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The Pit Stop


May 29, 2010 5:20 PM

From Bad To Great For Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch 2010 NW Charlotte.jpg Carl Edwards earlier in the day won the poll for the Tech-Net Auto Service 300 on a nice Memorial Day Weekend day. "Really dynamic race," said Carl Edwards.

After the first two quick cautions we finally get the first long green flag run of the day. At lap three it was Steve Arpin hitting Paul Menard which then sent Steve spinning out. At lap 8, right after the green flag dropped Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Gilliland, Chad McCumbee and Brian Scott all get involved in a wreck. "Transmission problems," said Brian Scott.

During the long green flag run it was Brad Keselowski being able to finally lead the race at lap 16. He kept on leading more and more laps and then at lap 48 it was Kyle Busch coming down pit road to fix a bad tire. He then wound up with a penalty for speeding on pit road.

At lap 54 the green flag pit stops started in mass form. Justin Allgaier wound up with a long pit stop to make sure all the lug nuts were on right. At lap 62 it was Kasey Kanhe in the lead over Brad Keselowski by almost two seconds. Kyle Busch wound at the tail end of lead lap.

Around lap 75 it was Kasey right up behind Kyle to put him a lap down. Kyle was in 13th place at the time. Kasey had a tough time trying to get him one lap down. At lap 91 though Kasey Kahne came down pit road giving up a massive lead of over 10 seconds to replace the car battery. Kasey came off pit road around 29th spot and 2 laps down.

The caution finally came out on lap 103 for debris. The leaders pitted and Brad Keselowski came out with the lead of the race.

It was a clean restart and Brad quickly took the lead of the race. At lap 115 though it was the faster car of Joey Logano getting the lead of the race. Then Greg Biffle got hot and took the lead of the race at lap 127, but it was only for a few laps and Joey took the lead back.

The caution finally came out on lap 138 for Trevor Bayne and his spinning car. Kyle Busch and his hot stop got him the lead of the race. The green flag drops again and Kyle quickly gets the lead of the race and we get the next long green flag run of the day.

Brendan Gaughan winds up having to get out of his car at lap 156 for suspected problems with carbon monoxide. Mark Green winds up being used as the replacement driver. The green flag racing continues with Kyle in the lead and with 14 laps left we finally get the caution as Trevor Bayne hits the wall.

Kyle Busch and Brad Keselwoski stay out this time. The rest of the leaders stay out. The first bunch of cars off pit road that included Joey Logano took only two tires. The green flag dropped with nine laps left, but it was not long before the caution came out as Brian Ickler and Steven Wallace crash together.

This time we had a cleaner restart with Kyle Busch getting the lead of the race, but with 4 laps left Scott Lagasee Jr. crashes along with Trevor Bayne to bring out the caution.

This brings out the green/white checker finish with both Kyle and Brad very low on fuel. Kyle Busch got the great restart and the lead of the race. On the final lap Greg Biffle wound up hitting the wall and did not bring out the caution flag. Kyle was able to hold off a late charge by Brad to win the race.

Kyle's crew chief stated that he thought tires were not going mean much in the final laps.

"Man, what a race car this was," said Kyle Busch.

Brad Keslowski stated that he needed one more lap to get the job done.

Joey Logano stated that he though two new tires were going to do something.

"I'm not sure what happened," said Greg Biffle on his last lap incident.

Ryan Newman stated that he had a very fast racecar on the long runs.

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