NASCAR Race Review

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Well race fans, 2009 is off to a roaring start with the Budweiser Shootout. This is the non-points race that starts things out at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be run in two segments. The first segment is 25 laps. Then a ten minute break. And the second segment is 50 laps. Yellow laps count. So they won’t be racing all 75 laps.

Last time I told you the line up. 98 Paul Menard is on the pole with 19 Elliott Sadler right beside him. 31 Jeff Burton blew an engine during practice, so will start in the rear. 20 Joey Logano raced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (Automobile Racing Club of America) and missed the driver’s meeting and will have to start in the rear.

So, here we go! 98 Menard leads from the pole. 19 Sadler takes the lead and 98 falls back. 11 Hamlin takes the lead. 11 and 88 Earnhardt, Jr. battle for the lead. 88 takes the lead. And the first caution comes out. 7 R. Gordon gets into 6 Ragan. Then 6 gets into 7. 83 Speed, 16 Biffle and 20 Logano are also collected. 24 skillfuly gets by the mess. Restarts are double file, like for the first Green Flag. So 88 and 19 are up front.

19 Sadler takes the lead. And they are racing three-wide. 14 Stewart takes the lead. 99 Edwards takes the lead during the commercial. 29 Harvick gets into the wall and looses the draft. 11 Hamlin looses it and miraculously keeps racing.  The second caution is for 12 Stremme and 00 Reutimann. 11 got into 00 and 00 got into 12. 00 and 12 spin into the infield.We finish segment 1 under caution.

99 Edwards and 26 McMurray start the second segment up front. 26 takes the lead. 9 Kahne takes the lead. 9 and 18 Ky. Busch battle for the lead. 24 goes low by 26 for second. 26 McMurray takes the lead. And they are three- wide again. 11 gets loose. 24 J. Gordon takes the lead.

The third caution starts when 24 gets caught in the middle, and then four-wide, and turns 16 Biffle. 16 takes along 18, 31 Burton, 44 Allmendinger, 07 Mears and 48 Johnson. They pit and 11 Hamlin takes fuel only to come out first with 18 also taking fuel only in second. Followed by 26, 9, 99, who took two tires. 24 takes four in sixth. The fourth caution comes out when 43 Sorenson blows up.

9 drifts up the track in front of 24 and kisses the wall. 24 pushes 88 Earnhardt Jr. into the lead. 11 pushes 18 ahead. 55 Waltrip gets into the wall and pits. 29 Harvick again looses the draft. 83 vickers squiggles. 24 is stuck in the middle. 17 Kenseth takes the lead. 88 Earnhardt, Jr. takes the lead.

The fifth caution comes out when 19 Sadler spins with help from 12 Stremme. 00 also was collected. 48 and 18 get together coming out of the pits. 18 Ky. Busch takes the lead. 88 Earnhardt, Jr. takes the lead. 24 J. Gordon takes the lead. 48 Johnson takes the lead. 24 gets shuffled back. 14 Stewart sends 18 below the double yellow line.

The sixth caution comes out when 96 Labonte get into 98 Menard, 98 gets into 88 and 16 Biffle spins. 83 Vickers is leading. And gives up the lead for tires. And 26 McMurray leads. 88 Earnhardt, Jr. led twenty-four laps, but was at the end of the pack where the incident started and got collected. 83 is in the middle, but has four new tires and doesn’t fall back. 48 bumps out of line. 18 bumps 17 Kenseth out of the way. 24 J. Gordon takes the lead.

The seventh caution comes out with two to go. 12 Stremme gets into 16 Biffle, then hits him in the right door. 17 has a flat. And we go into overtime. There will be one attempt for a Green, White, Checker finish. The start has 26, 48, 18, 9 on the inside and 24, 29, 11, 44 on the outside. 29 jumps behind 48, ahead of 18. And they are four-wide. 29 Harvick takes the lead with help from 11 and wins under caution. 48 got into 11 and 07.

1. 29 Harvick                  2. 26 McMurray                3. 14 Stewart             4. 24 J. Gordon

5. 44 Almendinger       6. 9 Kahne                           7. 99 Edwards           8. 2 Ku. Busch

9. 17 Kenseth                 10. 18 Ky. Busch               11. 98 Labonte          12. 83 Vickers

13. 11 Hamlin                 14. 48 Johnson                  15. 07 Mears             16. 12 Stremme

17. 16 Biffle                     18. 88 Earnhardt, Jr.       19. 96 Labonte          20.00 Reutimann

21.19 Sadler                    22. 55 Waltrip                    23. 43 Sorrenson     24. 31 Burton

25. 82 Speed                   26. 6 Ragan                          27. 7 R. Gordon       28. 20 Logano

There were fourteen leaders with twenty-three lead changes.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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