Jun 29 2008

Kurt Busch Wins Rain Shortened Race at Dover

Kurt Busch Wins in Dover
Finally, I was able to watch another Nascar race, so I thought I would give my thoughts on it while they were still fresh.

It all worked perfectly for Kurt Busch, at least at the end of the race, a late caution, caused when McMurray hit Earnhardt Jr. coming into the pits, had almost everyone pit, the few who thought they could make it on fuel, like Busch, Yeley, Waltrip and others, stayed out. Stewart, who had been leading the race, took two tires while everyone else just took gas, so he came back out of the pits in 14th.

They restarted on lap 278 with 1. Kurt Busch 2. Michael Waltrip 3. J.J. Yeley 4. Martin Truex Jr. 5. Elliott Sadler as the top five, two laps later, Hornish clipped Bowyer and the race was over, they just didn’t know it yet. On lap 284, Nascar brought the cars down pit road for rain and red flagged it, and eventually called the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, naming Kurt Busch the winner.

It looked like Gordon was going to do something in this race, running 2nd, 3rd and 4th after starting 19th, and during the last pit stop, they took gas only because they actually ran better on older tires, going for track position. After the last caution, I figured it was over because they had been talking about the rain coming; at least they didn’t take forever to call it.

Here is how they finished:
1 26 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 190/5 284 In Pit
2 36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 170/0 284 In Pit
3 30 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 165/0 284 In Pit
4 8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 160/0 284 In Pit
5 11 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Hancock / Best Buy / Garmin 155/0 284 In Pit
6 6 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 150/0 284 In Pit
7 24 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 151/5 284 In Pit
8 12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 142/0 284 In Pit
9 23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 138/0 284 In Pit
10 2 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 134/0 284 In Pit
11 19 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 130/0 284 In Pit
12 31 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet LENOX Industrial Tools 127/0 284 In Pit
13 28 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 134/10 284 In Pit
14 3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 126/5 284 In Pit
15 16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 118/0 284 In Pit
16 40 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 115/0 284 In Pit
17 17 99 Carl Edwards Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 112/0 284 In Pit
18 9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 109/0 284 In Pit
19 29 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 106/0 284 In Pit
20 43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com 108/5 284 In Pit
21 15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 100/0 284 In Pit
22 39 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army 97/0 284 In Pit
23 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 99/5 284 In Pit
24 27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 91/0 284 In Pit
25 32 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 88/0 284 In Pit
26 18 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 85/0 284 In Pit
27 22 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Camping World/ RVs.com 87/5 284 Running
28 25 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 79/0 284 In Pit
29 33 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 76/0 284 In Pit
30 42 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 73/0 282 In Pit
31 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 70/0 282 In Pit
32 1 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Berlin City Auto Group 72/5 282 In Pit
33 41 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 64/0 281 In Pit
34 4 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 61/0 281 In Pit
35 34 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Victory Junction Gang 58/0 281 In Pit
36 21 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Ford. Drive one. 55/0 281 In Pit
37 37 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Atlas Copco 52/0 280 In Pit
38 7 40 Dario Franchitti Dodge The Guitar Hero / Target 49/0 280 In Pit
39 20 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 46/0 280 In Pit
40 35 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance / Red Sox 43/0 272 Running
41 13 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 40/0 271 Running
42 38 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 37/0 209 Out of Race
43 10 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 34/0 202 Running

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