Michigan Top Ten Starters
- Joey Logano
- Jimmie Johnson
- Denny Hamlin
- Kevin Harvick
- Chase Elliott
- Alex Bowman
- Ryan Blaney
- Jamie McMurray
- Carl Edwards
- Ryan Newman
Michigan Pre-race Notes
Alex Bowman drove the #88
Michael McDowell started in the rear of the field
Michigan Race Notes
Joey Logano who started on the pole selected the top lane. He led 24 of the opening 25 laps (Regan Smith led a lap during the competition caution).
Notable Moment: On lap #3 Chris Buescher radioed his team and said his motor was flat. His engine was down a cylinder.
Running order on lap 18: 22,4,48,88,21,11,24,1,78,42 … 5,31,20,18,14,2,19,27,3,41 … 16,6,10,47,13,15,44,43,17,7 … 23,46,83,34,95,98,34,30,55,32
Right before the competition caution came out on lap 21 Kevin Harvick really closed in on Joey Logano for the lead.
Notable Moment: On lap 26 Kyle Busch spun coming off turn 4 into the grass. He was running in the low-double digits at the time. He didn’t get any notable damage, but it did drop him a lap down.
On lap 26 Kevin Harvick took the lead and then led the next 32 laps.
Running order on lap 34: 4,11,78,22,48,88,21,24,5,27 … 19,20,1,42,14,31,16,2,13,3 … 47,41,43,15,10,17,6,7,95,46 … 23,83,44,38,98,55,32,30,18,34
On lap 38 it was reported Alex Bowman who drove the #88 was off-pace (engine problems).
Kyle Larson really liked his car on lap 39 at the bottom of the track.
While running in 2nd on lap 40 Denny Hamlin started to complain about having some electrical issues (didn’t turn out to be a major issue).
On lap 47 AJ Allmendinger started to complain about having some steering issues.
On lap 47 Kevin Harvick had a two second lead over second place Martin Truex Jr.
On lap 48 Joey Logano reported that the longer he ran the looser his car got.
Running order on lap 48: 4,78,11,48,22, 24,21,5,20,42 … 19,27,1,2,14,31,16,3,47,41 … 13,15,43,17,6,10,7,46,88,95 … 44,38,23,83,98,55,32,30,18,34
On lap 58 Martin Truex Jr. passed Kevin Harvick for the lead. Truex then led the next 7 laps.
Notable Moment: On lap 66 while leading during pit stops Truex Jr.’s team made a long timely mistake on pit road. The jack was dropped early, it was caught under his car, and he took off too soon. It caused a little aero dynamic damage to his car.
On lap 71 during green flag pit stops Keselowski really liked his car. He said he had great power and handling.
Running order on lap 72: 48,4,24,5,21,42,11,78,27,22 … 20,1,19,3,2,47,31,41,16,14 … 15,43,6,13,10,17,7,46,44,38
Running order on lap 92: 48,24,4,42,5,21,11,78,22,20 … 27,2,1,19,3,47,31,41,16,14 … 15,6,43,13,10,17,7,46,18,44 … 38,23,95,83,98,55,32,30,88,34
Running order on lap 104: 48,24,42,4,21,5,11,78,22,2 … 20,27,19,3,1,47,31,41,16,14 … 15,6,43,13,10,17,7,18,46,44 … 38,23,95,83,55,32,98,30,88,34
Notable Moment: During green flag pit stops around lap 110 Jimmie Johnson had a slow stop. He was the leader and when the pit cycle ended he was 15 seconds back.