Saturday, March 24, 2007

Carl Edwards wins Bristol Busch Series race

Last week I talked about Kyle Busch's misfortune in the NASCAR Busch Series this year. He always seems to have the fastest car and something always seems to happen to cost him the race. It wasn't going to get any easier at the half mile high banked Bristol racetrack for Saturday's Sharpie Mini 300. There will be contact and someone will get upset. Rookie Steve Wallace won the pole.

Any race at Bristol will have plenty of cautions. Steve Wallace's #66 HomeLife Communities Dodge leads. On lap 8, something breaks on Jon Wood's #47 Clorox Ford. He hits the wall and takes Brent Sherman's #36 Big Lots Chevy with him. Carl Edwards' #60 Scott's Miracle Gro Ford takes the lead on lap 31.

Kyle Busch's #5 Lowe's/Sta-Green Chevy takes the lead on lap 104. But then he spins on lap 111 when he gets loose after hitting the apron. His car is OK and he's back in the lead by lap 137. David Reutimann's #99 Aaron's Toyota hits the wall to bring out the caution on lap 182. Everyone is looking to pit. NASCAR tells the drivers that pit road is open but the light and the flag to indicate that don't change to green. Edwards & Busch don't pit thinking pit road is closed. After figuring out what happened, NASCAR allowed Edwards & Busch to pit and retain their positions. Obviously several teams were upset about this. NASCAR President Mike Helton came to the broadcast booth to explain what happened. He said NASCAR made a mistake caused by heavy radio traffic and this was the fair thing to do though he knows some teams won't like it. Check out the video coverage of this incident. At least Helton doesn't try and dodge the issue.

When the race gets started again, Ryan Newman's #12 Kodak Dodge passes Edwards for second and then takes the lead on lap 213. Newman got lucky during the pit stop confusion. He did pit but had to return for loose lug nuts. Because of NASCAR's ruling, he was able to hold his position instead of going to the rear of the field. On lap 233, Newman is trying to lap Mike Wallace's #7 GEICO Chevy. Kyle Busch checks up and Edwards spins him out. Busch blames Wallace's lapped car and he has to pit and restarts in 15th place.

Edwards still leads with Matt Kenseth's #17 Dish Network Ford in second and Newman third. By lap 276, Kyle Busch has moved up to third place. But neither Kenseth or Busch are able to get close enough to Edwards to get the lead. And Edwards & Kenseth are teammates. So Carl Edwards wins the race and continues to lead the points. And Kyle Busch continues to have unbelievable bad luck. The Busch Series is in Nashville next week.

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