RoadLoans.com 200 News and Notes

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RoadLoans.com 200 - Entry List

0 Eric McClure    
01 Danny Efland    
1 J.J. Yeley    
5 Landon Cassill    
6 David Ragan    
7 Mike Wallace    
8 Martin Truex Jr    
9 Chase Miller    
10 Dave Blaney    
11 Jason Keller    
14 Kyle Krisiloff
16 Greg Biffle    
17 Matt Kenseth    
18 Brad Coleman    
20 Denny Hamlin    
21 Clint Bowyer    
22 Mike Bliss    
25 Richard Johns    
26 Jamie McMurray    
27 Robby Gordon    
28 Derrike Cope    
29 Scott Wimmer    
30 Stanton Barrett    
33 Tony Raines    
35 Bobby Hamilton Jr    
36 Brent Sherman    
37 Casey Atwood    
38 Jason Leffler    
41 Reed Sorenson    
42 AJ Allmendinger    
44 Mike Harmon    
47 Kelly Bires    
52 Donnie Neuenberger    
54 Carl Long    
59 Marcos Ambrose    
60 Carl Edwards    
61 Travis Kittleson    
66 Steve Wallace    
72 D.J. Kennington    
77 Bobby Labonte    
88 Brad Keselowski    
89 Morgan Shepherd    
90 Stephen Leicht    
99 David Reutimann    

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Atwood to drive for Brewco Motorsports this weekend
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Brewco Motorsports officials say Casey Atwood will drive the team's No. 37 Ford at Dover International Speedway this weekend. The RoadLoans.com 200 marks Atwood's first Busch Series race of the season.

Atwood made eight starts in Brewco's No. 27 Ford last year, with a best finish of 17th, three times. Atwood's last Busch victory came at Dover with Brewco in 1999.

"Dover is a special place for me because that is where I got my last win, and I beat series champion Randy LaJoie for the win that day," Atwood said.

"I qualified second when I raced here for Brewco last fall. The last time this team raced in Dover in the spring they had a top-15 car and were battling for a top-10 finish when they got caught up in a last-lap accident.

"I know the guys at Brewco Motorsports will have a fast and competitive car for this weekend's race. I am looking forward to working with the Brewco Motorsports team this weekend."

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Ambrose Boasts Solid Numbers At Dover, Edwards, Wimmer Set For Showdown
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NASCAR Busch Series driver standings leader Carl Edwards stole the show at Dover in June, but it was the performance of one of the series’ new names that has forced eyes to open. Rookie Marcos Ambrose (No. 59 Kingsford Ford) finished sixth – to date, his career best –and collected impressive statistics in the process. In June, Ambrose had an Average Running Position of 10.9, a Driver Rating of 93.1 and spent 174 of the 200 laps in the top 15. But the real story of the race earlier this summer was Edwards. He notched a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0, an Average Running Position of 2.1, notched 58 Fastest Laps Run and spent all 200 laps in the top 15.

Edwards’ perfect Driver Rating was one of just six in series history – including the most recent perfect line by Kyle Busch two weeks ago at Richmond. Dover is the only series track to produce two perfect Driver Ratings – Edwards last June and Ryan Newman in this race in 2005.

Over the past five Dover races, Edwards has a Driver Rating of 113.1, an Average Running Position of 6.5, 119 Fastest Laps Run and 949 Laps in the Top 15 – all of which rank highest among drivers who have raced in each of the last five races at “The Monster Mile.”

Edwards needs to continue his Dover domination if he wants to keep up with the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the owner championship battle.

The No. 29 leads Edwards’ No. 60 Ford by 40 points. Scott Wimmer will pilot the No. 29 Chevy sponsored by Holiday Inn this weekend in Dover, a track at which he excels.

In the three previous Dover races he has run, Wimmer has an average finish of 9.7, an Average Running Position of 11.5, a Driver Rating of 94.3 and has run 81 percent of his laps in the top 15.

