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The Pit Stop


June 14, 2009 4:27 AM

Joey wins again at Kentucky.

The Nationwide Series drivers are in Kentucky for a Saturday night affair for the Meijer 300 Presented By Ritz.

Kyle Busch who rushed from racing at Michigan where he finished in second place sat on the roll with poll sitter Joey Logano.

Erik Darnell said that his car was good in practice yesterday.  "Didn't do that great in qualifying," said Carl Edwards.

The first caution of the night came out on lap 4 for a Stephen Leicht spin.  The green flag racing then continued until lap 23 which brought in all of the leaders.

Erik Darnell with tore strategy won the race off pit road.  After the green flag dropped though it was Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier in a major battle for the lead that Kyle Busch fully won the battle on lap 36.  Justin then slowly moved back in the field.  Joey Logano moved into second.

The next caution came out around lap 69 for debris.  This caution got Joey Logano and a few other cars with pit road violations.  Carl Edwards though had some major changes done to his car.  He was stuck in 16th place.  Kyle Busch led cars off pit road.

This time we have only a short ruin and Derrike Cope got into Kenny Hendrick to bring out the next caution on lap 76.  Next was another short run that lasted until lap 86 as Michael McDowell spins out and taking John Wes Townley with him.

This led to a long green flag run that saw Joey Logano continue to move up the field and get back into second spot.  Joey wound up pitting with 63 laps left.  Kyle came in with 60 to go.  Carl Edwards wound up getting a speeding penalty on pit road.

Kyle Finally got the lead back with 54 laps to go.  With 50 laps left it was Joey just over 3 seconds back of Kyle for the lead of the race.  With 42 laps left Carl was back on pit road for a second time for speeding on pit road.  That dropped him back to 21st position.

With 37 laps left the caution finally came out again as Shelby Howaard wound up with car problems.  This left nine cars left on the lead lap after the lucky dog pass was handed out.  The leaders pitted and Kyle Busch won the race off pit road, but Brendan Gaughan stayed out to lead the race.


After the green flag dropped it was not long and Kyle Busch was back in the lead of the race.  With 30 to go though Shane Huffman spun out through the grass to bring out the caution.  

The next caution popped out with 18 laps left as Mike Bliss gets loose and smacks into the wall.  This caution did bring out the red flag.  "I was real loose all day," said Miek Bliss.  "It was my fault getting into Jason."

With 12 laps left the green flag dropped With Joey Logano staying right behind Kyle.  Two laps later Joey was able to go on the inside and pass Kyle for the lead of the race.  

With seven laps left Brad Keselowski was able to pass Justin Allgaire for third while Joey was just increasing his lead over Kyle.   Joey was able to cruise on for his second win at Kentucky.

"This place just fits me," said Joey Logano.  "I really wanted this one.

Carl Edwards said that NASCAR messed up the pit road length which caused the pit road violations.

Brad Keselowski said his car was not as strong as the 18 or 20.

After the race Kyle Busch extended his lead over Carl Edwards to over 125 points.

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