Local Drivers Impact Each Other at Pepsi 400

The last person LaPorte's Tony Raines expected to knock him out of the Pepsi 400 was someone from Michiana.

But that is exactly what happened Saturday night when South Bend's David Stremme bumped Raines and caused him to crash on lap 22 of the Pepsi 400 in Daytona.

Jamie McMurry edged out Kyle Busch on the final lap to win a thriller.

Meanwhile, Stremme was well on his way to his best finish of 2007. By lap 65, he was in 15th place.

By lap 100, he had pushed his way up to 4th. Fellow South Bend native Ryan Newman was running 7th at the same time.

Disaster came for Stremme with 44 laps left. Pulling out of the pits, he was drilled by Paul Menard.

Stremme had to pull back into the pits to have his car worked on. The long delay dropped him from 4th to 31st.

Stremme would battle back and finish 22nd.

Meanwhile, Newman who had been in the top-10 for most of the race, finished 14th.

The finish leaves him in 14th place in the Nextel Cup Chase Standings.

He is 61 points behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the coveted 12th position.

The top 12 drivers in the standings compete in the final 10 races of the season for the Nextel Cup Championship.


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