Rain-Shortened Race at Michigan Goes to Clint Bowyer
Just as it was the day before during the Xfinity race, rain was a major factor during Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Raceway. The start of Sunday's race was delayed two and a half hours by rain, then it poured with Clint Bowyer in the lead during a caution and luckily for him NASCAR officials called the race after 133 of the scheduled 200 laps.
Bowyer took the lead when his crew chief opted for two tires instead of four during the caution at the end of the 2nd Stage. Bowyer was able to hold off the rest of the field including teammate Kevin Harvick the rest of the way until a spin by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. brought out what turned out to be the final caution of the day. When the rain came it assured Bowyer his second win of the year.
Harvick came in second and pole winner Kurt Busch came in third giving Stewart-Haas Racing its first Top-3 sweep. Kyle Busch and Paul Menard completed the Top 5.
With his victory Bowyer joins Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. as multi-race winners this season. The four now have won 12 of this season's 15 races.
Cup racers take next weekend off for Father's Day. Their next race is the following week at Sonoma, California - the first of the season's two road course races.