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NSC 2008 Daytona 500

NSC 2008 Daytona 500
the

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500 is sponsored by subway where Tony Stewart goes to fuel up subway race hard heat press and by Sprint welcome to the

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series speed is beautiful bakka back in

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never before more than 20 champions joining in for the command to start the 50th the great American race let's go up to the play-by-play booth and Mike joy we saw back in is a

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wardrobe Mike nothing from my closet was used in that chute Chris have already gotten text messages on my sprint
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phone Junior Johnson the 1960 winner and the winner of the

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500 both his driver and owner that's Buster OTT and senior NASCAR official alongside in the pace car and here's the view out the back of that Corvette zo6 that will bring them down for the start let's meet the starting lineup for the 50th running of the

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500 here they are in our Budweiser starting grid Kurt Busch Las Vegas Nevada David Reutimann Zephyrhills Florida Lakeland Florida Dario Franchitti Edinburgh
Scotland cow petty Trinity North Carolina Jamie McMurray Joplin Missouri JJ Yeley Phoenix Arizona Jeff Burton south Boston Virginia Elliott Sadler Emporia Virginia Dave Blaney Hartford Ohio Jeremy Mayfield Owensboro Kentucky boy before you came Travis Kvapil Janesville Wisconsin Regan Smith Kato New York Matt Cutts a Cambridge Wisconsin Scott Riggs bahama North Carolina Robby Gordon orange California Martin Truex Jr lay it in New Jersey Ryan dick Thomasville North Carolina all Menard old Claire
Wisconsin Dale Jarrett Hickory North Carolina Sam Hornish Jr Defiance Ohio Greg Biffle Vancouver Washington Kenny Wallace st. Louis Missouri Bakersfield California I'm father month oh yeah but what's a Columbia David Ragan from Unadilla Georgia Bobby Labonte Corpus Christi Texas Mark Martin Batesville Arkansas Carl Edwards Columbia Missouri Kasey Kahne enumclaw Washington Casey Mears Bakersfield California Jeff Gordon Charlotte North Carolina Ryan Newman South Bend Indiana Tony Stewart
Columbus Indiana Reed Sorenson Peachtree City Georgia Denny Hamlin from Chesterfield Virginia Dale Earnhardt jr. Mooresville North Carolina Michael Walter Owensboro Kentucky I'm Jimmie Johnson from El Cajon California it's the second

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500 pole for Johnson who also earned the first starting spot in his rookie year 2002 make it a great race day with a perfect balance of flavor and refreshment just turn left and enjoy Budweiser the great American lager what great pageantry pomp and
circumstance to get the 50th running of the great race underway there were only a few grandstand seats in the trial of the 1959 when big bill Frances dream became a reality a two and a half mile super speedway faster than Indianapolis and a great stock car racing tradition was born and continues today goosebumps I mean of the anticipation we're all up on our toes because we know we're gonna see a great race today after the Speed weeks we've seen this week Darrell you should have been
down there with me you had to past you've got to present and you got the future and I'm rubbing elbows with all my old buddies and you got yeah I mean it was just unbelievable I got to tell you folks I was torn up as a can of kraut I couldn't hardly stand well Larry the fastest car doesn't always win the 500 there's a lot that's going to happen in these 200 laps now we've been down here for a week and a half we've been running sprint races now it's d-day 200
laps 500 miles yeah this starts going to be exciting and trust me the finish will be but there's gonna be so much happening in the middle part of this race the strategy avoiding a big one making sure you make no mistakes and you know what when it comes to the end that split-second decision just like Kevin Harvick did a year ago picking the right partner to go with Mike I've been coming down here for 28 consecutive years I have never felt the energy and excitement that I'm feeling
right now here but Darrell Tootie's tires and tempers yeah well the thing about it is this is a race now that you have to use patience you got to use all your senses you got to see it you kind of feel it you got to touch it you got to smell it but the one that's most important is that common sense better use a lot of common sense if you're gonna run 500 miles here and end up in victory circle we have a new toy for

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and there is gopher can we have not one or two but for Fox gopher
cams one in each corner they'll be coming at him much faster than that when they drop this green flag this is pace car speed here time for our FedEx racetracks question this one's from Neil in Toms River New Jersey we know Richard Petty's won a record 7

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500s what crew chief has won the most well Richard had a couple of crew chiefs but the crew chief that's one the most

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500s with his crew chief a man by the name of Dale Inman was with him for five of those wins
Richard Petty's cousin Dale Inman sent her questions to foxsports.com keyword FedEx and we may pick you as our FedEx letter of the week the crew chief for Richard's other to 500 wins his father former champion in the winter the first 500 Lee petty late-breaking stories let's go downstairs first dick Berggren well most of the attention this week has been focused on Dale Earnhardt jr. but keep your eye on that number 24 car Jeff Gordon has won the

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500 three times most of his
over the wall guys are back again and he's got a fast car Matt Yocum in 1980 Kevin Harvick's parents gave him a go-kart for his kindergarten graduation 27 years later his storied career as Cena

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500 victory now he wants to do it back-to-back and Krista he told his teammate for the Gator he do on Thursday my car extremely sporty well nothing takes the place of the

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500 that's what Tony Stewart told me earlier this week and he said winning any other big races which he has
done does not offset the fact he has not won this big when he's won everything else at

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except the

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500 Steve Krista there's always a sentimental favorites this year's Marvin Panch could be Joe Nemechek he starts 41st but forget about that he's been one of the fastest drivers with the fastest car down here since testing he's been one of the guys his quickest overall he could be a cinderella story today he has to start out back Steve he missed driver
introductions but for a good reason after the drivers meeting motor racing outreach conducts chapel service for the drivers and their families 2/3 of the way through chapel joe says I got to go and there was such a crowd between chapel service and the stage he couldn't get there in time it's ok only has dropped back two spots there you see it 200 laps 500 miles pit road speed after being out on the racetrack at 190 miles per hour 55 miles per hour pit window for fuel 44 to 46 laps Lee
petty in 1959 in front of a sparse crowd it's Johnny Beauchamp at the finish line in a photo finish that took three days for all available newsreel and still photographs to come in and be decided now 49 years later who will etch their name in the record books DW in honor of 50 golden years of this great American race reach up there pull those belts tight one more time beanie baby baby let's go racing boys lead chain Michael Waltrip in front of Jimmie Johnson got a little help down that
back straightaway little buck trap from Denny Hamlin in that 11 car where I think you've said it of several times since the 150s we really didn't know how good that 55 car was left here 100 points in the hoe last year now he has five two of the big pre-race favourites are behind Waltrip Dale Earnhardt jr. and case and Reed Sorenson I got a brag on his gold wheels even have what he would just be torn up if I did wheels on for the 50th anniversary and he's that maybe speedy dry kicked
up there out of turn two they'll take those gold wheels off of his in his teammates car at the first pit stop and auction them for charity it looked like the Highland have run down the back straightaway with Denny Hamlin in the 11 Tony Stewart in the 20 but Michael got a push from Jimmie Johnson in the 48 look in the lead lap 2 here but Johnson's gonna fight back on the hot side Larry this is it for the start of this race this is a drivers worst time in the race right now other than the
finish maybe seeing what you got and getting settled in tated stay with the lead pack stay in the draft and get settled in Waltrip 55 inches ahead that's Dale Earnhardt jr. 'he's new ride the 88 from Hendrick Motorsports and oh by the way it's not red it's white riding with Jeff Gordon these cars right now mics are the art of the hardest to drive they will be all day long your own low air the tracks a little bit dirty and so you got to be really really cautious right now a
lot of give-and-take don't get in trouble here in this big pack of cars Johnson will lead this lap Jimmie Johnson the defending Sprint Cup champ Pullip saw Hamlin now Hamlin with his teammate Tony Stewart pushing they go for the front and you never know Jimmie Johnson might have been even at that points and okay if I was leading the race on the last lap how would that work out emmalin got quite a push from stewart in the number 20 Oh but they got the old rods reel out and they're pulling
them right back in kasey kahne in that nine car the Dodgers were not very fast on qualifying day but that nine car has been solid every time ever since we went into race trim for the first time in a Sprint Cup points race at

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a toyota leads a lap under green it's Denny Hamlin and the new new team to the Toyota camp they're right there in the front they've already had a 150 win Hamlin said there looks to me like his car is handling a little bit better than everybody else in the
way he gets off a turn - Hamlin dives to the inside trying to shake the draft and then comes back up top that's another one those three wide by yeah you know I thought only his teammate to do that Kurt Busch but I don't know listen it's important to lead this race right now you know you're out front nobody around you take advantage of it if they can't get up there to you that's what I call working both sides of the street you go low pull it up a bit need you jump to the
outside a little bit watching from Hamlin at Jeff Gordon Hamlet's teammate Tony Stewart in the twenty trying to lead a lap that's Gordon right behind the four-time champion of this series you can get such a run on the high side off turn two and that's exactly what Stewart in the twenty Gordon in the 24 did that yeah the reason that is folks is because that car comes off and nice and free makes a lot of straightaway speed six of 200 laps this time by and for the first time today Tony
Stewart leads the left yesterday's winner in the Nationwide Series race I got to just tell you that we found out from the chassis down those after the 150s these Toyota's are making a little more power than everybody else and right now it looks like it's it they're using it trouble early for the defending champion of the 500 met Michael lap ago Kevin Harvick heed his mic and said something seems to be amiss with the motor I'm not sure what it is last time by he says I think
we're getting ready to blow up big concerns we were worried about this all week long about these engines working a lot harder than they ever have here at

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before we got a little bigger plate make a little more horsepower turned a whole lot more rpm Michael Waltrip in the 55 car sat on the outside of the front row now he's looking into what we call the sucker hole the middle and there's no help there when you see a car do that start off the way he did and then fall back that
means he got a really a handling issue with that car you got to get out of that draft and move to the back it's Waltrip's blue 55 in the middle backing up Kevin Harvick did not hit that time by he's still out on track diagnosed what could be an engine issue it could be in a lot of time these cars were getting all these big in these packs of cars the front end will bump around a little bit and that'll cause the engine act like it's flutter and are missing you're riding
with a Pied Piper of

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everybody wants to draft with Dale Earnhardt jr. now let me show you what Darrell was talking about just watch the RPM here all the way around this two and a half mile racetrack it will not luxuriate two to three hundred rpm and that's hard on an engine that's not as many rpm as the fern next week but it just stays there and a lot of that is what I call part throttle racing it really is hard on an engine when you feather the throttle here you get the
distribution inside the engine all messed up it'll start to detonate and shake itself apart here's one thing who did not see in Thirsty's qualifying races four cars have broken away from the field five two of the Gibbs Toyota Stewart and Hamlin two of the Hendrick Chevy's Gordon and Johnson and the only difference Mike is his camp if you can hold your car wide open around here all the time you're gonna pull away from everybody else cuz that's what I was referring to that
Park trottle thing these guys will get away from you nine laps complete in the 50th

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500 on Fox Tony Stewart continues to lead his teammate Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon with 12 laps complete in the

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500 our aerial coverage today brought to you by DIRECTV NASCAR hot pass only on DirecTV puts you behind the wheel Mike Larry these cars now are going through a transition they burned off a little bit of fuel all the pressures are up in the tires and the shocks and everything else you
might see some of these guys come back to the front now because their car was a little ill they may be doing things they didn't expect now they got it under him and they're coming back Jeff Gordon's number 24 Chevrolet in third house his car handling let's hear what he told crew chief Steve Letarte and that's great information to give the Steve Letarte pushing or shoving the nose means he's turning the front wheel and the car is not responding these cars have mainly been
fighting loose the back ends been wanting to come around but what Jeff Gordon knows as they burn the fuel load off it gains weight on the front wheels and that's going to enhance the car not turning and the big concern for all these teams is that right front tire you've got to not have the car too tight world abuse that tire we've seen some issues with that this week 10 car lead pack and at least one of them is a bit of a surprise the Roger Penske number 77 with Sam horn Indy 500
winner but he started 19 and Hornish has climbed up as high as 8 and is currently running right now in 10th behind him that Eminem's car is Kyle Busch he started 24th he's about to break into the top 10 I just gotta tell you Mike I've thought this all along and I still believe it Sam 28 years old he can make it down here he's got time he'll gain some experience he'll drive this 500-mile race like he does the Indy 500 he'll be around at the end 104 Indy 500 winners to
try to make the five of them it's not so much about talent you got to have it it's a lot about confidence and that's what he's neat but Darryl's coming off turn two he tried to and by doing that he had no help down there to help him in the draft and he lost three or four positions it's good but you know he's up there where he can learn he's got he's in the group of cars lined up he's with some pretty good drivers here he can learn and before the days over
with you know better to make that move by himself now that's long snake has uncoiled 13 cars single-file in the lead draft and sitting in third the pole sitter and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson here's dick who also won this race two years ago his car is just a little bit loose Mike and he is not running as well in the bottom is he a 500-mile race is like going on the trip out on the highway you know you just gotta kind of ride along look some of the scenery maybe just take a
break every now and then and don't get too excited about when am I going to get there you know you're gonna have to stop for gas or the kids are gonna want snacks downtime now and don't start hollering how much further is it well that's a long way are we there yet looks like right now he is pushing his teammate Jeff Gordon in the 24 car Jeff will lead his first laps of this

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500 Gordon is the fifth different leader today and he's looking back at Denny Hamlin and on the
inside his teammate the 48 of Jimmie Johnson if you got it also keep this in mind this racecar is still an experiment it's still a project it's still in progress every time they run this thing they learn a little bit more about it they make it a little bit better 17 laps complete of 204 times series champion Jeff Gordon out front in the

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500 on Fox hey I like the way this was looking for NASCAR action on Fox the

