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The Pit Stop


April 25, 2009 10:46 PM

David Ragan steels the race.

Ryan Newman picked up the poll for the next Nationwide Series restrictor plate race as drivers go 312 miles in the Aaron's 312.  Drivers avoided the big wreck today, but a driver did take a wild ride though.

Carl Edwards said that he wanted to come out of Talladega with a good run.  "I got a strong Klondike Chevrolet," said Brad Keselowski.  "Qualified well," said Dale Jr.  

The start of the race saw a massive long green flag run that set a record for most green flag laps run from the start without a caution.  The lead of the race was changing a bunch during the long green flag run along with a whole lot of three wide racing in the middle of the field.

At lap 39 the green flag pit stops started to occur big time.  Missing his pit stall was Dale Jr., David Ragan and Brendan Gaughan both wound up with penalties on pit road.  Also picking up a penalty on pit road was Michael Waltrip and he had trouble starting his car at the end of the pit stop.

The first caution finally came out on lap 54 as Joey Logano hit Michael Waltrip.  With nowhere to go was Clint Boyer, but it was Michael getting the worst of it.  Michael said that someone hit me. Getting to stay on the lead lap though was Dale Jr. who almost about to go one lap down.

The caution though brought in all the cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch was able to lead the race off pit road.  During this second long green flag run it was Kyle and Brad Keselowski leading laps.  The caution finally came out on lap 87 for oil on track from Danny O'Quinn Jr.

The cars came down again and it was Brad Keselowski winning the lead of the race.  This led to a short green flag run with a Brandon Whitt spin with around 23 laps left

With 19 laps left the green flag dropped with Dale Jr. back up front again and leading laps.

The biggest crash of the day with 13 laps left occurred.  It was a single car wreck with Matt Kenseth where he did flip over a few times, but easily walked out of his car.  David Ragan helped getting him loose to send him flying.

Matt stated that David hit him and then his car spun out.

The green flag dropped with around 7 laps left and then the caution came out again for Steven Wallace and his car blowing a tire.

With three laps left it was Ryan Newman the lead with Dale Jr. in second.  Then the next caution pooped out for the two hard crashing cars of Justin Allgaier and Bobby Gerhert. This all started with a Kyle Busch bump.

The green/white checkered flag drops and Dale Jr. was mugging the read bumper of Ryan Newman.  In the final turn Dale Jr. tries to go high.  Dale tries to make the pass, but Ryan and Dale get together. That caused Dale to get squirmy and slow up.  Moving up through the middle and out of nowhere was David Ragan.  He went high and at the start/finish line was able to squeeze out the victory over Ryan Newman.

"That was an exciting race," said David Ragan.  

"I blocked bad," said Ryan Newman

"It was wild," said Joey Logano on the race.
 
After the end of the race it was Kyle Busch being able to barely extend his lead to 62 points over Carl Edwards

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