Blissful Night in Charlotte

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RacingOne report.

Mike Bliss was ahead when it counted as rain came into the area and cut short Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

The race started with a two hour delay for rain showers and ended with another bout of wet weather forcing officials to call the event thirty laps short of its scheduled distance.

That gave Bliss his second career series win and another victory for car owner James Finch and his Phoenix Racing team, coming on the heels of Brad Keselowski’s Sprint Cup Series win in Talladega last month.

The turning point came on lap 152 when Kevin Hamlin crashed bringing out the yellow flag while several of the leaders were on pit road for service.

That trapped nearly ten cars a lap down and gave Bliss the lead by nearly a lap to himself.

Brendan Gaughan was moved into second place by virtue of the free pass rule and when the rains moved in to end things a few laps later, Bliss had the win.

Mike Bliss

“We had a great, great pit strategy. We stayed out as long as we could in case something happened and it worked,” Bliss said. “Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Bliss started from the back of the 43 car field but was able to be ahead at the checkered flag to score his first series win since 2004.

“We had a great car today, I think a top-five car. This is our second motor – I blew the other one up in practice. The Hendrick power was great,” Bliss said.

Kyle Busch, who dominated most of the race before experiencing handling problems, finished third with Brian Vickers and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Jason Leffler, David Ragan, Keselowski, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards completed the first ten finishers.

Busch had put on a hard charge to get to the front of the field after being forced to start the race at the rear when his team changed engines prior to the race. By lap 41, Busch passed carl Edwards and had the lead.

He lost it on a green flag pit stop but gained it back, only to fade in the final stages when his car became loose.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Dover International Speedway next Saturday afternoon.

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~ por Mikel en 24 mayo 2009.

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