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After the 11th caution, Jeff Gordon regained the lead at the Russ Friedman 400. Watch highlights from Richmond International Raceway.
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Brought to the seventh caution of the night. And Denny Hamlin gets beat off pit road by Ryan Newman Sam hornish gets out second Mark Martin third and Kurt Busch Ford. The reason we are under caution is Dale Earnhardt junior getting into Jeff Burton at the entrance of turn three. Recap -- stops in the second here but show you what happened. You know what this looks like Mike -- -- got -- -- what happened this what the eighteen did did you 88 year. Last year. See how it looked like the 88 turn right down and ecology when he got on the brakes he got loose. It's always trying to catch the car in the thirty bombs on the outside of you don't build northern. He wanted I don't know yeah. Minor. -- -- And let's go downstairs for eighteen to erase the doubt. Yeah our thanks Mike what's to a quick recap on the highlights course we had a a race that started. After the rain it hit most of the day it pretty white checkered. Brian Vickers pole sitter. Jeff Gordon dominated most of the first 100 laps leading by a hundred branded. Really affect things -- -- supposed to start -- point two points leader coming in passes speed track favorite Denny Hamlin who has -- The most laps tonight but Carl Edwards currently running 68. And scrapping for a long time ago Marie's involved. Slipping and sliding his car when run well all night. Carl Edwards -- similarly little bit. When you get on third Jimmie Johnson won three of us forward races and running 21 since putting the trouble here in the moments ago Dale Earnhardt junior -- Jeff Burton. He's seen more around. There again you know this is the byproduct of what you see at Richmond and short track race you ask me about intensity. During the -- -- this is what you're going to be cigarette tonight this is short track race. Added fire Chris Big Bang it. -- not given take an assistant what you gonna do it here and Cruz isn't pit crews going on top of things as Martin Truex -- we cycled through Ryan Newman is hanging in there so -- Well it's it's it's incredible and it's got word. That the 88 driver Dale Earnhardt junior radio to tell. Burton's crew pay sorry about that did not mean to get in the -- at you but I guess this is saying you're sorry -- attract crisis that's part of it here any thoughts so early as we are under caution during -- ready to go green. I'm running out kind of surprised we talked about mark -- he's -- this right should not be great opportunity see exactly how strong that car is but also the 39 car he's been running better and better each each week. Gotta watch out for Stewart Haas and text to 2258 -- think is doing the fastest delivered by eighteenth -- the nation's fastest Ricci network. Thanks Chris for Ryan Newman's crew really made up. For that bad pit stop on the last caution flag. Well they learned early that two tires was good they -- with a again as -- Sam hornish junior and Martin Truex junior. For the thirty now and -- to do that Larry they love so much time on the previous thought they need to get that track position back on the way you want. They got away with -- I think -- if you're thinking the same thing I am becoming a quick -- -- to anyone knew that not only want to get back up near the looks like he wants to leave and but Truex junior at the finish line. I don't army cars on the march towards. City can get that run called back. -- Then things took off I'm -- goes back the fans. Stronger just runs like rails run around the bottom. A lot of gripping stuff satire. Really got a lot of Griffin make you know the name means. For the yellow line and it really is speaking. Now what was -- battle for the lead but this book back back I did okay and thank your 31. When he's beat and -- and smoking. That's fun but to back there yeah. Makes -- three wide with -- Ambrose on the outside and he -- an art in the 980. Wow we'll look at an unbelievable. Oh by the way Casey mears everything's okay. He's definitely laughed when he first time will -- -- are relevant. These guys here and saw but to smoke coming ideas or. The show you from Michael waltrip what happened -- -- -- Jeff -- just ahead David -- ahead of him. FC 83 car belonged to. -- -- past half way. -- we beat the rain to 200 laps of this will be an official race. How to strategy play out now that we've got a 180 laps to run. Really going to call him. Well it's a one stop race home field but what I. Twenty laps. Pretty good -- from. I think you have to come to pit road again wartime