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The Pit Stop


July 12, 2008 10:30 PM

Kyle Sweeps at Chicagoland!!

Rain killed qualifying for the Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.  This gave Kyle Busch the poll for the race for the first ever Sprint Cup race at this track under the lights.

Kyle Busch said that with his big lead in the points that he can gamble a little bit.  Jeff Gordon said that his car was pretty good in practice.  “The track looks different at night,” said Jeff Burton.

In a complete rarity for a start of a NASCAR race J.J. Yeley winds up with a pass through penalty for having a car that wound up with too little weight on it.  It was also very late getting though inspection.

Green flag racing went to lap 35 as NASCAR through out a competition yellow. A couple laps before the caution Denny Hamlin was complaining of an engine problem.

All the leaders pit and Jeff Burton completely misses his pit stall.  Kyle Busch was able to keep the lead though those pit stops.  Green flag racing lasted less than 10 laps this time.  Carl Edwards on lap 45 was able to get the lead of the race and then a couple more laps go by and the ignition boxes on Denny’s car both go south and he slows big time out on the track.

A few cars this time stay out including Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon.  This led to a long green flag run that saw a full round of green flag pit stops which started on lap 92 for a few cars and really got started on lap 102.  Greg Biffle led the race for most of this time with Tony Stewart leading around 10 laps while pit stops cycled though.

Greg Biffle got the lead back after all the pit stops were done.  Brian Vickers was getting real close to take the lead the lead of the race and then on lap 11 Michael Waltrip spins out.

Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch stay out. A battle occurs between them for the lead with Kyle Busch winning it.  At lap 125 Matt Kenseth comes in for to replace a flat right-rear tire.

The first debris of the night occurs on lap 142.  The leaders pit and Kyle Busch was able to lead the race off pit road.   He kept the lead of the race with Tony Stewart in second until the second debris caution occurs on lap 177.

Again it was Kyle Busch getting the lead of the race off pit road.  At lap 192 it was Carl Edwards getting to take over second place from Tony Stewart.  At lap 203 Carl Edwards made quick work of Kyle Busch for the lead of the race.

Carl then started to bust out a big lead, but at lap 212 he wound up going to pit road for a tire that went down, but after the tires were replaced over radio talk of the splitter coming off his car.

With 45 laps to go a battle for second place occurs between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.  Jimmie won the battle in a couple laps and then the debris caution comes out with 42 laps to go.

The leaders come in for fuel and tires.  Kyle Busch led all cars off pit road with Ryan Newman in second and Kurt Busch in third.  At the drop of the green flag Kyle got a good restart and was able to quickly got a 2 second lead.  A few laps go by and Jimmy Johnson got into second place.

With 31 laps to go another debris caution comes out as Paul Menard hits Jason Leffler and sends the rear bumper flying.

The green flag drops with 28 laps to go.  In a couple laps it was a good battle for the lead of the race, but then the caution comes out again with 23 laps left as Bobby Labonte spins out.

With 19 laps left the green flag drops.  This time it took only a couple of laps and Jimmie Johnson finally able to fully pass Kyle Busch and lead his first laps pf the race.   He started to bust out a one second plus lead over Kyle.

His lead went to junk with six laps left as David Gilliland blows up.

The final green flag drops.  Kyle Busch goes up high on the restart to make it two-wide for the lead.  It took almost one lap, but Kyle was able to lead of the race.  He then goes on to win his seventh race of the season.  Busch then celebrates in the grass, but gets stuck.

“I don’t know how I did that,” said Kyle Busch.  He stated that this is a “dream season” and that he “pushed Jimmie Johnson to go.”

“He(Kyle) timed it just right,” said Jimmie Johnson on the last restart.

Kevin Harvick says that his car was really good all night.  “Just came up a couple short.”  Kevin finished in third spot.

With the win Kyle extends his lead over Dale Jr. to 262 points and 291 points over Jeff Burton.

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