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The Pit Stop


September 14, 2008 4:58 PM

Greg Biffle steels race at the end.

All the chasers this week got to start up front due to rain killing qualifying for the Sylvania 300.  Rain though on Sunday did cause a 10-15 delay to the start of the race.

Clint Bowyer said that he had “A top five car.”  Jeff Burton said that he does not know how well his car is and he also stated in practice that his car was good on the long run.

“Ran awful in happy hour,’ said Matt Kenseth.  “Track will be a bit more forgiving today,” said Jimmie Johnson.  “We don’t have the best of cars,” said Kyle Busch.

At the drop of the green flag green flag racing continued until the competition caution came out on lap 36.  During this time chaser Kevin Harvick was dropping to the back.  Then chaser Kyle Busch around lap 18 broke something on his car and started to drop back big time.

Leaders come into the pits and drivers at the front like Carl Edwards took only two tires.  Kyle Busch wound up going to last place on the track tying to fix his car under the caution laps.  Carl was the leader of the race after the green flag dropped again.

This led to a long green flag run that lasted until lap 82.  During this time Carl Edwards was leading the race until Jimmie Johnson passed him on lap 66.  At lap 82, Kyle Busch and his bad day went worse as he spins out.  Also getting involved was David Ragan and Jamie McMurray.

This time it was four tire stops on under this caution flag for the leaders.  At the drop of the green flag it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. getting the lead of the race and then he continued to lead the race until lap 159 when he pitted for the first green flag pit stop of the day.  Cars though started to in a couple laps earlier than he did.  Dale though wound up with a bit of slow stop which helped get Greg Biffle the lead of the race.

Greg did not have the lead for long as green flag racing continued and Dale Jr. was back in the lead again.  At lap 192 it was Greg Biffle in the lead of the race.  He kept the lead of the race until the third caution of the day finally came out for debris on lap 214.

This left cars real close to make it all the way on fuel with Jimmie Johnson leading the race off pit road this time.

The green flag dropped with 80 laps left and green flag racing did not last long. Joe Nemechek spins out for the next caution. Denny Hamlin was the only car up in the top five to come in for extra fuel. He gave up second place.

The green flag drops again and it was another short green flag run. Chad McCumbee, Brian Vickers, David Gilliland, and Matt Kenseth crash together.   Kyle Busch wound up taking a commitment cone with him. “That’s cool, I will get rid of it sooner or later,” said Kyle Busch over the radio. This caution brought on the first red flag of the day with only 70 laps left.

“Running pretty good,” said Matt Kenesth on his car.

Around 10 minutes go by and the drivers start their cars again.  The green flag drops with 67 laps left. With 50 to go it was Jimmie Johnson in first with Greg Biffle in second and Carl Edwards in third.

With 35 laps left A.J. Allmendinger crashes hard into the wall.  Only cars on the back of the lead lap came in for tires and some fuel.  The green flag dropped and Jimmie Johnson got a good restart.  With 22 laps left though a major battle for fourth, fifth, and sixth occurred with Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., and Jeff Burton.

With 21 laps left David Ragan spins out for the eighth caution on the day. The green flag drops with again eighteen laps left, but the caution quickly came out again as Patrick Carpentier spins out.

With 13 laps left the green flag dropped and in one lap Greg Biffle passed Jimmie Johnson for the lead of the race.  Greg Biffle was able to hold off Jimmie the rest of the way onto the victory of the race.

“I was holding back,” said Greg Biffle on the end the race.

Jimmie Johnson said that the short runs hurt him the most.   Jimmie finished the race in ninth.

“Really good to have a good run,” said Carl Edwards.  He also stated that the car was not good at all in practice.

“Good, solid day for us,” said Jeff Burton who finished in fourth.

“Okay day,” said Denny Hamlin.  Denny battled his way back to ninth.

Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards left the New Hampshire track with 5220 points. 74 points back though was Kyle Busch.  He is now eighth place in the points.

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