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The Pit Stop


July 4, 2010 12:19 AM

Kevin Finally Wins The Race...

kevin Harvick Daytona 2010.jpg A brief shower delayed action for over an hour for the Coke Zero 400. On the poll for the event was Kevin Harvick who got the poll as rain killed qualifying for the event after around 10 cars qualified.

Due to the delay NASCAR decided to through out a competition yellow out at lap 15.

When the race finally started Kyle Busch pushed Kevin Harvick into the lead of the race. Then around lap 10 saw Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick battle for the lead. Jeff gets sucked in the middle and falls back to 13th. Some more fighting for the lead occurs and Kyle Busch takes it over. Then the competition caution comes out.

All the cars pit and Kevin Harvick leads the cars off pit road with a two tire stop. Greg Biffle also takes only two tires to get second place. The green flag drops and two tires for Greg Biffle did not work at all and Kevin gets the easy lead of the race. At lap 26 it was finally time for Elliott Sadler to lead the race. Two more laps go by and Kyle Busch winds up pitting to replace a bad tire after he wound up leading the race.

Up next to lead the race for a bunch of laps was Kurt Busch. Then Elliott Sadler got hot again as he took the lead of the race again. At lap 48 it was an early pit stop for Jimmie Johnson as he pits top replace a bad tire. Four more laps go by and Matt Kenseth pits slightly early for a bad tire. At lap 56 the mass green flag pit stops start. Jeff Burton on his pit stop went long as he blew by his pits. J.J. Yeley winds up blowing out tire, making it to pit road, but also brining out the caution on lap 59 for the debris he left out on the race track.

This was a big time save for Kyle Busch as he was only a few laps from pitting again.

At the drop of the green flag it was Juan Pablo Montoya in the lead of the race. It was a short green flag run this time and at lap 67 A.J. Allmendinger winds up spinning out with some help from Kyle Busch. This caution wound up bringing the cars in the back for service.

The race restarts with Jeff Gordon in the lead of the race. Brad Keselwoski got aggressive and got to lead for a short period. Juan Pablo Montoya then got to lead some laps. Sam Hornish Jr. and Denny Hamlin were next in line to lead a couple laps and then Kyle Busch in lap 86 took the lead and kept it for a while.

Lap 98 saw the next round of green flag pit stops starts. At lap 104 though the caution comes out as Juan Pablo Montoya and Kyle Busch get together. The caution brought in a bunch of cars down pit road with Jeff Burton winning the race off pit road.
"I wrecked myself, said Kyle Bsuch.

The leader of the race when it restarted was Mark Martin who was making his pit stop at the time the caution just came out. He did not have it for long and Juan Montoya had it again. Juan does not keep it for long as Jeff Burton won the lead for a few laps. With 44 laps left Matt Kenseth comes down pit road to replace some bad tires and then David Ragan gets loose, he tries to save it, but winds up taking out Martin Truex Jr. and Jamie McMurray.
"I saw the six car get into the wall," said Jamie McMurray. "The track is really slick."
"We had a good car," said Martin Truex Jr.

The caution brought in the leaders with a Tony Stewart winning the race off pit road with a two tire stop. His two tire stop worked, but Jeff Burton in a few laps was able to get the lead of the race. With 33 laps left Tony Stewart made it three wide to take the lead of the race. Tony was not able to keep the lead and Kevin Harvick took it back.

With 29 laps left Kurt Busch had the lead of the race. Kurt could not keep the lead and it was back to Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick to fight for the lead. The Caution popped put with 25 laps left for the crashing car of David Stremme. The caution brought in the leaders and Kurt Busch won the race off pit road.

With 19 laps left the green flag dropped and Kevin Harvick won the battle for first place, but in the back Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth get together.

The green flag drops with 15 laps left with Clint Boyer winning the race for first place. With 13 laps left a massive crash occurs as Kurt Busch winds up getting into the grass from a hit by Jeff Burton. In the back Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Reed Sorenson, Denny Hamlin, and a whole lot more. Mark Martin was on pit road with a fiery wreck, but quickly got out of his car with help from NASCAR officials.

This brought out the red flag.

"They just started pilling up," said Juan Pablo Montoya. "The fire was outside," said Mark Martin. Jimmie Johnson stated that he saw the 2 car on the flat and then he got hit from behind.

When we finally got back to yellow conditions leaders pitted except for Clint Boyer who stays out. The green flag drops with eight laps left. Clint Boyer won the race to first with Kevin Harvick right behind him. With four laps left Jeff Gordon got a good push and he took the lead of the race.

With 2 laps left Clint Boyer gets a monster push from Kevin Harvick to take the lead of the race. Then in the back Sam Hornish Jr. could not hold the middle and crashes big time into Elliott Sadler. This brought out the green/white checker finish. Jeff Gordon winds up going on the outside to get second place. Kevin Harvick won the battle to first as we go into the final lap. Clint Boyer winds up getting sent around on the final lap, but the caution does not come out as Kevin takes the race.

Kevin Harvick stated that he wanted to be behind Clint pushing him.

"Another top five," said Kasey Kahne.

"We were terrible all night," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his car.

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