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The Pit Stop


May 31, 2008 7:13 PM

Another win for Joe Gibbs.

Rain delayed the start to the Heluva Good! 200 from Dover by around 3 hours.  Earlier in the day when it was not raining Carl Edwards took the poll for the race with Denny Hamlin starting in second.  NASCAR is going to throw out a competition yellow at lap 25 due to the rain delay.

In the #20 car today is Joey Logano who is making his first Nationwide Series start ever.

Kyle Busch stated that he thinks the car will be a little bit free at the start.

When the green flag finally dropped Denny Hamlin up top was able to get the pass on Carl Edwards to lead the race.  The first caution popped up at lap 20 for the spinning car of Landon Cassill. This caution took place of the competition yellow.

Joey Logano moved up only a couple from his ninth place starting point.

All the cars pit and Denny Hamlin was able to get the lead of the race.  Joey fell back in the field after his first pit stop.

Donnie Neuenberger and Eric McClure get together on lap 46 to bring out the second caution of the day, by this time Kyle Busch had the lead of the race.  Joey got back to around 17th place at the time of the caution.

The green flag drops and Kyle Busch starts to bust open a few second lead while Joey has moved into the tenth place spot by lap 71.

At the half-way point Kyle Busch was leading Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski by four plus seconds while Joey Logano was in tenth and not moving up at all.

At lap 104 the third caution popped out for Brad Coleman.  It was getting close for cars on the lead lap to make a green flag pit stop.  “I’m fine,” said Brad.

After the leaders pit Denny Hamlin got the lead of the race.  Brad Keselowski leaving his pit stall wound up hitting Kyle Busch.  They both wound up making an extra pit stop to fix some fender damage.

At the drop of the green flag Joey Lagano moved all the way up sixth.  In a few laps Kyle moved up 11th place.

At lap 125 Denny Hamlin was leading David Reutimann by 3 plus seconds while Joey Logano was stuck in sixth and Kyle Busch was stuck in tenth.

After 25 more laps of green flag racing Denny Hamlin was leading Carl Edwards by over 3 plus seconds with Joey Logano in fifth and Kyle Busch in eighth.  At this time Kevin Harvick came in for an unscheduled pit stop for a tire problem.  He gave up sixth place.

In a couple more laps Joey Logano takes over fourth place and then the caution comes out for Marcos Ambrose who blows a tire.

After pit stops occurred Denny Hamlin was in first with Carl Edwards in second and Joey Lagano was out in sixth.

With 38 laps to go David Ragan and Jason Keller get together for caution five on the night.  By the time the caution came out Joey Logano moved into fifth while Kyle Busch was still stuck in ninth.  After the restart Kyle Busch and Jason Leffler get together to quickly bring out the caution flag.

“I don’t know what Leffler was thinking.” said Kyle Busch.  “Very irresponsible driving.”

“I just lost it,” said Jason Leffler.  “I got loose.”

With 14 laps to go Greg Biffle was able to pass Joey for fifth. With 10 laps left Denny Hamlin was keeping a just under 1 second lead over Carl Edwards.  Traffic was not a problem for Denny Hamlin as he racks up another win for Joe Gibbs.

Denny thanked his team and said that this car was fully funded by J.D. Gibbs.

”Danny and those guys did a good job,” said Carl Edwards.  “Just wasn’t meant to be.”

David Stremme said that his car was good in the long runs.  He finished third.

“Had a decent car,” said Joey Logano. He finished in sixth.

David Reutimann said it was a pretty good race who finished in fourth place.

Clint Bowyer at the end of the race leads Kyle Bush by 121 points and Carl Edwards by almost 150 points.

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