The Pit Stop

July 4, 2008 9:10 PM

Another win for Denny Hamlin.

The fireworks are out on the racetrack tonight for the Winn Dixie 250.  The field tonight includes two racers over 60 and an under 20 year old, Byran Clauson on the poll.   It is his first poll of his Nationwide career.

Bryan said that it was a big day.  Brad Keselowski said that the car was built more for speed.

All the cars tonight are looking to avoid a big wreck tonight.

At the drop of the green flag it was a bit wild and then it settled down.  At lap 14 the first caution of the night came out as Josh Wise spins out.  This brought all the cars down pit road except Shane Huffman who decides to stay out and take the lad of the race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all cars off pit road.  The green flag drops and he quickly takes the lead of the race back.

The green flag racing continued until lap 31 for Eric McClure who spun out around a couple laps earlier and did not bring out the caution, but he wound up leaving fluids on the racetrack.

All the leaders pit and this time it was Brad Keselowski getting the lead off pit road.  After the green flag dropped we had the longest green flag run so far.  With 50 laps to go Brad was holding the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch real close and ready to take the lead.

With 40 laps to go Brad and his tires were not working so well and then started to fall back.  With 35 laps to go it was Denny Hamlin in the lead.  In a couple more laps it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. back in the lead.

Dale lost the lead with 29 laps to go as Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were able to pass him. All three of them started to battle for the lead of the race as green flag pits stops occurred with 26 laps to go.

Dale and Brad pit with 23 laps to go.  During the green flag stops Brian Vickers winds up with car problems after the dropped the jacks.  Vickers said that it could be something wrong with the engine.

Getting the lead of the race after the pit stops occurred is Carl Edwards with 19 laps left. Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were right behind him.

With 15 laps left Kyle Busch had the lead of the race.  Then Carl was able to get it back in a couple laps and then it was Denny Hamlin back into the lead with 10 laps left.

With seven laps to go Kyle and Denny got an almost 1 second lead on the field.  With four laps to go Dale was able get right behind Kyle.  With 2 laps left Colin Braun spins out to bring out the green/white checker finish.

Denny Hamlin got a good restart and was able to keep his lead and the #20 car wins yet another race this season.  After the race was over Mike Wallace crashes out.

“It was amazing,” said Denny Hamlin.  He said that he thanks Kyle for sticking with him at the end.

Kyle Busch said congratulations to the 20 team.  He finished second.

Dale Jr. said that Toyota did better with their bodies, he wound up finishing the race in third place.

“Way to close for comfort,” said Clint Bowyer on his 202-point lead. Clint finished the race in fourth place.

“Learned a lot today,” Said Brad Keselowski who finished in fifth.  He said that the car was a little off on handling.

“It’s just a mistake on NASCAR’S part,” said Carl Edwards.  He said that he was always 50-100 feet ahead of Clint and that he went to the grass to avoid the spinning car.  Carl ended the race in eleventh.

Brad Keselowski winds up moving to second place in the points only 202 points back.  Carl Edwards is third only 218 points back.

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