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The Pit Stop


June 29, 2008 4:29 PM

Rain finishes race early

Mother Nature called for a good chance of rain in the area today as the Sprint Cup drivers to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301.  Patrick Carpentier took the poll for the race. The last foreign-born driver to have a poll was Lloyd Shaw all the way back in 1953.

Jeff Burton aid that he thinks he has a good car.  Kevin Harvick stated that track position is key.  “I think the car is fast on the long run,” said Clint Bowyer.  “Still got to learn the track,” said Patrick Carpentier.

The green flag drops and in a few laps Patrick looses the lead to Kevin Harvick.  Kevin busted out to a two second plus lead before it went all away and finally on lap 46 Dale Earnhardt Jr. was able to get the lead of the race.

Green flag racing continued and a massive amount of green flag pit stops occurred around lap 67.  After green flag pit stops all went down Kevin Harvick was able to take the lead of the race again.

The first caution of the day finally comes out on lap 86 as Dario Franchitti spins out with some help from David Reutimann.

Caesy Mears and Brian Vickers decide to stay out while the rest of cars on the lead lap come in for tires and fuel.

After the green flag dropped it was another long green flag run that worked for Casey and Brian.  During this green flag run Tony Stewart made his way up to second place, but could not pass Casey at all.  The debris caution finally came out on lap 140 which saved Mears and Brian from making a green flag stop in the next few laps.

Everyone comes in and Tony Stewart was able to get the lead off the race.  It was only a short green flag run this time that only lasted until lap 152 as Joe Nemechek spins out.

The cars up front stay out this time.  The green flag drops again and Tony Stewart was able to bust out a couple second lead.  He kept the lead of the race and then the caution comes out on lap 201 for the car of A.J. Allmendinger that blows up.  Tony Stewart was able to keep the lead of the race after pit stops.

At the drop of the green flag Michael McDowell and his engine blows up, the caution flag does not come out for this and he was able to make it all the way around track

The next caution finally comes out on lap 217 as Aric Almirola spins out from some help from Kasey Kahne.  Most of the cars stay out and by this time some rain was getting close to the area.

With 75 laps left to get Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson were fighting it out for second spot.  With 70 laps to go Denny Hamlin takes over the third spot from Jeff.

Jimmie Johnson then starts to close in on Tony. With 45 laps to go he was right behind him.  With 30 laps to go nothing has really changed in the top five, but the caution comes out.  Dale Jr. was attempting to get on pit road, but Jamie McMurray slams really hard into him.

“I never saw the 88,” said Jamie.

Denny Hamlin takes the lead off pit road with Jimmie Johnson in second.  Tony Stewart taking two tires winds up back in sixth.  Kurt Busch and eight other drivers do not pit.

At the drop of the green flag it was not long before the caution comes out with 22 laps to go for the spinning cars of Sam Hornish Jr. and Clint Bowyer.  Under the caution period on turn one Juan Pablo Montoya spins out Kyle Busch who then smashes into Juan.

Juan Pablo Montoya said that he was not happy at all for the way Kyle was hitting him and intently turned him.

“He thought he beat to the caution flag,” said Kyle Busch.  He stated that he did not know what his beef is.

The rain finally starts to fall now and with 17 laps left the red flag gets posted for rain.  At the time of the red flag it was Kurt Busch in first with Michael Waltrip in second and J.J. Yeley in third.

After a few minutes NASCAR winds up calling the race giving Kurt the win of the race.  Kurt said that he played the strategy game and that he needs to put in a big run to get into the chase.

After the race ended Kyle Busch and his big lead gets chunked big time down to 67 points to Jeff Burton and 144 points to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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