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The Pit Stop


October 26, 2008 11:16 PM

Wild end at Atlanta.

Rain killed qualifying for a third week in a row for the Pep Boys Auto 500.  This left Jimmie Johnson taking another poll for the season.

Jimmie Johnson said that he was proud of his lap time at the then of practice.  "I think it is fast on the long runs," said Carl Edwards.  "Place is really slick," said Jeff Burton.  "AAA Ford is pretty good," said David Ragan.

After a lap three caution for the spinning cars of Bill Elliott and Sam Hornish Jr. we got down to a good green flag run that lasted until lap 35.  During that time Carl Edwards was able to get the lead of the race on lap 21.  The caution came out for Scott Riggs who had a tire issue.

The leaders pit and Jimmie Johnson was able to get the lead off pit road.  This led to a real long green run.  During this time Carl Edwards got the lead back on lap 45.  He continued to lead while Jimmie Johnson started to fade back.  Then green flag pit stops started to occur around lap 85.  Jimmie Johnson wound up with a entering too fast into pit road penalty.  Jimmie wound up going one lap down.

The caution finally came out at lap 110 for debris.  The leaders pit and Matt Kenseth won the race off pit road.  Jimmie wound up the first car one lap down.

The green flag dropped with Matt Kenseth leadings and then the caution came out at lap 131 for a Kasey Kahne spin.  This put Jimmie Johnson back on the lead lap.

Matt Kenseth kept leading the race after the green flag dropped and another long green flag run occurred.  During this time around lap 167 it was Michael Waltrip in for some fresh tires.  At lap 183 it was back to a second round of green flag pit stops.

After the green flag stops were over Matt Kenseth was still in the lead of the race.  The caution finally came out again at alp 209 for Michael Waltrip and his blown tire.

This time after the leaders pit Kurt Busch barely beat Matt Kenseth for the lead of the race.  After the green flag dropped a battle for the lead occurred between those two and it took until lap 224 for Matt to get the lead of the race.

Matt and His lead goes away for a debris caution with 72 laps left.  All the leaders pit and Denny Hamlin get the lead of the race.  The green flag drops and Jeff Burton starts smoking due to a tire rub.

Around 50 laps left in the race Jeff Gordon started to drop back and then fell out of the top ten.  With 37 laps left the caution came out again for Michael Waltrip who spun out.  The leaders pit and Denny Hamlin won the race off pit road again.

The green flag drops and racing lasted only a few laps and then the caution comes out again as parts from Michael Waltrip and his car come flying off.  This time a bunch of cars at the back of the lead lap come in for tires and fuel.  Getting off of pit road was real bad for Juan Pablo Montoya as he gets a hard hit from Clint Bowyer just as he left his pit stall.

The green flag drops with 23 laps left and then in the back of the field a bunch of cars wind up crashing.  Cars included Jeff Burton, Dave Blaney, Reed Sorenson, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Joe Nemecheck.

"I don't really know," said Dave Blaney on what happened.

The green flag drops with 16 laps left.  Denny Hamlin dropped down low, but that helped Carl Edwards to pass Denny on the high side.  Then with 13 laps left another debris caution pops out.  Jimmie Johnson takes on four fresh tires and comes out 11th.

With 8 laps left the green flag drops.  Carl got one amazing restart.  Jimmie though started passing cars left and right and in a couple laps was in the top five.  On the final lap he was able to pass Denny Hamlin for second, but Denny almost wrecked him.

Carl Edwards was able to escape with his second win in two days.

"Are you kidding me," said Carl Edwards when said that Jimmie finished in second.

"Risky call," said Jimmie on the four tires.  He stated that is car was better in parts of the race.

"We had a race winning car," said Denny Hamlin.  He stated his crew gave him his best ever car at this track.

Jimmie Johnson leaves Atlanta with a lead around 180 points over Carl Edwards.  Greg Biffle is right behind Carl in third.

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