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The Pit Stop


July 5, 2008 10:33 PM

Wild Finish at Daytona.

It is a Saturday night special as Sprint Cup drivers take to the Daytona track for the final time season at the Coke Zero 400.  Paul Menard had the poll for this race with Mark Martin also on the front row.

“Really good at the end of proactive,” said Mark Martin.  Jamie McMurrray said that his car was driving good.  “Super good,” said Dale Jr. on his car.  Jimmie Johnson said that you wanted clean air.

Tony Stewart was a driver that was not feeling to great today and had J.J. Yeley as a backup.

At the drop of the green flag it was Paul Menard in the lead until Dale Jr. took it at the time the caution came out for A.J. Allmendinger who blew a tire.  All the leaders pit and Kyle Busch was able to get the lead of the race.

During the next green flag run Dale Jr. was able to march his way back into the lead of the race again. The next caution finally came out on lap 44 for a Ryan Newman spin.  Kyle Busch was able to get the lead off pit road again.

After the green flag dropped Kyle Busch kept the lead of the race for a while and by lap 69 Dale Jr. was able to get the lead of the race again.

At lap 71 the third caution of the day comes out for Greg Biffle who crashes out with some help from Juan Pablo Montoya.  During this caution Tony Stewart called it quits for the night and went to his back up driver.  After a while he was taken to the infield care center to be treated for flu like symptoms.

With 60 laps to go up at the front of the field were the Hendrick drivers of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Jr.

With 51 laps to go and Elliott Sadler wound up with a blown tire and smacks the wall hard, but wins up taking out no extra cars.

With 46 laps to go the green flag dropped with Dale Jr. in the lead and Denny Hamlin in second with a mega amount of two wide racing going on.  In a lap Denny was able to get the lead of the race.  With 39 laps to go Dale Jr. got the lead back.

With 36 laps left the next caution came out come out.  It all starts with David Gilliland getting into Ryan Newman.   Brian Vickers then gets into the back of Jeff Burton and spins him out.

Most of the leaders pit, but Boris Said stays out to lead the race.  His lead after the green flag dropped lasted less than a lap and Dale Jr. was able to get the lead again.  With 30 laps left Jamie McMurray spins out to bring out the caution.

The Green flag drops with 27 laps to go with Dale Jr. in first and Jeff Gordon in second.  One lap later and it was Jeff Gordon in the lead with Kyle Busch in second.  At the end of the next lap Denny Hamlin gets spun out with some help from Martin Truex Jr. Denny then takes out Ryan Newman.

Some cars come in for service during the caution period.  The green flag drops with 21 laps to go, but at the end of the lap David Ragan gets J.J. Yeley loose.  This causes Jeff Burton and Casey Mears to crash together.

With 17 laps left the green flag drops and Kasey Kahne winds up a with a tire rub.  He drops back to around 20th spot and continues on.  With 11 laps to go Boris Said Crashes out with some help from Joe Nemechek.

At the time of the caution it was Jeff Gordon in the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Dale Jr. in third.  The green flag drops with 8 laps left.  On the top side of the track Mark Martin was pushing Matt Kenseth to the front.

With four laps left a big caution of the night occurred.  Cars spinning out included Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, J.J. Yeley, Denny Hamlin, David Reutimann, and Regan Smith.

At the time of the caution it was Kyle Busch scored as the leader and Jeff Gordon in second.  The green/white checker drops and then Jeff Gordon gets spun out, but no caution occurs.  Some wilder racing occurs in the back and at the final lap it was Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch fighting for the lead.  At the end of the final lap a massive wreck occurs.

Crashing out was Sam Hornish Jr., Dave Blaney, Travis Kvapil, J.J. Yeley and a whole host of other drivers.

After a look at the videotape NASCAR gave the win to Kyle Busch.

Kyle Busch said that he can’t believe that he is here right now.  “We were able to be ahead when it mattered.”

Carl Edwards thanked Kyle Busch and his team.  Carl finished in second.

Matt Kenseth said overall he had a great night who finished third.

Kurt Busch who finished in fourth also said he had a great night.

“They got the jump on me,” said Jeff Gordon on the final restart. “We had such a strong run.”  He finished in 30th.

In points Kyle Busch was able to extend his lead over Jeff Burton by around 180 points and Dale Jr. by around 200.

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