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NASCAR - Busch - RoadLoans.com 200 Preview
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Track: 1-mile paved speedway

Laps: 200

Miles: 200

Race record: 126.538 m.p.h. (Harry Gant, 1991)

Qualifying record: 157.350 m.p.h. (Kasey Kahne, 2004)

2006 Finish

Defending champion: Clint Bowyer

Runner up: Matt Kenseth

Pole winner: Scott Riggs (154.799 m.p.h.)

Top 10:

1. Clint Bowyer (Start: 16)

2. Matt Kenseth (8)

3. Kevin Harvick (24)

4. Jamie McMurray (15)

5. Jason Leffler (12)

6. Reed Sorenson (22)

7. Kyle Busch (17)

8. Greg Biffle (4)

9. J.J. Yeley (26)

10. Michael Waltrip (29)

Average speed: 96.908 m.p.h.

Time of race: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 4 seconds

Margin of victory: 0.547 second

Caution flags: 13 for 46 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2006 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 96.908 m.p.h.

2005 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 115.644 m.p.h.

2004 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 122.013 m.p.h.

2003 Brian Vickers, Chevrolet, 113.144 m.p.h.

2002 Scott Wimmer, Pontiac, 118.266 m.p.h.

2001 Jeff Green, Ford, 107.591 m.p.h.

2000 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 109.041 m.p.h.

1999 Casey Atwood, Chevrolet, 91.382 m.p.h.

1998 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 106.023 m.p.h.

Notes
The 29th of 35 Busch Series races in 2007 takes place this week at "The Monster Mile," Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Carl Edwards captured the Spring Race at DIS after starting eighth on the grid and leading 122 laps. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished second.

Last season, Clint Bowyer claimed the lead on lap 179 of the 202-lap race and held on for his third career Busch Series title. Bowyer, who started 16th on the grid, held off Matt Kenseth by just 0.547 of a second. Pole sitter Scott Riggs, who led for the first 40 laps, finished 12th, while Martin Truex Jr, who led for a race-high 77 laps, failed to finish and placed 30th.

Despite having only one top-10 in this race, Carl Edwards is the man to beat, as he leads the Busch Series by a whopping 733 points. He has a series high 14 top- five and 18 top-10s in 2007 with four wins. His wins have been in four of the five races held on concrete tracks. This is the 26th consecutive week that he has led the points standings. Edwards has been in the top five in the points standings following the last 59 races, since Nashville, 4/06. This start will be Edwards' 100th Busch Series start.

In 2005, Ryan Newman won his fourth consecutive start, as he took the checkered flag, 1.343 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. Newman, who posted his fifth Busch Series title, led for a track record 193 laps and tied the consecutive win mark set in 1983 by Sam Ard. Newman started on the pole and led for the first 94 laps and then regained the lead on lap 101. Kenny Wallace took over the top spot on lap 123, but it was short-lived, as Newman was back on top on lap 124 and led the rest of the way.

Should Jason Keller qualify for Saturday's race, he'll not only stand one start closer to breaking Tommy Houston's all-time series record of 417, but he'll also become the all-time leader in series starts at "The Monster Mile." Keller seeks career start No. 416 at Dover - one away from tying Houston. He tied three others - Houston, Randy LaJoie and David Green - for the event starts lead at Dover (25) in June (he finished 13th) and will earn the distinction of holding the most starts at an active track for the sixth time in his career if he takes the green flag there Saturday.

Harry Gant is the only driver to win this race in back-to-back seasons (1990-91). Gant and Matt Kenseth are the only two-time winners of this race. Todd Bodine is a three-time winner of Busch Series races in Dover.

The NASCAR Busch championship moves to Kansas Speedway on September 29th for the Yellow Transportation 300, as Kevin Harvick defends his title.

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NASCAR BCS (DOVER) - SERIES NOTES

Rivalry Rewind: Truex Jr., Bowyer Bring Series Memories Back To Dover

Two years ago, Martin Truex Jr. (No. 8 Sea Watch Chevrolet) and Clint Bowyer (No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet) came to Dover International Speedway’s fall race as the two drivers vying for the NASCAR Busch Series championship.

They left as friendly rivals, laying the groundwork for their quick rise in NASCAR’s premier series and a place in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. They’ll compete again this weekend in the NASCAR Busch Series at Dover, where Bowyer is the defending race winner.