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series speed is beautiful number three with a Bullitt car number 18 Kyle Busch as he drafts up on the new leader Denny Hamlin Busch has come from 24th to second I don't think I've ever watched anybody that will make me say wow I tell you I said it today and I will say what I'm talk about here in a minute he's the only guy out there that can go three
wide by himself Steve my Kyle Busch has liked this racecar the number 18 ever since they've gotten down to speed weeks every time they tried to adjust on it while they've been here they wind up going back to the same setup now colleges radio dad says his car is just a little bit tight but he likes it that way right now Mike yeah we need when you change lanes away he does it better be a little bit a little snug now what's going to be interesting we're 22 laps into this race come
lap 23 we've not got emotion I think this is now when drivers and crew chiefs are going to get a little bit old pins and needles because this is that area when we've had a few tire issues over the course of speakers and Larry I got a thing we mentioned Sam Hornish he's doing things today that I don't think I was expecting him to do he's right up in the middle of this lead pack and he's going to school right now and then he's with some of the best teachers out there
there he is in a 77 he's looking pretty good he makes me a little nervous so Maddie DW I talked to the captain Roger Penske his team owner this morning he said we know today it's going to be a huge learning curve for Sam being in this type of an event in real race conditions yes Thursday was a qualifier but today is all about learning and trying to impress others for gaining more stock down the road but DW the one thing he's saying and he sounds like a veteran my car is pushing on
going I really just miss - hey Maddie you know why I think he'll make it down here he is from Defiance Ohio Harnish is an Indy 500 champion but he is a NASCAR rookie his teammates at Penske Racing are Ryan Newman running 15th and Kurt Busch in the blue deuce who had to take the champions provisional Crysta yeah my kid has spent a bad couple about a week and a half for Kurt Busch down here you mentioned the phrase snake pit that is exactly what's been happening with Kurt Busch really ever
since he got to

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and then just a 1 lap with a lap 23 Kurt's out on the radio and says I've got a vibration get ready the team got into gear they're up on the wall Kurt's just kind of riding it out to see what's wrong and Krista Kurt Busch in that 2 car he has had a very rough speed weeks in that's definitely one of the cars that has shown a lot of tire wear and tire problems this week the best story I heard about a vibration AJ told it he was leading the race he
said he had a vibration Leonard Wood said AJ you know how much it pays to lead this race I don't know what it was - $300 call AJ called back instead vibration went away you're looking at Kyle Busch up close see into the back of but he gave Dale Earnhardt jr. in that 88 car again that's basically the team that Kyle Busch drove for last year and here he gave him the push and moved him in the second place go man good job no push from the 18th to the 24th ere go out there we used to
look out over this grandstand and see junior nation just a sea of red jackets and it's very evident that all those Earnhardt jr. fans have packed the past away the only red jackets I have seen in the fans walking into the grandstand Kasey Kahne all that red jr. stuff it's in the closet it's in the trunk they're wearing white and green or something else and they are pulling hard remember Dale Earnhardt jr. he won the Budweiser Shootout a week ago he won the Gator into a qualifying
race on Thursday since the Budweiser Shootout started back in 1979 no driver has ever won the Budweiser Shootout the qualifying race in the 500 in the same Speedway I like that I like what I'm seeing with those hands look how relaxed he is coming down a little crush straightaway here 18 degrees of banking and about 200 miles an hour but look how easy he's leaning on that wheel now let's see what he does he gets down here to turn one looking in the mirror I'm clear back roll her
in there get that hand over there crank left the cars not jumping hopping he's not having to correct it that's a nice ride lead change Gordon out in front of the 11 as they come off turn number two but Hamlin got that high ride in the jump off two and he has the drafting partners and as I watch this group of five or six cars pretty much way back in January testing winter testing here this is what we anticipated Joe Gibbs Racing the 11 in the 18 versus Hendrick the 24 88 and 48 but again
we can't set enough the pleasant surprise in that group Sam Hornish in that 77 car driving for pizza 28 laps complete in the great American race on Fox Denny Hamlin the leader Richard Petty won the

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500 seven times more than any other driver and today he waved the green flag to start the great American race his car number 43 today driven by Bobby Labonte runs in 22nd position his son Kyle Petty a former pole sitter for this race runs in 43rd always got that big grin on his face a big
smile you've done what he's done you'd be smiling too Dale Earnhardt jr. the 88 car gave his teammate Jeff Gordon in the 24 little bump draft the thing about that makes the bump drafts so unique this year with this new car is the front bumper off the ground and the rear bumper off the ground are the same they're a perfect match to each other unlike the old car seven lead changes among five different drivers so far this Chuck with Jeff Hammond Mike we've been watching these
packs go around the racetrack and I've been watching the lap times forty eight ninety roughly forty nine flat if you go back and look at practices on Friday Saturday lap times then we're down in the blo forty seven if you don't think the heat around this racetrack is having an effect on these race cars and guys it may be a Salvation for the tires we've run longer and we've run all week long 32 laps without an issue right now it may be because of the racetrack being so hot so
slick and the speeds are a damn good point Jeff now Jeff Larry and Darrell have a new feature on foxsports.com thanks to Home Depot it's called he asked the pros page you can ask the NASCAR related questions online to get answers instantly go to foxsports.com slash ask the pros and you know Mike tire we're always improves from from the Friday truck race to yesterday's Nationwide race just get rubber on the track and it just gets better and better now we were riding with Tony Stewart
in the 20 car who X actually led eight laps early in the race right now he's just inside the top 10 in 10th he has a cup of those Roush Fenway Ford's behind him Matt Kingston the 17 in Greg Biffle in the 16 watch Tony yesterday when the Nationwide race in he kind of fell back the same way he's doing today but they adjusted him up at the pit stop and man he came storming to the front Matt Kenseth has gained 17 positions since the start of this race not known as a great qualifier but
Kenseth coming toward the front he is in 11th as green flag pit stops begin and this is not till the fuel window I think this is pretty much just being a little conservative in the beginning making sure they're in good shape with these with these Goodyear tires Matt vibration his team called the pit row the same thing happened in the Gatorade duel his sensitivity from the opening side carrying over and sure enough in the duel that tire was chunking did it burger OKC beers is in a bit early
the reason he felt a vibration very likely it's a tire we're getting close to regularly scheduled pit stops anyhow he takes for John Andretti is in as well as Joe Nemechek green flag since the start of this race 34 laps entire thing is something of a driver gets planted in his mind here they all come about over here comes a lot of the cars on pit road get that planted in your mind and you can't get it down the first time a car shakes a little bit you're hitting pit road Casey
Cain's in Carl Edwards Matt Kenseth Greg Biffle Reed Sorenson on pit road along with Clint Bowyer Jeff Burton Ryan Newman and add to that list Scott Riggs and Jeremy Mayfield the Hass cars Steve and my Carl Edwards in he also saying that his car was just a little bit on the tight side he's actually trying to save his equipment early on in the race Kurt Busch Jamie McMurray and Kyle Petty also to pit road dis lap and just remember most racetracks we go to you you somewhat like to pit by
yourself that way you've got a nice open pit road but the way the draft works here you like pitting with about eight or ten cars that way when you get back up to speed leaving pit road you can get lined up and start running the other packs back down oh yeah this is cool a petition time now as you pit with who can help you the most hard to litt hard to pit here without losing a lap you see Casey Mears on the left and number five losing a lap to the leader Denny Hamlin now Sam Hornish is just
out in front of the leaders as pit stops continue Michael Waltrip in along with Robby Gordon Travis Kvapil Kenny Wallace David Gilliland and Dario Franchitti we're told the Jeff Burton missed his pit overshot his pit has to go around well he actually I think he backed back up and got in his pit box he completed to stop but lost a ton of time to that group of cars he pitted with Matt and service already complete on Michael Waltrip Toyota his crew hung a rag on the window and the small chassis
adjustment is gorgeous here are most of the leaders coming to pit road Gordon Earnhardt Busch and Johnson and a whole lot of cars following them in Steve Mike Kyle Busch in the 18 says he's just a little bit tight you see him to the right they're gonna take air out of both rear tires Matt and Dale Earnhardt jr. seemed going to work a slight chassis adjustment Jr says his car was neutral but it was starting to slide the right rear also an air pressure adjustment for junior Christa Tony
Stewart taking four tires he said his car is loose that he's in wait I might be wrong it is a handful dick Paul Center Jimmie Johnson in now for a four-tire change he has been on both sides of the perfect chassis new tire changers front rear but they did a good job on their first pit stop today see dick Denny Hamlin gives up the lead he just told his crew when somebody pulls up within a car length I'm just a little bit loose tightened me up his spotter Curtis mark I'm a former
Nationwide Series driver telling him what the other drivers are doing on the racetrack Hamlin to the attention of his team it's a chassis adjustment only for Denny Hamlin four Goodyear tires and Sunoco Gas Joe Nemechek will come back down pit road he's got a tire rub on his number 78 so he'll make a second pit stop Dave Blaney led a lap and now he is in the pit lane yeah I accidently go another hood on that 70 must be something more retired we've just about cycled through all
these green flag stops over the last four or five laps looked like Jeff Gordon in the 24 car with Kyle Busch in the 18 with Dale Earnhardt jr. in the 88 not far behind they have come out with the lead after the cycle of pit stops but I know we kind of keep hammering on this guy but remember this is one of the first pit stops at Sam Hornish in at 77 made great pit stop maintained pit road speed and he's right back in out there in the top five six or seven right now tell you something else I
just noticed the average speed we're averaging 182 miles an hour here boys it's getting it done bit of concern and Dale Earnhardt jr. is pit mat the one thing you don't want to hear over the radio is your drivers say I have a vibration that's exactly what jr. said to his team is his boys please make sure you get the lugs tight you know when you think about it these crews they're trying to change four tires remember these wheels they have five lug nuts per wheel not one single
lug nut they're trying to change these four tires and dump that eighteen and a half gallons of Sunoco race fuel in about 12 12 and a half seconds you always run the risk of a loose lug nut trouble for one of the rookies Paul Menard slid through his pit had to back up that slowed his stop and front row Joe Joe Nemechek almost started on the front row but he's the first car out of the 500 the

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refreshment Budweiser is a great American level 42 laps complete new leader Kyle Busch drove up alongside Jeff Gordon and almost looks Darrell like he gave them a wave as he drove on by what do you do that early in the race it's kind of working together right now there's a reason why coming to the little bead I know Eddie trying to tell him say man I didn't mean to do this got a little loose on me might need to help later on today when he races in the Craftsman Truck Series they put
rowdy Busch up over the door and he is kind of reminiscent of the character in Days of Thunder but you know in the pre-race you heard Jeff Hammond talk about 19 different driver crew chief combinations starting this

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season versus last year I have said every since it was announced that I felt like the real winner out of all these changes in swaps could be Joe Gibbs Racing with that kid right there if they'll just keep a little tension on the chain just a little bit and get him a hundred
percent out of him not a hundred and ten there's no telling how many races they can win with that 18 car just reckon it's depends on what you're looking for these three have a full second now on Dale Earnhardt jr. I think juniors a little bit worried about that car something going on with it he's not real happy with right at this point care of it Vanda blisters on the right front and right rear so just what you can there would ya we gotta get that's interesting Tony Eury jr.
saying that both the right front right rear have a little bit of blistering when they came off that car after 37 green flag laps and I think that's why we saw those those cars hit pit road a little early before they needed fuel Jeff Hammond Mike we've been here a minute ago arguing applies to having a loose lug nut that we've seen that years past but in

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nascar is mandating a special place not only left enormous ear wheel spacer plate this plate has got to be between the rotor
and the wheel it's a special hard plate that nascar says it's got to be there in the event so if the wheel gets a little bit loose and then start gouging into the aluminum hat or the softer steel plate special hardness man took mandated by NASCAR in

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thanks Jeff no need of having a car fall out of a race because it one loose lug nut yeah because when you when you have a vibration and you with a loose lug nut normally what can it it can lead to is breaking the center out of that wheel
now Steve Burns has reported to me that Kyle Busch our race leader net eight team car after 35 36 laps his right-side tires look great no problems whatsoever or from dick Berggren on kc mirrors tires well he had one that was pretty well blistered Mike but I've been up and down pit row to the majority of tires I have seen come off cars looked quite good Jeff Gordon also had one blister but Jimmy Johnson's tires just the tiniest tiniest little bit of an issue that was just beginning so it
I just I tell you I know our lap times fall off at the end of a run but the overall average speed here I just keep watching that we're over 180 miles an hour average speed they're not holding anything back or going at it right now Jeff Gordon watched the lead back from Kyle Busch he is trying to handle these two Joe Gibbs Toyota's by himself force those that's teammates you're looking at there Kyle Busch the 18 Denny Hamlin in the 11 if Gordon wants help he's going to
have to back up to get it it's a second and a half back to Dale Earnhardt jr. his closest teammate and that's a good sign for Jeff Gordon you saw he come off the bottom of turn four underneath those guys and the car didn't walk up the track he was able to drive it straight up off the corner that's a good handling car I know one thing guys we talked about him while ago and we have witnessed this every since these cars started getting ready to race those two Roush Fenway Fords Matt
Kenseth in that 17 Carl Edwards in that 99 they just keep on keep it on and they made up a lot of ground which is not surprising on those green flag pit stops if you told me Matt Kenseth wasn't gonna be in this race before the day is over I say you don't know much about racing what did I hear someone say earlier in the week it's David Pearson reincarnated exactly Denny Hamlin to the bottom Denny Hamlin to the lead now here's where Busch gets himself a little bit of trouble see
how he's trying to cross over underneath his teammate for no really good reason at this point in the race now he's up there bumping him I mean that's all fun and games but we got to try to win the

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500 here boys the two lead cars are Toyota's we clearly know that none that bury the bill too early I know that's what I've been saying before Toyota entered this sport last year the last time a foreign manufacturer finished in the top 15 of a cup race was an mg Robert
barrier 1962 in winston-salem 52 laps complete in the 50th

