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Greg Biffle stands atop the point standings.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards turned in solid performances on Sunday at Michigan. Earnhardt Jr. came away with a fourth-place finish, which will keep him near the top of the points standings. Edwards, who took sixth, needs a series of strong performances in the season's stretch run if he wants to earn a spot in this year's Chase.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson's blown engine in the race's final laps relegated him to a very disappointing 27th at the checkers.
Here is a look at today's full results from today's race at Michigan:
1. Greg Biffle
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Marcos Ambrose
6. Carl Edwards
7. Clint Bowyer
8. Ryan Newman
9. Paul Menard
10. Martin Truex Jr.
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Sam Hornish Jr.
13. Kyle Busch
14. Jamie McMurray
15. Travis Kvapil
16. Kevin Harvick
17. Matt Kenseth
18. David Gilliland
19. Jeff Burton
20. Aric Almirola
21. David Reutimann
22. Bobby Labonte
23. David Ragan
24. Trevor Bayne
25. Landon Cassill
26. Juan Pablo Montoya
27. Jimmie Johnson
28. Jeff Gordon
29. Regan Smith
30. Kurt Busch
31. Joey Logano
32. Tony Stewart
33. TJ Bell
34. David Stremme
35. Mark Martin
36. Joe Nemechek
37. Casey Mears
38. Dave Blaney
39. Mike Skinner
40. Josh Wise
41. Scott Riggs
42. Reed Sorenson
43. Jason Leffler
Greg Biffle won Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway. It is Biffle's second win of 2012, his third win at MIS, and it gives team-owner Jack Roush his record-setting 12th victory at the track.
Brad Keselowski wound up second, ahead of Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Marcos Ambrose. Carl Edwards finished sixth, Clint Bowyer was seventh, Ryan Newman was eighth, Paul Menard ninth, and Martin Truex Jr. finished tenth.
Jimmie Johnson appeared to have the race in the bag with six laps remaining when his engine blew. It is the second-engine failure of the weekend for Johnson, who was forced to change motors during the first practice session Saturday. Despite starting at the rear of the field, Johnson drove to the front of the field and seemed destined for his first win at MIS before he went up in smoke.
Johnson joined teammate Jeff Gordon and Stewart-Haas Racing's Tony Stewart as drivers with Hendrick power who blew engines during the race.
With the win, Biffle claims a 21-point edge on Matt Kenseth.
Trevor Bayne's No. 21 Ford has blown a left-front tire to draw the caution flag with fewer than 20 laps remaining in the Pure Michigan 400.
Paul Menard, Landon Cassill, and Travis Kvapil had not yet pitted when Bayne blew the tire and smacked the wall, so they have hit the pits under the caution.
Brad Keselowski is now in the lead ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Greg Biffle. The top-10 is completed by Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch. Sam Hornish Jr., who had been in the top-10 for much of the day after not turning a single lap in the car until this afternoon due to his Nationwide Series obligations in Montreal, was forced to pit under the yellow with a vibration - likely a loose wheel - from his most-recent stop.
Keselowski is looking for what would no doubt be an emotional victory at his home race track. The Rochester Hills, MI, native got ahead of Johnson - who is seeking his first MIS win - during the cycle of pit stops much to the bewilderment to Johnson and his crew chief Chad Knaus. Keselowski's own pit boss Paul Wolfe has proven adept at strategy calls that have given his driver a better position in the running order.
An accident by Kurt Busch on lap 135 has drawn the caution flag at the Michigan International Speedway. The yellow flag now ensures that all the cars can make it to the checkered flag with one remaining pit stop. Previously, it appeared that only Brad Keselowski would be certain to make it to the end, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson right on the edge.
Now, with Busch drawing the yellow, everyone is within the window to make only one more pit stop the remainder of the afternoon.
At the yellow, Greg Biffle led the way as he seeks Roush-Fenway Racing's 12th win at Michigan. A triumph by Biffle, Matt Kenseth, or Carl Edwards would break the team's tie with the Wood Brothers for the most victories at MIS.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. assumed the lead by not pitting under the Busch caution and is shown in first ahead of Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Keselowski, and Marcos Ambrose.
