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The Pit Stop


February 14, 2009 8:57 PM

Tony wins in a fantastic finish.

The start of the Nationwide Series season saw Kevin Harvick taking the first poll of the year for the Camping World 300.  "We got a fast car," said Kyle Busch.

"Extremely fast in practice," said Brad Keselowski. Mat6t Kenseth that his car is handling pretty good.  

At the drop of the green flag it was two wide racing for the first lap and then Matt Kenseth took the lead of race as it went single file up front.  At lap 17 it was Michael Annett getting into some tire troubles and then it was Clint Bowyer taking the lead of the race.

The next leader of the race a couple laps later was Tony Stewart who then lost the lead again to Clint Bowyer.  Green flag racing continued until the first caution came out on lap 27.  This brought in all the cars for tires and fuel.  On pit road Brad Keselowski gets out of his pit stall a bit wide sending Dale Jr. and Matt Kenseth into the grass.

After the green flag dropped again it was Tony Stewart quickly taking the lead of the race.  At lap 49 it was Kyle Busch getting his first chance as leader of the race.

At lap 56 the second caution of the day came out for the spinning car of Brian Keselowski.  Clint Bowyer was the leader of the race at the time of the caution.  Everyone pits and Kyle Busch was able to get the lead of the race.

Around lap 64 it got back to some two wide race and with some help from Clint Bowyer it was Brad Keselowski taking the lead of the race.

Around lap 71 it was the third caution of the day for a Steven Wallace crash with some help from Jason Leffler that took out Scott Lagasse Jr. and Justin Algaier.  This brought in all the cars back onto pit road with Jason Keller leading off pit road and Kyle Busch out second.   "Really great racecar," said Scott.  He also said that he got caught up in someone else's mess. "Really, really fast race car," said Steven Wallace.  

Jason wound up getting a five lap aggressive driving penalty for his actions.

After the green flag dropped Clint Bowyer marched his way into the lead of the race.  Then at lap 81 it was Kenny Hendrick hitting the wall hard to bring out the caution.

The green flag dropped and it was Kevin Harvick getting stuck in the middle and dropping out of the top ten.  Around lap 88 it was Mike Bliss spinning out with some help from David Ragan.  Trying to avoid getting damage to his car was Michael Waltrip, but could not miss getting hit from Mike Bliss.

This caution only brought is some cars down pit road which included Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.

At lap 94 the green flag dropped again and in a couple laps it was two wide racing again.  Greg Biffle on lap 96 gave Brian Vickers a big enough of a push to take the lead of the race.    Both Carl and Tony were making moves up to the front of the field during this green flag run.

With 15 laps left it was Brian Vickers still in the lead with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards in the top five.  In the next lap Carl Edwards finally got to lead a lap.  With 12 laps left Brad Keselowski hits the wall, but continues on.  

On the next lap he brought out the caution for his tire problem.

With seven laps left it was Carl Edwards in the lead with Tony Stewart in second as the green flag dropped.    Clint Bowyer then shoved Tony Stewart into the lead of the race.

With three laps left Brian  Vickers tried to go outside to take the lead, but no one went with him and he dropped back.  On the final lap it was Kyle Busch in second right behind Tony Stewart.  In the final corner Kyle got Tony a bit loose and he drifted to the high side.  Kyle dropped down low, but could not make the pass.  Carl Edwards was able to get around Kyle for second, but did not have enough time to take the lead of the race.

"Got really, really loose," said Tony Stewart on the final corner.  

"This is a real special deal," said Rick Hendick who owned the car Tony drived.

Carl Edwsards said that this car was not that good at the beginning, but they worked on it.  

Clint Bowyer said that his Holiday Inn Chevrolet was fast.

Greg Biffle stated that his car was a little loose at the top and the bottom and that going in the middle was "evil."

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