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The Pit Stop


March 21, 2010 4:40 PM

50 For Jimmie

Jimmie_Johnson_Britsol_2010.jpgSprint Cup driver are back after a one week layoff for the Food City 500. It is also the first Sprint Cup race after the major Brad Keselowski/Carl Edwards wreck at Atlanta. Joey Logano though became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history to get the poll for a race.

Rain though in the area wound up playing only a minor role in the race.
At the drop of the green flag Kurt Busch and Joey Logano battled it out for the lead until Jimmie Johnson took it over for a while. Then Kurt Busch took it back on lap 34. The first caution of the day came out on lap 41 for Dave Blaney and his tire problems.

The leaders pit, but Brad Keselwoski stays out to lead some laps. After the green flag dropped it was Jimmie Johnson quickly getting the lead of the race. Green flag racing continued until lap 58 for Clint Boyer who had engine problems. Clint Boyer stated that he was "passing cars" and that his "motor blew up."

During the long green flag run this time Kurt Busch was able to get the lead back on lap 98 while David Reutimann was moving his up to the front of the field, but on lap 113 he went down a cylinder and retired his car. At lap 115 though it was Denny Hamlin hitting the wall to bring out the caution.

Kurt Busch was able to win the race off pit road, but on the restart of the race it was Greg Biffle quickly getting the lead of the race. He led laps and then it was the first caution of the day for rain at lap 127. It lasted for 16 laps and racing continued until lap 204 as Kasey Kahne winds up with tire problems.

Juan Pablo Montoya was able to win the race off pit road this time, but it was Kurt Busch able to get and keep the lead of the race after getting back to green flag racing. The next caution came out on lap 263 for Kyle Busch who hit the wall.

Kurt Busch at this time was leading more laps at this time while Mark Martin was in second place. The green flag racing continued until Regan Smith blew a tire around lap 320. Kurt Busch was able to keep the lead off pit road. Matt Kenseth though moved up to third with a two-tire pit stop.

At lap 341 it was a slow Mark Martin after hitting the wall wound up causing a bottle neck and then a wreck which involved drivers such as Kevin Harvick. Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya and more. Getting the worst of it though was Marcos Ambrose.

"It's just a shame," said Mark Martin. He also said that he had a car that could contend for the win of the race.

The Green flag racing continued with Kurt Busch leading more and more laps and back at lap 390 it was more rain came to the track. Cars up front pit, but Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon do not pit to lead the race.

The green flag finally with around 90 laps to go. Kurt Busch with the fresh tires was quickly able to get the lead of the race. With 50 laps left it was Kurt Busch leading Jimmie Johnson by around 1 second.

A couple laps later and it was Sam Hornish Jr. who went down a cylinder. With 30 laps to go though it was like the first real meeting of Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski on the track. Five laps later and Scott Speed hits the wall, but does not bring out the caution.

With 18 laps left the debris caution comes out. Kurt Busch and other cars up front come in for service. Greg Biffle with only two tires wins the race off pit road with Matt Kenseth coming out in second.

With 10 laps left the green flag dropped. Greg Biffle got a great restart, But Jimmie Johnson and his four fresh tires was able to move into third very quickly. In only a couple laps he was in the lead of the race. Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch could not have anything for Jimmie as he finally gets his first win at this track.

"I thought we were in trouble their," said Jimmie on taking four tires.

Tony Stewart sated it was up to me if I made the right call or not.

"I thought we had him(Jimmie) beat," said Kurt Busch. He also stated that it was the only car that he did not want to loose to.

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