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The Pit Stop


July 11, 2009 3:25 AM

Old tires worked for Joey.

Nationwide Series drivers are back for some more night racing as drivers are back to Chicagoland for the Dollar General 300.  Qualifying was delayed a bit today due to rain, but Carl Edwards win the poll for the race.

"I think we got a really good car on the long run," said Trevor Bayne.  Kyle Busch stated that his was good since it unloaded.  "Really excited," said Justin Allgaier. Brian Vickers stated that track position is going to be very important.  

At the drop of the green flag it was time for a record long green flag run. Carl Edwards started out by lead the first 17 laps then Joey Logano took over.  At lap 10 though it was David Ragan going behind the wall after he wound up hitting the wall.

Joey kept on leading laps and putting more cars a lap down while Carl Edwards started to fade back a bit in the field.  Green flag pit stops though started at alp 53 as Kyle Busch and Joey Logano pitted.  At that time it was Carl Edwards back in fifth spot.

During the green flag pit stops both Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski wound up running out of fuel.  Ryan only went one lap down, but Brad came out in 31st spot and two lap down.

Joey wound up getting the lead back after all the cars pitted was ahead of Brian Vickers by 2 seconds.  Green flag racing continued and Joey continued to put more cars down and extend his lead over Brian Vickers to over 4 seconds.

By the time the first caution came out on lap 92 for debris Joey left only 10 cars on the lead lap and had to give up a 5 second lead.  This caution brought in the leaders and with the fastest pit stop was Kyle Busch who won the race lead.  A couple of cars including Brad Keselowski stayed out to gamble getting a quick caution.

At the drop of the green flag again it was Kyle Busch getting a good restart and was able to quickly bust out to a 1 second plus lead.  The caution did not come out and Brad had to come done for service on lap 121.  

Then Joey Loagano, around lap 130, in second was getting faster and started to close in on Kyle.  It did not last long though and at lap 142 Kyle was back up to a 2 second lead over Joey.

At alp 151 it was another round of green flag pit stops.  Kyle Busch was able to keep a 2 second lead over Kyle after the pit stop ended.

Around lap 168 it was Joey getting faster than Kyle again and the lead was able to get under 1 second again.  Then in a few laps it was Joey Logano getting the lead back.

The second caution finally came out with around 16 laps left.  This caution brought a bunch of the cars on the lead lap, but Joey Logano did not come in.  Kyle Busch took only two tires while Carl Edwards took four.

The green flag dropped with nine laps left.  Kyle Busch wound up moving to second place quickly and then got up; right behind Joey.  Kyle had only one shot to take the lead but Joey closed the door on that.

Then Joey started to move away from Kyle to go and win the race.

Dave Rodgers, crew chief for Joey, stated he thought Joey would have been left hanging out by the field due to not taking tires.

"The clean air was big," said Joey Logano.  "I was really surprised."

"Just could never make the move," said Kyle Busch.

Carl Edwards stated that he though four tires would have been great but he wound up being tight.

Brad Keselowksi said it was a rough night du7e to the file problem, he also sated it was a fast car.

At the end of the race Kyle Busch racked up an almost 200 point lead over Carl Edwards.

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