In September 2005, Truex – a Mayetta, N.J., native – was seeking his second consecutive series title and third consecutive win at his home track.

Bowyer was the most resurgent – and arguably the most surprising – driver in the series, who was doggedly pursuing Truex.

Bowyer finished second that day to Truex’s 12th and was within 26 points of the standings lead. Although Truex never relinquished first place, the battle for the crown came down to the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Perhaps it will again, albeit at a higher level.

The duo used the NASCAR Busch Series as a developmental opportunity leading to their current success in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

Bowyer struck first. He won his first career premier series race last week at New Hampshire International Speedway in the first race of the Chase and is fourth in the standings.

Coming to Dover, Truex – who won his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race there last June – is in sixth place 25 points behind his nemesis– nearly the same deficit Bowyer faced in 2005.

Edwards Chases History While Looking To Shoo Second-Half Slump

Carl Edwards (No. 60 World Financial Group Ford), the series driver standings leader, is also in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and can become the first driver in national series history to hold both titles in the same season.

Bobby Labonte (No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet) is the only driver to claim championships in both series, but did so in different years. He won the NASCAR Busch Series title in 1991 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup crown in 2000.

Kevin Harvick was the first to have the opportunity. The reigning series champion finished fourth in the Chase in 2006.

Despite a stout lead in the driver point rankings, Edwards and his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing team are seeking a slump-buster.

Set to make his 100th career series start this weekend, Edwards hasn’t won since consecutive victories at Dover and Nashville Superspeedway in June. But he’s back on concrete, a surface that has produced each of his four wins this year.

In his last 13 races, Edwards has no wins and has finished 20th or worse six times although he bounced back with a second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway two weeks ago. He’s failed to finish on the lead lap in four of the last six races.

His team also is in a battle for the owner title with the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Holiday Inn Chevrolet to be driven at Dover by Scott Wimmer. The No. 29 is 40 points up on the No. 60.

In The Loop: Ambrose Boasts Solid Numbers At Dover; Edwards, Wimmer Set For Showdown

NASCAR Busch Series driver standings leader Carl Edwards stole the show at Dover in June, but it was the performance of one of the series’ new names that has forced eyes to open.

Rookie Marcos Ambrose (No. 59 Kingsford Ford) finished sixth – to date, his career best –and collected impressive statistics in the process.

In June, Ambrose had an Average Running Position of 10.9, a Driver Rating of 93.1 and spent 174 of the 200 laps in the top 15.

But the real story of the race earlier this summer was Edwards. He notched a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0, an Average Running Position of 2.1, notched 58 Fastest Laps Run and spent all 200 laps in the top 15.

Edwards’ perfect Driver Rating was one of just six in series history – including the most recent perfect line by Kyle Busch two weeks ago at Richmond. Dover is the only series track to produce two perfect Driver Ratings – Edwards last June and Ryan Newman in this race in 2005.

Over the past five Dover races, Edwards has a Driver Rating of 113.1, an Average Running Position of 6.5, 119 Fastest Laps Run and 949 Laps in the Top 15 – all of which rank highest among drivers who have raced in each of the last five races at “The Monster Mile.”

Edwards needs to continue his Dover domination if he wants to keep up with the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the owner championship battle.

The No. 29 leads Edwards’ No. 60 Ford by 40 points. Scott Wimmer will pilot the No. 29 Chevy sponsored by Holiday Inn this weekend in Dover, a track at which he excels.

In the three previous Dover races he has run, Wimmer has an average finish of 9.7, an Average Running Position of 11.5, a Driver Rating of 94.3 and has run 81 percent of his laps in the top 15.

NBS, Etc.

