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The Pit Stop


September 27, 2008 5:26 PM

Denny Hamlin wins the race.

Kevin Harvick took the poll for the Kansas Lottery 300 today.  “Real good in practice,” said Carl Edwards.  Kyle Busch said the car was decent in practice.

Having to go to the back to do some changes made to the car after qualifying ended was Kyle Busch.

The first 44 laps of the race saw four cautions with the worst one coming out for Mark Martin on lap 44 who hit the wall real hard.  Other cautions came out for Steven Wallace on lap 15 for his smoking car, lap 29 for Bobby Hillin Jr. who hit the wall, and one for debris.

Steven Wallace said it was a “cracked cylinder head.” Mark Martin said that he took a “pretty hard” hit and he was praising the safety equipment in his car.

During this time it was Kevin Harvick leading the way for most of the laps with Kyle Busch moving up to the front big time.

Then we finally got a good long green flag run that lasted until lap 92 with Kevin Harvick leading the way.  The caution was fro Bobby Hillin Jr. again as he sun his car out.  Bobby said that he got into the marbles and that he was passing cars even though it was a bad car.

The leaders pit and Denny Hamlin was able to get the lead of pit road with Kevin Harvick in second.   At the drop of the green flag Denny Hamlin was able to keep Kevin in second place.  At lap 139 Kevin Harivck started to have a dead battery.

That helped Kevin lose second place to Matt Kenseth.

At lap 151 it was green flag pit stop time for the leader of the race Denny Hamlin.

A couple more laps goes by and Kevin Harvick comes in for four tires and a new battery, but in one more lap Kyle Busch smashes his car big time with some big help from Mike Bliss.  Brad Keselowski wound up spinning his car out to avoid the wrecking car of Kyle Busch.  Kyle Busch said a lug nut got loose and he stated that he got hot from behind from the Mike Bliss car.

At the drop of the green flag with 36 laps left it was Denny Hamlin in the lead with Matt Kenseth in second and Clint Bowyer in third.  Denny started behind three cars that helped Kevin Harvick who was the first car one lap down to get away big time.

With 20 laps left Denny Hamlin had a 2 second plus lead over Clint Bowyer in second place.  Then Denny Hamlin started to get into some traffic which caused his lead to drop a bit, but Clint Bowyer could never get close enough.

Denny Hamlin becomes the eighth different Nationwide Series winner at this track and the first driver to lead the most laps and win the race as well.

“Didn’t have the best race car at the beginning,” said Denny Hamlin.

Clint Bowyer said that it took a little too long to get the car going.

“Discount Tire Ford had pretty good speed,” said David Ragan who finished in third.

Brad Keselowski said that he was probably better than his sixth place finish.

“Had a great car all day,” said Kevin Harvick.  He ended the race in 13th spot.

At the end of the race Carl Edwards wound up 196 points back of Clint Bowyer for the lead of the points.

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