Bowyer wins rain-marred MI race

Rex Christensen
June 13, 2018

Rain halted the race not long after that, giving Bowyer his second NASCAR Cup Series win of the year. Any driver in the lead might conceivably win if rain intervened.

"You get to race against teammates like Kurt Busch and like Kevin Harvick and you see the communication side of it with the competition meetings and things like that", Bowyer said. Bowyer took only two tires - and felt that decision by crew chief Mike Bugarewicz ultimately won him the race.

"It was a gamble on his part", Bowyer said.

The penalties continue a NASCAR trend toward suspending vehicle chiefs, who often play a more hands-on role with the auto than the crew chief during a weekend. Kyle Larson's streak of MI wins ended because during stage two he spun out through the wet grass on the front stretch taring up his auto.

Harvick finished second, and pole victor Kurt Busch finished third, completing a sweep of the top three for Stewart-Haas Racing. # 6 Matt Kenseth also had an incident in stage one ending any chances for himself in the race.

Keselowski moved into the second position behind Kurt Busch on the restart as Harvick dropped to third. When we went out there on two tires, I looked in the mirror and I was so far ahead of everybody else (coming off pit road), I was like, 'Oh man, we are in trouble!' "When he slid into the pit box, I was about 50 percent sure". "We were making it back up but then the rain came". It was too late.

(7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 133.

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The race was delayed around three hours at the start because of the weather, and there had been a threat of more rain for a while before the race was finally called after 91 of the planned 125 laps.

"To be able to compete at that level (as) a championship-caliber team, you have to be able to unload week in, week out with cars capable of getting the job done", Bowyer said. "That doesn't hold any weight, but it really was. I would say this one would be tougher than any of them just looking at how fast those three guys are right now". "... Most of that is the work that's put in before the week even starts". He only had five top 5 finishes in 2014 and two top 5 finishes in 2015, his final year with MWR.

When the cars lined up to start Stage 2 after multiple pit stop strategies came into play, Kasey Kahne started up front, but Daniel Suarez spun and brought out another caution on Lap 67.

"I was a bit confused". The checkered flag was waived a lap ahead of schedule by supermodel Winnie Harlow, although the cars completed the distance and the outcome wasn't affected.

Vettel picked up the 50th win of his F1 career, his second in Montreal and the first for Ferrari at the track since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002 to '04. "To have this performance and strength across all of our teams, to win the race, it's just tremendous for all the company". Max Verstappen was third, and the other Red Bull auto, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth. The top Chevy driver is Larson, in 10th place. To finish third in a rain-shortened race, of course you want to go back racing again.

After taking the lead on the 1.5-mile Texas oval in the 248-lap race, he never gave it up.

Cole Custer finished third, followed by Ryan Reed, Paul Menard and Busch.

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