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The Pit Stop


March 8, 2009 11:30 PM

Kurt Busch dominates at Atlanta.

Sprint Cup drivers were at Atlanta today before they take next Sunday off for the Kobalt Tools 500.  Mark Martin in the poll for this race and it is his first poll since 2001.

Clint Bowyer stated that his BB&T Chevrolet has been good this weekend.

The green flag drops and we got a couple of quick cautions.  One on lap 2 for Reed Sorenson and his car the hit the wall, and one at lap 12 for Bobby Labonte who spins out.

This led to the first long green flag run of the day that saw Kurt Busch bust out to a 10 second plus lead.  At lap 32 though it was Travis Kvapil going to pit road and then behind the wall for some engine problems.

At lap 53 it was the start of green flag pit stops started and around lap 60 it really got going.  At lap 67 a tire from the Marcos Ambrose team winds up the grass to bring out the caution.  At the time of the caution only 6 cars were left on the lead lap along with a bunch of cars one lap down.

After pit stops were done Jimmie Johnson was the leader.  Kurt Busch though had fueling problems.  The green flag drops and Jimmie Johnson was putting a few car on the tail end of the lead lap one lap down.

At lap 80 it was Carl Edwards getting to finally lead the race, but it was Mark Martin in seventh pulling away big time to catch up to Carl.  At lap 103 it was Bobby Labonte spinning out again to bring out the next caution.  

The leaders pit and Kurt Busch won the race off pit road with only 10 cars left on the lead lap.  This lead to another long green flag run with Kurt Busch busting another big lead and at lap 153 it was Jeff Gordon trying to take the lead of the race from Kurt Busch and it did not happen. The caution finally came out at lap 157 for fluids out on the race track.

Kurt Busch kept the lead of the race off pit road and then green flag racing continued and Jeff Gordon on lap 172 tried again for the lead and it did not work.  Then the caution came out on lap 185 for debris from Marcos Ambrose.

The leaders pit and Kurt Busch had the lead of the race again. This time it was a short green flag run and at lap 203 it was Sam Hornish Jr. spinning out and taking out Bill Elliott who had nowhere to go.

This time Jeff Gordon finally got the lead of the race off pit road.

With 110 laps left it was Mark Martin spinning out and hitting the wall hard leaving some car parts on the racetrack. The leaders pitted and Jeff Gordon won the race off pit road.

The green flag dropped and it was Jeff Gordon this time getting a big lead, but then Kurt Busch started to pull out faster laps and then with 75 laps left Kurt blew by Jeff for the lead of the race.

Kurt increased his lead to around 4 seconds and the caution comes out with 67 laps left for debris.  Leaders pit ad Kurt Busch wins the race off pit road again.  Jimmie Johnson gets a penalty though exiting pit road too fast.

With 62 laps left Kurt Busch busted out to a big lead over Brian Vickers in second place.  The next caution though quickly came out with 59 laps left as David Ragan and Scott Speed get together.  Scott smacks the wall hard and then in the back Greg Biffle gets hit and crashes hard.

Only the cars at the back of the lead lap come in for service.  The green flag drops with 50 laps left and Kurt Busch quickly breaks out to a one second lead.  With 30 laps left it was still Kurt Busch in the lead with Brian Vickers in second and Jeff Gordon in third.

10 more laps go by and nothing has changed.  Vickers though was starting to close in on Kurt and was less than a half second back with 15 laps left.  With four laps left Robby Gordon bring out the caution.

This brought in all the cars on the lead lap.  Carl Edwards got his car out first with only two tires.  Kurt Busch was out in second.  The final green flag dropped and Kurt Busch was easily able to blow by Carl for the lead and the win of the race.

Busch took a lap backwards with the checkered flag in his hand to celebrate the win.

"This car was unbelievable," said Kurt Busch.  "Jeff Gordon was strong all day."

This Dupont Chevrolet team has been unbelievable this year said Jeff Gordon.

I think we defiantly had a car that could have run Kurt Busch down said Brian Vickers.

After the race was over Jeff Gordon still had the lead in points by around 40 of them to Clint Bowyer.

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