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The Pit Stop


March 1, 2009 1:09 AM

Biffle wins in wreckfest.

Scott Speed became the ninth driver in the Nationwide Series to win the poll in his first attempt at the Sam's Town 300.

Kyle Busch said that his car is not as good at was last week.  Carl Edwards said that his car was pretty good.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that his car was pretty good in practice.  "Qualified good," said Kevin Harvick.

At the drop of the green flag it got caution prone pretty quickly.  At lap 7 Denny Hamlin spun out his car.  In the back it was Mike Bliss getting into Brad Keselowski who got the worst of the damage.

Then at lap 16 it was Brad Keselowski bringing out the caution as he smacked into the wall.  This caution put him behind the wall. "Both cars got sideways," said Brad on his incident with Mike Bliss.

Caution three which brought out the first red flag of the day was on lap 23 as Kyle Busch going for the lead got loose, spins out, and then takes out Scott Speed.  "Mistake on my part," said Kyle Busch.  Scott Speed said that his car was tight at the start.  This caution brought in cars in the back to the pits.

At lap 28 it was caution 4 as Jon Wes Tonley crashes his car.  This brought in all the cars at the front leaving Mike Bliss in the lead of the race.  We finally had the first long green flag run of the day that saw Kevin Hravick get the lead and then on lap 56 it was Carl Edwards getting the lead of the race.

At lap 58 it was Mike Bliss bringing out the caution for a tire.  At lap 67 it was Scott Gaylord who brought out the caution as his car hit the wall.

At lap 75 the green flag dropped and it was Kevin Harvick getting the lead of the race from Carl Edwards.  Then at lap 81 Carl Edwards had the lead of the race again.

At lap 88 it was Mike Bliss hitting the wall again to bring out the caution.  Then at lap 91 it was the second red flag of the day as D.J. Kennington got together with Robert Richardson Jr. and Michael Annett.

At lap 93 the green flag dropped again and it was Justin Allgaier taking the lead of the race for the first time. At lap 99 it was Carl Edwards with the bad tire and he brought out the caution, but did not hit any walls though.  Carl went a lap down for this car problem.  This brought in the cars at the front and Jeff Burton was to get his car out first.

Leading the race at the green flag was Greg Biffle, but it was not long and the caution came out for Jeff Burton who got loose who helped take out Brandon Whitt, Kevin Harvick, David Green, Stanton Barrett, and Steven Wallace.

"Just a lot of cars spinning out," said Kevin Harvick.  He also stated that he had a car that was capable of winning the race.    Steven Wallace said that his car was really good.


The green flag dropped with 91 laps left and Greg Biffle got a great restart.  With 84 laps left it was Justin Allgaier taking second place from Denny Hamlin.  Justin stayed around 2 seconds back of Greg then around 61 laps to go it was Denny Hamlin getting second place back.

With 57 laps left Carl Edwards was still one lap down, but all the way up to 14th spot.  With 55 laps left Brian Vickers moved into third place.  On the next lap it was Greg Biffle running out of gas a bit before the pit road entrance.

This put Denny Hamlin back in the lead of the race.  With 50 laps left it was Carl Edwards up to 12th and the first car one lap down.  With 47 laps left Denny pitted putting Brian Vickers in the lead, but he would up with a too fast exiting pit road penalty.

Justin Allgaier pitted with 43 laps left.  With 40 laps left it was Carl Edwards up to 8th.  Three laps later and then Brian Vickers came in for tires and fuel, but had to come down pit road again for a missing lug nut.

At this time it was Brendan Gaughan in the lead, but coming down pit road he spins his car out.  Carl Edwards on his pit had a speeding penalty as well.  With 31 laps left David Ragan who was the leader spun out and hit the wall hard to finally bring out the next caution.  "Just driving to hard for the situation I was in," said David Ragan.

At the time of the caution Carl Edwards had raced his way back onto the lead lap and only 10 cars were left on the lead lap.

The green flag dropped again with Greg Biffle in the lead with only 25 laps left. Biffle got another great restart.  The caution came out again at with 23 laps left for Jason Keller who crashed his car.

Greg Biffle got another good restart with 20 laps left.  With 17 laps left it was Carl Edwards up to fifth.  Two more laps go by and he got third place.  At five laps left it was Denny Hamnlin with some tire smoke then on next lap Denny Hamlin blew a tire and with nowhere to go Mike Bliss rams right into the back of Denny.

"Just a weird day," said Mike Bliss "I had nowhere to go."  He also said that he can't wait to get home. "We cut a tire and the rest is history," said Denny Hamlin.
 
This brought out the green/white checker finish.  With one to go before the start Ken Butler III wound up out of gas. The green flag finally drops and Jason Leffler in second was slow to start.  Carl Edwards had one shot at the lead, but it did not work as Greg Biffle won his first Nationwide Series race in over 70 starts.

"Just kept it on the bottom and the fuel pressure came back," said Greg on the final laps.

Carl said that he drove the car in as deep as reasonable, but Greg was still there.

At the end of the race Carl had around a 50 point lead over Brian Vickers.  

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