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The Pit Stop


March 2, 2009 1:27 AM

Kyle Busch back in victory lane.

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are at Las Vegas today for the Shelby 427.  Today's race includes an extra 18 laps of racing.  Matt Kenseth is looking to be the first driver to win three races in a row to start a season.

Kyle Busch said that a heavier car would not cause the same thing that happened yesterday in the Nationwide Series race.  Jimmie Johnson said that he had a good race car today.

At the start of the race it was a couple of quick cautions. At lap 1 it was Brad Keselowski hitting the wall.  Mt Kenseth at this time was already having car problems.  Then at lap 7 it was Todd Bodine spinning out, but at this time Matt and his car was smoking.  Matt went behind the wall and his day was done.

This finally led to the first long green flag run of day with Jimmie Johnson leading laps while Carl Edwards was moving his way up to second place.  At lap 48 it was the start of green flag pit stops.  Casey Mears, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and other wound up with pit road penalties.  The caution finally came out on lap 59 for debris.

The next caution came out at lap 74 as David Ragan and his engine was toast.  David started that he had a car that could have finished in the top ten.  Cars pitted again this time and Kevin Harvick got the lead of the race.  During the short green flag run Greg Biffle was able to get the lead of the race and then at lap 95 David Stremme spins out with some help from Carl Edwards.

He green flag dropped and Juan Pablo Montoya winds up with a bad tire as he gets into some contact with Clint Bowyer.  Kurt Busch starts to fade and go to the back of the lead lap.  At lap 122 the next car to have engine problems was Mark Martin as he brings out the caution.

"It was a great run," said Mark Martin.

The leaders pit and Jimmie Johnson took the lead of the race.  Green flag racing continued until lap138 as Reed Sorenson spins out and hits the wall.  Green flag racing was short again and at lap 144 the caution came out for an Aric Almirola spin.

Lap 164 saw the yellow come out one more time for Michael Waltrip and his spinning car.  This caution brought in the leaders and with some pit strategy Jeff Burton got the lead of the race.

At lap 171 it was Denny Hamlin and his turn to being out the caution as he gets loose and hits the wall.  This finally led to some long green racing where Jeff Burton was leading laps.  Jimmie Johsnon moved his way up to second place.

With 65 laps to go Jimmie makes his pit stop and then the caution comes out for Jeff Gordon who blew a tire, plus he also wound up missing pit road as well helping cause his tire to blow.  That put Jimmie Johnson one lap down.

Jeff Burton led the cars off pit road with Bobby Labonte in second.  Cars at this time may or may not make it all the way on fuel if it went all the way green.

With 57 laps to go Kyle Busch took the lead of the race.  Four laps latter and Kyle Busch just let Jimmie Johnson pass him putting him back on the lead lap.

Carl Edwards though starts moving his way up back through the field and with 35 laps left he was all the way back up fifth.

With 27 laps left the next debris caution came out.  The cars come in a again with many doing only a two tire pit stop and Jeff Burton won the race off pit road.  Clint Bowyer was the only car lead lap to stay out and lead the race.   

With 18 laps left Kyle Busch was able to pass Jeff Burton for second place.  One lap later it was Kyle in the lead and then the caution came out as Paul Menard hits the wall hard.  

With seven laps the green flag was dropping and Kyle Busch got a great restart. On the next lap it was Jimmie Johnson getting loose and smacking into the wall.  Behind him Sam Hornish Jr. spins out.  This brought out the quickie yellow.

The green flag dropped with three laps left with Kyle Busch getting another great restart. Right before the start/finish line with one lap left Carl Edwards and his engine gave up. He was forth at the time and finished in 17th.  

Kyle Busch was able to continue on and win the race.  The first driver to get the poll and win the race at Las Vegas.

"This is pretty cool," said Kyle Busch.  He started that he had a car they just kept working on.

Shane Wilson made a good call said Clint Bowyer.

Jeff Burton stated that he could not really get going on new tires.

"We had a great Aaron's Dream Machine all day," said David Reutimann.

"We just had a great race car all day," said Bobby Labonte.

At the end of the race it was Jeff Gordon leading the points with Clint Bowyer in second only 18 points back.

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