Race Review

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Tums QuikPak 500

Martinsville, Va.

Welcome, race fans to the thirty-second race of the Season and the sixth in the Chase. This race takes place at Martinsville Speedway in south, central Virginia, the shortest track on the circuit. And a very flat track with only 12 degree banking in the turns. It’s a short, tight track, and quite exciting. Qualifying was rained out on Friday, so the field lines up according to Owner Points, putting 48 Jimmy Johnson on the pole and 31 Jeff Burton in second. 8 today is Aric Almirola. He shares the car with Mark Martin. 84 is Scott Speed, today with AJ Almendinger out of the car. He will be in the 10 car today, as Patrick Carpentier is out of it. 21 is Bill Elliott again. 00 is Mike Bliss from the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 6 is again Ken Schrader. 45 is Chad McCumbee from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. 70 is again Tony Raines. The in car reporter is 07 Clint Bowyer and his Crew Chief Gil Martin. There will be 500 laps around this .526 mile track for 263 miles. 6 David Ragan is in a back up car and will start from the rear.
So, here we go with the review of the race! 48 leads from the pole. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 07 Clint Bowyer for fifth. 6 is moving on up through the field. 11 Denny Hamlin and 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr., battle and 11 gets by. 16 Greg Biffle and 99 Carl Edwards battle for third. 99, 16, 24 all battle for third. 24 gets third. 16 and 29 Kevin Harvick battle for fifth. 29 gets by 16. 96 is smoking from the front splitter rubbing the pavement. 20 Tony Stewart and 07 battle. 20 takes the spot. 18 Kyle Busch gets by 07. There is smoke coming from 20. Again, it’s the splitter. 00 with help from 22 Dave Blaney gets into the wall.
The first caution comes out on lap twenty-eight when 28 Travis Kvapil gets into the wall, trying to stay on the lead lap. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya got into 44 David Reutimann, 44 got into 28, and 28 ended up in the wall. 21 Bill Elliott is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. The top leaders stay out, while some farther back head to the pits. 88 is too fast in the pits and will restart forty-second! 24 takes the lead. 88 gets into 70 to get by. 99 and 31 battle. 99 gets by.1 Martin Truex, Jr. and 2 Kurt Busch battle. 1 gets by for eleventh. 16 gets by 31 for sixth. 31 is slipping back. 16 and 00 get together.
24 and 48 battle for the lead. 48 takes the lead. 88 is up to thirty-first from forty-second. 6 is up to thirty-sixth from starting in the rear. 00 is five laps down. 9 Kasey Kahne is very slow on the track with no power. The second caution comes out when 9 is stopped on the track, on lap sixty-one. The leaders all pit. Out of the pits, it’s 48, 99, 16, 24, 29, 07, 31, 41 Reed Sorenson, up ten spots, 18. 8 stays out to lead at the restart. 2 is in the garage with rear brake trouble. The top thirteen stayed out. 48 gets by 96 for thirteenth. 88 is in fifth after his speeding penalty since he stayed out. 20 gets by 16. 12 Ryan Newman and 26 Jamie McMurray battle for second. 88 and 5 Casey Mears battle. 88 gets by 5. 26 can’t get by 12. 88 spins 26, which brings out the third caution. Everyone gets by 26. The top ten are 8, 12, 88, 48, 5, 66 Scott Riggs, 99, 24 6 and 55 Michael Waltrip.
The fourth caution comes out when 01 Regan Smith looses his brakes and gets into the wall. He got into the corner too hard, got on the brakes too hard, burned out the brakes and ended up in the wall. 00 Mike Bliss is the Lucky Dog. 29 and 18 battle. 29 keeps the spot. 18 gets by 55. 48 gets by 88 for third. 48 gets by 12 for second. 16 and 31 get by 55. 1 gets by 55. 2 is back on the track. 24 gets by 88. 99 gets by 12. 24 and 88 get by 12.
The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 17 Matt Kenseth gets loose and wheel hops into 78 Joe Nemacheck who gets into the wall. 07 gets by the mess. 26 stays out to lead. 48, 70 (a lap car) and 11 are three wide. 48 and 11 battle. 48 gets by. 48 gets by 96 for sixth. 11 gets by 96 for seventh. 17 is in thirty-eighth, a lap down. 29 gets by 43 Bobby Labonte for eleventh. 48 gets by 07 for second. 29 gets by 38 David Gilliland for eleventh. 29 and 42 battle for ninth. 29 gets by. 48 takes the lead. 88 gets by 07 for sixth.
