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April 18, 2009 4:05 AM

Jack Roush gets 100.

In the first Friday night race of the year for the Nationwide Series drivers Carl Edwards was the poll sitter for the Bashas' Supermarket 200.

Carl Edwards said that his car was screaming fast.  "I think we have a great car here," said Brad Kesleowski.

The first caution of the day came out on lap 22 for the spinning car of Kevin Hamlin.  During the first 22 laps Joey Logano and Carl Edwards led laps.  The caution brought in almost everyone on the lead lap.

Mike Bliss was able to win the race off pit road with a two-tire pit stop.  Michael Waltrip stayed out to keep the lead of the race.  After the green flag dropped it was not long and on lap 28 with some help from Carl Edwards the Michael Waltrip car crashed out.  ""I think I got run over," said Michael Waltrip.  "No excuse for it."

After the green flag dropped it was a long green flag run that saw Carl Edwards on lap 37 get the lead of the race from Kyle Busch.  Then Kyle Busch started falling back in a hurry.  At lap 51 he came in to replace two tires.  It caused him to go two laps down and in 35th spot.  At lap 60 it was Carl Edwards now complaining of an engine that might blow up.  

As more green flag laps went down Kyle Busch started to move up and then right before the caution came out again around lap 97 Kyle Was able to get one of his laps back.  This brought in all the cars down for tires and fuel.  Carl spent a long time on pit road to check to see is something was wrong with his car, but nothing was really found.

After the green flag drooped again Kyle Busch was passing cars in a hurray. Then at lap 109 the caution the came out for debris.  Getting the lucky dog was Kyle Busch.  Carl Edwards pitted early, which put him at the back of the lead lap cars.

At the drop of the green flag it was Greg Biffle in the lead of the race and Carl Edwards brining his car behind the wall for repairs.  Kyle Bush though was still picking off cars left and right and with 65 laps left he was up in ninth.

By the time Carl Edwards was back out on the trace track he was 25 laps down in 35th spot.

With 51 laps to go oil out on the racetrack brings out the caution. Greg Biffle was able to keep his lead of the race off pit road with Kevin Harvick out in second.  The green flag drops, Kyle Busch gets a couple of positions and then in one lap John Wes Townley spins around with some help from Michael Annett.

With 41 laps to go the green flag dropped again and Kyle Busch quickly moved up to fifth. Four more laps go by and he was up to fourth.  Around 30 laps to go and Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch were fighting big time for fourth.  Brad was able to win the fight a couple laps later.  The caution finally came out again for Scot Lagasee Jr. who hit the wall hard.

Greg Biffle stays out while Kevin Harvick and others on the lead lap come in for tires.  The green flag dropped and it was not long before Casey Atwood hit the wall really hard to being out the caution.

The green flag finally drops with six laps left. Kyle Busch got wobbly and lost a couple of spots.  John Wes Townley though brought out the caution with five laps left as he spins out his car and dumps oil out on the track.  This brought out the green/white checker finish.  

Greg got a good restart and held on for the win.  This gave Jack Roush his 100th win in the Nationwide Series.

Jack Roush said that if it stayed green two tires might have worked.

"I was really worried," said Greg about the old tires.

"Great call by Scott Zippadelli," said Jason Leffler who finished second.

Kyle Busch now leaves Phoenix with a 47 point lead over Carl Edwards.

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