In another exciting race toward the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship, it was Joey Logano and the No. 22 car that took the checkered flag and won the 2013 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The win helps the Penske team get closer to ensuring a spot in the championship chase and could be the shift in momentum that brings a NASCAR title to the 23-year-old driver.
Kevin Harvick earned a second-place finish, and Kurt Busch ended up finishing third. Paul Menard took home a stunning fourth-place finish, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.
Full Pure Michigan 400 Results
|11||Juan Pablo Montoya||42||Chevrolet||6|
|16||Martin Truex Jr.||56||Toyota||17|
|19||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||17||Ford||22|
|36||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88||Chevrolet||7|
*Visit NASCAR.com for results and race times.
Logano and the No. 22 car won the honor of starting the race on the pole, but the serenity of the Irish Hills of Michigan was shattered almost immediately after Bowyer and the No. 15 car spun out on Lap 2 and brought out the caution flag.
After a return to green-flag racing, David Reutimann brought another yellow flag on Lap 8. The early string of bad luck didn't end there, as yet another crash on Lap 13 between Austin Dillon and J.J. Yeley slowed the field again.
Though chaos ruled early in the race, it was relatively smooth sailing for the remainder of the first 100 laps for almost every driver except Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car. Johnson was already in a backup car, but the motor blew up and forced him to enter the garage early on Lap 60.
Almost the entire field hit pit road during a debris caution on Lap 107, and the intense racing of Michigan took over for a long green-flag run. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought out another yellow flag as he cut down a right-front tire and smashed into the wall while running in seventh place.
The yellow flag flew once again on Lap 149 when Bobby Labonte spun into the grass and set up an intriguing last 50 laps of the race.
Kyle Busch brought out yet another caution flag on Lap 157, and the majority of the field hit the pits in hopes of finishing without making another stop. Busch wasn’t done spinning, though, as he took a trip through the grass on Lap 173.
Mark Martin led the final stretch of laps, but it came down to fuel mileage once again, as the No. 55 was forced to pit with four laps remaining and give the lead to Logano.
2013 Sprint Cup Standings
|Rank||Driver||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||DNF||Laps||Laps Led|
|7||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||679||134||23||0||5||12||2||5906||114|
|12||Martin Truex Jr.||653||160||23||1||5||9||2||5827||253|
*Complete standings found at ESPN.com.
With another chapter in the books, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves toward the Chase for the Sprint Cup as it travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race. The next race will take place Aug. 24 at 7:43 p.m. ET and will be televised on ABC.
Denny Hamlin was the 2012 race champion.