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The Pit Stop


February 20, 2010 8:09 PM

Wild Finish at California

nascar_california_auto_racing_caag105.jpgNationwide Series drivers have gone to the West coast for the State Bros. 300. In qualifying Joey Logano was able to take the poll for this race.

This is the second start for Danika Patrick, but her car was not handling at all during practice and qualifying and is going to start 36th. Dankia stated right before the race stated that she is not comfortable in the way the car gets into the corner.
At the start of the race it was long green flag run with Joey Logano leading laps. Danika was slow on the track and wound up going one lap down on lap 18. The caution for debris finally came out on lap 33 for debris. Joey at the time lost an over four second lead.

The leaders pitted and Joey was able to win the race of pit road.
During the next long green flag run Brian Scott was able to keep up with Joey for a while, but then he dropped back and Kyle Busch took over second place.

At lap 79 green flag pit stops started for the first time. Carl Edwards wound up with a pass though penalty for speeding. A few laps after green flag pits finished the second caution for debris came out.
This caution brought in a bunch of cars with Carl Edwards picking up another speeding problem on pit road.

At the drop of the green flag this time it was Greg Biffle leading some laps until Joey Logano took the lead back. He then started to break out into another big lead over Kyle Busch.

The third caution finally comes out around lap 119 as John Wes Townley spins out. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. though in all the smoke could not see anything and he spins out and crashes into the wall. Ricky stated that he was struggling all day and then when he went low he just lost it.

This caution brought in all the leaders with Joey Winning the race off pit road with Kyle Busch coming out second. Green flag racing continued with Joey leading more laps.

The next caution finally came out with six laps left as Brendan Gaughan spins out. This brought out the green/white checker finish.

With a wild restart Greg Biffle was able to get the lead of the race with Kyle Busch getting second place. Joey quickly fell back to fourth place. Then on the last lap Brad Keselowski got into the act and made it three wide for the lead, but could not get it. Then it was a battle between Greg and Kyle for the win. Greg was on the high side while Kyle was on the low side. Kyle was able to pull ahead in the final corner for the win, but in the back it was Joey Logano going for a ride in the grass around the start/finish line.

"That's crazy," said Kyle Busch on the finish.

"Good run for the Gamestop Toyota," said Joey Logano. He also stated on Greg wanting to hit him to get the lead of the race.

"He(Joey) couldn't get going," said Greg Biffle on the final restart.

Danika Patrick though did finish the race in 31st place though, but three laps back.

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