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Impossible to ignore Cup Series' 'Big 3 — NASCAR at MI

13 August 2018

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series heads to the fast track of Michigan International Speedway for the running of the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday. Harvick took the lead from Truex on Lap 109.

Harvick's chief Rodney Childers tweeted: "Well, I was good until I saw @KevinHarvick put Keelan in the auto". "The most important thing is winning races right now and positioning yourself for Homestead". Brad Keselowski 3. Kyle Busch 4.

Busch was strong in the June race at MI, finishing third after leading nearly 50 laps. He held the lead until a Lap 14 restart when he was passed by teammate Kyle Busch. "That's what we've been doing all year". Though he drifted outside the top 10 in the first stage, Dillon finished fifth in the second stage and steadily climbed forward during the final 70 laps.

Harvick's victory is his series-leading seventh of the season. Bowyer was declared the victor with Harvick finishing second as the race ended under caution. "I hit a piece of lead or something", Dillon said over his team radio. Harvick last won there in August of 2010. "I went into (Turn) 3 and kind of missed the corner and when I came down the straightaway it was just shaking like either the tire was unraveling or a lose wheel".

The next Cup race is Saturday, Aug. 18 - Bass Pros Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch finished second as he did in the opening stage.

After the lengthy cleanup for whatever it was that befell Ty Dillon's auto, Austin Dillon popped up somewhere he hadn't been seen much since the Daytona 500, running in the top 3. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

(12) Kurt Busch, Ford, 200. Hamlin, who started on the pole, was sixth, followed by Almirola, Ryan Newman, Keselowski and Alex Bowman. Blake Jones, Toyota, 182.315 40. Of the other 56 drivers who have started a race, only Clint Bowyer has won twice. Erik Jones, Toyota, 201.805 5.

It all makes for compelling, must-see TV and as much as Harvick, Busch and Truex Jr., a four-time victor and also member of The Big 3, may celebrate, the fans and the series are winning too. Six laps later, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott pitted for loose left-front and right-rear tires, respectively.

(13) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200. Jamie McMurray 22. AJ Allmendinger 23. Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 196.383 31. David Ragan 28. Jimmie Johnson 29. Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 195.567 32. Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 188.344 37. Gray Gaulding 34. Trevor Bayne 35.

(20) William Byron #, Chevrolet, 187. Timmy Hill 38. Ty Dillon 39.

"It's killing him that he has yet to win a Cup race on his home track", Roberts told SportsLine. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years. Margin of Victory: 3.233 Seconds.

Lead Changes: 15 among 9 drivers.

On Sunday, the team finally seemed to hit on it. Dillon proclaimed his auto as a legitimate second fastest behind Harvick's, and that he outran the Toyotas of Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. in the second half was evidence of that. By lap 93, the top three consisted of the dominant trio of Truex, Harvick, and Busch.

Hamlin's pole-winning lap was 35.504 seconds at 202.796 miles per hour.

Impossible to ignore Cup Series' 'Big 3 — NASCAR at MI