god thinks I'm not -- don't want to comfort -- we're tired -- -- can't afford to you know. Vickers Davy Gregg -- biggest -- probably. Can't hit nothing -- Vrabel victor is happening in every key issue of some guy and he he wanted to breaks up big big time. And then David rhythm and almost turned it around so he is -- hold this back come. You see. I think he's getting right now like a little run into the third turn your -- goes -- by. And -- lost Kyle Busch to spots not eighty doesn't care okay. It's -- really doesn't matter that a healthy to spot he got his message across. Don't mess with the bull. Return your writers and when that 83 it's it's -- that is not right with the I think that's what I'll do you haven't really proud of -- be -- medical area apparently move out the way on the right there's the 832 -- ago and thanks guys. They want to see Greg Biffle the sixteen car around they're just remember. They're in the twelfth and ourselves a little bit of his temper their Steve. No NASCAR I'm going to take care -- -- -- green if he can't take care -- himself. I am. Not thinking gotta admit it's not -- message delivered. Wrong with the 83 he probably should've gotten out of foul play but. He doesn't know -- that bigger -- what's wrong with the big. You can't get in the corner and he can't really get -- The -- in hitting ninth right. That's better than. Campaign and -- brilliant throughout. The top twelve when we come back here to Richmond September will make the chase. For the Sprint Cup. Terminator salvation we fight back shows you. The drivers -- on the outside looking in trying to find that their way back into the top twelve. First if you look at. The first five years -- the chase 2004 to 2000 make the numbers say 80% of those top twelve drivers that leave -- Not put up from this spring race that they're also there. In the fall. Comfort level based on the numbers to -- in the top twelve. -- the inside of twelve. Michael back kid he's one lap down in 31 Fox News. I'm having a great night. We have 24 cars on the lead lap. Out of the race my list David Dillon -- mean -- Tony Raines gun readings. While sudden Sam and all the Penske cars are having quite a good night. Sammy Morris running in seven. -- Sorry guys I was a little bit of sleep on that one. -- tell -- everything and what's going to bring that up. Jeff Hammond. Got I had an opportunity top Iraqis people for the start this right -- -- economy into free right he would grab the peacock -- it. You know Kurt Busch's late in the points but he isn't especially. Proud of what Sam points may have been accomplished the -- the fact that he's not. This without without having really good fit. It's been very difficult for him he says right now Sam is developing that confidence and he -- oh by the way David straining NN team is going to come together. Basically alcohol. He feels like this is he here we can't turn around within a bat and really right now but thirty that car when that was trying to get him more bricks game. And I'll have walker will not let it happen he's trying to run group. Runners trying to get the ball. You know Newman has a lieutenant general and his pitch and it just seems that when the National Guard caught. Comfort zone junior's car Jeff Gordon's car the army colors on Newman's car. Drivers just get -- out have been innumerable little harder and run up front there's room for Americans not just drive -- -- team -- run for. Everybody who wears the uniform. And Ryan Newman has put that army car out front about them out. Just believe there's a little private contest between Ryan Newman Tony Stewart who's going to be the first driver to win its Stewart Haas racing between those two guys. I'd take Newman tonight shouldn't happen. Ryan Newman has one short track win of his Sprint Cup career and it came up. Denny Hamlin sensitive part of new turned. And three Ryan Newman with the lead their three car lengths apart. Has asked not comment -- question for you could be answered -- and Kennedy -- dot com NASCAR challenge. All the NASCAR. I think Ryan -- drive off turn two was about all of allowing him to keep the lead when Denny Hamlin right now. The reporting is there's rain in the area. And you don't even want to see. He weather radar it is greener than the lettering on Hamlin car. We are 54 laps 53 laps away from lap 300. Between Sam hornish junior the 67 Tony Stewart fourteen. Owner of that 39 car Brad Newman lead in the race. These two teams into the -- -- thirty. -- hot dogs have been really impressive when you got him then who would ever thought that that company would turn around the way yeah. I think it just goes to show yard score. Just the drivers