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The Pit Stop


June 15, 2008 4:27 PM

Dale Jr. finally gets another win.

Sprint Cup drivers come to Brooklyn Michigan for the LifeLock 400. The qualifying for this race wound up getting canceled which put Kyle Busch on the poll with Jeff Burton also on the front row.

“A little bit of luck,” said Jamie McMurray on having a good finish.

Jeff Burton stated that he does not know where his car is this week.

“AAA Ford is pretty good,” said David Ragan.

“M&M’S Toyota is okay,” said Kyle Busch

Greg Biffle stated that like he likes his chances this week.

After a lap three caution for a Dave Blaney spin we had a massive long green flag run that went through two green flag pit stops. During this time Brian Vickers who started in 18th marched his way up to the front and was in second place at lap 25. At lap 34 he was able to get the lead of the race from Jimmie Johnson, but it did not last long. Over the next couple a battle for the lead occurred between these two drivers.

At lap 38 though Brian Vickers comes in to pit road to start green flag pit stops. During this time it was Matt Kenseth slowly moving up the field while Jimmie Johnson was slowly moving back. The second round of green flag stops occurred at lap 78. Matt Kenseth was able to bust out to a 5 second lead after everyone pitted due his really fast in-and-out lap he had.

Green flag racing finally ended on lap 92 for a debris caution. Every car on the lead lap pit and Carl Edwards takes the lead by going for a two-tire stop. Green Flag racing did not last for a long time and on lap 102 Kurt Busch spins out.

This finally led to another long green flag run. At lap 114 Matt Kenseth took the lead of the race again. Jimmy Johnson was slowly moving up to second place. At lap 137 the next round of green flag pit stop occur. During this pit stop A.J. Allmendinger blew by his pit stall costing him some precious time on pit road.

After all the cars pitted it was Matt Kenseth in the lead again. The caution though came out again on lap 146 for Bobby Labonte and his spinning car. Jimmy Johnson does not come in and is now scored the race leader.

The green flag drops, but in the back Robby Gordon gets hit from behind and goes smashing into the wall.

With 40 laps left it was Jimmie Johnson in the lead with Sam Hornish Jr. in second. With 30 laps to go nothing changed up top, but Matt Kenseth made a move to take over third place and Brian Vickers moved his way back to fifth.

With 22 laps to go Sam Hornish Jr. comes in for two tires and fuel. Four more laps go by and the leader Jimmie Johnson pit. This left Brian Vickers in the lead. Greg Biffle comes in and run over his hose giving him a penalty. Vickers comes in with 13 laps left. Matt Kenseth comes in with 12 laps left, but had a slow pit stop. Carl Edwards comes in one lap later and he also has a slow stop.

At this time it was David Ragan in the lead of the race with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in second. David comes in with 7 laps left for a splash of fuel. With six laps to go Jamie McMurray takes the lead of the race, but Dale Jr. fights strong to keep the lead of the race.

With three laps to go Same Hornish Jr. spins out to bring out the caution. At the time of the caution Dale Jr. was leading with Jamie McMurray in second and Kasey Kahne in third.

Jamie McMurray gives up his second place spot for fuel. The green/white checker flag flies and Dale Jr. gets a good restart with one lap to go at the start/finish line Patrick Carpentier spins out to bring out the yellow

“We had it set up win,” said Dale. Jr. “Congratulations to Rick.” He also stated that the caution saved him.

“Great job, proud of him” said Rick Hendrick.

“We easily had the fuel,” said Kasey Kahne who finished in second.

Matt Kenseth who finished in third stated thought it was going to be close if the last caution did not come out.

“Really disappointed,” said Brian Vickers. He stated that at end of the race he was going to get the black flag.  He said that he passed Mark Martin well before the caution came out , but NASCAR was not having it all. He did finish the race in fourth place.

Kyle Busch leaves Michigan with only a 32-point lead over Jeff Burton. In third place only 84 points back is Dale Jr.

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