NASCAR Race Review: Carfax 400

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to me NASCAR blog. This week’s race review is the Carfax 400 from Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, MI. This flat 2 mile track has lots of room for racing. It usually features lots of three wide racing for position and Green Flag Pitting. And today was no different.

For today’s race, 09 is Landon Cassill, 26 is Patrick Carpentier, 07 is Robby Gordon, 34 is Tony Raines, 71 is Bobby labonte and 7 is P. J. Jones. Mike Bliss, J. J. Yeley, Scott Riggs and Casey Mears failed to Qualify.

9 Kasey Kahne starts on the pole with a speed of 187.183, with 48 Jimmy Johnson beside him on the front row. Today is 99 Carl Edwards’ 31st birthday. And Jack Roush is back at the track after suffering injuries from a plane crash. Can Carl win on his birthday? He hasn’t gone to Victory Lane since Homestead-Miami, the last race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, in 2008!

9 Kahne chooses the inside for the Green Flag, but 48 Johnson leads the first lap. 14 Tony Stewart gets by 9 for second. 17 Matt Kenseth pushes 31 Jeff Burton past 98 Paul Menard. 16 Greg Biffle and 33 Clint Bowyer battle for position. 24 Jeff Gordon is up ten spots on lap 4. 5 Mark Martin tries to slide up in front of 00 David Reutimann and gets into the wall. 16 gets by 9 for third. 43 A. J. Allmendinger  and 12 Brad Keselowski get by 5. 16 gets by 14 for second and catches leader 48. 16 goes high around 48 for the lead. 9 and 29 Kevin Harvick battle for fourth and 29 takes the position. 14 gets by 48 for second. 48 and 29 battle for third and 29 gets by. 24 has made it all the way up to fourteenth from starting 36th. 14 and 29 battle for second and 29 takes the position. 16 gets close to 7 before lapping him, to get the trash off his grill. 29 catches leader 16. 39 Ryan Newman and 18 Kyle Busch battle for seventeenth and 39 takes the spot.

On lap 31, 5 finally pits for repairs. And the first caution comes out while he is on pit road. 2 Kurt Busch blows the engine with fire and smoke. MIS is a hard track on engines, as they run too many rpm for too long. 71 Bobby Labonte gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 16 comes out of the pits first to lead. 5 takes the wave around, as he has already pitted. 24, 11 Denny Hamlin and 31 are three wide and 24 and 31 get by 11. 9 pushes 33 ahead. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya battle for fifth and 56 gets by. 18 drives under 98 Paul Menard. 9 gets by 42. 29 gets by 48. 29 races on top with 14 for second and gets by.

The second caution comes out on lap 60 for sprinkles. 34 Tony Raines gets his lap back. Everyone pits. 5 comes back in for repairs and they put tape across his damaged nose. 24 has a long stop. 18 has a great stop of 12.2 seconds.  18 gets up to second, but 14 and 29 quickly get by. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drives through the middle of 20 Joey Logano and 56 Martin Truex, Jr. 29 gets by 14 for second, but 14 drives under 29.

14 catches leader 16. 9 gets by 18 for fifth. 14 takes the lead. 33 drives by 18 for sixth. 42 pits on lap 98 to start Green Flag Pitting. 29 leads when 14 pits. After it all, 14 is back in the lead. 29 gets by 16 for second. 48 had a long stop with lug nut issues on the right front tire. 29 takes the lead. 16 is too loose and 5 is too tight. 9 gets by 33 for fourth. 24 gets by 33 and then 9. 31 gets by 18 for seventh. And there is more Green Flag Pitting.

29 is back in the lead after the round of pit stops. 31, 99, 33 are three wide for position. The third caution comes out during the commercial. 39 and 20 were racing, 20 got loose into 39 and 39 spins. Luckily, he has no damage. There were 82 Green Flag laps before the caution. 6 David Ragan gets back onto the lead lap.

24 has a tire going down and the fourth caution comes out. 31 got into 24. 31 pits before pit road is open and will have to start from the rear. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 24 comes back in for repairs. 19 Elliott Sadler, 56, 6 and 00 stay out. 56 takes the lead. 18 gets into the wall. 16 gets by 18 for tenth. 6 takes the lead. 6 and 14 battle for the lead, with 14 taking the lead.

The fifth caution comes out for debris. 39 Ryan Newman gets the free pass back onto the lead lap. 29 fakes going to the pits and stays out with leader 14. 11, 78 Regan Smith, 82 Scott Speed and 83 Reed Sorenson also stay out. 18 has a long stop for repairs. They are five wide at the restart. 29 and 11 battle for second. 47 Marcos Ambrose and 16 battle for position, with 16 getting by. 11 takes the lead. 99 gets by 6. 29 takes the lead. 11 retakes the lead. 16 pushes 99 past 42. 29 bumps leader 11 to let him know he is there and driving near the wall. 29 and 11 battle for the lead. 29 takes the lead. 16 and 17 battle for fifth. 99 and 14 battle for third and 99 takes the spot. 19 drives around 6 for tenth. 17 and 16 get by 14.

And 29 Kevin Harvick wins the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is his third win this year. He now leads the points by 293! Great job, Kevin. There were nine different leaders this race. And some say the racing at MIS is boring. Not true! This race was very exciting. I love watching racing at MIS. There’s so much room to race. If you’re trying to pass someone who is on the top, you just go below him. There are so many lines on the track to race. Edwards didn’t win on his birthday, but he did finish third. Mark Martin fell out of the top twelve and Clint Bowyer is back in.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR

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