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The Pit Stop


April 12, 2009 12:01 AM

Joey gets his first this year.

The Nationwide Series drivers get the weekend all to themselves this weekend as they go over to Nashville for the Pepsi 300.  The winner gets a guitar in victory lane.  

Joey Logano says that he is good on old tires.  Brad Keselowski stated that this is one of the toughest tracks to pass on.  "Fast in practice," said Carl Edwards.

At the drop of the green flag it went green flag racing until the competition yellow came out on lap 31.  Carl Edwards led most of the laps, but Joey Logano got though traffic better and head the lad of the race.

After pit stops finished Carl Edwards was back in the lead of the race. This led to another long green flag run that lasted until lap 82.  Joey Logano got the lead at lap 49 and then it was Kyle Busch getting his chance to lead.

After the green flag dropped again it was not long before the next caution came out on lap 89 for Brendan Gaughan who spins out who also got Danny O'Quinn Jr., and Ken Butler III as well.

Around lap 121 it was Scott Wimmer bringing out the caution as he took the catch can with him and it fell out on the racetrack.  Carl Edwards won the race off pit road.  The green flag drops and it was quickly back to the caution flag for Ken Butler III who crashed.

This time it was another short green flag run and at lap135 it was a Steven Wallace spin to bring out the caution.  This caution though did bring in Carl Edwards who was still in the lead of the race to replace some suspect tires.  The put him back to around 22nd position.

That move put Joey Logano in the lead of the race.  After the green flag dropped again it was not long and at lap 142 it was Kyle Busch back in the lead.  A couple more laps and David Green with some help from Burney Lamar crashes.

After the caution Carl was all the way up to fifteenth.  The green flag dropped and in a couple laps it was Joey Logano getting the lead again.  Carl Edwards was passing more cars and quickly moved up to tenth.

At lap 170 Kyle Busch took the lead back while Carl was up to eighth.  Ten more laps were needed for Carl to get up to seventh, but around 9 seconds back to the leader.

A few more laps go by and then the caution is out for debris.  All the leaders come in for tires and fuel and it was Michael McDowell who did fuel only leading the race.  Kyle Busch came out in second.

The green flag dropped and Michael McDowell got a good restart.  With 32 laps left Kenny Hendrick can his car is smoking big time, but the caution did not come out.  One lap later and Kyle Busch got side by side for the lead of the race.  A couple more laps go by and Carl is back up to fifth.

With 18 laps left Carl was up to fourth, but 3.5 seconds back of the leader.  With fifteen laps left the caution comes out again for the spinning car of Michael Waltrip.

The green flag drops with 11 laps left and it was side by side for third place with Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.  One lap later and it was Joey Logano and Kyle Busch side by side again with Joey getting to lead the race again.

Michael Annett, Joe Nemechek, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. get together with nine laps left.  Joe Nemechek wound up flipping over, but was still able to drive his car back to the pits. This one left enough car parts on the track to bring out the red flag.  NASCAR decided that Joe could not go back on the track.

Joey got a good restart with five laps left.  In one lap Kelly Bires was able to get fourth from Carl Edwards.  Joey continued to lead and won his first race of the 2009 season.  

"Game Stop Toyota was good from the start," said Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch said that he did not have a car that would go at the beginning a run.

Carl said that he had a fun day and said the Kelly Bires needed a full time ride.

Carl though escapes with only a 23 point lead over Kyle at the end of the race.

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