Michigan International Speedway results from August 12th, 2018 featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Today, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series goes high speed racing at Michigan International Speedway. The series lands at the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, Michigan with entry speeds of 220mph into turn one.
View full NASCAR race results below.
Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch will lead them to the starting line. There’s a competition caution on lap 25 due to the heavy rain last night at the speedway. It’s a 200 lap race today at MIS.
Green flag, Busch and Hamlin run even into turn 1. Ryan Newman jumps to the high side. He’s on the gas as they take it easy on the bottom. Hamlin leads off turn one, Kyle Busch runs 2nd and Newman slots in 3rd.
Lap 9, Erik Jones is around off turn 4. He slides through the triple-oval grass. “I think it’s just the hard tires on this race track,” Jones was complaining of handling issues via radio just before the spin.
Green, Kyle Busch side drafts Hamlin at the line. Busch noses ahead and cuts all the way to the bottom so Hamlin can’t side draft back. However, Busch has a narrow entry into turn 1. He drives up the hill and crosses over and out of the groove. Harvick followed Busch by Hamlin on the bottom. Harvick has a run on the leader off the corner but Busch holds the lead.
Lap 15, Byron and Truex are around off turn 4. William Byron got loose on the entry to the corner. He chased the car up the hill and tagged the left rear of Truex. Byron caught the wall. Truex dropped a gear and stepped on the gas to avoid contact with the wall. The caution is back out.
Green, Alex Bowman gives a push to Busch on the outside. Kyle Busch leads into turn 1, Harvick runs 2nd. Blaney runs 3 wide with Hamlin to take over 4th.
Lap 26, the competition caution is out. Busch lead Harvick by just under a second. The field hits the pit lane. Busch is first in and first off. Chase Elliott has been penalized, he’ll go to the tail.
Green, Harvick noses ahead on the bottom. He drives it deep into the corner and slides up in front of Busch to take the lead. Blaney looks to the inside of Busch but Busch carries the momentum around the top and holds the position off turn 4.
Lap 37, Kyle Larson is on pit road. It’s a four tire stop due to a vibration. Chase Elliott is on pit road as well.
10 to go in stage 1, Kevin Harvick leads Kyle Busch by 3.7 seconds.
Kevin Harvick cruises to the stage 1 win at Michigan International Speedway! Martin Truex Jr spun out early in this race. He climbed through the field to a top 5.
Stage 1 Results: 1. Kevin Harvick; 2. Kyle Busch; 3. Ryan Blaney; 4. Kurt Busch; 5. Martin Truex Jr; 6. Denny Hamlin; 7. Aric Almirola; 8. Ryan Newman; 9. Brad Kesleowski; 10. Alex Bowman;
The field hits the pit lane. Jimmie Johnson is first off with only two tires. Busch is first off with four.
Green flag, Johnson gets a huge push from Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman. Johnson leads off turn two. Kyle Busch slots into 2nd.
Lapo 68, Kyle Busch looks to the inside of Johnson into turn 1. They run side by side off turn 2. Hamlin looks inside of both of them. 3 wide for the lead into turn 3. Hamlin has a narrow entry. Kyle Busch leads off turn 4. Hamlin loses several positions.
Lap 75, the caution is out. Ryan Newman spun out. Most of field returns to the pit lane. Kevin Harvick beats Busch off pit road, fuel only for those cars. Harvick restarts 5th. Johnson and Truex lead them back to the restart.
Green, Johnson and Truex run even into turn 1. Truex gets loose on the bottom and stacks up the inside lane. Johnson leads off turn 2.
Lap 84, Truex has climbed to within a car length of Johnson. However, he’s stalled out in the dirty air. Caution, Erik Jones is around. Blaney looked to the inside of Jones. The #20 thought Blaney was going to the bottom, he remained in the middle. Jones came down and tagged him in the right rear. Jones skated up the hill and spun out.
Johnson heads to the pit lane. Truex will restart as the leader.
Green, true leads by a car length into turn one. Busch sweeps around the outside of Harvick to take over 2nd. It’s short lives, Harvick works back around him. The big three run 1-2-3.
Lap 104, Harvick is all over the back bumper of Truex. He needs to find clean air to get around. Kyle Busch is running down them both.
Lap 111, Truex is off the gas into turn 1, he’s in fuel saving mode. Harvick drives by on the inside.
2 to go, Martin Truex Jr is out of gas. Kevin Harvick cruises to the stage 2 win.
Stage 2 Results: 1. Kevin Harvick; 2. Kyle Busch; 3. Ryan Blaney; 4. Kurt Busch; 5. Austin Dillon; 6. Joey Logano; 7. Clint Bowyer; 8. Aric Almirola; 9. Brad Keselowski; 10. Kyle Larson;
The field hits the pit lane. Harvick is first in and first off.
Green flag on the final stage, Harvick leads by a car length at the flag stand. Blaney follows him through to 2nd.
Lap 132, Ty Dillon is hard in the wall in turn 3. He ran over something on the race track. Dillon then cut an oil line or something. Dillon didn’t turn at all into turn 3 as smoke flew from the back of the car.
Green, Kevin Harvick leads on the outside into turn 1. He pulls Austin Dillon with him and Kyle Busch falls to 4th from his front row restart.
30 to go, Kyle Busch is on pit lane for what could be the final time. 29 to go, Harvick hits the pit lane as well.
18 to go, Harvick runs 10th. Ryan Newman leads the field. All the cars in front of the #4 have yet to pit. Everyone ahead pitted on lap 140. Harvick pitted on lap 171. Those cars can’t make it, they are hoping for a caution.
12 to go, Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson are on pit road. They will each take fuel only. Jamie McMurray is the new leader, Harvick is up to 2nd. 11 to go, Harvick swings around McMurray with ease to take the race lead.
10 to go, Harvick leads Austin Dillon by 2.7 seconds.
1 to go, Austin Dillon has a flat tire! Brad Keselowski moves to 2nd. Dillon is trying to make it to the line.
Harvick cruises to the line, he wins at Michigan International Speedway!
View full Michigan NASCAR race results below.
Michigan Race Results
NASCAR Cup Series
August 12, 2018
Pos | Driver
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Brad Kesleowski
3. Kyle Busch
4. Austin Dillon
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Kurt Busch
7. Aric Almirola
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Chase Elliott
10. Joey Logano
11. Daniel Suarez
12. Clint Bowyer
13. Erik Jones
14. Martin Truex Jr
15. Ryan Newman
16. Paul Menard
17. Kyle Larson
18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
19. Alex Bowman
20. Chris Buescher
21. Jamie McMurray
22. AJ Allmendinger
23. Bubba Wallace
24. Matt DiBenedetto
25. Michael McDowell
26. Kasey Kahne
27. David Ragan
28. Jimmie Johnson
29. Landon Cassill
30. Blake Jones
31. BJ McLeod
32. Garrett Smithley
33. Gray Gaulding
34. Trevor Bayne
35. Ross Chastain
36. William Byron
37. Timmy Hill
38. Ty Dillon
39. Jeffrey Earnhardt
40. Corey LaJoie