The sixth caution comes out when 18 gets into the wall and just sits there. 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. and 70 also get into the wall. They all had right front tires go down almost on the same spot. They were using too much brake. 18 is being held two laps for stopping on the track. He comes back onto the track three laps down in thirty-eighth. 7 Robby Gordon goes to the garage for brake repairs. 16 stayed out to lead. 26 takes the lead from 16. 99 gets by 16. 83 Brian Vickers and 11 battle. 11 takes the spot. 29 and 83 battle. 29 and 31 get by 83. 5 gets by 83. 8 and 6 get together.
The seventh caution comes out during the commercial when 19 Elliott Sadler gets into the wall. 8 and 19 were battling for position and 8 turned 19 into the wall. 17 Matt Kenseth is the Lucky dog. The leaders stay out. 2, many laps down won’t let the leaders get by on the restart. 48 and 24 finally get by 2. 16 and 11 battle. 11 finally gets by for seventh. 6 and 42 are racing side by side. 6 finally gets by. 12 and 83 battle. 83 finally gets by. 24 catches 48. 24 takes the lead in traffic. 96 and 9 battle to stay on the lead lap. 24 is having a hard time lapping 96. 16 is out of gas and has to pit.
The eighth caution comes out when 43 spins. 15 Paul Menard and 70 blow tires. 10 gets into 43 and 43 gets into the wall. The leaders all pit, leaving 16 a lap down. 38 David Gilliland is the Lucky Dog. 29 and 31 get together in the pits. Out of the pits, it’s 48, 24, 99, 88, 26, 20, 11, 1, 83, 07. 16, 8, 88 are three wide. 24 takes the lead. 19 is back on the track after repairs. 31 locks up the brakes. 77 and 12 get by him. 48 takes the lead during the commercial. 44 David Reutimann goes up the track and into the wall, gets a flat tire and heads for the pits. 1 rubs the wall. He got into the turn too high. 2 gets his brakes too hot and flattens the tire. He goes to the pits again. 66 battles 48 to stay on the lead lap. 17 is up to seventeenth. 99 and 24 battle for second. 99 and 88 get by 24. 31 is getting loose and falling back. 12 gets into the wall. 26 gets by 24. 21 and 48 get together while 48 is trying to lap 21.
18 gets another flat tire and has to pit. The heat from the brakes is heating the bead of the tire and flattening the tire. 20, in seventh, has a right front tire going down and has to pit. 11 gets by 24. 83 gets by 88 for third. 2 gets into the wall. The ninth caution comes out for debris from 2. Kurt wants to park the car already. 10 AJ Allmendinger is the Lucky Dog. The jack man for 48 slips on the brake dust after changing right sides. 48 still comes out of the pits first. 26 breaks something and heads for the garage. 24 gets by 83. 11 gets by 83. 88 and 99 battle for second. 88 goes low and gets by. 18 is back in the pits with a flat right front tire. 48 slips getting by 00. 11 and 24 battle for fourth. 20 gets another right front tire flat. 83 gets by 24 for fifth.
The tenth caution comes out with forty-two laps to go when 41 gets into the wall. The leaders all pit. 31 has to back up to get out of his pit. 17 stays out to lead. 24 blocked 31 from getting into his pit, putting him out of the pit box. He doesn’t back up and right himself before being serviced, so he will get a drive-through penalty. 17 and 48 battle for the lead. 48 takes the lead. 88 gets by 17 for second. 17 and 99 battle for third. 99 gets by 17. 24 gets by 17. Twelve cars are on the lead lap.
The eleventh caution comes out when 38 gets into the wall with a flat tire. We go Green with eight to go. 88 and 99 battle. The final caution comes out when 6 spins with three laps to go. The top ten are 48, 88, 99, 24, 11, 5, 29, 17, 1 and 07. This will be a Green, White, Checker finish, with 504 laps completed. 48 takes off at the restart. 48 Jimmy Johnson wins the Tums QuikPak 500, after starting on the pole.
Jimmy Johnson increases his point lead. Greg Biffle and Jeff Burton swap positions. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart swap positions. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin move up one position and Kyle Busch falls back three positions to 12th, 445 out of the lead. He was leading the points going into the Chase. After six races, he is last in the Chase.

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