Lowe's Belongs To Jeff Burton
Lowe's is a great track to watch a reace on and the driver to watch early on was Jeff Gordon, not because he was having a great run but cause he kept hitting the wall on laps one and six. On lap 10 Jeff chose to pit to pull out his fender and change the tires.
The man to beat early on was of course Jimmie Johnson, his car was so fast and it looked like no body but Carl Edwards even had a shot at getting to him, But around lap 20 Jimmie had such a huge lead even Carl seemed to fade. By lap 25 Jimmie had lapped long time teammate Jeff Gordon and the top five was Johnson, Edwards, Stewart, Biffle, and Junior.
On lap 33 the driver that took the lead from Johnson was Stewart. Junior had problems early on in the race which he told his crew chief "it feels looser than it should be" talking about the wheels on the car.
The first caution came out when Joe Nemicheck had a tire go down and slammed into the wall. All the leaders made there pit stops and the out come of the pit stops was Johnson, Edwards, Burton, Stewart, Biffle, Junior, Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Hamlin, and Martin. Stewart losing the most positions going from the lead to four position.
When the restart happened Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson pulled away from the field...quickly. On lap 52 Carl had to pit for a loose wheel which caused him give up the second spot to Tony Stewart.
but on lap 53 AJ Allmendinger crashed hard into the wall after trying to go three wide with Regan Smith. Though the caution came out Carl wasn't able to make up his lap that he went down for pitting, instead four time cup champion Jeff Gordon was the first car lap down. Allmendinger said "it's all my fault."
On lap 65 Mike Skinner and Ken Schrader both made contact after Michael Waltrip got into Skinner ever so slightly. The man who gave up a lot during caution pit stops was Denny Hamlin when he pitted and gave up the eighth position to change tires. And if that wasn't enough Carl Edwards had engine troubles before the leaders took the green flag.
On about lap 95 Kyle Busch made his car come to life, he was pushing the car as hard as he could to get to the lead. And by lap 98 he was in third just behind teammate Tony Stewart and points leader Jimmie Johnson.
On lap 103 Dale Junior blew a tire and got into the wall, a tough break for one of the three drivers I was pulling for to win this championship (the others are Burton and Johnson). Junior had been driving his car high all day long yet it ddin't seem like that's how his day would have ended.
On lap 122 Mike Wallace crashed his Dodge after he got lose right next to Jeff Gordon. Mike had gotten a flat tire right after he spun the car. He got the caution so he was able to pit without losing another lap.
Around lap 129 Ryan Newman this year's Daytona 500 winner was leading points leader Jimmie Johnson, but it didn't last for too long on lap 134 Johnson and Vickers past Newman for the lead and the second spot. Not too long after Vickers challenged Johnson for the lead. On lap 136 Vickers got the lead and kept it until 180 when he gave up the lead to make his green flag pit stop.
Caution for the sixth time on lap 187 when debris hit the track and that hurt Vickers but gave Kasey Kahne the lucky dog award. And that was lucky for him since his car seemed to be super strong on the longer runs.
On lap 195 another caution was waved for Paul Menard getting into Bill Elliott who bumped into Tony Raines and the domino effect occured collecting Kvapil and Kenseth. and all the hits in the crash were hard licks. Kenset's car was seriously damaged, another car in that wreck was the 45 car Chad.
Once the green flag flew Martin Truex Junior was the leader and he wasted as little time to get as possible to get away from the lead pack which didn't work out too well for him.
On lap 206 another caution was out this time Waltrip, Labonte and others were involved. When the replayed showed the first thing to see was Jimmie Johnson got loose and almost spun out yet he saved it then behind him Waltrip got into the back of Labonte and spun out himself and to aviod either driver Casey Mears took the high road and went through the grass.
With 73 laps to go drivers were making their pit stops and it was a sight to see everyone were locking up there wheels to make the pit road speed, look as if an accident was happening right before the commit line.
With 70 laps to go Robby Gordon flat spotted his tire and blew it to shreds, debris fell everywhere and they had no choice but to wave the caution. The free pass was given to David Ragan.
With about 42 laps to go Juan Pablo and Kurt Busch made contact with David Ragan near by, David got away unharmed but with 37 laps to go Juan blew a tire due to the contact with Busch. This contact lead to the pit stops of the leaders and Burton taking only fuel left him out in the lead and Johnson took right sides plus fuel and Jeff Gordon took all four and fuel which he said "makes my car run better on longer runs."
Once the green flag dropped Burton fought off Johnson like there was no tommrrow, I don't think I've seen any driver race that hard on the out side with 30 laps to go and he still managed to hold off Johnson who is one of the best at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Jeff Burton won the race holding off what looked like the fastest car toward the end of Kasey Kahne, followed by Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, and David Ragan.
Burton gained two spots in the points now he's in second to Johnson only 69 points back.
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