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The Pit Stop


July 26, 2009 10:16 PM

Jimmie wins back-to-back at Indy.

Last year it was the tire debacle at the Brickyard that led to many months and many test sessions by Goodyear to bring a tire back that all the drivers love. Getting the poll for the race and oldest winner ever was Mark Martin.

"This tire has a lot of grip," said Greg Biffle.  "I love this race track, said Bill Elliott.  Juan Pablo Montoya sated that he thinks has a good car.  Carl Edwards stated that his car was good in race trim.

The green flag drops and it was Mark Martin quickly getting the lead of the race.  At the end of lap one though it was Robby Gordon spinning out to bring out caution one of the day.

After the green flag dropped again it was a Mark Martin bobble that caused Juan Pablo Montoya into the lead of the race.  Mark fell back into third place. Then we had the first long green flag run of the day.  Juan kept on lead lap and busting out to a one to two second lead while Mark Martin moved into second.

The green flag pit stops started at lap 29 and no major problems occurred during them.  At alp 33 it was Denny Hamlin winding up going real slow on the race track.  He wound up with a broken drive shaft.

At lap 35 it was Juan back into the lead of the race and then he started to increase his lead even further.  At lap 58 the second caution finally came out as Kyle Busch wound up blowing a tire.  "Not really sure," said Kyle on what happened.  He also stated that the tire was vibrating for two laps and then it blew up.

This caution brought in all the leaders and it was Juan Pablo Montoya winning the race off pit road with Mark Martin in second.  After the green flag dropped again it was Juan quickly getting the lead and breaking out to another big lead and the next long green flag run of the day.

At lap 69 it was Sam Hornish Jr. getting loose and hitting the wall.  "Just got from underneath me," said Sam.  By lap 80 Juan had around a 4 second lead over Mark.

Lap 91 saw the next round green flag stops with nothing going wrong on them as well.  At lap 100 Juan had around a 5 second lead over Mark.

At lap 110 it was Jimmie Johnson moving into third place by passing Brian Vickers.  Ten laps later nothing changed up front.  Juan still had a lead around five seconds over Mark, but was slowly getting smaller due to traffic.

At lap 123 it was Greg Biffle starting another round of green flag pit stops.  Juan came in at lap 125, but wound up with a speeding penalty.  With 33 laps left though Dale Jr. and his car went up in smoke big time saving Juan Pablo Montoya big time.  Dale Jr. stated that his car was competitive.

Juan was in 12th place at the time of the caution.  At alp 133 some cars came down for service.    The green flag drops with Jimmie Johnson taking over the lead of the race from Mark Martin.

Juan though started to slowly move up the field though after loosing a couple spots on the restart.    With ten laps left Jimmie had less than a half second lead over Mark.  Juan though got stuck in 12th place tying to pass Joey Logano for 11th.

Five laps later and nothing has changed up front and Juan.  Two more laps go by and Juan finally moves into 11th, but Mark also made one move on the outside to get the lead and it did not work.

Mark made one more attempt on the next lap and it did not work. It was his final attempt as Jimmie goes on to win the race.

"I hope the fans enjoyed that race," said Jimmie Johnson. "Clean air was everything."

Mark Martin stated that was better than Jimmie off of four, but Jimmie was better on turn two.

Juan Pablo Montoya said it was disappointing to get the penalty.  He also stated that "I was stupid fast."

After the end of the race Jimmie Johnson moves into second place but is 192 points back of Tony Stewart.

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