Posts tagged: Michigan

Aug 22 2007

Kurt Busch Wins in Michigan

I didn’t get to see the race myself, although I did get to see a few laps of it at lunch, so not much commentary from me this week. Kurt Busch won for the second time in three races, and won the first ever race run on a Tuesday, while helping himself in the points chase all at the same time.

Busch, who didn’t take his first lead until Lap 101 and wound up leading four times for 92 laps, beat Truex to the finish by 0.495 seconds — about eight car lengths on the high-banked, 2-mile oval.

There were two cautions in the last 13 laps and Busch stayed on track with worn tires while some of the cars chasing him pitted for fresh rubber. But he made two perfect restarts.

“It was tough,” Busch said. “You know, I’ve got to thank the fans who stuck it out on a Tuesday to see a green-white-checker [finish]. We put it on for them here at the end, all the restarts, all of the guys on different strategy, it really was a tough, hard-fought win.”

Reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Dave Blaney, June race winner Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart, last week’s winner on the road course at Watkins Glen. Source: Busch withstands charge from Truex Jr. for Mich. win

Kurt Busch is now 163 points in front of 13th place Dale Earnhardt Jr. and looks like he will probably make the Chase for the Cup this year.

Here is how they finished:

1 15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 195/10 203 Running 190,108
2 14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 170/0 203 Running 151,245
3 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 170/5 203 Running 175,761
4 21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 165/5 203 Running 152,491
5 8 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 155/0 203 Running 109,650
6 17 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 150/0 203 Running 114,433
7 13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 146/0 203 Running 93,150
8 18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 147/5 203 Running 82,925
9 4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 138/0 203 Running 120,036
10 35 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 134/0 203 Running 135,411
11 29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 130/0 203 Running 94,625
12 39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 132/5 203 Running 121,508
13 6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 124/0 203 Running 94,350
14 19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 121/0 203 Running 114,891
15 28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 118/0 203 Running 124,336
16 34 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 120/5 203 Running 110,150
17 9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 112/0 203 Running 85,625
18 25 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 109/0 203 Running 117,200
19 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 111/5 203 Running 97,225
20 27 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 108/5 203 Running 76,500
21 20 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 100/0 202 Running 76,125
22 40 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 97/0 202 Running 99,983
23 12 00 David Reutimann Toyota Dominos.com 94/0 202 Running 87,108
24 30 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 96/5 202 Running 75,300
25 31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 88/0 202 Running 103,333
26 26 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 85/0 202 Running 109,100
27 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 87/5 202 Running 135,236
28 24 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 79/0 202 Running 101,264
29 41 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 76/0 202 Running 73,775
30 36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 73/0 202 Running 82,400
31 3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 70/0 201 Running 117,841
32 5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 67/0 201 Running 91,745
33 22 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 64/0 201 Running 104,808
34 37 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 61/0 201 Running 78,225
35 23 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 58/0 201 Running 89,289
36 43 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper – Valvoline 55/0 201 Running 78,025
37 16 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 52/0 201 Running 81,633
38 33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 49/0 200 Running 87,422
39 38 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 46/0 167 Oil Pump 69,825
40 11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 43/0 135 Running 69,775
41 42 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 40/0 134 Running 69,725
42 10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 37/0 101 Oil Pump 77,665
43 32 208 Joe Nemechek Dodge E&M Motorsports 34/0 92 Accident 68,724

Aug 20 2007

Rain Delayed Michigan Race Still Delayed

They still have not gotten the race at Michigan underway, they are currently trying to dry the track and have said they will try all the way up until Wednesday to get this race in as it will mess up the Chase entirely if they have to come back to it latter in the season.

Update: Just as soon as I posted this entry, they announced the race will start at 10am tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th of August.

NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said the series would work to get the race in this week — perhaps going even as late as Wednesday if necessary — to avoid returning to Michigan later in the year. If more rain were to force the event to be pushed back until later in the season, it would alter the entire dynamic of the Chase.

The Chase participants, Poston said, are decided by rule after the season’s 26th event. If weather precludes the Michigan race from being run this week, it would be rescheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving. That would mean the Chase drivers would be decided not Sept. 8 at Richmond, but Sept. 16 at New Hampshire. And the championship would be decided not at Homestead on Nov. 18, but the next weekend back in Michigan.

The last Cup race to be postponed on consecutive days was the 1997 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Originally scheduled for Sunday, April 27, rain forced postponement until Monday. Then more showers forced NASCAR officials to reschedule the race for the following week, in order to allow teams to free up their haulers for a cross-country trip to Sonoma. The race was finally run on Saturday, May 10 — Mother’s Day weekend. Source: Rainy weather continues to plague Cup race at Mich.

This is the fourth rain delayed race of the season, joining Dover, Richmond and Darlington, the race in Pocono had passed the half way point so it was considered done when they called it.

