NASCAR Race Review: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race at the Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, MI. for their fifteenth race of the season. MIS is a two mile track with lots of room for racing and traditionally has few cautions.Cale Yarborough won the very first race here.

Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are off probation and will be racing hard as usual. Greg Biffle is looking for his third win at this track. Jimmie Johnson has never won here. It’s Father’s Day here at Michigan and Johnson is now a Father. Let’s see if he can do it. Jeff Gordon won the last race at Pocono. Can he make it two wins in a row? Dale Earnhardt, Jr. hasn’t won a race in three years, since winning here. Can he break that streak?

22 Kurt Busch starts from the pole, his third in a row, with 00 David Reutimann next to him on the front row. 37 Tony Raines, 92 Brian Keselowski and 60 Mike Skinner failed to make the race.

So here we go! 22 leads from the pole. The first caution comes out on lap 7 when 48 is between two cars and spins and slides down the track, leaving him with three flat tires and a lap down. 16 Greg Biffle takes the lead. The second caution comes out when 7 Robby Gordon blows a tire and gets into the wall. 78 Regan Smith stays on the lead lap and 48 gets his back. 48 pits and has the hood up for repairs, but takes too long and goes two laps down. 14 Tony Stewart lets 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by for tenth. 39 Ryan Newman and 83 Brian Vickers battle for fifth with 99 Carl Edwards right behind.

17 Matt Kenseth gets by 22 for second, catches leader 16 and 16 lets him lead a lap before taking it back. (Team mates) Biffle had trash on his grill and was able to get rid of it when 17 led the lap. 2 Brad Keselowski starts a round of Green Flag pitting. 18 Kyle Busch and 17 trade  second place. 16 and 17 battle for the lead and 17 takes the lead. 88 and 83 race each other and 29 Kevin Harvick gets by them both. 16 and 18 battle for second.

The third caution comes out during the commercial. (I was watching TNT’s Race Buddy) 2 blows a tire. 17 drops a lug nut. 16 takes the lead. 16 and 18 battle for the lad and 18 takes his turn with the lead. There is another round of Green Flag pitting. 56 Martin Truex, Jr. misses a lug not and has to come back in to put it back on. 2 comes to his pit too fast and slides through it. He has to back up before being serviced. 29 leads. 27 Paul Menard leads.24 Jeff Gordon, 88 and 1 Jamie McMurray  race three wide. 99 gets by 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 00 David Reutimann heads to the garage to fix the carburetor.

17 catches leader 18. 17 and 16 start another round of Green Flag pitting. 4 Kasey Kahne is out of fuel and coasts to his pit stall. The fourth caution comes out before pitting is complete when 42 Juan Pablo Montoya runs out of fuel and 71 Andy Lally runs into him. 17 stays on the lead lap and 16 gets his back. 17 comes in to top off the fuel and comes out of the pits first. 17 and 18 are on the front row. 99 takes the lead. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by 17 for second.

The fifth caution comes out when 5 Mark Martin goes high on the track, forcing 88 into the wall. He cuts a tire and gets back into the wall. 43 A. J. Allmendinger gets back onto the lead lap. They go Green with five laps to go with 11 and 17 up front. 17 spins the tires. 17 and 11 battle for the lead as the White Flag comes out. 17 gets sideways and 11 Denny Hamlin wins the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. This is his first win of the season and seventeenth of his career. Eleven drivers led laps in this race. Matt Kenseth finished second with Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers finishing in the top ten.

Edwards keeps the points lead, Harvick move up two spots to second, Earnhardt, Jr. stays in third. Johnson falls three spots into fifth while Kyle Busch moves ahead of Johnson into fourth. Kenseth and Kurt Busch trade sixth and seventh. Newman moves up two spots into eighth, Hamlin moves up three spots into ninth while Bowyer drops two spots into tenth.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.

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