* Another Milestone For Keller: Should Jason Keller (No. 11 Investlinc Ford) qualify for Saturday’s race, he’ll not only stand one start closer to breaking Tommy Houston’s all-time series record of 417, but he’ll also become the all-time leader in series starts at “The Monster Mile.” Keller seeks career start No. 416 at Dover – one away from tying Houston. He tied three others – Houston, Randy LaJoie and David Green – for the event starts lead at Dover (25) in June (he finished 13th) and will earn the distinction of holding the most starts at an active track for the sixth time in his career if he takes the green flag there Saturday. (Media outlets may download the Keller starts record graphic at right by logging on to www.nascarmedia.com.) * Johns To Finish Year In No. 25: Team Rensi Motorsports announced that Richard Johns will finish out the 2007 season in the team’s No. 25 FreeCreditReport.com Ford starting with Saturday’s race at Dover. Johns had shared the ride with David Gilliland, whose storybook win at Kentucky Speedway in 2006 vaulted him into full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition. Gilliland pointed to his need to focus on his No. 38 Ford in the premier series while also allowing Johns – who serves as Team Rensi’s head engineer when not racing – to do the same in the NASCAR Busch Series. * Notes: Donnie Neuenberger (No. 52 Plan B Technologies Ford), a native of Brandywine, Md., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will attempt to qualify for the RoadLoans.com 200 at his home track in between appearances as a NASCAR analyst on Comcast SportsNet. … Casey Atwood (No. 37 Kickbutt Amped Energy Ballz Ford) who won at Dover as a 19-year-old in 1999, returns to the series for the first time since 2006.

The Director’s Take: Dover

“Dover’s high banking and high speeds place a great deal of load on all of the chassis parts and a lot of stress on the suspension parts.

“The concrete surface plays havoc on tires, too. When we were here back in June, it was one of four tracks where teams were permitted to use five sets of tires.

“But because the track didn’t ‘rubber in’ then, we’re giving the teams the opportunity to purchase up to six sets of tires for this race. We want them to get ample practice time and not ‘save the tires’ for the race.

“As always at this track, pit strategy will play an important role. Pit road is really compact here – and has those concrete boxes – so drivers need to have their cars under control when they come in and not slide their tires, which is a big key on a two-tire stop.

“Fuel strategy will most likely play into the final outcome, too, since some teams will probably take a chance on taking fuel only to gain track position.”

Rookie Spotlight: Layoffs Between Track Debuts Don’t Bother Coleman; Another Set For Dover

* Coleman Returns: Brad Coleman (No. 18 Carino’s Italian Grill Chevrolet) will make his first start at Dover, but seeing tracks for the first time hasn’t prevented him from posting some impressive inaugural numbers. He was fourth at the Milwaukee Mile, ninth at Talladega Superspeedway (plus his first pole), eighth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, fifth at Watkins Glen International and had top-20 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Coleman hasn’t been in a series race since last month’s event at Bristol, where he finished 17th – one of three rookies in the top 20. Layoffs don’t seem to affect the 19-year-old; after his first schedule gap, he returned to post a top 10 at Talladega. Following a six-week layoff he turned in consecutive top fives with a second at Kentucky and the fourth at Milwaukee. After the next four-week layoff he was running top 10 at Gateway International Raceway prior to a late-race incident, followed by his top 10 at Montreal and top five at the Glen. Coleman isn’t scheduled to run again for Joe Gibbs Racing until the Oct. 27 event at Memphis Motorsports Park. * Battle of the Brads: Now that Brad Keselowski (No. 88 U.S. NAVY Chevrolet) has secured his ride with JR Motorsports for the remainder of 2007, the Raybestos Rookie “Battle of the Brads” marches on for the final seven races. Brad Coleman (fifth) holds a three-point advantage over Keselowski (sixth); Coleman’s advantage has been built even though he’s run in six fewer races than has Keselowski – 14 to 20. Coleman is scheduled for three more races this season – Dover, Memphis and Phoenix International Raceway – while Keselowski is slated to finish out the string.

2007 NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

Driver Points 1. David Ragan 213 2. Marcos Ambrose 188 3. Kyle Krisiloff 170 4. Juan Pablo Montoya 165 5. Brad Coleman 150 6. Brad Keselowski 147 7. Robert Richardson Jr. 90 8. Justin Diercks 51

ESPN2

ESPN2 continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Busch Series with live racing from Dover International Speedway. The telecast of the RoadLoans.com 200-mile race begins at 3 p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown.

