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The Pit Stop


September 26, 2010 4:30 PM

Jimmie Rebounds Big Time...

Jimmie Johnson Dover 2010.jpgThe Sprint Cup drivers are back in Dover for the last time this season as they go for 400 laps in the second race in the chase. Jimmie Johnson in on the poll for the event after having a bad first race in the chase.
"Pretty good Interstate Batteries Camery," Kyle Busch.

The Green flag drops and Jimmie starts out in the lead. Then A. J. Allmedniger gets hot and passes Jimmie Johnson for the lead on lap 14. He keeps on leading laps and then the caution comes out on lap 38 as a cover on a caution light falls off. Early cars making a move up to the front this time were Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, and Kevin Harvick.
This brought in the leaders and A.J Allmendinger was able keep his lead of the race off pit road. A. J. quickly gets the lead of the race, but it was not a long green flag run and on lap 52 David Reutimann hit the wall with some help from Ryan Newman.

The green flag drops again and we get a super long green flag run. A. J. continues to lead laps and extending his lead over Martin Truex Jr. as green flag pit stops started on lap 113. During this round of green flag pit stops Tony Stewart gets a penalty for entering pit road too fast. After pit stops were over A.J increased his lead by 2 seconds to 5.5 seconds over the field. He then starts slowing up a bit at lap 155.

At lap 161 though he was able to put Jamie McMurray one lap down. Jamie was 19th place at the time. A.J. though comes down early at lap 172 for new tires as his car was slowing up big time. This put Jimmie Johnson in the lead of the race. Clint Bowyer then winds up getting a pit road penalty. Then it was Matt Kenseth missing the entrance to pit road which then caused him to blow a tire and bring out the caution on lap 186.

The caution brought in the rest of the leaders. Jimmie Johnson was able to win the race off pit road, but Kurt Busch this time wound up getting a penalty on pit road. A.J. though took the wave around and came back on the lead lap, but in 18th spot.

The green flag drops and Jimmie starts leading more laps while A.J. does not even move up at all. At lap 212 Martin Truex Jr. gives up his top five spot for fresh tires, but then after he pits winds up going behind the wall for some major repairs.

Around lap 268 Jimmie makes his green flag pit stop and then keeps his lead of the race after the pit stops were over. By lap 285 A. J. made it up to only 14th spot on the track. At lap 290 the caution finally comes out again for debris. This time after the leaders pit Kyle Busch was able to win the race off pit road and the lead of the race.

Kyle Busch with a rocket of a restart easily got the lead of the race while Joey Logano was able to get around Jimmie for second place. With 80 laps left Jimmie got back into second place and then started to chase down Kyle. With 62 laps left Jimmie finally took the lead back.

With 55 laps left Jeff Burton got around Kyle for second place. Around 41 laps left it was green flag pit stop time again. Jimmie stopped with 37 laps left, but had the lead back again after the pit stops were over. As the laps kept on going down nobody had anything for Jimmie Johnson as he went on to win the race.

"Huge weight off my shoulders," said Jimmie Johnson.

"We had to work on the car pretty hard," said Chad Knaus who is the crew chief for Jimmie Johnson.

"Had a good car all weekend," said Jeff Burton.

"It was a decent day," said Denny Hamlin. He leaves with the lead in points, but is only 35 points ahead of Jimmie
Johnson who is not back in second place.

"It was good day for us," said Kyle Busch. He also stated that his car became tight.

"Our car was good," said Joey Logano.

Jeff Gordon said he struggled in the second half of the race.

"Great solid day for out car," said Kurt Busch.

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