Turns three and four have been Calamity Corner in today's Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
The first caution was for David Gilliland's spin off four. Then Bobby Labonte was spun while racing hard with Juan Pablo Montoya, and race leader Mark Martin wound up getting taken out as a result.
In the restart from Martin's accident, Marcos Ambrose got into Regan Smith in turn three, sending Smith into the wall and ruining his bid for a third-straight top-10 finish. Most recently, Joey Logano got a tap from Montoya and slid up the hill into the wall, then slapped the wall in the same spot a lap later to draw the caution.
Among all the carnage are some frayed tempers. Jeff Gordon launched into a profanity laced tirade directed at teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Earnhardt made a three-wide move beneath Gordon on a restart. Gordon added that he should have wrecked his Hendrick mate.
Gordon has now dropped a cylinder on his No. 24 Chevy, the same problem that befell Tony Stewart's car that carries the same Hendrick horsepower as Gordon. Gordon's teammate Jimmie Johnson had to change engines Saturday.
After 95 laps, Martin Truex Jr. holds the lead ahead of Greg Biffle, Sam Hornish Jr. - who had not turned a single lap in that car until he took the green flag today - Matt Kenseth, and Kevin Harvick.
Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya tangled as they were battling to stay on the lead lap, and race leader Mark Martin wound up being the victim. Martin's Toyota spun down onto pit road and slammed into the end of the pit wall, destroying the left-rear corner of his dominant machine. The impact actually split the oil cooler, sending all the oil flying from the car and a brief fire under the right-rear corner.
Martin, thankfully, is out of the car but his day and of course his bid for his sixth Michigan International Speedway win is over after just 64 laps, 54 of which were spent with his No. 55 out front.
Kasey Kahne, who bumped Martin in the rear to send him spinning as Martin was trying to avoid Labonte, also spun through the grass but did not appear to take much damage.
Matt Kenseth inherits the lead after the accident ahead of Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, and Clint Bowyer.
The accident occurred as drama was developing with Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who apparently has dropped a cylinder on his No. 14 Chevrolet.
Twenty years after Harry Gant - at the tender age of 52 years, seven months, and six days - set the record for the oldest driver to win a top-level NASCAR race, 53-year-old Mark Martin is looking to eclipse that mark set by NASCAR's original ageless wonder in the same event Gant won two decades ago.
After starting from the pole in the Pure Michigan 400, Martin's No. 55 Toyota has led all 30 laps thus far at the Michigan International Speedway. Matt Kenseth, Martin's former teammate at Roush-Fenway Racing - and soon to depart the team himself - runs second, followed by Martin's current teammate at Michael Waltrip Racing Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard.
Completing the top-10 in the race's early stages are Carl Edwards, in desperate need of a victory, Clint Bowyer in the third Waltrip-owned Toyota, Trevor Bayne in the famous Wood Brothers Ford, local favorite Brad Keselowski, and Jeff Gordon.
After starting from the rear of the field thanks to an engine change during Saturday's morning practice, Jimmie Johnson has already driven into the top-20 in his No. 48 Impala. Teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who crashed the same car he won with in June in the waning moments of the final practice Saturday afternoon, is shown in 26th.
There has been one caution flag thus far, for a spin on lap five by David Gilliland. GIlliland didn't hit anything, sliding harmlessly through the grass, and he has continued in the race.
NASCAR at Michigan race day is Sunday, and all of your schedules and broadcast information are right here. After Kid Rock gives the command for racers to fire up their engines, the action is set to begin just after 1 p.m. ET. The race is the Pure Michigan 400, and it's a fairly simple concept: 200 laps around Michigan's two-mile oval for a total of 400 miles. Country music singer Steve Azar will sing the National Anthem.
Mark Martin was able to secure his fourth pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan as Martin posted a lap of 199.706 mph on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will have to move to the back of the pack as his crash in Saturday's practice will force him to the 43rd position. Hendrick Motorsports was dealt another blow on Saturday as Jimmie Johnson's team made an unapproved engine change and the No. 48 will have to drop to the rear of the field instead of starting third.
Here's the updated starting lineup for Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway:
Martin Truex Jr.