Allen Bestwick will host the Dover episode of Countdown. He’ll be joined in the ESPN Pit Studio by analyst Brad Daugherty, a former winning team owner in the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR CraftsmanTruck Series.

Dr. Jerry Punch will anchor ESPN2’s coverage from Dover, with analysis by 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake, while two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN DISH Tech Center.

2007 At-A-Glance: NASCAR Busch Series Leaders After 28 Of 35 Races:

Traditional Statistics: Driver points – Edwards (3998) Victories – Harvick (5) Races led – Edwards (17) Laps led – Ky. Busch (941) Top-five finishes – Edwards (14) Top-10 finishes – Edwards (18) Owner points – Richard Childress (No. 29) - (4,038) Money Won – Edwards ($1,040,060) Miles led – Ky. Busch (1260.58) Busch Poles – Hamlin (5) Closest to 10th – M. Wallace 10th (2672 pts), Kenseth, 11th (-116) Consecutive Weeks in Top 10 – Edwards, Harvick (28)

Loop Data Statistics: Driver Rating – Edwards (107.6) Average Running Position – Edwards (9.531) Fastest Laps Run – Edwards (477 fastest laps) Quality Passes – Edwards (906) Laps In Top 15 – Edwards (4,278 of a possible 5,098)

Having Clinched 14th Bill France Performance Cup, Chevrolet Sets Sights On Owner Championship

Kyle Busch’s win at Richmond two weeks ago cemented Chevrolet’s 14th NASCAR Busch Series Bill France Performance Cup and its fourth consecutive manufacturer’s championship trophy.

Now, the manufacturer looks to add to its place in series lore, counting on the Richard Childress Racing driver combination of Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer to bring home only the second split driver/owner championship in NASCAR’s national series history. In 2003, RCR – in a Chevy – captured the owner title with drivers Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter while Brian Vickers won the driver championship.

The No. 29 has put up three wins this year (all by Burton) along with 14 top fives (10 by Burton, four by Wimmer) and 21 top 10s (13 via Burton, eight from Wimmer). Wimmer will drive the car this weekend at Dover.

Conversely, Edwards, the lone driver of the No. 60 Ford, has four wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s.

Manufacturers' Championship 2007 Point Standings Chevrolet 210 Ford 164 Dodge 128 Toyota 114

Up Next: RoadLoans.com 200 At Kansas Speedway

The final opportunity of the season for a driver to break the string of single winners at a NASCAR Busch Series track comes next Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. ESPN2 will carry the Yellow Transportation 300 live beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

There have been six different winners at Kansas, the most recent being reigning and two-time series champion Kevin Harvick last season. Kansas Speedway is one of five tracks – along with Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Kentucky and New Hampshire – where there has yet to be a repeat winner.

Matt Kenseth won the Busch Pole for this event last year, the third different pole winner in the last three events. Michael Waltrip won back-to-back poles at Kansas in 2002-03, the only driver to have multiple poles at the 1.5-mile track.

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Driver to win the Dover 200

Matt Kenseth +400     
Denny Hamlin +500     
Carl Edwards +500     
Clint Bowyer +700     
Martin Truez Jr +700     
Greg Biffle +1200     
Scott Wimmer +1600     
Bobby Labonte +2000     
Dave Blaney  +2000     
Reed Sorrenson +2500     
Jason Leffler +2500     
David Reutimann +2500     
Jamie McMurray +3500     
Robby Gordon +3500     
Mike Bliss +4000     
JJ Yeley +4000     
Marcos Ambrose +4000     
Field +800     

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Biffle edges Edwards for Busch pole
September 22nd, 2007

Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Greg Biffle captured the pole for Saturday afternoon's RoadLoans.com 200 Busch Series race at the Dover International Speedway. The No.16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driver circled the "Monster Mile" in 23.310 seconds (154.440 m.p.h.).

The pole victory was Biffle's second of the season and 13th of his Busch career. His other pole this season was at Michigan in August.

"The lap was so easy to drive," said Biffle. "The guys did a great job and we were fast right off the truck."

Starting with Biffle on the front row will be series points leader Carl Edwards who posted a second-best time of 23.310 seconds.

Dave Blaney (23.434) and Denny Hamlin (23.487) will make up row two.

