NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 2013: Live Results, Updates and Reaction

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 18:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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After a race at Michigan International Speedway that was filled with cautions, Joey Logano managed to save enough fuel to get his first win of the season, and his first win as a driver for Penske Racing!

There were several drivers who ran strong today, from Dale Jr to Greg Biffle.

However, tires seemed to be a major issue throughout the day with drivers spinning out and hitting the wall as tires would go flat.

Tires were also part of the strategy in pit road. Crew chiefs gambled on taking two tires instead of four, in favor of track position. A driver could go from running up in the front to running back in 15th, and wouldn't be able to get back into the top 10 because of all the traffic.

More importantly though, Joey Logano's win at Michigan shakes up the wild card spots for the Chase. Logano is now a contender for one of the two wild card positions, and if he can continue to run well in the last three remaining races of the season, he could make the Chase.

Other drivers like Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch continue to make strides to grab a post season spot, while drivers like Jeff Gordon continue to slip.

And while it seems as though Jimmie Johnson is a strong contender at every track NASCAR goes to, his bad luck at Michigan continued as he blew his engine and saw his day end early.

There are three races left until the Chase, and the standings continue to change as more drivers make a push for the post season.

Make sure to join us here at the Bleacher Report next weekend as we cover the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.


Winner at Michigan: Joey Logano