there's been driver changeover there there's been a lot of people changed Hamlin not thinking. It was -- that weather may be close he's going to trap but the bottom get to the answer out of random within that thirty Nen. Newman gives him planning a room on the inside but I don't think it's going to put up a lot of fight right here as Hamlin -- -- back to. The only guys that run really can't get too tired and you know it's about the point where they'll start give up a little bit and the eight. The eleven got four tires aren't there weren't going to die. No way -- together to. -- you're thinking home -- Not a long green run and you do that. And green came out Atlanta to eighteen and then. 32 laps ago. This is about where those left side -- will start to give up but it it's a very soft compound has a lot of grip and a it starts to really lose -- Martin Truex is another second back in third. Mark Martin's fourth Kurt Busch fifth and Steve Jeff Gordon got back up to six but seems to be stuck there. Can't I can't drink. I am really. Sorry and very. So he'll find me. I'll return to that last time. He's in sixth place these five seconds back of the league. One half seconds ahead of -- book. Here are the top twelve as they stand at this moment bush would retain the point. Hamlet Greg Biffle would anchor the top twelve. Terminator salvation opens everywhere first day. May 21. Would be Ryan Newman's first appearance in the top twelve at 2000 that you see as they've now he's up -- hits. But now my man Rudy -- you guys. I'm not he -- -- night like right now aided in the talking points he's running -- on the racetrack this tackles quietly about this. Every week. -- definite top again. And is hanging in the top twelve in points pretty impressive prevent teams and to be -- right now he's -- -- -- -- -- -- you know yeah I had to them that their target away. -- -- -- -- -- He is nine point eight seconds off the -- Car looks good he's been doing a nice job we have talked about it much. Kept his nose clean. They another guy that's had a good drive the night he started back in the twenty ninth position. Juan Pablo Montoya he has made his way to the top twelve as we watches that right now. For third place remember Martin Truex junior the one another one of the cars that we would just two runs not time. Arizona last stop and think we're starting to see that that's not working alone run the back of -- employee and we have the -- can't -- here this week in. Our camp practice session yesterday -- back NASCAR didn't impounding cars but there was no practice Brian -- until -- before qualifying. They changed everything. In the drive. -- -- -- Car insurance is going to slide a little further back with a two tire strategy. Has Kurt Busch. Working his way back. -- -- -- The radio several. All races ago. -- -- on the radio when nothing was going right for Kurt -- Why it's been -- He's bumper sticker. Listen -- circle with a red line going through it. With the captain on the other -- the radio Roger Penske that's not a bad idea I think. Probably got got easier for me. You know whose company brother now. I don't remember Karl was. Complain about the adjustment they made on the car and it they've gone the wrong way they may be changing I don't know what they change but it really is gone the wrong way this time. He is falling back right now he'd run examine. -- and seven seconds -- police car that looked anything like it did early on in my as far as any changes these guys may be looking forward we stay green we're about. The fifty laps away from the free blacks. 139. Laps to go -- Richmond. Denny Hamlin. In the FedEx ground number eleven Toyota of Joe Gibbs racing. Tenths of a second. The 130 laps to go here enrichment. Tonight's UPS maximum driver. Kasey -- came back to may of 2005. When Cain started on the and raced through his first career cup win. He's seven feet by the -- the win -- the off a strong. -- -- -- The score his first. -- victory here Richmond. Debris down on the inside yellow line at turn three years put us under caution now for the eighth time this evening. But Denny Hamlin leading Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Mark Martin. Sport there's piece of -- well there. That caution was a huge. Break for a lot of folks especially -- -- either he was about -- -- a lap down or maybe Gaby and the just got five beating him and just went by. He will get a free pass but there was a lot of his teammates just -- problem is way. Mets had a rough night little contact with the -- he's got travel around quite a bit. I don't get back in this thing. Perry's fans player race date payday presented by Pepsi. And you can win the same