Juan Pablo Montoya
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
DNQ: Stephen Leicht, JJ Yeley.
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is to duplicate his feat of winning at the Michigan International Speedway in June or Jimmie Johnson is to get his first-ever victory at the 2-mile oval, they will have to do so after starting from the rear of the field in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 due to issues in practice that befell the Hendrick Motorsports pair.
Johnson's team changed engines in his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet early on in the opening practice session. NASCAR rules dictate that teams use only one engine during a race weekend. The penalty for swapping out a motor for any reason once the car is presented for initial inspection is going to the back of the field. Johnson, the Sprint Cup point leader, had qualified third.
In a final practice that saw Johnson turn the second-fastest lap, it was Earnhardt who wound up having problems of his own. With fewer than 10 minutes remaining in the session, he got out of the groove in turn two, spun, and backed the same car he won with in June into the wall. The car sustained significant left-rear damage that forced his National Guard-sponsored team to unload its backup car. With so little time left at the time of the accident, Earnhardt obviously didn't get back onto the track. Therefore, when he takes the green flag tomorrow, he'll be turning his first laps in that car.
Greg Biffle led the session, but he had issues of his own with a vibration. His team changed the drive shaft in his Ford, rectifying the problem.
The ageless wonder has done it again.
Mark Martin claimed the pole Friday at the Michigan International Speedway, touring the 2-mile track in 36.05 seconds. It is the 55th-career pole for the 53-year-old Arkansas native, matching the car number on his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota sponsored by Atlanta-based Aaron's Sales and Leases. He'll lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Carl Edwards, clinging to his hopes of making the Chase, was second-fastest in his new Best Buy Geek Squad Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing. Jimmie Johnson, who led the practice session and therefore was the last driver to attempt a time, came up just short of the front row, turning a lap of 36.28 in his Lowe's Chevy to Edwards 36.25. Matt Kenseth was fourth in his Roush-prepared Fifth/Third Bank Fusion, while Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne - driving a new, brighter-colored paint scheme on his Farmers Insurance Impala - rounded out the top-five.
Trevor Bayne, driving the Wood Brothers' famous No. 21, was sixth-fastest, followed by Martin Truex Jr. in Waltrip's No. 56 carrying sponsorship from Atlanta-based NAPA Auto Parts. Marcos Ambrose, coming off his second-career win at Watkins Glen last week, turned the eighth fastest time in Richard Petty's No. 9 Stanley Tools Ford. Landon Cassill was ninth for BK Racing, while Paul Menard led the way for Richard Childress Racing, turning the tenth-fastest time in his family-sponsored Chevy.
June Michigan winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a disappointing 22nd in his No. 88 National Guard Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports. Kyle Busch, who won last year's race, was 23rd in his Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared No. 18 Interstate Batteries Camry.
Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson was 27th-fastest in Randy Humphrey's No. 91 Toyota, while Unadilla's David Ragan was ten spots worse in his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford.
Failing to qualify for Sunday's race are Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley.
The session was delayed briefly by an accident in the third turn by Aric Almirola, who smacked the wall in turn three in his Petty-owned No. 43 Eckrich Ford. Almirola will start 41st. Dave Blaney nearly crashed in turn one on his qualifying lap and did not complete the run.
The big winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a weekend of racing at Watkins Glen was Jimmie Johnson, who moved up three places and into the lead following his third-place finish. Greg Biffle isn't far behind in the Race for the Chase, as a sixth-place finish at Watkins Glen propelled him up one place to second, where he trails Johnson by a single point. Matt Kenseth, who finished eighth at Watkins Glen, now sits one point behind Biffle after sliding from No. 2 in the standings to No. 3.
The top 10 in the Sprint Cup standings:
Rank - Driver - Points
The complete Sprint Cup standings are available here. The two Chase wild cards are held by Kasey Kahne, currently ranked No. 11 in the standings, and Ryan Newman, who sits at No. 13.
NASCAR returns to the Michigan International Speedway, a track notorious for game-changing fuel-mileage results. Point leader Jimmie Johnson has never won at MIS, while teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the checkered flag in June.
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