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The Pit Stop


October 10, 2010 6:26 PM

Tony's First At Fontana

Jamie McMurray took the poll for the Pepsi Maxx 400 as drivers are back to California for the seciond time this year.
"Be cautiously aggressive," said Denny Hamlin who is starting in the back. "Really good car in practive yesterday," said Denny Hamlin.

The green flag drops and Jamie McMurray starts out leading laps. Then Matt Kenseth picks up the lead of the race at lap 15. Matt kept on leading laps and then we got to the first round of green flag pit stops around lap 37. The first caution finally comes out on lap 40 as Greg Biffle and the end engine in car went south. "Something broke in the bottom end of the engine," said Greg.

At the drop of the green flag some three wide racing up front sent Jeff Gordon into the lead of the race. Then on the next lap it was Jimmie Johnson getting the lead of the race. It was not long and at lap 53 it was Marcos Ambrose and his tire problems brining out the caution. This brought down everyone, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. down pit road for service. At lap 58 it was green flag time, but Carl Edwards and his car did get going at all and the caution comes out again. Carl went behind the wall for a fuel pump replacement.

Jimmie Johnson led more laps as the green flag dropped, but Mark Martin got hot and took over the race lead at lap 73. He kept on leading the laps and then the green flag pit stops started around lap 94. Mark was able to keep the lead after the end of green flag pit stops. The caution finally comes out on lap 113 for debris killing the five second plus lead for Mark. The leaders pit and Jeff Gordon this time won the race off pit road while Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin lost some spots on pit road. Rear gear problems this time around sent Kyle Busch back down pit road again.
The green flag drops again and Jeff Gordon easily takes the lead of the race. Clint Bowyer gets hat and takes over the race lead at lap 126. Wight more laps go by and Marcos Ambrose spins out again to bring out the caution. This brought in the leaders and Clint Bowyer was able to keep the lead of the race off pit road.

After the green flag dropped it was a short run with some major moves made in the back and with 55 laps left the caution for debris came out again. After the green flag drops Tony Stewart gets hot and takes the lead of the race with 52 laps left. The next chase driver to wind up with engine problems is Kyle Busch as he slows up big time with 46 laps left to bring out the caution.

This caution brought in the leader and Juan Pablo Montoya with his two tire stop was able to get the lead of the race, Tony Stewart though took four tires. The green flag dropped with 41 laps left and Tony Stewart took very little time to pass Juan for the lead of the race. Then Clint Bowyer gets hot and takes the lead of the race back with 32 laps left.
Clint leads more laps and then the caution comes out again for debris with 18 laps left. This time after the leaders pit both Paul Menard and Regan Smith take two tires to lead the rest of the cars off pot road. Clint Bowyer in third was the first car off pit road with four tires.

The green flag drops with 13 laps left and Tony Stewart on the high side makes it three wide to try to get the lead of the race. Jimmie Johnson though sliced through the middle of some three wide action to get to get into third place. With 10 laps left Matt Kesneth is dropping back fast. With 8 laps left it was caution time as David Ragan and Kurt Busch get together. Kurt though did not get a whole major load of damage and continued on.

Cars in the back pit this time only. The green flag drops with three laps and as Tony gets the lead some more three wide plus action occurs in the back for position. On the final lap Tony Stewart gets to extend his lead as Clint Boyer and Jimmie Johnson fight for second place. Clint was able to just beat him at the line for second as Tony easily gets his first win at Fontana.

Tony stated that we are going to need some help to win the championship. Tony has only two more tracks where he has not won a race at.

"Great performance," said Jimmie Johnson. He now leaves Fontana with an almost 40 point lead over Denny Hamlin.

"Cautions fell right for us," said Jeff Gordon.

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