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The Pit Stop


August 31, 2008 11:05 PM

Jimmie Wins from poll

Sprint Cup drivers took to the Auto Club Speedway for a Sunday night race.  Jimmie Johnson was out to take this race from the poll.

Kyle Busch said that his car was not as good as last night while Carl Edwards said that Aflac Ford is real fast.  Jeff Burton said that the car was good in practice and that cars were going to “slip and slide” at the start.

Green flag did not last long after the green flag dropped.  The first caution of day popped out on lap four as Jamie McMurray blows out a tire.

Green flag racing continued with Jimmie Johnson as the leader until a weird debris caution comes out on lap 20.  A caution light fell onto the racetrack.  This one finally brought in all the cars on the lead lap and Jimmie Johnson was able to keep the lead of the race.

During this green flag run Jimmie busted out to a big lead and then Kurt Busch on lap 43 blows a tire and brings out the caution.  All the leaders pit and Jimmie was able to keep the lead of the race again.

Jimmie was able to bust out to another 3 second plus lead and on lap 69 Joe Nemechek spins out to bring out the caution.  The leaders all come in again and Jimmie kept the lead again while Greg Biffle came out in second.  Brian Vickers lost 10 spots due to a lug nut problem and fell back to 13th.

At the drop of green flag Greg tried to take the lead of the race, but could not do it.  Jimmie then started to bust out into another huge lead while Brian Vickers started to move his back into the top ten.

The first green flag pits occur on lap 110 and after all pits stops occurred Jimmie Johnson retook the lead and had an 8 second lead on the field.  Brian Vickers at this time was all the way back up to third place.

By lap 144 Jimmie had an almost 10 second lead over Greg Biffle and only 18 cars were left on the lead lap.  A couple more laps go by and a debris caution comes out saving a lot of good drivers from going a lap down.  It was almost time for a second round of green flag stops.

After another round of pit stop it was Jimmie in the lead again.  The green flag dropped with 98 laps left with Jimmie getting another good restart.  His almost 2 second lead went to junk with 89 laps to go for another debris caution.

This time after the leaders pit Greg Biffle got the lead of the race with Carl Edwards second as they both took two tires. Jimmie Johnson came out in sixth.  With 85 laps left the green flag drops.  Jimmie shot out like a rocket and passed a couple of cars in a hurry and in a couple of laps he was in the lead again.

With 75 laps left in the race it was Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards still in second and third place. Five more laps go by and Robby Gordon spins out to bring out the caution.

The leaders come in to pit and Greg Biffle was able to be out Jimmie Johnson again, but David Reutimann on some pit strategy beat all cars out on pit road.

After the green flag dropped it was only a couple laps and Jimmie had the lead yet again.  Then with 50 laps left he had a 2.5 second lead over Greg Biffle.  With 40 laps left it was up to 4.5 seconds.

With green flag pit stops almost about to start Marcos Ambrose hits the wall to bring out the caution with 33 laps left.  The leaders pit and Greg Biffle was able to just barely beat Jimmie for the lead of the race.

In less than one lap Jimmie was able to blow by Greg for the lead of the race.  After a few laps Greg was able to start catching up to Jimmie while some trash was one his grill with less than 20 laps left in the race.  After the trash fell off Jimmie started to build up his lead again and hold around 1.5 seconds until a few laps to go when it was up to over 2 seconds.

The Jimmie Johnson win marks the first Sprint Cup win from the poll.

“It means the world to me,” said Jimmie on winning at this track.

Greg Biffle said that Jimmie was beating me down in turns three and four.

Kevin Harvick said that he could pass cars while other drivers could not.

“Pit crew was unbelievable, “said Denny Hamlin who finished in third.

“Getting better at these big tracks,” said Clint Bowyer.

In point Kyle Busch has a 208-point lead over Carl Edwards.  Clint Bowyer though leaves with only a 17-point lead over David Ragan for the final chase spot.

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