Michigan II: Goodyear Racing race report

Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 (Race No. 23 of 36) Mich. Weather: Cloudy and cool Winner: Kurt Busch, driver of the ...

Event: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 (Race No. 23 of 36)

Mich.

Weather: Cloudy and cool

Winner: Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Dodge from Penske Racing

Top-five finishers: Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin

Race recap: Kurt Busch continued his strong charge toward NASCAR's playoff's, winning a rain-delayed race at Michigan International Speedway. For Busch, currently holding down the final transfer spot, it was his second victory in the last three races.

Originally scheduled for Sunday, the race was rained out for two straight days and was run on Tuesday morning. And while the event got off to a slow start, so did Busch. The eventual winner did not lead a lap in the first half of the 200 laps of the race, but went on to lead 92 of the final 100 to score the victory. He beat runner-up Martin Truex Jr. to the finish line by 0.495 seconds.

Overall there were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers and eight caution flags for a total of 36 laps, including a 32-minute red flag delay due to a mid-morning fog that shrouded the speedway.

With the victory, Busch solidified his hold on 12th in the championship standings. He now holds a 160-point lead over 13th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. At the top of the standings, Jeff Gordon still leads Denny Hamlin by 276 points.

Just three races remain before the playoffs begin, the next being at Bristol Motor Speedway this coming Saturday night.

Goodyear Racing quote -- Justin Fantozzi: "It was an interesting extended weekend at Michigan, with the Nextel Cup race being delayed two days due to rainy weather. Our Goodyear Eagles showed great wear and great consistency throughout, even with the race starting on a more abrasive green track washed free of rubber. Whether the race is run on Sunday or Tuesday, Goodyear Racing Eagles enable drivers to 'Get There.'"

Companion NASCAR race: The Busch Series Carfax 250 win on Saturday went to Denny Hamlin, driver of the #20 Chevrolet, after he crossed the line a lengthy 6.998 seconds ahead of Matt Kenseth. Rounding out the top five in the 125-lap event were Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle.

Hamlin, who started fifth, averaged 156.487 mph through the race that had three cautions for nine laps and 13 lead changes among six drivers. Thirteen cars finished on the lead lap.

Carl Edwards continues to lead the series points ranking, 700 ahead of closest contender Harvick.

-credit: goodyear racing

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