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The Pit Stop


August 8, 2009 11:00 PM

Marcos does it again

The Nationwide Series drivers made their first road course stop of the year in Watkins Glen for the Zippo 200 at the Glen.  In qualifying that occurred in the morning Kevin Harvick at the end of qualifying was able to beat Marcos Ambrose for the poll.  Both of them had track records at the time.

Robby Gordon said that his car is good as it pertains to speed.  "Cars pretty good," said Ron Fellows.

At the start of the race it was Kevin Harvick winning the lead and then breaking out to a couple second lead.  Scott Speed was able to get second from Marcos Ambrose.  Then in a couple laps Marcos took over second place.

The first caution comes out on lap 8 as Brian Vickers crashes.  "Stuck in third gear again."

This lead to a long green flag run.  On the first green flag after the bus stop chicane Marcos Ambrose takes the lead of the race away from Kevin Harvick.  Behind them Robby Gordon and Matt Carter get together, but does not bring out the caution.  

Green flag pit started around lap 15 as Boris Said pits.  Then on the next lap it was Kyle Busch pitting.  At lap 20 Marcos Ambrose and Kevin Harvick pit.  This finally let Carl Edwards to come lead a bunch of laps.

He kept the lead and the caution came out on lap 34 for the stalling car of Ryan Newman.  The leaders stay out and Carl Edwards was able to win the race for the lead after the green flag dropped.

After a couple laps Justin Marks gets squirrelly around the entrance to pit road.  This caused a few cars to make some evasive maneuvers and drive down pit road. At lap 43 the caution came out at as Paul Menard went out road into the gravel at the bus stop chicane.

The leaders pit and Kyle Busch was able to be the first car off pit road, but other cars ahead of him stayed out and kept the lead of the race.

This led to a short green flag run before the next caution came out.  Steve Wallace was in the lead.  Kyle Busch quickly marched his way into the lead with Marco Ambrose came up to second.

After some caution flag laps the green flag dropped with 27 laps left and Kyle Busch won the battle for the lead.  With 23 laps left Marcos was getting really close to Kyle and making challenges for the lead.

With 19 laps left at the start of the bus stop chicane Marcos makes a bold move and takes the lead of the race.  Kyle had to stop as his car got into the run-off area.  He wound up loosing second spot to Denny Hamlin in the process.

With 17 laps left Robby Gordon blows a tire that puts a bunch of debris on the track.  Right before the caution came out Kyle Busch passed Denny Hamlin for the second.

During the caution time Denny Hamlin makes a pit stop.  

The green flag drops with 13 laps left and Marcos Ambrose got a great restart to keep the lead of the race.  Carl Edwards tried to get second place, but could not do it.

With 11 laps left Joey Logano crashes and then his cars starts to smoke big time.  He stops his cars and the caution comes out. Joey stated that he was not happy at all with Robby Gordon.

With six laps left the green flag dropped and Marcos Ambrose was able to get the lead.  Carl Edwards this time was able get second.  On the next lap Kyle Busch with a bold move was able pass Carl for second place.

Then Kyle Busch was reeling in Marcos for the lead of the race, but it was not enough as Marcos went on to win the race. The win makes his second in a row at this track.

Marcos stated that he wanted to surprise Kyle on a move for the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch said that it was a "really really late move" as it pertains to the pass on him late in the race by Marcos.  At the end of the race he wound up setting a new Nationwide series record as his picked off his 10th top 2 finish in a row.

Carl Edwards stated that his team did a great job on strategy.  "Fuel mileage was great today."
 
At the end of the race Kyle Busch extended his lead over Carl Edwards to 212 points.  

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