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Bowyer edges Harvick, in rain-shortened Michigan 400

Fords continue domination
Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Clint Bowyer celebrates
lint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford, celebrates with the trophy after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Clint Bowyer scored on a soggy day at Michigan International Speedway, claiming Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for his second win of the season.

Bowyer’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford led eight of the 133 laps in the FireKeepers Casino 400, which was shortened from its scheduled 200-lap, 400-mile distance because of rain. Bowyer’s 10th win of his premier-series career was his first at the 2-mile track.

Bowyer took advantage of quick two-tire stop during his final trip to pit road. Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz’s call bore fruit as Bowyer held off Harvick on the final restart before rain stopped the event.

Kevin Harvick led a race-high 49 laps and finished second in Stewart-Haas’ No. 4 Ford. Pole-starter Kurt Busch led 46 laps and completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Stewart-Haas Racing, a first for the organization. Kyle Busch took fourth with Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

The race started 2 1/2 hours late because of early afternoon showers.

Kyle Larson’s hopes for a fourth straight Michigan victory were hampered by a Lap 85 spin off Turn 4.

Larson’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet skidded into the infield grass, damaging the front splitter. Larson limped home as one of the last cars on the lead lap.

Three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers -- Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin -- started at the rear of the field after issues with their splitter in pre-race inspection. All three rallied to race into the top 10, though Jones dealt with further adversity with a speeding penalty on his first pit stop.

The Monster Energy Series takes next weekend off, returning to action for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 24 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM) at Sonoma Raceway.

Results

FinStrNo.DriverTeamLapsStatus
11214Clint BowyerHaas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford133Running
244Kevin HarvickJimmy John's Ford133Running
3141Kurt BuschMonster Energy/Haas Automation Ford133Running
4318Kyle BuschM&M's Red White & Blue Toyota133Running
51521Paul MenardMenards/Jack Links Ford133Running
622Brad KeselowskiMiller Lite Ford133Running
7522Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford133Running
8912Ryan BlaneyDEX Imaging Ford133Running
9139Chase ElliottMountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet133Running
10241Jamie McMurrayMcDonald's Chevrolet133Running
11610Aric AlmirolaMobil 1 Ford133Running
121011Denny HamlinFedEx Freight Toyota133Running
131424William Byron #Liberty University Chevrolet133Running
14163Austin DillonDow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet133Running
15820Erik JonesDeWalt Toyota133Running
162188Alex BowmanNationwide Chevrolet133Running
172547AJ AllmendingerKroger ClickList Chevrolet133Running
181778Martin Truex Jr.Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota133Running
192843Bubba Wallace #Meijer Chevrolet133Running
202048Jimmie JohnsonLowe's for Pros Chevrolet133Running
213113Ty DillonTwisted Tea Chevrolet133Running
221131Ryan NewmanOkuma Chevrolet133Running
232995Kasey KahneChevy Accessories Chevrolet133Running
241837Chris BuescherScott Comfort Plus Chevrolet133Running
252334Michael McDowellDockside Logistics Ford133Running
263315Ross Chastain(i)FlightPath International Chevrolet133Running
273272Corey LaJoieZomongo Chevrolet133Running
282642Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank Chevrolet133Running
29717Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Fastenal Ford133Running
302219Daniel SuarezARRIS Toyota132Running
313423Gray GauldingToyota132Running
323600Landon CassillStar Com Fiber Chevrolet132Running
33196Matt KensethWyndham Rewards Ford132Running
34377* DJ KenningtonAPC Chevrolet132Running
353866* Timmy Hill(i)MBM Motorsports/CrashClaimsR.us Toyota132Running
363032Matt DiBenedettoCan-Am/Wholey Ford131Running
373551BJ McLeod(i)Prefund Capital Chevrolet131Running
382738David RaganMDS Tranpsort Ford35Accident
393999* Garrett Smithley(i)Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chevrolet1Transmission

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