The Pit Stop

February 13, 2010 4:09 PM

Tony wins again at Daytona

nascar_daytona_nationwide_auto_racing_dbr135.jpgThe rain has gone away for the opening race of the 2010 Nationwide Series season. Qualifying for the event got rained out so the field had to be set by the rule book which put Kyle Busch on the poll.

Danika Patrick gets her first start in the race in the fifteenth spot. The other female in the race today is Chrissy Wallace starting at the rear of the field. She is just one of four Wallace family members in the field today.

"Plan on being smart," said Danika on this race. "Stay in line." "It was kinda off in practice," said Kasey Kahne. Brad Keselowski said that he has a great team here. Carl Edwards stated it was the fastest car he has had.

The start of the race saw a couple of quick cautions. At the end of lap one Chrissy Wallace gets loose and then smacks into the wall, Brad Teague also wound with damage from this caution.

Then after the green flag dropped again it was not long and on lap seven it was Mike Bliss who wound up taking Trevor Bayne out of the race. "I don't know what happened," said Trevor on Mike.

This finally led to the first long green flag run of the day where a small group of cars including Kevin Harvick and Dale Jr. broke away from the field. Tony Stewart though was moving up through the field and was able to catch up to the front group. Danika though was dropping to the back and lost the draft.

At lap 43 it was green flag pit stop time. John We Townley, Brendan Gaughan, and Jeff Green wound up with penalties on pit road. This left Tony Raines in the lead of the race for a few laps and then the third caution of the day finally came out. Danika wound up with the lucky dog pass to get her back on the lead lap.

She restarted the race in 27th while it was Greg Biffle in the lead of the race at this time. Danika made it up to 21st spot before the big one occurred on lap 68. Colin Braun and Josh Wise get together collecting a whole bunch more cars including Rick Stenhouse Jr., Johnny Sauter, and Danika Patrick.

"I couldn't see anything," said Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Colin Bruan said that he was right in the middle of this. "The car was finally where I liked it," said Danicka Patrick. She also stated that is difficult racing.

After the pits were finally opened all the leaders pitted and Carl Edwards was able to win the race off pit road. After the green flag dropped the lead changed hand a few times and then with 37 laps left the next caution came out for debris. Dale Jr. was the leader of the race at the time of the caution.

At the drop of the green flag this time Brian Keselowski got a penalty for passing before he got to the start/finish line. With 31 laps left Tony Stewart took the lead of the race. Then with 29 laps left the next mega wreck occurs which brings out the red flag. Carl Edwards taps Brad Keselwoski who then hits Dale Jr. and then his car goes flying the air. Also winding up with damage was Kevin Harvick, Brendan Gaughan, Tony Raines, Mike Wallace, Greg Biffle, Scott Riggs, and more.

"I don't know," said Dale Jr. on what happened on this wreck. "I saw junior flipping up in the air," said Joe Nemecheck.

After 11 minutes of red flag time the yellow flag came out and the leaders came down for service. Steven Wallace stayed out to lead the race and after the green flag dropped it was not long before the caution came out again with Tony Stewart in the lead of the race.

The green flag dropped with 20 laps left and it quickly got to a single file up front. 10 laps later and Tony was still up front as the leader. Behind him though with fewer than 10 laps left it got really wild as some three wide racing occurred for one lap. At the final lap Justin Allgaier was right behind Tony for the lead.

All the action though was behind both of them though as Kyle Busch gets loose and hits Brad Keselowski. Allgaier looses it a bit and it gives Tony Stewart another Daytona win.

"Really proud of my guys," said Carl Edwards.

"What a couple cars they prepared over the winter," said Kevin Harvick who finished third. "The car handled flawlessly all day."

"Man was this thing awesome," said Tony Stewart. He also stated that he was glad to be here.

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