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The Pit Stop


August 9, 2008 5:06 PM

Wild action at Watkins Glen

Rain stayed away this week for the Nationwide Series drivers for the Zippo 200, bug the action did not. 20 drivers this week though are doing double duty this week which includes all of the road course ringers.

Getting his first NASCAR poll ever today was Dario Franchitti.  Earlier in the year he lost his Sprint Cup ride.

At the drop of the green flag Dario Franchitti was able to get the lead through turn one and keep it.  On lap three in the inner loop Jeff Burton spins out, but was able to continue on and no bring out the caution.

The first caution of the day occurred finally on lap 12 for Wheeler Boys and Jeff Burton who get together.  A whole mess load of the cars up front pit with Ryan Newman winning the race off pit road.  A small bunch of cars including Robby Gordon and Boris Said get a penalty on pit sending them to the back.

Kyle Busch stays out and takes the lead of the race.  A wild restart occurs which got Brad Coleman and half his car up in the air. Damage from the incident gets on the racetrack and by the end of the lap the caution comes out.

This finally brought Kyle in on lap 20 for a pit stop.

At lap 21 we had the next caution for the spinning cars of Mike Bliss and Stan Silva Jr. At the time of the caution it was Jason Leffler in the lead of the race, but he comes in and pits.  This finally led to another good long green run that lasted until lap 41 for a Sam Hornish Jr. spin with some help from Marcos Ambrose.  With nowhere to go Antonio Perez winds up with some massive damage.

This sent a whole bunch of cars into pit road for some fuel and tires.

With 34 laps left a small bunch of cars pitted including the leader of the race at the time Marcos Ambrose. One more lap goes by and a debris caution comes out.  During this caution numerous cars pit.  Leading the race at this time was Jeff Burton.

With 29 laps left the green flag drops and both Clint Boyter and Carl Edwards spin out on turn one.  It put Clint back to around 30th spot. Carl wound up getting the worse of it and ended up going into the pits.

Around 21 laps left in the race and around the pit entrance the leader Jeff Burton and Kyle Busch spins out.  Kyle was first to really get moving at take the lead of the race.  Jeff was able to keep second place.  Marcos Ambrose and Jimmie Johnson though closed up big time to Jeff and Kyle.

Around 14 laps left and it was Jeff Burton bumping Kyle Busch and taking the lead of the race after going through the inner loop.  This moved Jimmie Johnson in second.

With five laps left though Jimmie Johnson runs out of fuel and then in one more lap Jeff Burton runs out giving Marcos Ambrose the lead of the race.  Two more laps go by and Steven Wallace is out of fuel.

At the end of the final lap the caution comes out, but it is too late and Marcos wins his first NASCAR race.

Gary Cogswell, Crew Chief for Marcos, said that he did not have the best car today.

Marcos Ambrose said that it feels so good to this off his back   “The race came our way.”

“We had a great car,” said Kyle Busch.  He said the incident with Jeff killed his fender and toe.  He finished the race in second.

Matt Kenseth who finished in third place said the he was low on fuel pressure all day.

Dario Franchitti said that he wanted a green/white checker finish.  He finished in fifth.

Carl Edwards who finished in 25th place said that he locked up his tire getting into turn one which caused to get into Clint Bowyer.

“Had a great time,” said Jimmie Johnson who ended the day in 29th.

Brad Keselowki makes a big move into second place and is now only 128 points back of Clint Bowyer.  Carl Edwards though at the end of the day is only 174 points back.

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