cash prize as the winning driver each race. Go to Pepsi racing dot com for details and make your picks for next week's race -- -- That's a cool confident in my a lot of money meant you. You know I really don't see a lot of strategy on this thing else in here I think we've run foreign we've still got about a 120 about. I think we'll see four tires for everybody but it'll still be a one pit stop brace after that time. Sure that's absolutely what matters I am a and the -- for penetration. Fifteenth -- fired air pressure changed to try to tight this number two car out. At 39 car Ryan Doumit four tires instead remember they want you on the previous staff air pressure changed. Two tires Steve. I'm Jeff Gordon has told Steve stockman our struggles of that I don't even know what to tell you. But what they're going to do as a met wins and it's important can use more brain game. The reds just put in the back. Your judgment that they put into this car the last time around. Good road. David -- race car has stopped on pit road. Can get up to his pit -- number driver's BC losing a lot of spots especially have -- Denny Hamlin came into the pits leading and came out eight. Because of what -- problems on the right front. We have -- -- -- -- he has pushed him. On every down back -- -- got -- I -- but they're not funny he's going to turning their -- That 24 crew they have a great pets no I think they did -- do fourth time. I think Jeff you needed to begin on that thirty if you. Newman scored Martin and the Busch Brothers on the right you'll see. Palin's pit stop. That's come along just fine. Good -- Right there might hit the front tire changer you -- one lug nut. The second one had to go after a third win. Right frontal eleven that's reason -- -- -- -- ACL that the -- started coming off pit road behind. At least he's -- they're putting -- lawn and didn't take a penalty. Maybe a slow or stop obviously but at least you can get a penalty. That's a battle for third round here between mark. -- NBA team. -- kind of the hidden behind Paul -- today -- Kyle Busch now has one. Himself. And Jeff Gordon. I love about Mark Martin people call. You make a mistake but I don't help you make one. Here comes Hamlin now he's battling Truex for sixth place pick. It wasn't ready then -- show on. They've tried different lengths of hearing they've worked on me. In the big race. Loved that -- over a quarter inch. Everybody and they were last year when we. Now what the hell looks now it takes almost double them but this new loves -- well Larry it. Consider this and I'm not sure that I understand because I was under the impression this -- since I turned my news has more friends. Greg Biffle isn't. Yeah sorry during her again I don't have come and try to get -- -- that it doesn't happen. -- -- No I haven't that was not talk to these -- were at the same landing seven more free zone. Well I I think that's what I'm describing is the -- that the experience it stimulates the threads I'm sorry I just. Because I've had a lot of people ask me how much longer this got a lot longer you know. Right front Joey MacDonald there is biffle coming down to get. On the part of the racetrack where there's traction and Madonna was already coming up the racetrack. Tree and no one won't go very well -- we've already seen you know number town tonight and going to happen. A lot tonight losing is and I. Cars will be okay. And change in the. We'll get the free pass. Precaution for the ninth time that I. 111 laps to go home. Newman Gordon Kyle Busch Mark Martin Martin Truex. -- got the free pass and here we go home and get this keep it below. A little bit more advanced and really and -- thrown in the -- sorry Jeff I did have. That almost was being Vincent was he's gonna go from second to probably outside the top five it looks like. Possibly it is advance of this you -- got a car around and in the wall and Kevin Harvick Harvick hit the ball park. Couple hundred -- Let's just hire a huge -- it was going to be one of those every start blowing so I'm going down in different or better right -- I think he should -- went in thank you -- that left rear tire -- where. But once it from contact glad he got to the corner that's a whole thing these letters -- cut electorate tired out in a heartbeat. His wife to -- -- looking not looking for the replay fear it is. Here's the restart. And Harvick on the outside the lane and about twelve cars back. Carl Edwards goes down under David Reagan and her three wide -- turn the corner Reagan shows. When he forum to heal and there goes Kyle Busch. Where is the twenty now he's back in there somewhere must've gotten some contact. Little further back. Corey comes