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The Pit Stop


May 2, 2008 9:04 PM

Even Denny Hamlin wins in the 20 car.

Nationwide series drivers took the Richmond International Raceway for the Lipton Tea 250.  Kasey Kahne earlier in the day took the poll for this race.

“Good car tonight,” said Kevin Harvick.  He starts the race sixth.

“Save A Lot fusion is really, really good today,” said Carl Edwards who starts second.

Kyle Busch stated that he hopes he has a better race setup than a qualifying setup. He starts the race in 25th spot.

After the drop of the green flag it took Carl Edwards 17 lap before he got the lead of the race from Kasey Kahne.  By lap 50 Carl Edwards took the lead up to 2 seconds over Kevin Harvick who was in second place.

At lap 66 Brent Rowe spins out to bring out the first caution.  Carl Edwards at the time was getting close to lapping Kyle Busch who was in 21st spot.  All the leaders pit and Carl Edwards leads the cars off pit road with Kevin Harvick in second place.

The second caution for some debris came out on lap 79.  During this time Kyle Busch was able to move up to 16th.

At the drop of the green flag both Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick busted out to a 3 second lead over Denny Hamlin. By lap 103 it was up to four seconds and Kyle Busch was still stuck in 17th spot.

At the halfway point Carl Edwards was finally able to bust a one second plus lead over Kevin Harvick. At lap 130 he finally put Kyle Busch in twentieth place one lap down.  The third caution of the day finally came out on lap 141 by a spin from David Reutimann with some help from Sam Hornish Jr. and by then only 14 cars were left on the lead lap.

This time all the leaders pit and Carl Edwards had some problems getting a tire and he comes out in second behind Kevin Harvick.

The green flag drops and Kevin started to bust out a small lead quickly. Then at lap 157 the fourth caution came out for a Landon Cassill spin.   Not many laps of green flag racing go down and Kasey Kahne spins out with 84 laps to go.  This caution put Kyle Busch back onto the lead lap.

Again at the drop of the green flag Kevin busted out a good quick lead.  With 50 laps to go Kyle Busch was tenth.  With 30 laps to go Kevin was still holding a 1 second lead over Carl Edwards.

With 23 laps to go the next caution comes out for Derrike Cope who spins out.  The top three cars stay out while the rest pit for tires and fuel.  The green flag dropped with 16 laps left, but the yellow flag came out immediately for spinning car of Ryan Hackett.

With 12 laps left the green flag drops and Denny Hamlin with fresh tires making some passes on the outside got him the lead of the race.  With four laps left Bryan Clausen spins out and by this time Kyle Busch made it all the way up to third spot.

Denny Hamlin gets a good restart and wins his first Nationwide Series race at this track.  This is third driver this year to win in the 20 car this season and the fifth win in a row for the Joe Gibbs team.

“Right position at the right time,” said Crew Chief Dave Rodgers.

“This is my biggest win,” said Denny Hamlin.

Kevin Harvick said that he saw Carl Edwards stay out so he would stay out as well.  Kevin finished the race in second place.

“We had a struggling night all night,” said Kyle Busch. He finished third.

David Ragan said he had a car that was capable of winning the race.  David finished in fourth.

“It was just a good run for us,” said Steven Wallace who finished fifth.  His first top five finish in the Nationwide Series.

The race for the championship got really close.  Clint Bowyer still leads in the points, but Carl Edwards is only 9 points back and Kyle Busch is only 12 back of the leader.

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