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The Pit Stop


June 28, 2008 4:36 PM

Joe Gibbs Drivers go 1-2-3 at New Hampshire.

The Nationwide Series comes to New Hampshire for the Camping World RV 200.  The drivers are back for a companion race this time with the Sprint Cup drivers.  Getting the poll for this race is Landon Cassill.  It is his first poll ever, but he due to an engine change he has to go to the back.

“Z Line Toyota is not bad,” said Kyle Busch.  Clint Bowyer said that he enjoys this place.

This race has a streak of 21 straight different winners and at the end of the race the streak would continue.

At the drop of the green flag it did not take long and the caution came out for the spinning car of Brad Coleman. Brad stated that all he needed was to get his car out of the mud in order to get back in the race and that going through the infield care center along with sprinting back to his car cost him fifteen laps.

This finally led to nice green flag run that saw Kyle Busch get the lead of the race on lap 10.  Clint Bowyer took it back at lap 18 and then in a few laps Tony Stewart took the lead.  Clint Bowyer retook the lead on lap 33 and was finally able to bust open a one second plus lead.

The next caution finally came out on lap 47 as Landon Cassill spins out with some help from Bobby Hamilton Jr.  By the time of wreck Landon made it all the way back to around sixteenth spot in the field.  “Had a great race car,” said Landon.  “I tried to pass him clean.”

The leaders pit and Clint Bowyer was able to keep the lead of the race.  This led to another long green flag run where Kyle Busch was able to get the lead of the race quickly after the green flag dropped again.  He started to bust out a two second lead over Tony Stewart.  The caution finally came around lap 100 for the spinning car of Derrike Cope.

The leaders pit and Kyle Busch was able to keep the lead of the race off pit road.  After some laps of green flag racing on lap 112 David Reutimann was able to get the lead of the race and keep until the caution flag came out for debris on lap 128.

The leaders come in again and Carl Edwards working on some tire strategy takes the lead of the race with Greg Biffle coming out in second.

With 65 laps to go Tony Stewart fully makes the pass for the lead of the race from Carl Edwards.

With 50 laps to go it was Tony Stewart in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second and Kyle Busch in third.  Twenty more laps go by and nothing has changed at the top with Kyle Busch around 1.3 seconds back of the leader Tony Stewart.

With 20 laps left Kyle Busch fell back to almost 2 seconds back of leader Tony

Stewart.  The trio of Joe Gibbs drivers would then go on to finish 1-2-3 for the race today as the caution came out on the final lap for the spinning car of Greg Biffle.

“These guys are awesome,” said Dave Rodgers who was the crew chief for Tony Stewart today.  He stated that the gamble paid off when taking two tires.

“This is for Dave Rodgers,” said Tony Stewart.  “Proof what this program is about.”

“A great finish for everyone,” said Danny Hamlin who finished in second.  He stated that taking only two tires does upset the balance of the car a bit.

“Good finish for the Z Line Toyota,” said Kyle Busch.  He stated that track position was more important at the end of the race.  Kyle ended the race in third place.

“I don’t know,” said Carl Edwards on weather taking two tires was better than taking none.  “We just couldn’t get it done.”  Carl finished in fifth.

Brad Keslowski said that he was a top five car at the end, but he just ran out of laps.  He finished the race in tenth.

At the end of the race Clint Bowyer and his lead shrinks, just barely.  He now leads David Reutimann by 182 points and Carl Edwards by 188 points.

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