Monster Mile Lives Up to Its Name in NASCAR Nationwide Race
The Monster Mile, as the Dover International Speedway is nicknamed, definitely lived up to its name in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race. The concrete demon chewed up and spit out quite a few drivers, especially many of the Cup interlopers.
When all was said and done, Brad Keselowski, who failed to make the Cup race at the Monster Mile, took the checkered flag. But it was a wild ride to the bitter end for young Keselowski to claim the monster trophy and strike the monster pose.
The majority of the race featured an epic battle between two Cup regulars, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. Logano started the race on the pole and also had the best pit stall, the first one on pit road.
Busch had an interesting start to the race, making a quick trip into the NASCAR hauler. Apparently, he was not in trouble but just had to make his version of a pit stop before jumping aboard his race car.
On the very first lap, the Monster Mile rose up to grab Peyton Sellers, sending him slamming into the wall. Apparently, the Monster did have a little help, as John Wes Townley also sustained damage.
Greg Biffle was also pummeled by the Monster Mile, hitting the wall hard on lap 16 in his No. 16 race car. Both right side tires sustained deep cuts and the side of his car was totally crumpled.
John Wes Townley and Ken Butler tangled with one another on lap 29 coming off turn two of the Monster Mile. Townley's car sustained heavy damage to the back and Butler's car was mashed front and rear, leaking fluid as well.
Another Cup regular Ryan Newman also took a beating from the Monster at the Mile. Newman was having a pretty good run in the No. 5 car until he sustained a speeding penalty and was forced to the back of the pack.
Along came Steve Wallace on lap 92, connecting with Newman and sending him into the wall. Both Wallace and Newman sustained damage to their cars, leaving the pits with lots of shiny tape holding parts of their race cars together.
Newman's troubles continued when on lap 129, his tire blew up, bringing out the sixth caution of the race. The tire literally exploded and sounded almost like a bomb going off.
That indeed was the fatal blow for Newman. His car left pit road on the end of a wrecker's hook and he was done for the rest of the race.
With Newman out of the race, the Monster Mile circled back around to get Greg Biffle in its clutches once more. Biffle hit the wall again in lap 140.
Then it was time for two other Cup regulars to fall prey to the Monster. David Ragan lost the rear of his car, collecting Kevin Harvick in the process.
By lap 144 of the race, there were only 18 cars left on the lead lap.
Scott Lagasse and Michael McDowell brought the seventh caution out. It was Scott Wimmer's turn next, slamming the wall, spewing tire pieces everywhere.
Wimmer's monstrous misfortune brought out the the green, white, checker scenario, setting the field up for a dramatic finish.
Kyle Busch, who had led for most of the race, looked like he had the dominant car to beat. Joey Logano, who had valiantly battled him all race long, took his place in the second position.
Brad Keselowski lined up in the third spot for the restart. Clint Bower, Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Scott Speed and others who had run in the top ten for most of the day took their places as well.
Busch did not get a good restart and Logano was practically pushing him into the first turn. In fact, Logano did push Busch up the race track.
But it became apparent quickly that Busch had some kind of problem as he drifted up the race track. While Logano was battling Busch, Keselowski flew past both of them to snatch the lead.
The crowd went wild, cheering madly in disbelief. While Keselowski took the checkered flag, Busch limped around to finish a dreary 17th.
While this Monster Mile was a fiend to Kyle Busch, who would also suffer the same fate a few hours later in the truck race, it embraced Brad Keselowski in its concrete arms for the spring Nationwide race at Dover International Speedway.
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