Aug 17 2007

Jeff Gordon Claims Pole in Michigan

Jeff Gordon qualified last in Michigan today and made the best of it, with a top speed of 189.026 and a time of 38.090. This is his ninth pole of the season, three of which were rain outs, he has an average finish here of 10th, has won twice and has 15 top fives. Another good stat, this season he hasn’t finished worse than 9th, one time, and the rest are top fives with two wins, Phoenix and Talladega. Would be a nice time to get another 10 bonus points, but, in the end, I don’t think it will matter, Tony and Johnson will both come strong, but Gordon has been stronger all year long.

Gordon had to wait a little more than two hours after drawing the last spot in the qualifying line. But the current Nextel Cup points leader said that waiting — as frustrating as it can be — can also be an advantage.

“The biggest thing is you get the opportunity to watch everybody, listen to what they have to say on their radios and talk with your teammates to find out what they think about their qualifying runs,” he explained. “I knew I had to pick up about six-tenths [of a second] from what we ran in practice and I could hardly believe we got it.

“We’ve had a few surprises this year in qualifying, but this is probably the biggest.”

Asked if having Letarte back made the difference, Gordon said, “I think that Steve just brings a little something special. He’s the guy who’s gotten us into the situation, leading the points, winning four races and qualified for the Chase.” Source: Gordon saves the last for best, takes Michigan pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 189.026 38.090 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 188.684 38.159 -0.069
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.516 38.193 -0.103
4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 188.132 38.271 -0.181
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.024 38.293 -0.203
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 187.882 38.322 -0.232
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.877 38.323 -0.233
8 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 187.373 38.426 -0.336
9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.344 38.432 -0.342
10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.246 38.452 -0.362
11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.042 38.494 -0.404
12 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 186.848 38.534 -0.444
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 186.780 38.548 -0.458
14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.746 38.555 -0.465
15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.577 38.590 -0.500
16 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 186.446 38.617 -0.527
17 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.393 38.628 -0.538
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.239 38.660 -0.570
19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 186.225 38.663 -0.573
20 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 186.215 38.665 -0.575
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 186.181 38.672 -0.582
22 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 186.167 38.675 -0.585
23 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 186.124 38.684 -0.594
24 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 185.946 38.721 -0.631
25 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 185.888 38.733 -0.643
26 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.807 38.750 -0.660
27 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 185.591 38.795 -0.705
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 185.428 38.829 -0.739
29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 185.428 38.829 -0.739
30 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 185.366 38.842 -0.752
31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 185.338 38.848 -0.758
32 208 Joe Nemechek Dodge E&M Motorsports 185.319 38.852 -0.762
33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 185.061 38.906 -0.816
34 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 184.947 38.930 -0.840
35 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 184.800 38.961 -0.871
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 184.791 38.963 -0.873
37 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 184.611 39.001 -0.911
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 184.450 39.035 -0.945
39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 184.421 39.041 -0.951
40 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 184.327 39.061 -0.971
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 183.641 39.207 -1.117
42 45 Chad McCumbee+ Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 180.582 39.871 -1.781
43 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper – Valvoline 184.672 38.988 -0.898

Did Not Qualify

44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 184.398 39.046 -0.956
45 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 184.063 39.117 -1.027
46 78 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 183.744 39.185 -1.095
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 183.580 39.220 -1.130
48 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 183.248 39.291 -1.201

Dale Jarret not making it kind of surprises me, he usually runs well here, I guess the big difference for him is the Toyota, but that has been the case all year long. He has won here four times, with 15 top fives and 20 top tens.

Jun 20 2007

Videos from the Citizens Bank 400

Here are some really good racing videos from the Nascar race at Michigan International Speedway, the Citizens Bank 400. Make sure you watch the recap video from bumpstop3 on Youtube, he makes a pretty good little video.

Jun 18 2007

Carl Edwards Wins in Michigan

Carl Edwards won the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, ending a 52 race drought, and if you watched the race, you saw him cutting the facial hair of a crew member who had decided no to cut it until they won again. Poor guy. Bet he never makes that bet again and I bet his wife/girl friend is happy as well. Hard to believe that this is just his fifth cup win, he has been running up front and finishing well for awhile, just had not been able to put it in victory lane.

It was, as Edwards handily beat Truex to the line to grab his first win since Nov. 11, 2005, at Texas. He celebrated his fifth career Nextel Cup win with his trademark back flip off the window ledge of his car.

He then gleefully took a pair of scissors to team member Tom Giacchi’s shaggy beard, clipping off a chunk of hair that had been growing since the two vowed in late 2005 that Giacchi wouldn’t shave until Edwards’ next win (watch video).

The victory gave car owner Jack Roush his second win of the season — first since Matt Kenseth won Feb. 25 at California — and temporarily snapped Hendrick Motorsports’ season-long domination. Hendrick cars have won 10 of the 15 races this season.