into turn who no -- -- but the nets already have irritate the other tires down for your guess of the corner but it's got. You can tell it's been robbed on so often been up against because all the letters don't often it. There's gotta look let's not your screen as Harvick -- all -- -- got an -- I think even still he was already eligible of the yup yup yup you could see it start to smoke yeah. I happened upon -- coming off turn two -- pretty sure. You know all the bigger did not cut the tire down -- back here is back here. And Ayers were you getting your -- sit down right there. Sam -- -- junior and I'll zealots going to blow out right there. Elliott Sadler had ridden Sam hornish the race -- -- he didn't just drive up into Harvard. So most glittering chances and stick out right for all these cars if you get that thing positioned just right up against my -- tires cutting down. So hard him. Carl Edwards does get the free pass. Make Jeff Gordon had been. People began our debate team next don't have -- -- wanna spend. Let's have a look at tonight's state farm pit road spotlight. Oh personally eleven point oh right here so people entire sport -- I don't know if any other they'll that it did. I mean I gotta go to Canada want people aren't at that Bob Matta if this bad situation. Guy unedited and having had made any accountability board I gather round and out. You know now that they -- go to mild. -- gets great support from his bruised like sport. And expect from your local state farm agent like good neighbor. It's been -- there I don't know desperate. But it's not like people are very badly hit. You can -- and cut and comes out like Al Ahmed the American medal and I think it. Getting ready for the restart. Saturday. In a repeat of it pales battle last year Tampa Bay versus Boston Orioles beat the Giants dodger. World champion -- fox Saturday baseball. -- 3:30 PM a special time 3:30 eastern. 12:30 Pacific. Following this week in baseball presented by Pepsi. Check local listings for the game's start time in your area. So here's a deal you watch a baseball game grab somebody grabs on the drink in and keep -- middle fox cut will be at Darlington next Saturday night so there. -- -- -- In the answer to this and Ask.com. And and -- dot com and NASCAR challenge. That's -- company officials search engine of NASCAR. We've got to. 22 cars on the lead lap we only had two of the lead lap cars acres under this. Two of the Penske cars David streaming and Sam hornish junior come to pit road we are now. Now -- and I think that window I don't think we're finished with golf -- Random within the window that she could. Possibly make it. -- and I've been looking. This made a lot of -- if anybody sixteen lead changes among seven winners tonight. I'm Ryan Newman and a former players decided to much. Too many people around here that are in a hurry. -- downstairs at the front -- Hollywood. Ryan Newman is not in front of course Mike but it Denny Hamlin who has had his opportunities and led the most laps tonight in the last five races. But Denny has led the most laps he has. Failed to win currently running sixth -- Right front ailments Mark Phillips junior in the prime of your leader but by Kyle Busch Jeff Gordon Mark Martin. That you keep -- keep harping on something we know he's got a fast race car as well as part of that testing is again. They have an opportunity to make Ronald these guys that got to pick -- -- they gotta make it happen. And help whether he'll get the front now -- a button pushing each to get there inactive one that we might have a lot more collagen. The -- them. And for what it's worth it's been 44 resistance Ryan Newman's last -- -- we have years old -- strings coming to an end Mark Martin 97 Jim. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Ryan Newman tonight they could be run and not as well it's it's. Yeah right now is we talked about it all night long can that eighteen car. Thank you. I'm liking these super excited about last on -- -- but you know -- -- when -- -- the most he's been fast when -- can't wait camps that Kenny make it work. You know when it matters over the long haul things look right now here in 99 yeah. Simple pit road. Paula back 122 positions. And speaking of pit road let's talk about as we always says people to -- -- an AT&T. Your picks for the fastest pit crew when -- Kurt Busch. Denny Hamlin. And Kyle Busch. Also Ryan Newman has been added that correction I've learned -- have run Democrats here that guys -- -- again they've been performed pretty darn good all night long and if you text in 2258 we appreciate the vote and looking for a help. From a -- the look -- that weather out -- that can -- -- at the rate has helped so I thought our. Yeah that's one of the things that -- -- worth talking about how active and I think it anyway they get this victory -- Chris you don't Mike was talking about the army or any of the and the service on cars and have been sponsored courses that the rush Friedman 400 David has a daughter who was awarded. Two purple hearts in here to watch the race someone who served in the Marines. They've enjoyed an excellent race tonight and there are a number of servicemen and service women here complimentary tickets for NASCAR of the people this track. To enjoy the race let's rejoin -- or invite. The way -- Freeman got his name on this race in the slither your crown or Hillary sponsor is done this. Gives you write a fifty word essay on why the race should be named for you. Friedman we've mentioned received two purple hearts in Iraq. As a marine he's no longer on active duty because of his injuries. But he said I want this race in my name so I can share with everyone who wears the uniform. And I keep. Proudly gave the command to start engines. Presents the -- Friedman 400 -- back under green. Do need it makes me feel. Feel more -- 29 -- about four laps to make the repairs of that 29 car he's back in the 36 position. Point got Kyle Busch and an eighteen car to the hot that he gets packed sit in the current rate but Newman I. But underneath -- start thing. Collins got that outside man he's got that figured out he's so good on the restart and he jumped right around -- outside and Jack found. That Denny Hamlin. Took the last restart any fought its way up to six that's where he has right now. Dick but is he damage that car world. Then all the real problem was that pit stop where they dropped some lug nuts for the. We got -- a battle here in which we elated pat Ryan Newman rocket man is not going to give up to leave. He's got pulled fresh tires had a good chance now. It's been getting so hard to do. Aren't going and underneath somebody. Inning giving the -- outside you have to really. But good handling race car but this is why everybody loves this racetrack side. Even lap after lap it just doesn't get any better than an employee of a short track racing in general. -- here it's you see so much great -- Newman holds off the charge from Kyle Busch and I know Jeff Gordon he's not very happy. How many can we say -- don't worry about how good your car is just worried about how good it is compared to everybody else that's all that matters. It's like play. What do you want it don't matter to get -- once just beat the. Mark Martin underneath the left guard David Reagan trying to move up and be a part of this lead battle. Ricky Martin Truex with a behind them Hamlin has two and a half seconds off the lead. He's had the fastest car here and Hamlin has led the most laps a 148 of them. Handling car in the eleventh parties seem like it takes home a quite a few lamps for it to really come the end and be better than everyone else but yeah. Him anytime to this race and have we seen in the second. Pit stop cost us the best race call the race yeah but I think they're also the other thing. If we talked about -- on the long run we don't know the eleven -- but that may not pay off tonight. We get these cautions come and and we got a lot of heart rate going. Trouble intern -- it is Marcus Ambrose and Ambrose ground hard into the back in the wall. Penalty caution flag pin number eleven and exit. That's what we're going to see from here on out season heavy heart race and with a lot of contact. And Marcos was obvious about the top sixteen or seventeen. See what happened Marcos here. Various on the -- side probably get a little help here most likely let's see what happens. Not to politely. Just slightly. -- -- 77 yeah. And that's the thing about this at first turn on this racetrack itself wag going down of running into turn one. But she just can't make the corner when you're out that ladder and somebody on the and a. And look there's Karl there's Jamie. For a Roush cars are right packed together they all missed -- well here's what's interesting pit road is full. Cars Jeff Gordon stayed out man. 44 races at this last win Ryan Newman says the car not matter really don't know we don't want attention. I'll lose if -- fixed my career grand now helped me turn helped me turn this car better. Four tires for -- And I don't think. That the 24 cars going to be happy they stayed out there because they have not been a pit road since left in 74 and it looked like the -- everybody else. It was on pit road and man. There have been some serious race -- don't pit road tape -- there was Denny Hamlin beat that. But Jeff Gordon. Now the --