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The Pit Stop


May 2, 2009 3:03 AM

Third win for Kyle this year.

Nationwide Series drivers left the high speeds of Talladega for the short track at Richmond for the Lipton Tea 250.  Matt Kenseth won the poll for the race while at Talladega he had a wild ride.

Matt Kenseth said that if you have a good car you will be able to pass cars.  "Miracle Gro car is good," said Carl Edwards.  Mike Bliss said that his car has been real good.

At the drop of the green flag for the race Kyle Busch moved into the lead at lap three.  Then it was not long before the first caution came out.  After the green flag dropped it was Mike Bliss getting the lead at lap thirteen.  Then al lap 14 the second caution came out for a multi car wreck including Eric McClure, Justin Allgaier, and Scott Lagasse Jr.  "I don't know if we got tagged from behind," said Justin.  "Just look like we got run over," said Eric.

After the green flag dropped again it got to a long green flag run that saw Mike Bliss breaking out to a couple second lead. Moving up through the field though was Brad Keselowski and by lap 55 he was in the top 10.

At lap 65 it was the third caution of the day for debris.  This caution brought in all the cars on the lead lap.  Mike Bliss led the cars off pit road.  When the green flag dropped it was Kyle Busch quickly moving back into the lead of the race.

At lap 92 Brandon Whitt slows down so much he bring out the caution.   This caution brought in all the cars on the lead lap except for Mike Bliss.  

At the drop of the green flag Mike Bliss quickly lost the lead to Kyle Busch.   Mike was slowly loosing a few spots and the next caution came out at lap 106.  This involved the cars of Michael Annett, Marc Davis, and Brian Scott.

Mike Bliss does not pit again, but was able to hold his position after the green flag dropped again.  Kyle Busch kept on leading the laps during the next green flag run.

Mike finally pitted after the caution came out again around lap 131.  During the long green flag run it was Carl Edwards getting the lead of the while Mike Bliss was moving his way up though the field.  At lap 181 Mike was back in the top five and then in a couple laps was up to fourth.

Around lap 188 it was Mark Martin complaining about fuel problems in his car. At lap196 he came in for tires and fuel.  The caution finally comes out on lap 204 which bailed out a bunch of cars that were almost out of fuel.

The leaders pit and Carl Edwards was able to keep the lead of the race while Mike Bliss stayed in fourth. After a couple green flag laps it was the car of Mike Bliss slowing up big time.  

With 31 laps left it was Ken Butler III crashing his car.  This also put Mark Martin back on the lead lap.

The green flag dropped with 22 laps left.  Kyle Busch took about one lap on the outside to pass Carl for the lead of the race.  Then with 18 laps left another multi car wreck occurs.  It started with Brad Keselowski hitting Jason Leffler who then got wobbly.  Then Brian Scott trying to avoid Jason Leffler smacks into Jeff Burton sending Jeff into the wall.

With 8 laps left the green flag drops and then the caution quickly comes out for Kenny Wallace who crashes into the wall.  With five laps left the green flag dropped again with Kyle getting a great restart that catapulted him to another win.

"I love winning here," said Kyle Busch.

"He just smoked me on the restarts," said Carl Edwards.

"Had a pretty solid car," said Matt Kenseth.

"Guys gave me a great car," said Mark Martin. "Made it better throughout the race."

The win pushes Kyle Busch to a 82 point lead over Carl Edwards.

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