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500 Hamline Bush and Gordon about one second out in front of Bernhardt Kenseth Johnson Edwards and Kane they have about a two-second gap to another pack but by Sam Hornish here are our Toyota top performers of the race thus far and they are all from the Joe Gibbs team you know Toyota is working on trying to sweep the weekend essentially they won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race with Todd Bodine on Friday night they've
won the Nationwide Series race yesterday with Tony Stewart so they're trying to sweep this entire week in here hey Dave Kelly and you know as I look at these cars Mike they have gotten strung out a little bit but they're not out of touch still cars that can catch back up now early in the race Matt reported on a possible problem for Kevin Harvick the defending champion in the 500 on his engine might be going south that has an update Mike Harvick back in the 22nd position he said his car
was tight they put some tape on the grill on his pit stop but Harvick said the car was just painfully slow he's tried too tight he said it seems like he's better on the bottom but all the fast guys are running that's a big hindrance for the defending popular champion in evidently Kevin was Tevin history telling his crew chief hot barrier that the water temperature was a little bit cool so what they were able to do is we've got a battle for the lead again between these teammates
Joe Gibbs Racing Kyle Busch in the 18 did he handle in the 11 but evidently they put some tape on the nose of that car bring the water temperature up and that plants the nose of the car helps the front end bite Darrell you've led the race your teammates led the race why is neither content to just play fall on the leader a while it could be a it could be a couple of things you car doesn't handle well with somebody behind you give you you're happier with it out front it could be the
tape issue maybe you get a little bit warm tucked back in there behind somebody or maybe you're just 22 years old and you don't want nobody in front of you and you're gonna pass them off you got the need for green baby well while they're having fun and games that group behind them they have decided to line up behind Dale Earnhardt jr. in the white 88 and it's bringing them right back to them because they're lined up when those top three are mixing it up it slows the lap
time yeah that's what I was saying Larry nobody some of these guys are strung out but they're not out of touch there's enough draft back there to pull you up if you get lined up that second pack led by Dale Earnhardt jr. now they're just eight tenths of a second behind the lead group and gaining our gopher cam showed us the difference in the lines at those two groups are running the top three they were around the bottom two three and four the next five cars ride around the top
side trying to keep them wound up and now junior snips the draft from those three lead cars and should pull right up to them trying to keep up wound up there in the drive and ride it's a lot smoother right up next to almost touching that safer barrier now which is gonna try the low-side camel moves down with him leaving Jeff Gordon up top fellows look in the mirror the pack is coming and the Pied Piper is bringing them rowdy Busch brings him around

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North American Car of the Year the all-new Chevy Malibu 60 laps 150 miles Kyle Busch in front of Denny Hamlin and Jeff Courtney Joe Nemechek has gone to the garage and Sam Hornish has made a pit stop for a vibration that pretty much brings you up to date the second pack caught the leaders and now they're establishing just a little bit of distance there
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probably within about 10 12 maybe 14 or 15 left's from what would be their second green flag stop again you just mentioned Mike sam hornish in the 77 car hit it after 24 laps had a five brace and decided to come to pit road early so he's now one lap down dick jeff burton currently running in the second position has a race car that is basically tight but when he hits the bumps mike especially if he's got some wheeling it in other words turned in the wheel pretty hard to the left the
back end just snaps right around on him so not happy at all with the behavior the car even though Gordon is running second Steve dick listening to Kyle Busch has spotted Jeff dickerson he just said hey let's take it easy let's ride for a while the Kyle Busch said negative ghost riders these guys are racing up here jonno is were 61 laps into this race we have had seven different leaders in a dozen lead changes already well like I've said about Kyle Busch all alone you might be a real
bad boy but he's gonna be a real good man I tell you that if he got he's got the fire in the belly John Andretti who saw the 34 on scheduled pit stop for tires Tony Stewart has led this race he led eight laps but he's now drifted back to 15th position that's sort of uncharacteristic not to see smoke up in the lead pack crystal tony has actually been a lot of fun to listen to on the radio the last few laps he said guys I need a race he said zippy came on the radio said hey Tony
come on the harder you go the more we can learn about this car Tony said all right all right I'm gonna try boys I'll try to give you a better info he just got back on the radio on this lap and said the car will not turn when he hits the bumps on the track but yeah the first comment I heard was I need a race and I think that's one thing you know that we cannot document enough and and Darrell you were out there yesterday in your ride and drive yeah this racetrack it's wide but it
has so many dips and bumps all the in-car camera stuff we've seen all week long a driver is busy in that race car yeah don't think about them folks as much as bump as they are tips and the cars hit these dips and the racetrack it launches the front wheels up in the air and it makes the car difficult to drive the guy that can master that is a guy that's gonna be having the best did he not know Hamlin was right there I think he did oh okay that's his teammate though he get his
teammate yesterday Tony Stewart in the same way and what I can't believe is you drive all over the place like he does then he goes top bottom top bottom you gotta have a good handling I won't be able to do that man that thing's gotta be up under you comes off the corner in front of Gordon change lanes back to there you need what the English called traffic caters those little semaphores that came down out of the b-pillar to indicate that you were changing lanes or making a turn
I'd like to have a graph on him for the whole 500 miles I think Denny Hamlin's said enough of this and he got a little bit of help from Jeff Gordon in that 24 car stronger Superman that's a great cheese you can cook Chiefs are always Superman hot rod bigshot they got it all but Hammond call you Charles 65 laps complete Denny Hamlin leading in

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DIRECTV NASCAR hot path only on DirecTV puts you behind the wheel and by non-drowsy claritin allergy products the last five lead changes have all been between Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin bushes back in front leading Hamlin Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt jr. and Matt Kenseth Elliott Sadler you see has scrubbed the wall pretty hard his dodge makes a pit stop here's a look from our aerial coverage from the DirecTV blimp DirecTV your ticket to the most sports in HD now Elliott Sadler started 35th
over the course of 69 laps even with the green flag stop without a caution he had driven up to the top ten he is up to the night position looks like possibly car got away from him up in the corner got against that wall let's say we're definitely within that window over the next 4 to 5 Lari would come down here we've seen Ford's dominate we've seen Chevrolet is dominate but today a look at the leaderboard shows that Toyota has led all but 5 laps of this race Jeff Gordon led
for pole sitter Jimmie Johnson led one and I think it's a combination of everything I think it just shows how much that they have grown and how much they've developed over the course of the year there's a lot of work that's went under the hood and then you had Joe Gibbs Racing to the mix you see the results you know Larry let me say do you recognize any of these guys sitting up here on this pit box you recognize my buddy Darian Grubb sitting here behind Tony here hearing juniors
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before they got help yes good help a lot of depth juniors in fourth place Matt Kenseth drafting along with him is the highest forward in the race Kasey Kahne the top dodge in seventh there you see elliott sadler the 19 car behind Kyle Busch the 18 what Elliott is trying to do is stay in touch with the leader because in NASCAR if a caution comes out the first car behind the leader that's one lap down when the field is frozen gets what we call a free pass he gets to go around and he's back
on the lead lap dick Berggren Kasey Mears was a top 10 car earlier he had just fallen out of the top 20 as he comes to you and he is on pit road Mike they're all going to be taking four tires on this stop everybody the need to take good care of their tires right now Mears having a perfectly good stop bugs away no major changes to the chassis on his automobile a lot of people picked mirrors as a dark horse I picked him as the Pete Hamilton of this race Hamilton came down here as the junior
member of the petty team in 1970 only New Englanders had ever heard of him he won the 500 Casey Mears has been getting the attention of his Hendrick teammates but yeah you know actually won the coke 600 last year I said that's going to be the thing that propelled him to stardom and I tell you he ended up the a year last year and pretty good shape and I think you're right Mike I think there's a lot of untapped potential there with him comes one Pablo Montoya in the 42 car Kyle Petty
in the 45 again all these are scheduled green flag stops what I see is they're adding some laps to the green flag run 34 to 36 the first time now it's getting up there at about 38 39 laps caution-free in the state ona 500 so far big pack of cars entering pit road three wide trying to get down there to pit lane the nine is Kasey Kahne the 99 Carl Edwards and they get it all sorted out Krista Matt Kenseth said his car is pretty good he says it's a little loose but I don't know if I
would really mess with it too much he is very happy with the number 17 he started 28th he came in fifth Matt Dale Earnhardt jr. says no vibration on the right front but I don't need to know that to know that the right front is absolutely he also said the car was tight recent out aces tight he said it fallen times dick he's away this just fit in for his pit stop as well the catch can mange me Freddie with a very long wrench can reach and get the job done to adjust that chassis the leaders
are coming Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin the two Joe Gibbs Toyota's fitting together Steve Mike you see Denny Hamlin in the 11 he says just tight me up a little bit and again this time they're gonna make a small air pressure adjustment you see his teammate Kyle Busch in the 18 Kyle said everything feels good let's don't change a thing so just four tires of fuel for the 18 of Kyle Busch there teammate Tony Stewart and also Krista four tires fuel for Tony Stewart he says right now
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every 10 181 miles an hour except down pit road yeah go that in there is for brakes at 55 55 miles problem somebody will be screaming I can't drive 55 Ford's over with just about cycled through the entire set of green flag stops here this is good news for cars like Sam Hornish in the 77 Elliott Sadler the 19 this should get them back on sequence what they need though in the near future is a caution to get bunch back up and back in with equal ground as far as pit signals when pit stops
began we had 36 cars on the lead lap and now we cycle through and put Kyle Busch back up front and a little difficulty for our pole-sitter Jimmy Johnson on this stop well he got support back they have three new over the wall members on what was last year's championship winning team and the jack comes down yeah and their left front guy was fine but the left rear could not get his job done very lengthy stop for last year's champion and that's the guy they've been working on is the
jack man and looks like he let them down we'll update you on where Jimmy Johnson cycles through when we come back NASCAR on Fox and our first caution flag is out debris on the backstretch time for an AT&T race break where 80 laps threw at Kyle Busch at age 22 currently our leader by the way youngest

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500 winner in history Jeff Gordon in 1997 won this race at the age of 25 so far the Gibbs Toyota's have dominated at our first caution as the track temperature started out warm
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yeah and watching that track temperature is going to have a huge effect on how these cars have been handling some of the guys have been making adjustments because the car has been loosing with it they have to go back and take that back out as the track starts getting more grip tracks definitely will get faster yeah we weren't too far away from where you thought pit stops were gonna take place anyway before
the first caution yeah we were able to get that through that second round and it looks to me like we're starting to settle down a little bit guys get into a rhythm of the race and I think this caution is going to put everybody back on the even kind of keel so they know what to expect out of their race cars guys like Jeff Gordon here you know very solid run so far just kind of keeping pace with everybody Denny Hamlin the same way been up toward the front all day so they got a pretty good grip
as far as what they think their car needs to be in this cost you may be just exactly what the doctor ordered our average speed so far at a record pace 16 lead changes eight different leaders and that is your AT&T race break let's rejoin upstairs in the play-by-play booth for pit stops Mike Darrell and Larry we promised we'd update John Jimmy Johnson who had trouble with the jack on the left side of the car he came out of the pits in 25th and let's see if everybody on the lead lap
who is eligible to stop this time comes in I think they will just simply because of those right-side tires I think we may see a lot of guys maybe go with just two right-side tires Steve Byrnes Larry Mac that is the plan for Kyle Busch the 18 car just right-side tires of course they'll top off the fuel Krista Steve right side tires only for Matt Kenseth as well as his Roush teammate Greg Biffle more adjustments for Dale Earnhardt jr. though they said they are working that tightness out of the
race car four tires for junior dick and Jeff Gordon said the adjustments on that last pitch done made the car and I quote sporty there's race off pit road it does not include the 41 of Reed Sorenson who stayed on track I believe during this caution it was a very busy place though a lot of work going on down there Kyle Busch leads the DirecTV race off pit road 81 laps complete 82 laps is past 200 miles there is the Chevrolet Corvette zo6 pace car out in front of the field Chevrolet winner
of more NASCAR races than any other manufacturer in history Chevy an American Revolution there's a look out the back jr. Johnson drove it for the initial green flag today and there's your leader Reed Sorenson right behind Denny Hamlin has led the most laps of this race so far 32 of them but he has a concern for some reason it's like synchronizing or whatever you know every time I roll them in the pits I don't use the clutch I'm just kind of pop it out of gear it won't pop
at all out of gear I got to clutch it and when I go to just shift on the racetrack I really gotta yank him out of the gear that I man can pull up hard into the next gear I'm happiness easy as I can with it but I mean I keep kidding taboos yeah it's good for the coming out of here dog greens are a little bit different that that makes sense you're gonna you know have to use the clutch more than the transmissions last year I can understand that but it should fall into gear always
diagnosing what's happening with the race car phones it's the start of a new year that could be something different about the gearbox from last year filling different looks like we're ready for our claret and clear to drive restart let's clear and clear indoors and out just an update you Reed Sorenson in the 41 Kurt Busch the two elected not to come to pit road we've got 39 cars on the lead lap we've got three cars one lap down Joe Nemechek is back out there 28 laps down
time for our first crank it up oh yeah give those surround sound knobs a twist because we're about to crank it up with the sound and fury of NASCAR green flag resource and chose not to pen and read has lost the lead I think he's probably regretting that about now Wow tires makes such a difference even just a couple three laps see he's hung on the outside in that 41 car getting a little help and a bump Kasey Mears the five Casey said look you're not going anywhere I'm gonna
follow Ryan Newman in this 12 oh yeah he's going somewhere Larry he going backwards got Mark Martin in the 8 car he's in trouble coming 2 3 & 4 we're here and the tire is down on that 8 car and Mark came with an honoured feat of winning the

