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The Pit Stop


May 24, 2008 9:35 PM

Fuel strategy works for Kyle.

Nationwide Series drivers are in Charlotte for the Carquest Autoparts 300 for a Saturday night full of action.  The 20 car comes in on a four race win streak and is certainly looking to win five in a row.

“Really, really good car,” said Brian Vickers who is the poll sitter for the race

“Qualified really well today,” said Kasey Kahne who starts fourth.

“The car is pretty good,” said Kyle Busch.

During the first 100 laps of the race a few cautions popped out.  One for Danny Efland, one for Morgan Shepherd, one for Robert Richardson, and two of them for Sam Hornish Jr. on lap 67 that was a crash.  Sam said that he was chasing the setup of the car all night.

From lap 77 to the next caution it was Kyle Busch in the lead of the race.

At lap 123 the caution comes out for Bryan Clauson who spins out. Leaders come in and pit.  Kyle Busch has a bad pit stop with some tire problems and falls back to eighth.  This left Brian Vickers in the lead of the race.

The green flag drops and green flag racing does not last for long and Chase Miller spins out at lap 129.

At the drop of the green flag it did not take long and Dale Jr. had the lead of the race and then in a couple Brad Keselowski took the lead from Dale.

With 41 laps top go Kasey Kahne and Kelly Bires get together to bring out the eighth caution on the night.  “Never knew he(Kasey) was there”, said Kelly Bires.  He also apologized to Kasey.

Most of the cars on the lead lap pit, but Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, and Josh Wise stay out for track position.  Denny Hamlin in fourth was the lead car off pit road, but did not take any tires.

With 26 laps left Steven Wallace and Jason Leffler get together.  At the time of the caution Kyle Busch had around a half second lead over Greg Biffle with Denny Hamlin in third.

At the drop of the green flag Denny Hamlin made a quick move and got second place.  With only 20 laps left the debris caution came out for the first time today.

The green flag drops with 17 laps to go and in a couple laps Dale Jr. tried to make a move for third place, but it did not work.   With six laps to go Denny Hamlin made an attempt to take the lead, but it did not work as well.  With three laps to go and Josh Wise blows a tire.

During this caution flag Denny Hamlin bumped into Brad Keslowski and caused some damage to Brad’s car.

This brought out the green/white checker.  Kyle Busch got a good restart and then on the final lap Mike Wallace crashes to end the race.  This marks the fourth Nationwide Series win for Kyle.

After the race though Denny and Brad’s pit crews get into a scuffle on pit road.  NASCAR officials were all over the incident trying to calm things down.

”Didn’t start off that great,” said Kyle on his car.  “I was concerned a little bit,” he stated on fuel.

Denny Hamlin who finished in second place stated that Brad was not really racing him clean and that he needed to learn some patience.

“I raced him(Denny Hamlin) hard and he didn’t think that was cool,“ said Brad Keselowski who finished in third.

“His(Brad Keslowski) car looked so good,” said Dale Jr.

Clint Bowyer still leads the series with a 67-point lead over Kyle Busch. Carl Edwards is in third around 175 points back

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