Doubles dippers this week took a short trip over to O’reilly Raceway Park for the Kroger 200. Colin Braun wound up taking the poll with the Toyota of Kyle Busch taking second place.
This is the first race of the season with new engine rules that effected all the Toyota engines, but it did not stop them from moving up the to the top of the leader board.
Carl Edwards said that this is one of the coolest racetracks that we go to all year long. “Feel like we have a pretty good race car,” said David Ragan. “It’s alright,” said Landon Cassill on his car.
At the drop of the green flag Kyle Busch quickly took the lead of the race. He kept the lead through the first caution for a Mike Bliss spin. Carl Edwards at this time had some major oil problems that put him a few laps down. Then at the drop of the green flag the caution flag quickly dropped again for the spinning cars of Brent Rowe and Danny Efland.
We finally got a long green flag that lasted until the half way point. Kyle Busch kept the lead during this time while Mike Bliss was making a major move back to the front and was able to move his way all back to the top 10. At the middle of the race David Stremme spins out to bring out the caution.
All the leaders pit except for Morgan Shepherd who stays out to lead a couple of laps. Kyle Busch was able to win the race off pit road. Jason Leffler though wound up with a penalty on pit road and went to the back of the field.
The green flag drops with Kyle Busch leading the race and around lap 120 the caution came out for Kelly Bires and Bryan Clauson that spun out. “Just disappointing,” said Kelly Bires.
With 58 laps to go Travis Kittleson spins out to bring out the caution. At the time of the caution Mike Bliss was all the way back into third place. Kyle got another restart, but David Reutimann wound up with a flat tire ending a good day for him.
With 39 laps left Randy MacDonald spins out bringing out the sixth caution of the night. At the drop of the green flag it was only a couple laps and the caution came out again as Brad Teague spins out. That caution finally put Carl Edwards back onto the lead lap.
The green flag drops and Kyle got another good restart, Carl though was slicing and dicing his way up the field and made his way back to twelfth place with thirteen laps left.
Carl Edwards did not do much more with 10 laps left. Kyle Busch though went on to lead 197 laps, win the race, and set a new record by winning his fifteenth race of the year.
“What a great car, what a great team,” said Kyle Busch. He said that the 15 less horsepower cost him the poll.
Colin Braun said that he had a chance at Kyle Busch. Colin finished in second place and was in second place like all night long.
“Third place is good,” said Mike Bliss.
Carl Edwards said that he was having fun tonight.
In points Clint Bowyer still keeps a sizable lead over the rest of the field. Brad Keselowski is 173 points back in second place while Carl Edwards moves up to third place only 180 points back.