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The Pit Stop


June 22, 2009 1:46 AM

Kasey Kahne finally gets one.

The double file restart rules gets the first test ever on a road course as the Sprint Cup drivers made their way over to the track in Sonoma.   Brian Vickers won his second poll in a row.  Having to start in the back due to an engine change was Marcos Ambrose who qualified in third.

Mark Martin stated that he is going to fight for everything we can get today.  Marcos Ambrose said that he is going to gamble a bit today.  "Off a little bit," said Jeff Gordon.  "Pretty fast in happy hour," said Robby Gordon.

At the drop of the green flag Brian Vickers was able to break away from a field a bit.  At lap 8 it was Sam Hornish Jr.  Marcos Ambrose on lap 13 started the green flag pits off.

At lap 17 Kyle Busch was finally able to get the lead of the race

At lap 20 it was David Ragan getting into the tire barrier in turn 11 which also caused other cars to get involved in his mess to bring out the first caution on lap 21.

15 cars stayed out during the first caution.

The green flag drops with and at lap 27 Kyle Busch pits leaving Tony Stewart in the lead for a couple laps.  Tony pits on lap 30.  Jimmie Johnson also pits around this time and winds up with a speeding penalty on pit road

At lap 33 Kasey Kahne pits to give the lead to Kurt Busch.  At lap 38 it was Denny Hamlin passing Kurt for the lead of the race. Lap 41 saw a second pit stop by Marcos Ambrose, he was giving up his third place spot at the time.

The first debris caution came out at lap 54.  The top 19 cars did not pit this time.

The green flag drops at lap 57 and Brandon Ash spins out at the top of the track.  Later on in the lap Matt Kenseth spins out and then gets into the back of Mark Martin.  Mark had to go to the pits in order to fix a blown tire.

With 50 laps left at the top of the track Sam Hornsih Jr. gets spun out by Kyle Busch.  Also getting involved in this mess was Brian Vickers.

Around 45 laps to drivers such as Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and other drivers pitted for what was supposed to be their final pit spot.  This left Tony Stewart in the lead of the race for a while.

Tony would wind up pitting again with 35 laps left leaving Robby Gordon in the lead of the race.  Around this time Marcos Ambrose pits, after leaving the pits he winds up getting into Bobby Labonte, going through the smoke was Jimmie Johsnon.  This brought out the third caution of the race.


At lap 80 Ryan Newman winds up going off road.  Two laps later the caution comes out as Boris Said in turn 11 goes in too hot.  This wound up causing Sam Hornish Jr. to spin out and then he winds up smacking into David Gilliland.

At the time of the caution it was Kasey Kahne in the lead with Tony Stewart in second.

With 23 laps the green flag dropped and with a bold move in turn one Juan Pablo Montoya passed Tony Stewart for second place.  Then on the next lap Tony took back second place.

With 21 laps left Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch get together sending Kurt into the tire barrier.  On the next lap the caution came out.  This caution brought in none of the leaders.

With 17 laps to go the green flag dropped again and Kasey kept the lead again.  Two laps later and Marcos Ambrose passed Juan Pablo Montoya for third.

On the next lap a debris caution came out.  The green flag dropped with 11 laps left and Kasey got another solid restart.  Then Kyle Busch wound up going off road.

One lap later Carl Edwards hits David Ragan which then causes Dale Jr. and Boris said to spin out.

Kasey was still in the lead with 2 laps left and the caution came out again as Boris Said gets into the back of Scott Speed spinning him out.

The green/white checker flag dropped and it was another clean restart with Kasey Kahne winning the battle for first.  On the final lap Mark Martin and a couple other cars wound up getting together.

Kahne wound up cruising onto the win of the race.

"Feels great," said Kasey Kahne on the win.  He also said that Tony Stewart gave him a lot of room.

Ton Stewart said that he thought he might be in trouble when Kasey Kahne beat him off of pit road.

"Just great recovery for out team," said Marcos Ambrose.

"Had a great racecar," said Jimmie Johnson.

Kurt Busch said that he did not expect that from Jimmie.  Kurt stated that it was two cars going for the same spot.

At the end of the race it was Tony Stewart leading Jeff Gordon by almost 90 points.  

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