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at number two did not pit and yet he has been able to hold off his younger brother for the lead in what we've seen all week long it's not that new tires make you faster they just have more grip you can maneuver the race bar you can drive through it there now let's talk about that two car I've noticed is when he's got fairly good tires on he can keep up but his car seems to go away a really really quickly after eight or ten laps the bushes are just the latest in a long line of
brother acts in NASCAR the date back to the three block brothers in the early 50s body Bob and Tim Kurt had a great race car down here and he led a lot of laps got caught up in a wreck with somebody stores but nonetheless they got a good package for here same fight they learn Hart jr. running in 13th now you only go through the gears here leaving the pits and entering pit the pits but still Matt you need to get through them absolutely Mike and the issues for Junior the shifter ball the threads
are stripped so the ball comes right up off the shifter its crew members are trying to work a new shifter ball that way junior can put it on top of the shifter and then try to secure it with some duct tape they're working on that right now so that way they can pass it through the window the next time Dale jr. hits pit road all the technology all the expense in these cars these machines that are now worth around $200,000 with a $60,000 engine and the most common tuning and repair tool a $5
roll the tape it'll work every time plus what a small problem but it could be it could make the difference I mean he can't shift the car got to get in now the pits and restarting we're getting a report that Bo's lessons on tires were down and flat on mark mark the eighth car sounds to me like they put didn't have enough air and then when he went out you know maybe they had real real low air that went in the corner and just kind of roll them off one of the cars that has been
hard up against the outside wall that is several times this week has been Paris today is not an exception let's watch from the DirecTV blimp watch the zero seven on your left up high that's basically the same thing that happened to him in practice he ran up on another car really really fast didn't have anywhere to go elected not to hit the car go to the outside and scrape the wall there's something that no zoned Darrell right after the dip for the turn for tunnel that's where
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stripes of rubber marks on the wall and he's backed off and got his wheels turned and everything else but those cars have a little bit of a mind of their own when they get up there like that well I know one thing we're in 79 laps cost him free they got strung out a little bit but I believe business is picking up now that were ten laps before the halfway a car I've been watching in this group he has been awfully strong all week low he kind of failed
back at the start of the race he's in that outside line Kurt Busch's teammate Ryan Newman in the 12 car Penske Roger Penske has never won a restrictor plate race with the exception of a Budweiser Shootout one time with Rusty Wallace when the other cars that I think Larry that we've kind of wondered about and worried about somewhat is are the Roush cars roush-fenway card and if you look to that outside line that yellow car coming up through there looks pretty racy too with his
teammate in tow speaking of looking racy three wide through the trial in the tri-oval is far from being straight it's the hardest place on this racetrack believe it or not it's 18 degrees of banking and you're running just as fast through here as you do through these 31 degree banks David Gilliland former pole sitter for five steps a pit stop he's back out on track and Mark Clark reports that Martin ran over debris with both left-side tires and that's what cut them down if
you look at the back of this pack right here remember Sam Hornish had to pit road unexpectedly 11:58 Elliott Sadler in the 19 a lap 69 they got the caution they needed and now they're caught back up right here in the lead pack while that middle grew was a tough place to be junior fights for room and fights the wheel and they almost all got together for the trial boat somebody had to give their I don't curl the Edwards in the 99 said no more boys I don't feel too good about this
that's the tensest moment we've had in 92 laps of racing so far struggle motto jr. in the 88 comes up on Newman things get a little dicey look like Hamlin really wiggled in the 11 car on late exit of four but look at that right there that will not work boys I used to think that Larry somebody definitely had to give up there then I got up here and I thought Kurt Busch who's broken and hit the wall and had trouble all week long and had to start last he's now first the

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on Fox is sponsored by Pepsi stuff where every sip gets you closer took great stuff closed captioning sponsored by PepsiCo enable employees dedicated to a more inclusive environment for people with different abilities well there's something in that shot I'd sure like to had about 20 years ago and it's that little thing right there it's an air conditioner the Bush brothers have traded the leave two laps ago Kyle took the lead from older brother Kurt as Jeff Gordon looked on
remember Kurt Busch in the number two did not come in during the last round of pit stops and I think we'll see out of him what we've seen out was some others once he gets shaken out of the lead pack there without those good tires on it might hurt him you know God we have not talked about today but right now we've actually got Jimmie Johnson in the 48 car he's starting to drop back all the way back to 30th dick what's going on with Jimmie Johnson well Larry the car is way way
loose the crew had been on the wall anticipating a pit stop but he just said that he can hang on to it so they've come off the wall no pit stop right now the Johnson with an extremely loose car you know not that not that many poll centers have ever won this race what I think is nine Mike nine times seven different drivers nine times the pole sitter has won the 500 now in two laps we'll get the halfway sign the leader at halfway has not won the

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and that was a dogfight that day it would almost didn't work out racing for that halfway money but you know I just had talked about Ryan Newman in that 12 car and he's been working that inside he had been looking for his teammate Kurt Busch and now he's worked his way up into the outside line now he's back down to the bottom pretty much without a lot of help down there I think you know the reason you do that if that's your teammate you run you run over behind him so he can
see you and then you dive out and go on because you want to say I tried to help you but look at those Roush Fenway Ford's behind him Greg Biffle in that 16 car got his first career win here in a July race a few years ago he's tucked up the rear bumper of Ryan Newman on this way I've just been watching those guys creep up into the picture and this racetrack today is hot and slick as it is a lot like the fourth of July that's when Biffle one day here Jeff Gordon was watching them
to Daryl and he has now dropped to the bottom he'll pick up Newman number 12 in the draft to try to get by Kyle boy now here's here's what's gonna happen notice turns one and two when we get a shot of it here in a little bit shaded as his track cools down that bottom groove will get better and better and better well you see you see Jeff wiggle right there and then here comes Newman yeah he's gonna take advantage of it boy Gordon just slid up in front of Kurt Busch that too
we're looking back at Busch right now boy he locked - Jeff lost so much momentum he had to squeeze up a little bit and he's luck he didn't get run over see how the track is shading up as we go down toward turn one Darryl I think what's happening to Kurt Busch you talked about it now he's seeing the disadvantage of being on those little bit older tires that's a short-term gain and long-term loss about half of the commercial inventory for this

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Series drivers and one of the funniest in front of the camera is Ryan Newman he's got a great dry sense of humor it comes through and he's trying to got some good news that's the shade in turn one and two but I got some bad news too that's the Sun in your eyes coming off the first or as the Sun Goes Down these drivers have a hard hard time for a little while being able to see what's in front of them cause it gets a real glare on the windshield my Kyle Busch has led the
halfway lap you have to go back to Davy Allison to find a winner who led it halfway when they used to pay a $10,000 bonus and that used to be a lot of money to these teams there's no halfway bonus anymore we'll see if history cannot repeat itself there's a big old bonus in 99 laps though it's about 1.6 a million dollars to win this race watch the Sun here we come off turn four night guys as these drivers come off turn four start to look down this little straightaway hear headed
for the travel a lot watch this where'd everybody go where'd everybody go I can't oh there they are in what makes it even a more disadvantage the spotters are right above us the spotter really can't have you coming off turn four because they're coming straight at you several of the teams told us they place a second spotter up in turn four for that reason now if you've anticipated that and I love that word because that's what racing is all about you've got a little
extra tape on that windshield for this period of the race big move down the inside boy Jeff Gordon got a run Kurt Busch trying to push him up there with Newman Jeff Jeff Gordon was the rock between two hard places right there the meet between the pins exam was on five o'clock traffic jam in

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drafting along together trying to take the lead from Kyle Busch as our aerial coverage is brought to you by Goodyear the official tire of NASCAR helping NASCAR drivers get to the finish line for over 50 years gotta tell you hard to get by that Toyota the way it theme runs but I tell you Greg Biffle in that 16 car he has been trying to push his teammate Matt Kenseth to the lead and he'll take it down the back straightaway a Ford has not led look at Kurt Busch in the 2 car all the way into the
infield grass if Kenseth can hold it around to the line 107 7 laps past halfway a Ford will lead to 500 for the first time today and we've all said all week long for most part what's wrong with those cars but I don't think it must be anything wrong with them way to running right now they need a long way to get going old car to got into the back of Earnhardt jr. now Denny Hamlin was right in the middle of that here's what he saw oh that's what happened new tune your moves over
and your career coming bad timing Junior moves this about the time to look like Kirk was going to go around to and all of a sudden off the track Matt Mike Kevin Harvick as keen as Mikey says did you just see that the two just went through the grass miss potterson up I saw that he goes I know he just went through the grass you know I know Harvard's got a future in television just not yet now Greg Biffle in that 16 car he wants to lead this

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Busch the 18 now Brian Vickers in the 83 car remember one of those cars it had to pit right after the restart he's one lap down trying to stay the first car lap down to get the free pass should we get a caution Biffle needed to lead only one lap as did Kenseth you get five bonus points for leading a lap and the driver who leads the most laps gets five more bonus points and right now that driver is Kyle Busch who finished second here Friday night and second in yesterday's 301 now
we're getting within about that 10 to 12 lap window of what would be green flag pit stops and it can get interesting when they're bunched up like this because right now we have about 24 cars within two and a half to three seconds of each other but you see what that last caution flag did for this race I mean it was all struck out and they made green flag stops got worse but this last one gave everybody a chance to work on their car fix some of the issues that they had and man we've
tightened this feel up considerably adjustments are fixing issues the track is cooling down at gains grip that fix handling issues for a lot of car 36 cars of 43 starters still on the lead lap it stops coming as Kyle Busch leads them around

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field over Greg Biffle while that 83 of Brian Vickers is one lap down Brian Newman his third seven tenths of a second back and Dale Earnhardt jr. in his new number 88 is fourth junior may become the 11th driver to win the Budweiser Shootout and his Gatorade duel but not the 500 it happened to his dad three times it happened to him in O 3 & 2 Tony Stewart last year Matt my Dale Earnhardt jr. like a number of drivers in the field wearing a tinted tear off on his clear shield he told his
spotter TJ majors because with all the clouds I'm not really sure if the Sun has gone down or if the Sun is just being shaded by the clouds so let me know when the Sun Goes Down so I can take my tear off he's got his hands full I can tell you that watch this we're looking in the car coming off turn four that thing gets a little bit slide on it gets a little slide on look Eddie that's a wood book it's a little Hospital hop there almost he died he died Oh little turkey walk
something like yet and again we're in about six to eight laps I think of what will be scheduled pit stop for all these cars now this is just the start of the Sprint Cup season on Fox next week we're out in Fontana California at the Auto Club 500 3:30 Eastern Time on Fox first time with this car of today platform has been in use sound at the California Speedway Matt Kenseth the defending winner and they will have no problem running three and four wide there either I promise you and they
go off in the corner they're at two oh ten very fast reed sorenson giving a KCK excuse me casey mears the boot in the five that's a good thing they're running 18th and 19th now that 41 in that two car remember they stayed out the last caution that should be two of the first cars to hit pit road as we get toward the end of this run here on his green flag stop hey who's popped up into the top five is Clint Boyer finished third in the chase last year for the what's now the
Sprint Cup championship driving at zero seven scored his first career victory at New Hampshire last July he's moved up into the top five well maybe Dillon's right you know he bounced her off the wall in practice yesterday and they bounced it off the wall a little bit earlier there maybe he's merited up for it's faster and remember he finished 18th here last year in the 500 oh by the way on his roof across the start/finish line yeah hold fire there's Matt and Mike the oh seven
of Clint Boyer like you mentioned earlier he's tagged the wall he's done it now five times during speed weeks between his nationwide and Nextel or Sprint Cup car but Boyer says the car just way too tight that's why he's having a run so high up the racetrack you don't want about a car it doesn't matter how your car is to you personally it's how you are to the rest of the field and right now he looks pretty good to the rest of the field Carl Edwards Regan Smith Martin
Truex on pit road mention to that rookie and IndyCar champion or Indy 500 winner Sam Hornish still running in the top 10 in 8th place as our Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte we've got 82 laps to go we still have every car out on the racetrack in 36 cars on the lead lap Kyle Busch the leader Ryan Newman Greg Biffle Dale Earnhardt jr. and Clint Bowyer your top 5 at 118 laps hey you're watching the

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series speed is beautiful only one caution flag so far in the 500 here's Matt Kenseth on pit road two laps ago 13 cars came in 11 of them last time and here are two of the Roush Fenway boards and all the Michael Waltrip Toyotas in Krista well Greg Biffle thought he was toast when everyone came he said we should have come but instead Matt Kenseth came with and they think they're going to be ok to making a track bar and air
pressure adjustment for the number 16 dollar wrench for Angela stock I think they're okay Kurt Busch too fast exiting the pits there is electronic timing at several loops all up and down pit road you must maintain that 55 mile an hour average in every section or you are electronically issued a ticket kind of like photo radar in Phoenix and elsewhere and Kurt Busch will have to do a drive-through penalty which means he has to come back to pit road he doesn't have to stop just maintain
that 55 miles per hour the entire distances back out on the racetrack which will just about put you a lap down what that really means is is it might get a ticket in Phoenix something well it's really in Scottsdale I should get a book subpoenas in trouble but this right here pit road is one place where photo radar works pretty well how about our leaders stop Steve Mike good stop for Kyle Busch in the 18 he said his car just needed a little bit of grip that it was just a little bit free
didn't look like any adjustments on the 18 they did it was air pressure and it was a small one Dario Franchitti his stop the chip ganassi with felix abates number 40 now we have a couple of Toyotas that had not pitted that stayed out to lead a lap Michael Waltrip in the 55 led a lap and then David Reutimann and double-0 stayed with him Dario's wife Ashley Judd looking on from the pit box at her husband's

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green flag stops I think the group that must have had an awesome pit stop kony Stewart in that 20 car who just drove by Clint Bowyer in the Oh seven he was outside the top ten and now he's just moved in the fourth place so a great pit stop by the Home Depot crew I just really think Tony was having a handle it probably's waiting for a pit stop to kind of tighten his car up and they did the same thing yesterday and came to the front along the race so done surprised me that they did that
today what we saw last year with Jimmie Johnson's team and Chad Knaus was that that car always finished the race running better than when it ran at the start of the race could this be Stewart's season to win a third Sprint Cup let's get out of shifty and find out what's going on a pit road fast well Mike a little update on shifter gate first for Dale Earnhardt jr. this was the knob that they were going to pass through the window but they didn't do it on the last stop now what
they're doing is they're going to a backup for their backup basically they've got another knob and they're going to put glue inside the knob then hand it to the window that way when Dale Earnhardt jr. puts it on top of the shifter the glue hopefully will help keep that knob in place and meanwhile and update on the race car yes it was loose but Tony Eury jr. made no changes on that last time so they're gonna hand it but do it yourself kid yeah that makes me a little nervous
that thing done stay on to get all that glue on there now he gets his hand stuck on the shifter 75 laps to go you know a couple of cars that were running well up in the top 10 and they were two of the first cars to hit pit road Martin Truex Jr in the one and Carl Edwards in the 99 and now they're all the way back to 25th and 26 I just think they didn't have enough cars pitting with them and they really lost touch with the leaders three Toyota's three dodges two Chevy's and two
Ford's in the top ten with 75 laps to go in the

