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The Pit Stop


September 21, 2008 5:04 PM

Two in a row for Biffle.

Jeff Gordon won the poll for the Camping World RV 400 race.  Kyle Busch who was looking to rebound from his awful finish last week wound up with more problems today during the race.

“This place is tough, said Kurt Busch.  Clint Bowyer said that his car is good while Jeff Burton stated his car is “pretty decent.”

It two the first two cautions before we got a good green flag run.  The first one popped out on lap 2 for a Kurt Busch spin with some help from David Gilliland.  The second cone came out on lap 12 for Patrick Carpentier who spins out.  Patrick wound up hitting Carl Edwards slightly, but Carl did not pit and moved on.

During the long green flag run Jamie McMurray motored his way to the lead of the race on lap 31 and started pull out a 1 second lead over Jeff Gordon.  He led the race until the caution came out on lap 64 for Joe Nemecheck and a blown tire.  All the leaders pit and Matt Kenseth took the lead of the race off pit road.

This led to a longer green lag run with Matt Kenseth leading the whole way.  Carl Edwards was continuing to move up during this time.  The caution finally came out lap 143 for Dale Jr. and his contact with Kasey Kahne.  It was almost time for green flag stops at this time.  Also around the time of the caution Kyle Busch and car was smoking.

Matt Kenseth was able to keep the lead of the race off pit road.

Then the race went back to a bunch of cautions.  A lap 157 caution occurs for A.J. Allmendinger who has some tire problems.  Then on lap 163 Jamie McMurray and Robby Gordon get together. Sam Hornish Jr. wound brining out the next two cautions on lap 171 and lap 185.  The lap 171 caution saw Jeff Gordon and a few other pit.  The lap 185 caution saw other cars on the lead lap pit.

Jimmie Johnson still did not pit with a couple of other cars and wound up with the lead of the race.

At lap 174 though Kyle Busch wound up taking his car behind the wall.  “No point going out,” said Kyle Busch who broken a valve in the engine.  He would finishing the race in last place.

This finally led to the longest green flag run of the day. Carl Edwards marched his way up the field again and moved into third place before Jimmie Johnson and Ryan pitted.  Jimmie Johnson finally came in on lap 240.  Around lap 267 Carl Edwards came in to pit.  He came in a bit early for tires due to Jeff Gordon and his pit stop a couple of laps earlier.

Then at lap 288 the caution finally came out saving Jimmie Johnson big time.  The caution was for debris.   The leaders pit and Jimmie Johnson barely had the lead off pit road with Carl Edwards in second.

The green flag drops and after the cars up front got rid of the lapped traffic it got to some three wide racing for the lead of the race which finally saw Greg Biffle take the lead with Carl Edwards still in second place.

Greg Biffle wound up getting a 1 second plus lead then Carl Edwards started to real him in a bit.  With 85 laps left Biffle was complaining that a tire might be going down.  A few more laps go by and Carl Edwards was back in the lead again.

With 70 laps left Mark Martin had marched his way up to second place. At the 50 to go mark the caution came out again for Juan Pablo Montoya and tires problems he had.  Leaders pit and Carl Edwards with two tires wound up leading the cars off pit road with Mark Martin out in second who took four tires.

At the drop of the green flag Matt Kenseth shot out like a rocket and passed Mark Martin for second place.  With 30 laps a major battle for the lead started.  In a couple of laps Greg Biffle got into the fight for the lead.  With 23 laps left Matt Kenseth finally got the lead of the race.

With 20 laps left Greg Biffle tried to take the lead of the race, but it did not work.  With 12 laps left Carl Edwards started to make things interesting again.   In two more laps Carl made a bold move that almost got him second place.

One more lap goes by and Greg Biffle finally got the lead of the race, but had a little smoke coming off his tire.  He started to pull away and get his second win a row.

Greg Biffle complemented the Roush-Yates engines and said he had one shot at the end to get the lead of the race.

“Were just too loose,” said Matt Kenseth.  “It was fun,” he stated on battling with other Roush cars for the lead.

I think it would have been different if we had taken four tires said Carl Edwards who finished in third.

“They gave me a shot to win this thing,” said Mark Martin.  He said it was awesome on the long runs.  Mark finished the race in fourth

Very proud of the effort today said Jimmie Johnson.  He finished in fifth.

Carl Edwards wound up leaving the Dover race with a 10-point lead over Jimmie Johnson.  Greg Biffle moved up to third.  Falling way back in the points is Denny Hamlin who is 193 points back and Kyle Busch who is 210 points back.

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