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The Pit Stop


July 19, 2009 5:16 AM

Another win for Kyle.

Qualifying for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo occurred earlier in the say and something you do not see often happened.  Reed Sorensen was out first with a qualifying speed of 135.714 MPH.  Then later on in qualifying Brad Keselowski was able to match that track record speed.  Brad, due to having more owner's point got the poll for the race.
"Beautiful night," said Brad Keselowksi.  "We did a good job in practice, said Brad Coleman.  "We got a good car," said Kyle Busch.  Jason Leffler stated that his car is good.

The first fifty laps of this race went caution free.  During this time it was Brad Keselowski getting to lead only one lap.  The only other car to lead laps during this time was Kevin Harvick.

Around lap 59 it was the start of green flag pit stops.  During this time both Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch were able to lead laps.  After the pit stops ended Kyle Busch had the lead of the race over Kevin Harvick.

At lap 67 it was the first caution of the night as Kevin Conway and his wrecked car brought out the caution.  This left a total of 15 cars on the lead lap.

The green flag drops and both Kyle and Kevin were side by side fighting for the lead of race and behind them John Wes Townley winds up smacking the wall and then smacked right into Trevor Bayne to bring out the caution on lap 75.

After the green flag dropped Kyle Busch needed around a lap to fully get the lead of the race.  After a couple more laps it was Steve Wallace getting spun out by Scott Lagasee Jr. and Steve was not happy at all.  Steve drove his car right up next to Scott to show off his disgust for what Scott did.  That cost Steve a trip to the Oval Office at the end of the race.

This time on the restart it was Kyle Busch quickly taking the lead of the race.  Kevin Harvick was right behind him and was able to get his car down low on lap 94 to take a slim lead and the caution came again for a spinning car.

This was the caution the caused cars to comein for service and Brad Keselowski was the car to win the race off pit road.  Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and a couple other cars stay out though.

The Green flag drops at lap 100 and Kyle Busch quickly takes the lead.  In the back Brad Keselowski almost looses it, but saves it enough to not bring out the caution.  On the next lap though it was Brendan Gaughan hitting Scott Lagasee Jr. and spinning him out.

This time the restart favored Carl Edwards this time as he got to lead the race.  It did not last long and on lap 108 Kyle Busch took the lead back.

Around lap 110 it was Michael McDowell hitting the wall hard, but it did not bring out the caution.   At lap 122 the caution did come out as Brendan Gaughan and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. crash together.  Brendan stated that he locked up the right front breaks and then Ricky was right their.

This caution brought in cars for service including Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.  Kevin Harvick stays out to be the race leader.  The green flag drops and Kyle Busch quickly moved his way up to second place.  Carl Edwards was stuck around tenth and not moving up.  At lap 150 Carl was only up to eighth.

With 40 laps left Kevin Harvick was almost out of fuel.  Carl Edwards though was stuck in seventh.    At lap 172 Kevin fully ran out of fuel well before the pit stop entrance.  This put Kyle into the lead of the race.

With 25 laps left Carl Edwards was up to third.  On the next lap it was Kenny Wallace and his smoking car brining out the caution.  The caution brought in the leaders.  Kyle took only two tires to lead the race off pit road.  Carl took four tires and came out fifth.  

The green flag drops with 18 laps left and Kyle won the lead.  Carl was moving up and took over third place with 12 laps left.   Carl got close to Reed Sorenson in second, but could not pass him.

Kyle wound up winning the race and it is seventh top two finish in a row which is a new Nationwide Series record passing Sam Ard.

"I did all that I could," said Reed Sorenson.

"They gave me a great car all weekend long," said Kyle Busch.

Carl stated that he wanted a green/white checker finish badly.

Kyle was able to stretch out his lead to 212 points over Carl with that win.

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