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Toyota has common in it so the car of now for NASCAR at least for what we've seen so far is about 1w chain yeah it has so far the guys are having to learn how to drive the car intelligently and let's put it that way but we have seen the indominus the toyota also you can see the pressures being put on you know Cobb loose right now by the other seven car Clint Boyer there's a Dodge right there run back there the 12 car all these guys right now are figuring out where they can maybe take
advantage of him you take a look at the 11 car here Denny Hamlin looks like at left rear quarter panel is definitely sticking out and that is gonna be a negative as far as trying to you know run it through here and have a really good hammering race car has led 32 laps at Toyota teammate of the leader Kyle Busch so far in this race one thing I want to point out right now as we're watching Kyle Busch he's won a lot of races this is the

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right now you know watching around the oh one car he bounced it off the wall that right here's Regan Smith one of our Rookie of the Year contenders looks like he is definitely flatten the right side of the car but so far no yellow forget it a lot of people are kind of like watching the Seavers any debris off that zero one car was so far so so good for the rest of the field but going back to Kyle Busch when they gang up on him was whether or not he can handle the pressure we've seen he
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can drive defensively and that maybe is undoing we've only had one caution so far the world of Richard Childress Racing Jeff Burton in the 31 Chevrolet using CV on your AT&T handset you can access all the inside RCR content let's rejoin Darrell Waltrip Larry McReynolds and Mike Jewell why that was a tense moment for Regan Smith he's just shot up the pasted the safer barrier between turns one and two but gathered it up and he has now made it safely to pit road so we're at 131
laps Kyle Busch under pressure now from Clint Boyer and Ryan Newman let's have a look you'll see the zero-one off in the distance that is a hard leak Mike but we have said over and over again just how tough this car is on the right side it's built to take a lickin like that and keep on ticking Travis poeple in that 28 car Yates racing just barely made it now with those rash of green flag pit stops from about lap 118 mill at 1:21 these guys still will have to make it loose at 305
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and Kyle Busch who grew up racing and what we call work cars in his native Las Vegas as his brother progressed up through the ranks is now leading the biggest event in stock car racing now we saw these three guys working together in the in the 150s on Thursday Dale Jarrett was outside the top 35 needed to race his way in and Michael and his teammate David Reutimann they all three worked together and got they'll in this
race now they're working together to chase down this lead group up here and doing a pretty good job of if they stay lined up like that that's the fastest they're going to run in that lead group they keep mixing and matching up there Kyle Busch Clint Porter Ryan Newman Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt jr. the

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be content to let Kyle Busch lead for a while the 22 year old has been out front for 68 circuits so far that's more than twice as many as any other driver as lead time to go down to Jeff Hammond for today's State Farm safety report well today as you see the size of these race cars look how smooth they are no problem at all so far as far as the start of the race but they're in the corporation every now and then you're going to get closer to safer barrier or the outside wall or
another race car well in behind this skin if you'll look here is some down automotive impact resistant foam that is also supported by a carbon-fiber piece between the foam and the roll cage all of this is designed to absorb energy also to help kind of like keep the shape of this race car in the event it does get close to another one but the key thing is in case you get in an accident absorb that energy so it doesn't get into driver and again protecting their driver is what's
important thanks Jeff Kyle Busch the leader you see his teammate Denny Hamlin on the right of your screen you may have brushed that wall just a little bit during four last time by phones a lot better than m2 before we used to stick in Ironton yes it is but Denny Hamlin is falling like a rock remember he lived 32 laps of this race he's all the way back to 23rd and he's running over a second slower than our leader Kyle Busch and he's about 18 seconds behind Steve Byrnes was telling me
during break that he's complaining about that car being so loose he can't hang on to it I'm sure a lot has to do with that piece of left her quarter panel you wouldn't think it makes that much difference but remember these guys are running almost 190 miles per hour out there now the NASCAR officials and observers have judged that that flapping fender is not a safety hazard it's not in danger coming off the car but they have told the team they must fix it on their next pit
stop at halfway which was 40 laps ago Jimmie Johnson was 29th he has now moved up into the top dozen that's a man it understands got to be around it to finish and I tell you a couple of cars that's running in this pack with Jimmie Johnson that I want to make note of that Triple A car out there David Ragan in the six car he's been flirting with the top ten finished fifth here year ago and remember Richard Petty waved the green flag his driver Bobby Labonte in that 43 car he's been
flirting in and out of the top ten as well there's a look at Reagan's second generation driver from Georgia sliding up there in front of Jeff Burton petty cars pretty good yesterday in the final practice so both of them I think I know the Kyle was up there pretty good and I think I'll be was to both them in the top ten on speed so they've got some speed in these race cars and that's a good thing but you know back to Jeff safe to report go back to Regan Smith that that oh one
car hitting that wall like he did while ago one reason he can make it back around a little bit of cosmetic work two new tires a lot has to do with that phone keeping that sheet metal pushed out off from the inside the tires Sam Hornish is a rookie in the

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five Schrader went home and Sterling Marlin after 24 straight went home it's because car owner Roger Penske placed two cars in the top 35 of what was Nextel Cup points last year and he chose for this year to use the 12 points and put the two points on to this number 77 so harness would have a guaranteed spot and it is his choice to do so with NASCAR's approval that's what happened Hornish is in the race and he's given a great account of himself and he's driving like a
champion today now Kurt Busch back in 32nd place he has had all kinds of things happen to him we mentioned all 43 cars are still out there on the racetrack we are hearing that Kenny Wallace in the 87 car has been Black Flag NASCAR has a minimum speed you have to maintain he was below that minimum speed he makes that left-hand turn to the garage area he will join John Andretti who like Wallace raced his way into the 500 the only two cars out of the race right now the

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car NASCAR Sprint Cup car basically all adjustments have to be made on pit road there's not a lot that driver can do but Steve Byrnes Kyle Busch and Steve Addington they have one little adjustment they can make from that cockpit yeah Larry here's the latest on Kyle Busch in the 18 he just told crew chief Steve Addington he saw I've had the front and rear fan on since the last stop but I've turned the front fan off and I'm a little better now he also said when I live meaning
off the gas pedal I get loose and what they're doing they have blowers that's blowing on the tires to keep the air pressure from really building up so he was a little loose so he cut those bores off the front tires to let the air pressure come up a little bit that tightens the racecar up great mood you know what else I think helped him a lot today this is not the first day he's raced he raced Friday night he raced yesterday and I tell you this is one place where flaps pay off knowing
were to be positioned track where the bumps are those are things that he has picked up over the last couple of days and I reckon I think's really helping him today Dale Earnhardt jr. has not led a lap today yet the Sprint Cup cars have been following him all week long in the Budweiser Shootout Saturday night and and on Thursday now Jeff Gordon won this race youngest driver to do so at age 25 and he's come back and has three

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position what's up well he may even go further back than that like he has decided that he wants to just save his tire so he's going to take it easy on the car let the car roll back they try to make a charge at the end of this event that's a good strategy but he's lost the draft he's all by himself he was running with this big pack of cars in front of him here but he's even falling back out of that pack you lose a second a lap you'll go a lap down here before long he
not careful we still have 51 laps to go but contrary to what we were believing coming into this race we only have one Hendrick car in the top 12 and that's Dale Earnhardt jr. in that 88 car there's a look at Hendrick Motorsports who has all but swept Speedweeks for the events for the Sprint Cup cars 150 laps this time 375 miles in the 50th

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puts us under the second caution flag of the day pit roads open Steve Pike Steve adding to the crew chief on that 18 car said we're going to drop the air pressure in all four tires in a small track bar adjustment Kyle said Roger that Christopher just a little bit that's all Tony Stewart needs e-juice easy the car tightened up they're making very small very small adjustments in just a tick Michael Waltrip slid through he's been almost went into Dale Earnhardt jr. spin track bar
adjustment for jr. his car was free meanwhile no changes in the 0-7 a Boyar dick LK speed is all done with his pit stop he was running in the 8th position no adjustments to the car he has pretty much run in the top 10 all day and has had a good car with a real winner Kurt Busch in that 2 car a little shocked if they made you it were just two tires but that's what it looks like maybe he's like in those old tires but they come a 500 on Fox is sponsored by the new AT&T your world
delivered by Chevy the most wins in NASCAR history on the American Revolution by coca-cola zero real coke tapes zero calories enjoy coke myths and by State Farm great service great rates nobody takes care of you like State Bar second caution flag of the day 48 laps to go debris out there and this will give Denny Hamlin a chance to fix that rear quarter-panel let's show you what happened to the 55 of Michael Waltrip coming into his pit way on the left of your screen just slid right through
man and had to back up and then Casey Mears came out of his pit in the 5 he almost collected Kevin Harvick watch this Brian Vickers gets the free pass he'll be back on the lead lap when we go back to green under the second caution of the day in

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champion Kurt Busch he has led this race after starting last and currently is 30th he's going to be our Allstate good hands driver today for this evasive action when Dale Earnhardt jr. turns down Kurt Busch had to either hit him or go low there and kill Yarborough territory gets a little bit of the grass remembering the last lap of the 1979 race Curtis today is Allstate good hands driver are you in good hands Jeff Gordon the 24 car just made the left-hand turn to the garage area he had been
back on pit road they thought possibly even a shock mount may have been broken now he's going to the garage something is broken they had to hood up on I saw him pointing down at something dick well they were trying to figure out what it was and when he made that first pit stop they thought perhaps it was the splitter they wanted to leave the hood down to get him back out the splitter was just fine this time they raised the hood and apparently one of the brackets on one of the control arms
has actually bent on the last two pit stops Gordon's right front tires showed signs of significant blistering we haven't seen that with other cars he's got a major problem which is why he is in the garage that is HUGE looking back from the Corvette zo6 pace car and getting set for our claret and clear restart ready to go green with our clearance easier to drive restart could clear it and clear get back to feeling like yourself again 32 cars on the lead lap now that gave Mike Ford and
that 11 through an opportunity to fix that left for Cornell we found out what happened to Kurt hood - he missed his pits the first time that's the reason he made all that gain on pit road now he's back out there he's going to restart back in 28th position Greg Biffle in a Roush Fenway for who has a July victory here in the Sprint Cup Series Dale Earnhardt jr. teammate Matt Kenseth pip I believe we will see some new players too I think it now the tracks the sun's gone down the
track to cool down a lot of these cars have only been run in the evening so these these guys I think will really pick up the pace and I think you see some new sheriffs in town as we like to say I think business about to pick up across the bowl oh yeah heartbreak going up is this coach could be a little tough in traffic they restart double file with cars one or more laps down on the inside so from about fourth on back like the blue car of Ryan Newman and this red one of Kasey Kahne they've
got to pick their way through traffic a bit to get to the leaders it's gonna take kind of a double whammy though for somebody to do some of that 18 car because he is so so strong it's gonna have to be he's gonna have to get off a little bit for somebody else to have it got it wife Nicole heads up a foundation for homeless animals out in front of the

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back down in the 47 second but you know yank you been there that's the fan thing you been that's what you're gonna hear across the board speeds will go up grips better now everybody can run a little bit harder a little bit more wide open a three-time winner and four-time Series champion is out of the 500 Kristen and the DuPont crew is thrashing down here on the car Jeff what happened a suspension failure you know we we saw signs of this when we were testing we went back to shop it
did everything we could do to brace everything up and prevent this from happening and you know it's it's it's really a product of the type of suspension that we're running on these bump stops it's just so hard especially on track like this I just really it wasn't safe for us to be out there and the handling went away and I didn't know why because the DuPont Chevrolet was awesome I mean I don't know if anybody has anything for that 18 or the 11 before he got the
damage and probably the 20 before it's all over I hope my teammates certainly do but we were the only ones I felt like that really could keep up with them and run with him we were just cruising but you know there's definitely a problem and it probably is not just us Jeff Gordon the season starts for the little heartbreak for the 24 more cars single-file in front and then three wide as they came through the tri-oval we're fifth on back we haven't seen anything like this since the
start of the race so we're back to really racing hard down but he'll be pretty proud of his one teammate Dale Earnhardt jr. in that 88 car he's right up there in the thick of things you know I think we've had some tire issues and they load these right-side tires so hard and then you take the speeds Jeff him and I think that's why we're starting to see some suspension and chassis failures on some of these cars well Larry definitely everything is cooling down the speeds
like you say are going to come up the tires are getting a lot more grip and the big loved he's talking about probably with the suspension when they're talking about the a-frame area has to be in this area right here you see the a-frame this is the yellow part here on our chassis rot in here where this fold is it's what connects it to the chassis here that hold it in place now what this means folks is that when you put static camera in and in the place with these shims you're
expecting that to work up and down if this starts to bend in which is probably what's happening all of a sudden the camber gain is going to change you're going to wear the right front tire out and you're going to have a serious safety situation because these right front tires cannot take that kind of abuse and as the speeds go up we may see some more of that Larry thanks Jeff that's exactly what Steve Letarte and Jeff Gordon are discussing right now you talked about business
picking up on the last lap nine of the top 20 drivers just ran their individual fastest lap of this race Oh trouble off turn four here we got a big one David Ragan hard into the wall in the triple a car we got about five or six cars that went down pit road and I don't know Matt Kenseth has some damage but that's amazing if we only have two cars with damage Reagan who finished fifth in his first 500 one year ago takes a hard hit and his Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth ends up with the
worst of it in both of those cars were up in the cockpit Kenseth coming back up pit road either to his pit or the garage area watch the number six and 17 middle of your screen six just comes up from the bottom and I think you must have hope because he sure wasn't hoping that Matt would cut him some slack but that's two team cars and I think he probably Reagan hoped that Matt may give him a little break the Darrell did it almost looked like that he had no control over the car going up
here it looks like it was just gonna slide up there to some degree Kenseth has gone to the garage that's just so you know this is typical race goes you race you race your race ride you ride you ride but they want to come down to Showtime in the money time this is what happens with a hundred miles to go David Reagan's car litters the front straightaway now that will be opening this time the pitch should be open Mark Martin and yet will get the free pass back on the lead lap I think pit
road will be a busy place with a lot of strategies because this actually puts us where we can make it to the end the race should we go caution free which is very doubtful no I don't think so they'd be pretty optimistic at this point but here they come all but Dale Earnhardt jr. who actually stayed out Steve Oh Mike Kyle Bush says that his car is fine he said I don't need a lot of help to the 18 it's a little bumpy over the bumps but just four tires Krista Tony Stewart coming in
for a two-tire change I like the two-tire strategy we ought to have six laps on our tires and now we're full of fuel interesting though Tony Eury jr. leaving Dale Earnhardt jr. in at a tal he's banking on another culture well just see you let the pack off pit road here's our Direct TV race off Dave Blaney picked up ten spots tells me maybe just a little fuel only haven't said much about old Blaney he's kind of been laying back I think 38 laps to go the

