Phoenix Race Review

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Race Review

Checker Auto Parts 500

Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, AZ.

Welcome Race Fans to the 35th race of the Season and the ninth race of the Chase. Today’s line up has a few newcomers. Patrick Carpentier will drive the 10 car, having qualified on speed. Sam Hornish, Jr. finally made it into a race and will be driving the 06 car. 27 also finally making a race, is Jacques Villeneuve. 01 today is Aric Almirola. Veteran Sterling Marlin is in the 09 car. Bill Davis Truck driver Johnny Benson is driving BDR entry #36. Bill Elliott takes a past Champion Provisional in the 21 car. Those not making the race are: 44 Dale Jarrett, 55 Michael Waltrip, 00 David Reutimann, 4 Ward Burton, 84 A. J. Allmendinger, 34 Kevin Lepage and 49 John Andretti. 99 Carl Edwards is on the Pole, with 1 Martin Truex, Jr. beside him.
Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile almost flat track. There will be 312 laps for 500k, or 312 miles. Carl Edwards is the 18th different Pole Sitter this year. There are 7 former Champions in this race. Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott and Tony Stewart.
So, here we go. 99 Carl Edwards leads from the Pole. 9 Kasey Kahne battle for position. 48 Jimmy Johnson gets by 18 J. J. Yeley for 4th. 20 Tony Stewart gets by 17 Matt Kenseth. 48 battles 24 Jeff Gordon and gets by. The first caution comes out on lap 25.66 Jeremy Mayfield comes down onto 38 David Gilliland and spins him. Out of the pits it’s 99, 12 Ryan Newman, 1 Martin Truex, Jr.. 07 Clint Bowyer, 48, 25 Casey Mears, 29 Kevin Harvick, 18, 2 Kurt Busch and 31 Jeff Burton. 7 Robby Gordon had a tire issue in the pits and will go to the end of the longest line.
The Green Flag comes out on lap 28. 12 and 1 battle for second. 48 gets by 07. 1 gets by 12. 12 and 48 battle. 48 takes the spot. 24 and 07 battle. 24 takes the spot. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya gets into 8 Dale Earnhardt to get by. 40 David Stremme today is in a yellow Juicy Fruit car. 8 gets by 25. The second caution comes out on lap 86 for debris. 45 Kyle Petty is the Lucky Dog and gets to drive by the Pace car to get his lap back. The Green Flag comes out on lap 90.
The third caution comes out when 20 Tony Stewart taps 78 Joe Nemechek and 78 spins. Joe doesn’t hit anything. 01 Aric Almirola is the Lucky Dog. 6 David Ragan got into the grass in the corner and got lifted up, loosing part of the splitter when it hits a ground camera. 1 and 99 battle.1 keeps the lead. 99 is blowing up and pits, then goes to the garage. The fourth caution comes out on lap 107 for debris. 7 is the Lucky Dog. Twenty-nine cars are on the lead lap. 2, 24 and 07 battle for position.
The fifth caution comes out when 8 goes up into the wall, gets sideways and down into the inside wall. 24, 31, 16 Greg Biffle, 11 Denny Hamlin, 40 pit. 1 and 48 stay out. The top eighteen are 1, 48, 12, 2, 5 Kyle Busch, 07, 18, 20, 17, 29, 15 Paul Menard, 26 Jaime McMurray, 70 Johnny Sauter, 25, 31, 42, 40 and 24. 42 gets into 24 way back in traffic. The sixth caution comes out during the commercial. 27 Jacques Villeneuve and 9 get together and 27 spins. The leaders pit. Out of the pits, it’s 1, 48, 12, 2, 07, 29, 5, 20, 18 , 26. 17 is leading 40, 31, 24, 16, 42, 41 Reed Sorenson and 7 who stay out.
The seventh caution comes out when 9 gets into the wall. 9 and 96 Tony Raines got together. 88 Ricky Rudd, 2, 07, 5 and 20 battle. 88 falls back. 24 gets by 40 for second. 99 is back on the track, thirty-eight laps behind. 48 catches 24 in second place. 24 and 48 battle and 48 gets by. 12 and 16 battle for position. 12 gets by 16. 1 gets by 24. 17 in the lead has to pit. 48 is now leading. 40 and 31 battle. 07 and 31 battle. 16 is pitting, along with 31, 40 and 24. There better not be a caution until all the leaders pit! 24 and 16 battle. 5, 2, 29 pit. 48, 7, 20 pitting. 1 leads, then pits. 41 leads, then pits. After the Green Flag pitting is over, 17 is back in the lead.
The eighth caution comes out on lap 233 during the commercial for spinning 22 Dave Blaney. 12 gets fuel only to lead. 42 comes back into the pits. 17 and 12 battle for the lead. 17 takes the lead. 20 gets by 12. The ninth caution comes out when 78 spins out. He got loose and got into the wall. The Green Flag comes out with sixty-five to go. 6 David Ragan, 18 and 5 are three wide. 1 thinks he has a flat, but stays out. 29 and 24 battle. 29 and 24 get together. 5 races 29 and 24. 24 has a tire rub from contact with 29. 24 is saved by the tenth caution for debris. 17 and 48 battle with the lapped car of 01 in the way, racing for the Lucky dog position. 01 and 17 get together.
48 takes the lead from 17. 17 and 1 battle for second. 16 who is fastest on the track gets by 20. 16 gets by 1. 20 and 1 battle. 20 gets by 1. 16 catches 17 in second. 16 gets by 17 for second. 16 can’t catch 48, and 48 wins his fourth race in a row! This is the first time since 1998 that anyone has one four in a row. Jeff Gordon did it in 1998, and went on to win his second Championship in a row. Will Jimmy Johnson go on next week to do just that? We’ll see. He’s 86 points ahead of second place, Jeff Gordon.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley
http://www.ilovemynascar.com

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