Roush, who lives in nearby Livonia, makes winning at Michigan a priority for all his drivers and he celebrated twice this weekend — Travis Kvapil also won the Truck Series race Saturday. Source: Edwards wins at Michigan ending 52-race drought

Michael Waltrip finally had a good day this season, finishing in the tenth spot in only his third race of the year. Martin Truex Jr. continued his good run streak of late, finishing in the second position with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing in fifth, and both drivers congratulating their teams. Tony Stewart started in 41st, dropped back to 43rd and promptly marched up through the field to finish in the third position, Casey Mears also continued his strong runs of late, finishing in 4th, the highest for a Hendrick driver during this race. Jimmie Johnson was running in was in third but ran out of gas with 7 laps to go. Jeff Gordon added another top 10 to his list this season finishing in 9th position, the last car on the lead lap, and extended his points lead to 264.

Here is how they finished:

1 12 99 Carl Edwards
2 8 1 Martin Truex Jr.
3 41 20 Tony Stewart
4 13 25 Casey Mears
5 23 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6 3 5 Kyle Busch
7 19 29 Kevin Harvick
8 35 26 Jamie McMurray
9 6 24 Jeff Gordon
10 18 55 Michael Waltrip
11 21 21 Bill Elliott
12 38 15 Paul Menard
13 30 7 Robby Gordon
14 7 11 Denny Hamlin
15 40 00 David Reutimann
16 11 07 Clint Bowyer
17 20 38 David Gilliland
18 17 22 Dave Blaney
19 2 48 Jimmie Johnson
20 27 14 Sterling Marlin
21 34 6 David Ragan
22 25 88 Ricky Rudd
23 29 41 Reed Sorenson
24 9 31 Jeff Burton
25 10 2 Kurt Busch
26 28 70 Johnny Sauter
27 37 45 John Andretti
28 1 18 J.J. Yeley
29 15 01 Mark Martin
30 5 13 Joe Nemechek
31 43 84 A.J. Allmendinger
32 36 9 Kasey Kahne
33 22 10 Scott Riggs
34 31 43 Bobby Labonte
35 39 19 Elliott Sadler
36 42 66 Jeff Green
37 4 12 Ryan Newman
38 14 16 Greg Biffle
39 32 96 Tony Raines
40 24 40 David Stremme
41 16 83 Brian Vickers
42 26 17 Matt Kenseth
43 33 42 Juan Montoya

Jun 15 2007

J.J. Yeley Wins Pole in Michigan

J.J. Yeley has the pole for the race at Michigan International Speedway, the Citizens Bank 400. This is J.J.’s first pole of his career and is kind of surprising by looking at his numbers in Michigan, he finished 40th in his first Cup race there and finished 37 last year after being involved in a wreck. The intermediate tracks like this one have been his best tracks, but his average finish still isn’t the best on those at 24.2. I predict he won’t win this race.

Michael Waltrip qualified for his third race of the year, and will be starting in 18th position. Of the top ten, only two were Dodges, both of the Penske cars of Ryan Newman, starting 4th, and Kurt Busch, starting 10th, the rest were Chevy’s. Of the Hendrick cars, three are starting in the top ten, Jimmie Johnson starts 2nd, Kyle Busch starts 3rd and Jeff Gordon starts in 6th and Casey Mears is starting in the 13th position. Joe Nemechek is the lone standout you wouldn’t expect to start up front, and he is starting in the 5th position, lets just hope he doesn’t wreck Jeff on the first lap, hehe. Sorry Joe.

The fastest Ford was Carl Edwards in 12th starting position, with Greg Biffle in 14th, the surprise for me was Matt Kenseth, who usually runs really well here, starting in 26th position, but, I have no doubts he will be running up front at the end. Tony Stewart took a provisional starting position in 43rd, and knowing ol Smoke, he will be running up front at the end, unless he gets into it with some driver holding him up along the way. Brian Vickers had the fastest Toyota and is starting in the 16th position.

Here is how they qualified for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway:

1 18 J.J. Yeley
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 5 Kyle Busch
4 12 Ryan Newman
5 13 Joe Nemechek
6 24 Jeff Gordon
7 11 Denny Hamlin
8 1 Martin Truex Jr.
9 31 Jeff Burton
10 2 Kurt Busch
11 07 Clint Bowyer
12 99 Carl Edwards
13 25 Casey Mears
14 16 Greg Biffle
15 01 Mark Martin
16 83 Brian Vickers
17 22 Dave Blaney
18 55 Michael Waltrip
19 29 Kevin Harvick
20 38 David Gilliland
21 21 Bill Elliott
22 10 Scott Riggs
23 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
24 40 David Stremme
25 88 Ricky Rudd
26 17 Matt Kenseth
27 14 Sterling Marlin
28 70 Johnny Sauter
29 41 Reed Sorenson
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 43 Bobby Labonte
32 96 Tony Raines
33 42 Juan Montoya
34 6 David Ragan
35 26 Jamie McMurray
36 9 Kasey Kahne
37 45 John Andretti
38 15 Paul Menard
39 19 Elliott Sadler
40 00 David Reutimann
41 84 A.J. Allmendinger
42 44 Dale Jarrett
43 20 Tony Stewart

Those who did not make it:

44 66 Jeff Green
45 4 Ward Burton
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield
47 49 Mike Bliss
48 37 Kevin Lepage
49 78 Kenny Wallace

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