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The Pit Stop


July 5, 2009 4:25 AM

Mega wreck ends race...

July 4th fireworks were on the racetrack to as the Sprint Cup drivers were at Daytona for the Coke Zero 400.    Rain killed qualifying for this event putting Tony Stewart on the poll for the race.

Joy Logano stated that racing last night is going to help him tonight.  Matt Kenseth said that he got his car handling good.  Kurt Busch said that this is bet plate racecar he has had in a while. "Very optimistic," said Jimmie Johnson.  

On lap 2 Kurt Busch going in the middle put Jeff Gordon to the outside and to the back in a hurray.  Kurt got to lead the race and then on lap four it was Denny Hamlin getting to lead.

The first caution of the day popped out on lap 13 as Matt Kesneth gets into Mark Martin.  Mark winds up hitting the inside wall.  Juan Pablo Montoya almost wound up getting hit by Mark and had to go through the grass to miss him.

This brought in the leaders and Tony Stewart won the race off pit road. After the green flag dropped it was a short green flag run and on lap 28 it was a Casey Mears wreck.   After pits stops occurred Paul Menard won the race off pit road.

This finally led to the first long green flag run of the day with Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart leading laps.  At lap 47 it was Juan Pablo Montoya having to replace a tire. That help put him a lap down.  At lap 57 Matt Kenseth had to do the same thing, but he wound up getting saved as Sam Hornish Jr. wound up blowing a tire.

The leaders pitted and it was Tony Stewart taking the lead off pit road, but Matt Kenseth stayed out to lead the race.  Getting the black flag for dragging sheet metal was Juan Pablo Montoya.  The put him one lap down for the second time tonight.

Lap 77 the big one occurred as David Stremme gets into the wall. He then takes out or damages the cars of Kasey Kahne, David Reutimann, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon, Reed Sorenson, David Gilliland, and Kevin Harvick.

"We just got it driving good," said Dale Jr.

This caution brought in the leaders and Tony Stewart won the race off pit road again.  During this green flag run it was Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart trading the lead.  The caution finally came out on lap 103 for the blown tire from the David Reutimann car.

It was another win for Tony Stewart off pit road.  Jimmie Johnson wound up with a bad pit stop and fell back to 18th.    This time after the green flag dropped Denny Hamlin could not stay up top and dropped back to around 10th.

With 40 laps left it was Tony Stewart in the lead with Jeff Burton in second and Kyle Busch in third.  One lap later at it was David Ragan spinning out in the grass to bring out the caution.

The leaders pit and it was Tony Stewart with another amazing pit stop.  Carl Edwards was able to come out in second.  The restart saw the high line work good, but only briefly. Jeff Burton got to lead one lap, but then a tire went down on his car.  That sent him down to 27th position.

Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson broke away from the field.  They had around a 2-3 second lead over fifth place.  It all went away with 15 laps left though for debris on the racetrack.  The Tony Stewart team was again the best car off pit road.

With 11 laps left the green flag drops and the low line was working again giving Tony the lead of the race. With 8 laps left Scott Speed wound up hitting the wall to bring out the caution.

The green flag dropped with four laps left. Jimmie Johnson tried to push Denny Hamlin to the lead, but it could not work. At the end of the 2 to go lap Kyle Busch went to the outside to take the lead of the race.  In the final turn though it was a wreck fest as Tony Stewart helps turn around Kyle Busch and then smashes into Kasey Kahne really hard.  Other cars involved included A..J Allmendinger and Joey Logano

Tony went on to win the race.

That is not the way you want to win those races said Tony Stewart.  "Awesome stops all night long."

"A great race car," said Jimmie Johnson.

"That was insane," said Carl Edwards on the wreck.

"It was a good car," said Kurt Busch.

The finish help give Tony Stewart a 180 point lead over Jeff Gordon.

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