Sprint Cup drivers got their first official race on the newly paved Darlington Raceway on Saturday night. Greg Biffle is on the poll smashing the track record speed. Cars all week in practice smashed into walls on the racetrack.
The wrecking started early, but then it led to a very long green flag run. The first caution dropped on lap two as Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler get together. In the back Reed Sorenson spins out as well. The second caution comes out on lap 12 for Sam Hornish Jr. with a tire problem. “Blew a right front tire,” said Sam.
This led to a green flag run that went through two green flag pit stops where the cars of Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle did most of the leading and then the third caution of the night finally came out on lap 140 for debris.
That caution brought all the leaders in and Dale Jr. took the lead of the race going for a two-tire pit stop, but Kyle Busch went to the back due to a missing lug nut on a tire. Green flag racing did not last long and Kevin Harvick smacked the wall hard and brought out the fourth caution.
After the green flag dropped Greg Biffle was up front again putting a good size lead on the field while Kyle Busch was moving up to the front and was in top 10 by lap 181.
At lap 192 race leader Greg Biffle wound up with a car problem and pitted a few laps early for four tires and fuel. He was able to get the lead back after the third round of green flag pits stops occurred, but he brought out the caution on 235 for smacking into the wall. By this time Kyle Busch has made up to sixth place.
“Just tough,” said Greg Biffle. “Wheels just keep coming loose.”
All the leaders pit and during the caution time Ryan Newman and Brian Vickers get together outside of the pit entrance. Denny Hamlin was the leader at the drop of the green flag.
With 119 laps to go and Brian Vickers brought out the next caution in the race. A bunch of cars on the lead lap pit, but Jeff Gordon stayed out and takes the lead of the race. With 96 laps left Kyle Busch finally got the lead of the race.
With 88 laps left the caution came out for debris. The leaders pit this time and Jeff Gordon got the lead of the race with Kyle Busch in second.
At the drop of the green flag it was not long before Kyle Busch took the lead of the race again and then with 66 laps left Martin Truex Jr. spins out Denny Hamlin to bring out the eighth caution of the night.
The leaders pit and Kyle Busch led the cars off pit road with Carl Edwards in second. With 50 laps left Kyle had a 1.5 second lead over Carl Edwards. Ten laps later and the lead was up to almost 2 seconds.
With 30 laps left the lead was up to 3 seconds while Tony Stewart one lap down was so fast he was passing Carl Edwards. With 20 laps to go Tony was real close to passing Kyle to get back on the lead lap.
Kyle was able to keep around a three second lead over Carl Edwards to take another win this season in a NASCAR series.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Kyle on the win. “It just doesn’t turn” he stated on his car.
“Fastest car won,” said Carl Edwards. “It’s good for points.”
Jeff Gordon said the team is making some big strides and getting better. He finished third.
Dale Jr. who finished in fourth said that is was the worst he has seen for passing at this track.
Because of the win Kyle Busch moves to a 79 point lead over Jeff Burton. Dale Jr. is third only 134 points back.