While the "Chase for the Nextel Cup" shows six drivers within 40 points at the top of the charts, in the Busch Series there is no such "race."

The Busch Series uses the "old" scoring system in which points are accumulated over the entire season. Unfortunately, that means that in some years the championship sees a driver run away and hide from the competition. In 2006 Kevin Harvick beat Edwards by a record 824 points. This season is more of the same with Edwards holding a 733-point edge over Harvick and David Reutimann. If Edwards can expand the lead to 806 points over the next two events, he can clinch the title just by showing up the rest of the way.

But still, there are seven more races to be run and won. And racers like to win no matter whether they are out of the championship or not.

The last time the series was at Dover, Edwards led 122 of 200 laps and edged Hamlin for the win.

The race is scheduled to drop the green flag at 3:30 p.m. (et).

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Hamlin overcomes field and flu for Busch win
September 22nd, 2007

Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Denny Hamlin captured Saturday afternoon's RoadLoans.com 200 Busch Series race at the Dover International Speedway. The No.20 Chevrolet crossed the finish line 2.108 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

The victory was Hamlin's third of the season and fifth of his Busch career.

"The best medicine is a strong race car," said Hamlin. "Once we got our car out front our car was just dynamite."

Pole winner Greg Biffle brought the field to the green flag for 200 laps of racing over the cement "Monster Mile." But by lap four Hamlin, who was suffering from the flu, slid underneath Biffle for the first lead change.

With future teammate Kyle Busch waiting in the wings if Hamlin couldn't go the distance, the No.20 Chevy drove off to a two-second lead after just 33 laps.

Through a round of pit stops and Hamlin retained the lead of those who pitted. Four cars stayed out to lead the race headed by Mike Bliss. But on old tires, Bliss had no chance to hold off Hamlin, who quickly sliced his way through the field to retake the lead on lap 54.

Meanwhile, Biffle was penalized for leaving his pit box too soon, sending him to the back of the field. He didn't stay there long, cracking the top-10 by lap 78.

At the mid-point, Hamlin, who had a lead as big as four seconds before Robby Gordon spun out to bring out a caution flag, fell to third place behind Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards.

Two laps later, it was Edwards dropping to the bottom of the track and passing Truex Jr. for the lead. Edwards, who already owned four wins on concrete tracks in 2007, quickly helped the top-four drivers pull away from the field.

With 86 laps remaining, Hamlin retook the lead from Edwards as Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth couldn't keep up with the torrid pace and began to fade. Biffle was up to seventh, but a tire problem forced him onto pit road for a replacement and knocked him out of a chance to compete for the win.

Another caution flag slowed the race to a crawl and for the ninth time erased Hamlin's lead. A final pit stop and Hamlin's crew had a slight problem on the left-front tire and the No.20 was beaten off pit lane by Edwards.

The race would finally restart with 61 laps remaining after more caution flags. Fifty laps to go and it looked like a three-car race between Hamlin, Edwards and Truex Jr.

Ten laps later Hamlin built the lead to 2.544 seconds and now it was his race to lose.

Unfortunately, Donnie Neuenberger spun on lap 164 to bring out a season-record tying 12th caution flag and Hamlin's lead disappeared. The leader chose to get four fresh tires, dropping to eighth place, while Truex Jr. stayed out and inherited the lead.

"I was a little bit worried (being all the way back in eighth place), but I knew we just needed five or six laps to get our tires worked in," said Hamlin. "Once we did that I knew we were going to be good."

The race continued to be plagued by accidents and caution flags leaving Hamlin very little time to get back to the lead. But Hamlin didn't need much time taking third place from Mike Bliss with still 20 laps to go. Two laps later he slid underneath Kenseth for second place and was less than one second behind Truex Jr.

Hamlin got side-by-side with 16 laps to go, but couldn't complete the pass. Just one more lap and this time Hamlin swept under Truex Jr. to retake the lead. Once he got around Truex Jr. he checked out from the field and the race was over. Hamlin won by almost a full straightaway.

Kenseth, Bliss and Reed Sorenson completed the top-five.

The next race in the series is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th at the Kansas Speedway.

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