outside.  He had the lead for a couple of seconds, but could not hold it all putting Jason Leffler in second for short bit and then David Stremme took it.  No one else could have enough for Tony Stewart and he takes his first win at Talladega.

Getting a solid finish which you do not see much of at all from him was Morgan Shepard who finished in thirteenth.

“This thing was awesome,” said Tony Stewart.  He stated that he did not really want to be in the lead of the race.

“Good day in all,” said David Stremme.  He said that he wanted to go with Dale Jr.

“I thought we had it,” said  Dale Jr. who finished in sixth.  “A Lot of fun today.”

At the end of the day Clint Bowyer was able to escape with the lead with a 27-point on over Carl Edwards.  Kyle Busch moved up to only 39 points back of Clint.

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