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sponsored by Toyota moving forward by craftsman Craftsman tools are the official tools of NASCAR craftsman at Cedars by viagra and by amp energy for energy focus and control a pure self 37 laps to go Dale Earnhardt jr. did not stop under this caution period he is the race leader when everyone else came in let's find out why he stayed out bet Dale Earnhardt jr. a lonely man the only one to stay out Tony Eury jr. it was your call why'd you keep your man out I mean just for basically track
position I think we can make it on fuel these guys ain't done I mean they'd be too good all day so uh this is what happens I mean I think I'd rather be up in track position looks big I mean I don't know if we got anything for the 18 in the 20 but we sure gonna give it a shot now here's the scenario they pitted with 48 laps to go under caution we went back to green with 45 to go we know that's well within the fuel window he only had six laps on his tires and remember every
caution lap right now is cooling that set of tires down and it's two cautions to one green flag lap I think they can definitely make it from here you know what I would feel really confident if you and Jeff we're sitting on my pit box and you made that call just like I know Tony does with Brian in there and Darian in there helping he'll make that call they got it covered yep I think so but Derrick guys we've seen this move before remember they finally stretched it out during the
Budweiser Shootout they I've been ones all week long to kind of go the distance on their tires more than anybody else so if two guys are in sync I'd have to believe that Tony Eury jr. and Dale Earnhardt jr. have got a battle plan and they're where they want to be right now with basically 36 laps together plus it need to lead a lap five points that's right now Kyle Busch does not come out of the pits with Tony Stewart or Dave Blaney up toward the front in a lot because of all the
different strategies fueled only a lot of two-tire stops and of course Dale Earnhardt jr. staying out well boys let's just sit back and see what happens wait what did I tell you you better reach the fair and pull those belts tight for sure yeah one more time so Kyle Busch who has led the most laps today will restart 11th let's crank it up on the 3rd restart of the day Dale Earnhardt jr. brings him off turn four and back to the line 33 laps to go his favorite drafting partner Tony
Stewart tried to get to him but couldn't Blaney held onto the back of Earnhardt and now it's Kasey Kahne and Clint Boyer up there complainings had a good week here in that car here and willing to budge who that who and wellness qualifying race expected in a dense crowd nice save up there ladies number 22 has Toyota's best ever finish in the series third at Talladega last fall we were just rad with Kasey Kahne in that nine car he's getting a little help from Tony Stewart in the 20
you can see Juna put the blood on the back straightaway got too much help tony stewart that man he got in sideways these cars have a really really fast closing rate they got so much more power than they had before you got to really be careful running in the back of somebody there's plainy number 22 trying to hang on and the race leader Earnhardt all I know is this race is 168 laughs so you heard Steve Byrnes talk about it in the primary race over two hundred thousand people here they're
all staying the run okay what I don't have many nerves left and they're starting to get on top all lose now John Andretti's back in the race Jeff Gordon back in the race 11 laps down Matt Kenseth has come out of the garage five laps down here they come after Earnhardt his there it goes Kyle Busch in an 18 car up the middle with help from round into the 12 he wants to leave back he's going to come to the front Larry there's no question about that he's checkers or records
that's his deal and he's got a horse my goodness he's got a fast race car new leader Kasey Kahne about 1/100 of a second he led that lab hundred that's plenty David Reagan was checked over the infield care center and released after crashing to bring out that caution at lap 162 he's okay that three wide off turn two yeah it's plenty wild up that kind of folks just go to the outside boy that was a Power Move there's old baby moves and there's bold moves that was a
bold move he just puts it wherever he has to man just give me a like I said if he sees a half a car a half a ho he puts the rest of it in there who he have got business picking up all over the place this looks like the start of the race but speaking of Bo lose look at Tony Stewart this 20 car he got a push back red pepper he'll lead that leo I hear a thunder I hear about nervous I think this is this a storm brewing boys I hear thunder it's not Garth Brooks either know who thunder rolls
but Stewart just left for the second time today now the kitchen meant Kenseth in the 17 car thence back out on the racetrack a ride with Dale Earnhardt jr. getting that Bush from Kasey Kahne to Budweiser car boy junior in Tony Stewart now they love Oh Tony goes up the hill he got him loose dad him loose right under he got up under him and sent him up the hill he'll pull back over here I'll help you out buddy I'm sorry play nice boys but your fence it's a slower car kensic gets
way out of the way I don't blame him Stewart wants the lead back that's another thing I think Dale loaned him one after that little dust-up in turn four but that's the neat thing about this car in this engine package man you can pass he got power you can slingshot you can push they match up good you get a good hard push down the back now this is what happened to Tony right here he gets right up under the backhoe beeping just got it will immensely shiny up the hill but the good thing
about this car with that wing on the back of it my Claire you know this we've seen it all week the car didn't really want to spin out it just Wiggles a lot here he comes up Dale Earnhardt jr. the 88 car he leaps back to the lead and the Pied Piper of restrictor plate race exact front I wonder if he and Tony are just having a little fun with each other here the

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doesn't count all the Western Way around us two and a half mile track hood Reed Sorenson I believe no Casey Kahne in the 9 sideways on the back straight we're going Larry well he just got shuffled out of the deck Darrell but you can recover so nicely Oh Elliott Sadler got into the side of Sam Hornish 77 everybody straightens up though this gives a whole new meaning to bobbin and Weavin I can tell you that about the breaking of fingers squeezing my hands alone this is the kind of racing
175,000 plus came here to see today this is what we knew we would see trust me is David Hill our boss said we will remember this race Stewart Earnhardt NASCAR's favorite drafting duo at the restrictor plate tracks they're out in front but the straw that's going to stir this drink is sitting there in third place 22 year old Kyle Busch let's take a breath way Sunday to break honey he's old enough to be experienced maybe young enough not to know what he can't do with that
car who are they go off a tail off a dude Jimmie Johnson goes around Martin Truex Johnson had been stuck in the middle coming by the start and finish line what we called the sucker hole and backing up and he got turned around coming off turn two to bring out the fourth caution flag of this state ona 500 that went exactly the storm I thought was gonna happen we got hit I can't see him it's behind the wall Hornish underneath the Jimmy here let's see if Hornish gets up into him you know
Jimmy got loose I don't think Hornish had anything to do with that Jimmy just got snapped loose any handling the 11 he's gonna have some damage foreign caution of the day pole sitter Jimmy Johnson gets loose and is collected by rookie sam hornish around goes Johnson and Truex the pits are open five of the leaders stayed out everybody else comes to pit road Steve Mike's right sides only for Kyle Busch that's what crew chief Steve Addington said they've also made an air
pressure adjustment to those tires Krista as soon as the caution came out Tony Stewart said I've got it come to me I've got to get tires I cannot win like this they're also going to tighten up the car besides putting on four tires so Kyle Busch make his first miscue of the day he overshot his pit you are not allowed to have your car stopped on the white line that marks the end of your pit box they had to push him back and that cost him some time you see he lost one spot on pit row
I've said all afternoon the only way you're gonna beat that 18 card is he's gotta beat himself and that's that that was a little bit of a miscue right there got her locked up slide slide slide whoops they're not allowed to start working on the car until now till he gets back into the into his own pit box there are the cars involved in the crash everyone is okay and we'll be back to the

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cars in the outside lane looked like they're gonna follow the pace car around and not come down pit road on this last round of stops and suddenly whoops there goes Stewart there goes Kyle Busch jr. stays out as if he meant to did he personally I think if you if you said the last time is good to stay out it's got to be good to stay out this time well here's the thing they have 16 laps on their tires and you know when you have your breakfast and you look at your bacon then you talk
about how that pig was committed to that breakfast they are committed now to go to the end Jeff Hammond hey I don't go with that guys he knows he needs tires Tony Stewart right now this Snooker to me tell gonna take advantage of it it's going to cost him in the end free flag Dale Earnhardt jr. Clint Bowyer Ryan Newman Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle and Juan Pablo Montoya who players in town that's the six cars that stayed out so he has five cars behind him but we've got 20 laps to
go which like jeff says is a lot of race in here and they told me if everybody does what I think they're going to do they'll all kind of line up and play them okay to get the big foot here we got some bunch of good cars behind this is keep them back there and that's don't race we're coming down to the closing lower twenty laps to go they don't want these Toyota's to get back up there for the lead Clint Boyer brings his Richard Childress Chevrolet to the front Newman
followed a bokken Burton Biffle Montoya and the number nine the red car is the first car with fresh tires that's Kasey Kahne now all those cars like warrior Newman Burton and Biffle they pitted under the last caution so even though they stayed out this caution they still have fresher tires than Dale Earnhardt jr. in the 88 that bad plan or miscue a lot of radio traffic under that caution Mike juniors been complaining about radio issues they were going back and forth between the spotter and
Tony Eury jr. Dale junior and they passed by the commitment cone and when everyone stopped talking junior said well they're pitting and Tony Junior said I was going to tell you to pit but everybody was jabbering it is what it is now too many voices yeah well that's the downside of heaven three guys were so on top of that pit box even though they're all smart guys but even with the problem in the pits there comes Kyle Busch in that 18 car he's already back up to about the eighth
position pushing Dale Earnhardt jr. in the 88 oh my gosh hey the team laps to go did you see what Bush did he goes out from behind Kasey khane drop-kicked jr. he is on a mission man I would get out of his way if it were me it's the 18 down on the inside that Eminem's car right behind Montoya just wait it'll be the one that pops out a line here when you get down to corner warrior Neto 7 he's driving out of that mirror right now there comes his teammate Jeff Burton in the 31 on the
high side boy I tell you Montoya better look out now the first car on fresh tires is Kyle Busch in the 18 3 wide look at that I love this Stewart great shot tact Oh round goes there goes okay you want to pit this time Larry I believe we are no longer committee and that's a great story we'll get to it in a second watch the O 7 of Clint Boyer battling his teammate Jeff Burton for the lead and hello Newman on the outside Montoya dives to the inside there I'll tell you Montoya had to go
though he had Kurt Busch up his back bumper I'm telling you when I saw what was going on there and you something had to give did you tell the whole story about the chicken of the pig Johnson the bacon it's tasty winner of the

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500 early in NASCAR's history bill France big bill wada jr to run the whole series four points to be the national champion or at least content for it jr. just wanted to run the big something of the big obtain races he said jr. you've got to run this
whole series you're committed jr. Johnson said when you sit down to a breakfast a bacon and eggs the chicken is dedicated but the pig is committed a hard break for Clint Boyer as he goes around off the bumper a former Formula One ace Juan Pablo Montoya well we can't have much luck here late in the

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500 last year he was sliding down through here about like that except he turned over I just again kudos to that wing on the back of that car kept that thing from getting out of going
crazy kind of wondered about that thing lawyer continues he is okay our Home Depot asked the pros page on foxsports.com is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience NASCAR fans you can ask Darrell Larry Mac or Jeff NASCAR related questions to get answers instantly just go to foxsports.com slash ask the pros now the last time Bob pit road was still closed I know you saw Clint Boyer come to pit road to get those four tires I'm sure he had some tires that were flat and the the penalty for that has
started to tail end of the longest line look a yellow pit road will be open this is what they're racing for Harley Earl was the chief stylist of General Motors through the 50s and into the 60s one of his dream cars was the Firebird he presented a model of the Firebird to his good friend bill friends and that became the trophy for the

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500 the permanent trophy is on display here with the names of all the winners of 49 years and this year his winner will take home that golden trophy
there's the permanent trophy behind it emblematic of the age of horsepower in Detroit and of the winner of the great American race couple of quick cautions pretty much change everything Ryan Newman now out front of the

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500 behind the Corvette safety car Kyle Busch has been the best car all day and into the evening here in

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Tony Stewart's been fast with him other drivers have had their chance up front Darrell how do you beat bush well first of all there's some players
up here we haven't talked about much all afternoon and that's kind of how this race goes how you beat him well he got trapped back here into traffic and I thought well maybe he can't get through but you're not gonna stop this kid he's on a mission he's gonna end up in victory circle or he's gonna end up on the hook one of the other Larry jr. gets tires on this caution flag Kenny get back to the front there's an awful lot of cars on the lead lap for 30 cars and
there's not a long way to go and I don't think we're finished with cautions but what I see we have so many guys up there they've never won the

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500 and I think it's gonna be big here Chris and Jeff we're getting down to it 81 races since Ryan Newman won his last race know

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500 the last time when Dale Earnhardt you're one finishing right behind him in 2004 was Tony Stewart but but juniors got 62 races without a win we have 15 laps to go you think
we're gonna see some more cautions well I think we're gonna see some more costumes because right now everybody realizes this is the one shot that you're going to get to win the

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500 especially the 50th running of it so I believe right now you better as they say hey Larry likes to say you better pull them belts tight one more time if you're thinking about going to the grocery store me going to the refrigerator don't because it's going to get wild and it's
definitely gonna be wooly and everybody's gonna be trying to block that 18 car and in the process of trying to keep him in the back you're gonna trigger something Dale jr. may wind up back in the best position yet Chris because he didn't you know have an option of sleep was pit stop because the guys at the front are definitely running over top of each other it's it's been so exciting lately our gopher cam has gone underground we hope he resurfaces here just a quick recap Kurt
Busch who led the most laps last year his brother Kyle has led the most in this race gets nudged to the grass actually led a few laps earlier in this race Jeff Gordon three-time winner suspension problems and out of this race with about 55 laps to go frustration for Jeff Gordon and here is what happens with teammates right now David Ragan in the sixth car he gets loose off of turn four goes up it's just the 17 car of Matt Kenseth puts both of these guys right here behind the wall couple of
the Roush Fenway Ford's out of the picture and the teammates of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt jr. as Jimmie Johnson back-to-back champion into trouble and then moments ago what boyer was hanging around the top over your with a little nudge and slides to bring out the most recent caution but again Kyle Busch leading 86 laps in the last three races he's led the most laps he has failed to win it back in the last four

