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The Pit Stop


September 28, 2008 4:40 PM

Wild end at Kansas.

Jimmie Johnson has to the poll for the Camping World RV 400 as the qualifying time that Juan Pablo Montoya and his time got tossed.  Kyle Busch is looking to finally put a good performance this weekend after two awful performances over the past two weeks.

“We came off the truck terrible,” said Greg Biffle.  Mark Martin said that he feels pretty good about today.  Carl Edwards said that he hopes that his car is as good as it was in practice.  Kevin Harvick said that the car was good in race trim.

At the drop of the green flag Clint Bowyer wound up getting a penalty for passing a car before the start finish line.  He wound up not loosing as lap for this though.  Green flag racing though continued for a very long time.

At lap 17 Matt Kenseth was able to get the lead of the race.  A few more laps go by and Kyle Busch was starting to drop to the back of the field with yet another engine problem.

At lap 42 it was Martin Truex Jr. moving his way to the front, buy this time it was Clint Bowyer still on the lead lap and passing cars at the back of the field.

Then at around lap 50 it was green flag pit stops.  During this first round of pit stops Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards get together on pit road.  After pit stops it was Matt Kenseth back in the lead of the race and it was also Clint Bowyer finally going down a lap, but still moving up while being around 30th spot in the field.

The first caution finally comes out on alp 75 as Ryan Newman taps the wall.  This caution gave Clint Bowyer the lucky dog pass and at this time Kyle Busch and his engine was feeling better. Everyone pits this time around.  Carl Edwards winds up getting contact from pit road this time from Dave Blaney while Matt Kenseth has to go to the back for a missing lug nut.

That put Casey Mears in the lead of the race.  He led all the laps until the next caution came out on lap 94 for a Kyle Petty spin along with Scott Riggs leaving a drive shaft on the race track.

Everyone on the lead lap pits except for Casey Mears who stays out.  During the pits Mark Martin and a couple other cars take on two tires for some track position.

The green flag drops and Casey Mears was able to survive in the lead until lap 107 when Jimmie Johnson finally gets the lead back.  Casey starts to drop back and falls as far as fourth when the caution comes out at lap 117 for a Joey Logano spin.

Everyone comes down pit road again for tires and fuel and Martin Truex Jr. wound up with the lead of the race.  Green flag racing did not lat long and Matt Kenseth spins out on lap 123.  The next caution comes out on lap 130 as Tony Stewart spins out.

This finally led to another long green flag run with Jimmie Johnson leading the way that saw with 91 laps left another round of green flag stops start occurring.  After the pits stops all occurred Jimmie was back in the lead of the race.

With 80 laps left a battle for the lead started to occur between Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.  In a couple laps Carl had the lead of the race.  Then Carl Edwards started to break out to a big lead.  With 50 laps to go it was over 4 seconds over Jimmie Johnson.

One more lap goes by and the caution finally comes out for Travis Kvapil who hits the wall.

All the leaders pit and Jimmie Johnson was able to beat Carl Edwards off pit road for the lead of the race.  After the green flag dropped it was back to a yellow flag condition in a couple of laps as Michael Waltrip spins out.

After the green flag dropped Martin Truex Jr. fell right off the pace and went to pit road and then behind the pit wall to look at his car who lost a shifter.  “Never seen this happen before,” said Martin.   Jimmie Johnson though started to pull away slightly from Carl Edwards.

With 12 laps left Michael Waltrip blows a tire, but the debris never made it onto the racetrack to bring out the caution.  By this time Jimmie was leading Carl by around 1 second.   With under 10 laps left Carl was catching up to Jimmie.  With 2 laps left Carl Edwards wound up right behind Jimmie.  Carl made one bold move down low to take the lead of the race late in the lap, but then wound up smacking into the wall.  This caused Jimmie to win the race.  Carl wound up bouncing off the wall and finished the race in second.

“Where did he come from,” said Jimmie in Carl in the final laps of the race.

Carl Edwards said that he did not plan for the wall to slow him down as much.  He also stated that he went as hard as he could at the end of the race.

“It was a big handful,” said Greg Biffle on the final laps of the race.

“The car was just so good,” said Jeff Gordon.  He also said that he should be sick more often.

Clint Bowyer said that Kyle Petty was slow getting going.

Jimmie Johnson leaves Kansas with a 10-point lead over Carl Edwards.  Greg Biffle is only 30 points back.  Kyle Busch at the end of the day is over 300 points behind the leaders.

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