Rain delays start of Michigan Cup race

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

Brad Keselowski was sixth, Joey Logano seventh, and Ryan Blaney eighth.The lone non-Ford in that group was Toyota's Kyle Busch.

With 11 races remaining in the regular season, six drivers have clinched playoff berths with victories, leaving 10 spots still up for grabs on points.

Harvick turned a lap of 200.719 miles per hour, more than one-tenth of a second ahead of the second quickest time, which was held by three-time defending victor at Michigan Kyle Larson (200.083 mph).

After that quick pit stop, Bowyer had outside position on Harvick on the ensuing restart and was able to take the lead.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick have combined to win nine of the 14 races this year on the Cup circuit. On the pit stops, three quarters of the time I was on the inside lane, so that might have been where we were pinned down a little bit, but you have to make-do with what you have and how the chips fall.

Kurt Busch broke into the lead when the green flag finally waved and kept it until the first caution came out for competition reasons on Lap 30 as NASCAR wanted to check tire wear and other variables as is custom after rain washes a track "green" before a race.

"As the leader, you don't want to be that guy that's calling in every single second saying, 'It's pouring! It's a monsoon!'" Bowyer said.

The start of Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race is being delayed by rain. Three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers - Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones - had to start at the back because of inspection failures related to the splitter. Bowyer led only eight laps.

It is the second victory for Bowyer and his eighth top-10 finish in 2018.

"I've been on both sides of this", Harvick said. "If you are going to have racing luck work against you, you want it to at least stay on your own team".

Polesitter Kurt Busch was just a shade ahead of brother Kyle in fourth, and Paul Menard in fifth. "To finish 1-2-3 is very special".

WHO'S NOT: Kyle Larson, who had won the previous three Cup races at MI, finished 28th after spinning onto the grass during the second stage.

"Stupid mistake on my end", Larson said on his Twitter account.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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