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500s the driver who has led the most laps has failed to win the
race and right now you're looking at a guy that's definitely hungry and Ryan Newman and a man who knows how to win big ones and Juan Pablo Montoya there's the Gophers death let's head back up to Darryl Larry and Mike one of the great things about this court the fans can listen to the drivers and the spotters and the crew chiefs during the race there's no stealing signals here you can let everybody in on let's say Tony Stewart's strategy hey Tony yeah but can you roll
the bottom when we get a big big sucker can you change lanes to the corner I can't do like you can't but I can run the bottom alright simple just trying to compensate or figure out what you know if we get a good run down the back they protect the bottom if I can change lanes going in and you're going I can run the top but I mean I'm better on the bottom I believes I you know I just can't there's no way in hell I can change lanes as quick as you can right now there for you
for your tight that wasn't just Tony Stewart that well Tony on the common Channel talking to Kyle Busch yeah they're talking strategy and that's pretty cool I like that but look at these names on top of the board Ryan Newman Montoya Jeff Burton Greg guys after they've been up there all night long and here they are there's our claritin clear to drive restart green flag is in the air 14 laps to go yet they're only have two drivers in the top 25 that have won the

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Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt jr. Ryan Newman the Purdue University engineering graduate who came out of you sacks silver crown funny bakers by the grace of Nazareth Pennsylvania hand partner Roger Penske had a discussion and Baker became Newman's tutor on how to race these super speedways and this thing is just setting up look at that there goes Burton up the outside in the children's car gets blocked this thing is setting up like it did last year Larry where you got all these cars
racing for the win and I got a feeling it's gonna get pretty hairy here off turn four before it's over and Kyle Busch that eighteen thought for a moment about going to the middle but he dove to the outside right in front of teammate Tony Stewart twelve to go this time well Larry we heard them talking about want to help each other try to take advantage of my teammate here but Tony's already said I can't go where you can go Ryan Newman just cannot make that car wild enough in the
twelve Jeff Burton in the thirty-one he's going to take the lead through turn two Kyle Busch pillar bottom right look at Biffle stewardess with him teammates ganging up as we come down to ten to go for wide good grief look up to Hitler huh jr. in that 88 car I mean it looks like a traffic jam omo Blaney's up the hill plane is in trouble and in the wall off Mark Martin took Martin with him caution golly chief Dave Blaney who has Toyota's best finish in Sprint Cup racing daggum Woods
with a tight place got up in the fence and got speck by last year's runner-up Mark Martin now for the restart rule they no longer a stood on pit road back they no longer race at all when the yellow the field is time stamped and the restart order is determined by not the next but the last scoring loop that each par cross before the caution came out you just can't race like this I mean you can't get this many cars going into turn at one time and not expect something to happen here plan
D gets a little tapped for Montoya sends him up the hill right into Mark Martin there's the 11 car he got in at 15 spins uh-oh well 1/2 spins we're very lucky again we didn't have more cars involved in that one that's for sure and folks you have watched these cars all week long that wing these cars will get a little sideways that wing will push it right back into line mom Tony was in the middle really going back actually he got a book from Kevin Harvick in the 29 and that's
seen him up the racetrack that's who we're riding with all right it was Harvick not Montoya laney in harm's way Denny Hamlin got a piece of that just to a table reaction in common behind lady here's the bump from 29 Harvick he goes up the hill and into Mark Martin he just shot Blaney in the corner so hard he couldn't keep it on the bottom got him a little loosened up to Hill he win just right across you know back from there yeah he went across the nose of Montoya Travis
Kvapil in it and for the second time JJ Yeley dodges one stays out of harm's way this will put David Gilliland back on the lead lap he was the first car one lap down he gets the free pass and I have to use our favorite expression obviously folks cautions breed cautions you get these cars all bunched up you got a million and a half dollars to the winter 18 million dollar purse something got to give tell you God that I'm all of a sudden taking notice of a guy that actually was running a
Ford product less than a month ago made the swap to dodge Robby Gordon in the 7 car he's basically worked his way up to the top 10 if there's guys up there I've been up there all night but here they are now when it counts Patrick karpati a missed the race so that babbling sponsorship transferred over to Robby Gordon for tonight aerial coverage is brought to you by Goodyear the official tire of NASCAR helping NASCAR drivers get to the finish line for over 50 years there's the
Goodyear blimp camera board and we'll have some drivers come down pit road poeple with damage Yalie Menard on pit road Denny Hamlin was also involved bon Toya and now Blaney creeps into the garage area without brakes his car pretty well torn up Martin Martin's also in another car that hit pit road who continues to fight that racecar we've talked about him he sat on the pole Jimmie Johnson in the 48 car here with 10 laps to go he was back on pit road and there's something wrong
with all these people's seats I don't know what's going on but they're not they're not you know they're standing up must be something wrong we talked a lot about parity in NASCAR Darrell a Chevrolet leads a Ford is second a Dodge is third and Kyle Busch's Toyota right now is fourth Steve and Mike listening to him as the caution came out he's contemplating when to make his run he says I'm afraid if I go now the 20 is going to get me basically what they've
decided to do is just go as quick as they can as hard as they can and try to hold everybody off because they know they have a great race car last fall team owner Rick Hendrick told Kyle Busch he wouldn't be back with this team they opened up a spot basically for Dale Earnhardt jr. Joe Gibbs Racing picked him up JD Gibbs runs that team he is a great motivator as great a motivational speaker as his dad super bowl-winning coach Joe Gibbs the three gives drivers Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Tony
Stewart all have somewhat mercurial personalities off the track and on I sat down with the three of them this week and they said their goal this season is to disprove all the people who've said the Gibbs team is going to implode they say it's not going to happen we all have the same personality we all want to win we're all in this together you know what it reminds me of eight years ago they wasn't sure if mike joy Darrell Waltrip Larry McReynolds work like we have up here in the
booth here's also reminds me of this we come back bring that tape with you in July with you there you go see how things go this is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and let's have a look at tonight's Sprint mobile monster moment the race changed in an instant with NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile you can follow the race instantly and look how quickly the race has changed and the lead has changed as Newman could not hold off Jeff Burton for the lead Greg Biffle Kyle Busch Tony Stewart nipping at
their heels this race certainly can change in an instant with nine laps to go hey Larry you know something that's interesting to me we talked about the chassis dyno that they did after the 150s Childress's cars were down 30 horsepower to the Toyotas now that was after the Thursday race Brecon they were saving a little something for today and that has been kind of the norm go back to last year Kevin Harvick hung all the Childress cars where some of the slowest cars here in qualifying but
that best driving race car for Kevin Harvick went to Victory Lane I like what I see right here oops sorry that's Kent I like that - that's Kent Burton she is her her husband's greatest cheerleader is always atop the pit box and is always just emotionally tied up as this race gets to its conclusion and her husband's in contempt there is not a more intense individual pit road than Kimber what I was going to Circle was the pace car and show you that the lights are off on top of the
pace car which means when they come around they'll get the green flag or eight laps to go and who can win it we've got 33 cars on the lead lap Burton Chevy biffle's Ford Newman's dodge bushes Toyota then Casey Mears Tony Stewart Kurt Busch Dale Earnhardt jr. Kasey Kahne and Reed Sorenson the top ten and they will not have to deal lap down cars this is what we call a a damn finger restart listen kid laps to go they'll stay single file to about turn one that's about all
it'll last eight laps 20 miles to decide the

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500 yeah putter start playing some serious defense boys pure up front they're going to be coming after you and Jeff Burton's the man up front Richard Peddie has often said the best you can do is put yourself in a position to win circumstances dictate the outcome here we go be good restart on st. count Bush is laid back there a little bit guys watching come off turn two here now I'm gonna get a whale of a run down the back
Ares cons he's coming casey mears not quite close enough to get Bush much of a push but they got strung out pretty good on that starch there pretty good job on Burton's part County snookered him just a little bit Casey Mears has Tony Stewart with him and Tony got a great push if you can believe this from Kurt Busch in the 2 car going through one and two and a great run down the back straightaway and we've been talking about Kurt Busch so he said I had a bad week he snake bit here he
is running seventh and a shot at winning this thing in a rear view mirror full of Dale Earnhardt jr. seven to go Roger Penske has won 14 Indianapolis 500 never the

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500 but he has two cars in the top ten right now winning Kurt Busch and Riley this season he put up a fight he just said this caps coming I better get out of his way man goes into the first turn run afford come down the first to a second turn the lead and Mike you've been saying it all week the Pete Hamilton possibly of
this race how about that Casey Mears up there in that five car he's about the only shot that Hendrick has with the exception of Dale Earnhardt jr. in the 88 yeah don't count him out either Stewart to the high side he's looking for that orange car up there he gets to that orange car look out that's his buddy Tony there Dewey jr. and Stewart now nose to tail come on fishby pot enough here they come Jeff Burton can do is protect the bottom of the racetrack Oh work hard in the wall
it's the five car Casey Mears he got a little tap going into one up in the wall caution come for the third time in ten laps the caution waves and we had two cautions in the first hundred sixty laps now we've had five in about the last 25 laps the right sides down on the young driver from Bakersfield California whose uncle Rick won the Indy 500 four times whose dad Roger raced it Indian was a great off-road star that is a shame let's see what happens here I know the 88 in 220
we're coming fast here it is from the Goodyear blimp there's a 20 up on the outside the orange car and he's got Dale jr. right on his tail they come across the start/finish line hit it down here for one and this is where our trouble starts Casey tried to move over to block Tony Gotti and it's almost like Kasey was watching the 18 car the 18 car started making that move in case he says hey I'm going with him one of the things that guys say about this new car is it's hard
to block because the closing rate is so fast Ramirez had enough time to get up there but they were complete he's hard to fast he's waited too long he should have hopped over there when he knew they were coming he should have hopped over now that's not saying it's okay to wrecking but he should have moved over quicker and that way he wouldn't a guy trick from Jeff Burton's onboard camera and now from Dale jr. Francophonie you go low go low one inside one inside there keep
digging keep digging Tony Stewart absolutely nothing wrong just end in the blink of an eye that's how quickly you can go from chance to win to end the wall and in the garage no free pass because we're inside of ten laps to go and we will get a restart with a couple of laps to go this race is scheduled for 200 laps if we're under caution then we will go into overdrive a green white checkered flag finish unless the caution comes out in which case the race is over and what mike is
talking about overdrive is like over time we'll run extra laps a green white checker no matter where we are the last three

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500s have been decided with a green white checkered finish you think this is exciting tune in next week when NASCAR goes California dreamin Friday it's all on speed Sprint Cup practice wraps the front qualifying and Sprint Cup qualifying Saturday the Craftsman Truck Series is on Fox and more Sprint Cup practice next Sunday NASCAR raceday on speed and Victory
Lane bracket the Auto Club 500 powered by news right here on Fox I get to do the truck race next week with the Rick Allen Phil Parsons looking forward to that should be a lot of fun or they had a fiery crash here to open their season PJ Jones climbing out okay but a couple of bad wrecks in that one yeah another exciting finish - you saw our starter the flagman with Donna one finger down that's what we talked about down finger restart there's the owner of that 31 car Richard Childress
he's been to Victory Lane twice in the

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500 but Dale Earnhardt senior 10 years ago Kevin Harvick Darrell everybody's misfortune in this case Casey Mears is somebody's good fortune was that caution flag a break for Jeff Burton or is he now a sitting duck on this restart the closer that 18 18s on his back bumper now and his teammate 20 right there with him plus a drafting buddy in Dale jr. I'd say he's a sitting duck Bush's crew chief Steve Addington looking for his
first win as a Sprint Cup crew chief Kyle Busch has led 86 of the 196 laps today more than twice as many as any other driver this is Jeff Burton's 15th

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500 he was the runner-up in 2000 and finished third last year trying to win it for the first time can you imagine the excitement of any of these drivers that's gonna get the win the 50th running of the

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500 that's one we'll never forget and how about the toyota in second a foreign nameplate has only won once in the
entire history of what is now the Sprint Cup Series now it's back in nineteen in their home ready hey DW nobody sitting back here watchin where these things kind of shake it out this is what I think is going to happen 31 takes off 18 goes to the inside he thinks his teammate team Tony Stewart's gonna come with him Tony fakes and goes to the outside brings the 12 and 88 he goes to the lead and then we're gonna have ourself Donnybrook all the way down to the end you know I might say
that you were right Jeff except I like the way Tony Stewart was talking to Kurt there or a Kyle there just a minute ago when they were they were real calm and they had a plan and I think they'll stick to it yeah I want to see that plan in the end every man for himself Tony Stewart Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch told me earlier this week they will work together until one lap to go Corey Stewart trying to time the start there Kyle push all those Forks with that out-of-bounds line that yellow line is
out of bounds we'll see what happens here Jeff Burton's in the middle with no help and Dale jr. hooks up with the man who's been fastest here all day Kyle Busch Stewart's got hurt he got help from Ryan Newman and how about Kurt Busch that two cars Roger Penske has never had a one-two finish in a Sprint Cup race and he's never wanted

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in the desert I guess we're clean on the 18 I was a little bit worried about that pass he tried to make well he gave all those
positions back Darrell anything that he might have gained he has backed off and given back so now he's okay for these two laps to go and then how about these suspects at the front of the field right here no surprise Tony Stewart but look at riding them and in Kurt Busch and how about Reed Sorenson in at 41 car two laps to go but it's not over so come on oh me yeah don't cast a check yet this is Tony Stewart's 10th

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500 and already people are lining up saying are you ever
going to win it tell tonight be the night what's going to be interesting what's the High Line remember here go Kevin Harvick on the high side watch that High Line boy nobody's that will nobody really wants to go with the 18 right here they also would be working against him but if he can ever get there look out coming little push from Newman and cover coming that's Kyle Busch to Stewart boom dodges two Toyota's for the winds strap down this big TV she's gonna go for a ride
here we come white flag bail lap one to go Stewart's got the gig Stuart's got a great car no question about that it's just a murder market if Kurt can get a little help and I'm jump to the high side tony stewart blocks 'i'm here comes Kyle Busch on the bottom Oh Toyota drag race down the back Toyota drag race teammates Newman was trying to get help from the other blue Dodge now he's got it Toyota on the inside lane dodge on the outside lane who's gonna win it
it's going to come all the way to the where here they go into turn three teammates working together 20 18 to 12 12 is gonna win this race I don't believe they can catch you back to the line for Penske 500 way to go God way to go Roger better be who first restrictor-plate winning his first one to finish and done it in style man one two hello Newman I have to give you man I get credit on that one it is the 125th try for Penske Racing sad but great job to win a restrictor plate race
they've done it you know how you know what I really like and that tells me how good this race car is they didn't wreck no hey hey lead all over each other they tried but they did not wreck in this group they have not been to Victory Lane since 2005 away from Bobby Labonte as he pulled alongside tears of joy that's why and his wife Chrissy man I love it oh my god and you know who I'm happy for they put Lord Macaulay over here with Ryan Newman boy was Kurt Busch's crew chief
last year his wife Amy cooks sick with cancer he took a leave of absence here he has the winning deck total 500 now buddy that'll warm be hard if I can hear today he's a sweet guy from the final restart what in the world the inside of his car there was mr. average smoke-filled room boardroom I've seen burnout said I've never seen one quite like that last year the

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500 winner was sixth with half a lap to go here's the restart Newman is forth with no drafting help Kurt
Busch his two cars behind him the Toyotas go this way in that and Kyle Busch has to backup to avoid getting a yellow line penalty that takes him out of play so now it's Stewart's Toyota trying to hold off the two dodges and and junior went down to go with occurred in her with colony just could go because he had to back up so Kurt Busch gets right up against the bumper of his teammate Ryan Newman and here they come this is the move it surprised me I thought those two Toyotas would be on I
didn't think he'd get by them but those guys blew right bound they had that run off turn to the bump draft and help from Reed sword look a little Reed up in there top five for him Larry what did we say about the dodges all week long that they had some good race car well I want you to look at the top Deena six of the top a first second five six seven and eight Dale Earnhardt jr. finished ninth and Jeff Burton got kicked all the way back to 13th for Roger Penske Walt Czarnecki Don Miller
and all the folks at Penske Racing South Elio Castroneves their IndyCar racing teammate the suite next door this is a great night he's going to have to dance with Newman now the Penske number 12 is the fourth Dodge to visit Victory Lane in the

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500 and dick Berggren is there to greet the 32nd different winner of the great American race right it's been more than two years since you've been to Victory Lane and here you are at victory lane of the biggest race of the year
how'd you do it with Kurt Busch and Penske Racing I mean without without Kurt there was no way possible I gotta thank him he couldn't made it three wide and he was the best teammate ever there and thank him our Auto dodge was awesome we gotta think mobile code I get all the sponsors sitting before I forget but this is a great effort my dad's spotting for me my grandpa upstairs you know just there's so many great people here my grandmother's here today these guys on the team
they deserve it for sure and Roger Penske the organization were they're celebrating backyard mores know you've had several minutes since the drop of that checkered flag to think things over what has gone through your mind in those several minutes that is dad daddy tears Chrissy was in tears one a moment yeah it's it's awesome my wife Chrissy my dad's here and just all the great people I mean we're a family and getting this hotel dajin Victory Lane was awesome and look
again put it down without Kurt Busch Tony blocked me hard thankfully he had he thought he had Kyle to help push him and Kurt pushed me man we just stuck together and it was just awesome congratulations what a race to win let's go to Krista voda Tony Stewart had a great car it was a great finish but I have to believe the disappointment of coming so close kind of outweighs everything else right now is that true that's probably a pretty good grip feels Krista I mean I don't think too
many people will go take the white flag and like finish in third but proud of her guys I mean we just we tried to win a

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500 so it's all I can say second the bud shootout second in the duel second in the Nationwide race and then a dramatic finish this was unbelievable you know we just kept our head down we had a car that was capable of a top ten but it was gonna be tough to break through and win and at least we finished second and push the teammate to a win I felt emotional crossing
the start/finish line having a Penske one - to see Newman break his drought and to drive into Victory Lane I'm excited for that I'm excited for the small part of helping him win and for us to finish second no worries you know we didn't have a car I didn't think to win and so the Alltel team did great our Miller Lite Dodge team did excellent to come back from 43rd a couple times and this was a great

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500 for Penske Racing now when you back it up a little later on tonight
and you watch it back in your motorhome work home and you watch the final lap and a half can you give us your perspective and what it was like in the cockpit seeing the whole chess match unfold you know I had the nine behind us to 41 behind us the dodges were up top the 19 was there as well and if Newman stayed on the bottom to go with the 20 I believe the Miller Lite dodge could have won that race if he pulled back up which he did I was gonna pass his rear bumper in and push him to the wind
unbelievable at the end you fight for 490 miles to position yourself and we had four fresh tires we had track position and we had a big heart today and it was emotional cross to the start/finish line push into him and I felt great a one-two finish for the captain Roger Penske what a way to start

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well Kyle you had a fabulous race car talk about what happened on the last restart those guys like back and you know that's normally not allowed so I don't know what the what the protocol is
on that stuff but I tried to get back there a little bit more to get back with them and they just had a head of steam coming and I pulled down low to go around the 31 and luckily I was I didn't get busted for going below the yellow line so I got force down there and just cut my foot in it you know Casey came with me there and helped me out and propelled us up to the the fourth place finish that we got you know and there on that last lap Stewart had a chance to go high to block the 12 and a 2
but they just had such a big run I think he knew it wasn't going to be a waste of time but you know you stay down there with us to try to get us to get together in order to push up through there but you know I just didn't have a big enough help from behind there with Casey to get up to the job complex and a driver who is down here pretty much all smiles is reed sorenson you had a great car really all of speed week to finish fifth in the

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500 the 50th running how does that feel
feels pretty good it's not quite a win but it feels pretty close everybody on the target team including the guys back at the shop they've done a great job getting these new cars ready and it's been good the past few weeks we ran good in the shootout good in the duels and ran good tonight and our strategy was to take it easy there at the beginning and come along there at the end and that's what we did and luckily we got some pushes from some of the Dodge guys out there helped us
out and I'm just real proud of everybody on the team and definitely excited and hopefully this gained some momentum to go on the rest of season he started fifth finished fifth and made a huge statement for

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dick Ryan Newman's father Greg has helped his entire career all the way from the beginning dad has been there was just a goal all along yes it was by all needs what does this mean to you what he said he was gonna be a race car driver II when he was eight and a half he has now
become the race car driver he said he wanted to be you did a good job with him and Krissie Newman the wife you have been on top of the war wagon for all of these races and now here you are in victory lane at the

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500 what are your emotions shaking and crying I'm just really proud of Ryan and this team they really worked hard and I'm excited for these guys there have been a lot of Tears tears of joy in this pit Steve John Steve Byrnes well Dale Eric junior top ten finish and your
first points race with Hendrick Motorsports overall the good speed weeks talk about tonight yeah it was we didn't obviously have enough car there most today but we ran way I'm real proud of my team real proud of the effort that we had this week and I got to thank them because it's been a it's been great for me I've enjoyed this so much and the crew deserves a lot of credit the motor guys the fabricators we we struggled a little bit today just trying to get good and get great
but we got pretty good near the end of the race I made a lot of poor choices and where to take my runs and what to do with them nobody really wanted to help anybody and I didn't either you know you get runs you go so it's just congratulations to Ryan and Penske Ryan's a hard racer surely deserves what he's buddy got tonight and we're pretty proud we're gonna build on this it's a great finish for us to start the season and I think we're gonna have a lot of fun this
year see at California next week yes sir as a team owner Roger Penske won the Indianapolis 500 14 times he had never won the

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500 what does he she got a Hendrick hat on I talked to record her that's have you been in the winner's circle so many times if we win will you give me your head so he was the first one down here so I thanked him and what a great day for our teams and to see the hotel Dodge come through and Newman we've been working here for many years and certainly Kirk
the teamwork was just unbelievable but it's a big day in our life for our whole team congratulations to you Roger saw Sam Hornish in this shot came in coming over to congratulate his new teammates what a great team effort we've said all week long in

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that this year more than any other year team work would be the key and at the top of the day we said you know the fastest car doesn't always win the

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500 and here we are well and it proved out I mean you look at Ryan and
the Kurt and then you look on down there at the Abraham cars they were I don't know gathered the three of them are together and then that's what happened to Dale jr. he lost his wingmen you know Jimmy had trouble Jeff had trouble and all of a sudden he's hung out there by himself and Tony worked with his teammate and if you look at the rundown it's all about teammates that's what this car is gonna require working together with your teammate Larry a great race in a lot of you
know twists and turns to get through the 500 miles a very clean race for the first half and then as Darrell likes to say cautions bread cautions and that's the way it always works these I knew going in it was gonna be 500 miles you wouldn't win this race in the first three or 400 miles but you knew it when it got down to the end that we want to see exactly what we saw you talked about Sam Hornish great run for him finished 15th and only his second Sprint Cup start and I'm gonna give
a call to Robby Gordon made that manufacturer change about three weeks ago and Robby comes on mate and because of what we saw with this car I can't wait to get the Fontana now and another guy to ask what it's like to win the

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500 a new member to the paternity car will be in California in one week but first we have more from

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International Speedway and the 50th running of the

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500 which goes to Indiana's Ryan Newman foxsports welcomes you back to the

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the 50th running and a tender moment the father of Ryan Newman the winner here Greg Norman who started his own automotive business back in 1980 and enough success to support the family and his son and racing and an emotional moment as he said his son delivered the same promise he told him at age 8 he would be a top-notch racer and went on to win the

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500 with Jeff Hammond Chris Myers as we look at the unofficial final results and maybe Kurt Busch got the last laugh helping pushes dodge
teammate past Tony Stewart into Victory Lane oh definitely so right there we saw a lot of muscle right now by those dodges right there at the end of that race but we also saw what teammates mean to one another you know their Penske you know doing what they had to do along with Gibbs you know Tony had a shot at if he could a little bit more help again all the dodges were up there you've got to believe that everybody working together that was the difference of them finishing and winning this
race and such a historic

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500 a 30 to one long shot if you're looking at the odds in Las Vegas and that's one thing we know Jeff as much as we like to figure out the power of Hendrick Motorsports with Dale Earnhardt jr. Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Toyota in the end it was dodges who at least coming into this race not a lot of people said would be at the lead pack they hadn't shown a lot of strength all during testing I mean they basically had been behind and here in the end I mean
they started slowly but surely you know sneaking up on us sneaking up on it Reed Sorenson was a factor in the Budweiser Shootout I mean everybody's been kind of like a player but a very quiet player so when you look at the big scheme of things you say well golly how'd it work can they take down Toyota how can you outrun Hendrick well I think they pretty much showed you how you do that you do a team work you keep working on your race car and you've got to have somebody who wants it
bad enough to go up there when it counts and lay it on the line and that's what Ryan and basically his teammate Kurt Busch did I mean they laid it on the line when he County gonna be a 30 year old from South Bend Indiana with help from his crew chief who was standing by with our dick Berggren doing it and that crew chief is Roy McAuley how much of a team effort was this win well it was a really team effort with you know the twos helped the Alltel Dodge Ryan Newman the 12 team in general you
know I can't say enough for Penske Racing as a whole I didn't want to say a couple things though you know dick I've known here for a few years and I've always said when I get the big one I'm going to take your hat but first I want to say a couple things I just want to say a little my wife at home could have done this without her the team could have done this without her and my mom and dad and Ryan Newman thank you thank you very much now dick I'm gonna take your hat
congratulations Ryan McCauley I'll take yours all right thanks dick and congratulations to Roy 42 lead changes 16 different leaders and early on Kurt Busch sure heard him talk about being pushed to the back of the pack he got nudged into the grass had to work his way back to the front Jeff Ward who did get back to finish the race suspension problems took him out of the race with about 55 laps to go and then Roush Fenway Ford's getting together yeah those teammates right there the six car
of David Ragan gets loose slides different collects the 17 car of Matt Kenseth again not good sometimes when teammates get together like that Jimmie Johnson involved here former

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500 winner back-to-back championships did get back to finish on the lead lap what Boyer who last year finished upside-down on fire spinning in a rash in five bucks over the last 50 laps and a crash here as well Casey Mears bringing out a caution yeah right there you see last year's winner Kevin Harvick gets
in the back of Dave Blaney makes basically a chain reaction a lot of guys getting into one other the 22 car Dave Blaney did not finish here here's one of the wildest runs here all night long the five car Casey Mears tries to pull up in front of the 20 car of Tony Stewart Tony gets in the back ham stalks from the outside wall ends his night and ending the longest career string 81 races without a victory you see the help from Kurt Busch couple of blue dodges and Ryan Newman in the 12 car with
his father Greg spying for his grandparents here pulling into Victory Lane for his first

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500 and the celebration continues let's go back upstairs and Mike joy thanks Chris Brian Newman and team in victory lane in what is a bittersweet 50th

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500 for the sports ruling France family last year Lisa France Kennedy's husband Bruce lost in an airplane crash and last June bill France Junior who succeeded his dad the tall man bill senior as the head of NASCAR passed away while we
broadcast a race at Dover but Bill seniors dream of a great super speedway was designed to be here for generations and it and this sport will endure in the world of auto racing teamwork is a key to success and the same is true off the track that's why Fox Sports is proud to team up with Autism Speaks to make a difference in the lives of children with autism autism is a complex brain disorder that now affects 1 in 150 children but with your help we can change the future for all those who
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tire of NASCAR helping NASCAR drivers get to the finish line for over 50 years ninth time we've had a

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500 finish settled by a last lap pass and Ryan Newman etching his name in history he has definitely done that right there he has an opportunity to put his footprints as well as his signature in concrete for the Walk of Fame but probably more importantly the record books the history that was made here tonight can never be replaced or duplicated because there only be one running of the
50th eighth on the 500 and next week we have two California at California Speedway plenty of tickets still available and I think this gives us a signal Jeff all the anticipation of speed weeks and coming into this race we really don't know what to expect for sure I know but I tell you this much right now so we talked about momentum and you better watch this 12 team going to that race track next week it's going to be a great season NASCAR on Fox when we had a chance to remember names like
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