Father’s Day Racing in Michigan for NASCAR

NASCAR tops off this Father’s Day weekend with the final race of a triple header with the Fire Keepers Casino 400 from Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills outside of Detroit.

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NASCAR racing has long been a family sport with sons following their fathers behind the wheel and cranking the wrenches; so it is only fitting that the drivers not only race on Father’s Day, but also carry the names of their fathers over the driver’s side windows of their cars.

Only 37 cars will be participating in the race on the two mile oval. The fastest track on the circuit, drivers will be topping speeds of 200mph reaching 215mph at times.

Kyle Larson will sit on the pole and bring the field to green after winning qualifying on Friday. Landon Cassill wrecked his primary car during practice had to move to a backup car and did not qualify and will start from the back of the field.

After a practice crash Jimmie Johnson’s team tried to repair the car but had to move to the backup car. Jimmie Johnson will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Fire Keepers Casino 400:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Joey Logano
Jamie McMurray
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick – moved to the back of the field for unapproved body modifications
Brad Keselowski
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch – moved to the back of the field for unapproved body modifications
Kasey Kahne
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
Daniel Suarez – moved to the back of the field for an unapproved tire change
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Michael McDowell
Danica Patrick
Ty Dillon – moved to the back of the field for unapproved body modifications
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Darrell Wallace Jr
Trevor Bayne
Matt DiBenedetto
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Ryan Sieg
Corey LaJoie
Cole Whitt
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Landon Cassill – did not qualify

Stages one and two are 60 laps long with stage three lasting 80 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20 due to overnight and early morning rain.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front of the field for the lead.

Lap three Kyle Larson has already pulled out to a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr. The cars who have started in the back of the field have begun moving through the field led by Jimmie Johnson up six spots.

Lap six Kyle Larson continues to lead by nearly a second; Kevin Harvick has moved up nine spots since the start of the race.

Lap seven the first caution flag comes out for debris on the track – a big black garbage bag. It is a windy day in Michigan which means flying debris may be an issue during the race. Drivers may make a pit stop but cannot fuel their cars until the competition caution.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to lap 25.

A few of the drivers from the back of the field come down pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven and pulls out for the lead of the race.

Lap 12 Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second on Clint Bowyer. Drivers are getting three wide across the wide track.

Lap 15 Kurt Busch has moved up 15 spots since the start of the race. Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Clint Bowyer.

FOX broadcaster Darrell Waltrip said that all he sees of leader Kyle Larson is “Dust in the Wind”; on lap 18, Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds on second place driver Clint Bowyer. All 37 drivers are still on the lead lap.

NASCAR throws the competition caution flag on lap 25. the drivers may now fuel their cars. Jamie McMurray is reporting a severe loose condition in his car. All cars are on the lead lap – no “lucky dog”.

Taking two tires, Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle and Kyle lead the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 with Kyle Larson pulling out in front of the field for the lead.

Lap 32 Kyle Larson has a lead of less than half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 35 Martin Truex Jr passes Kyle Larson to take the lead of the race.

Lap 40 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Larson. Erik Jones makes an unscheduled pit stop with questions of loose lug nuts. He becomes the only drivers one lap down.

Lap 44 Jimmie Johnson has worked his way into the top 10 after starting at the back of the field.

Lap 49 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a near three second lead over Kyle Larson.

Lap 51 Martn Truex Jr’s lead is now three seconds.

On lap 52 Truex has increased his lead to nearly four seconds on the field. Truex has begun lapping cars and there are 32cars on the lead lap.

Lap 55 Truex now has a four second lead on Kyle Larson.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one by two and a half seconds. That is Truex Jr’s ninth stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson

Ty Dillon reports issues with his shut off switch.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 68 and pulls out in front of the field to lead the race.

Lap 69 Kyle Larson has already pulled out to a lead of over a second on Matt Kenseth.

Lap 74 Kyle Larson has a two second lead on Matt Kenseth with 32 cars on the lead lap. All 37 cars are still on the track.

83 Kyle Larson contues to lead the race with nearly two seconds ahead of Matt Kenseth.

After taking the wave around, Erk Jones brings his car down pit road for a scheduled pit stop on lap 93.

Lap 96 Kyle Larson has a one second lead on Matt Kenseth as Kenseth continues to gain on Larson.

Lap 103 Matt Kenseth has caught up to Kyle Larson and is challenging for the lead of the race. Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road for service as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Once green flag pit stops cycle through, Kyle Larson resumes the lead of the race with Martin Truex Jr less than half a second behind.

Lap 115 Martin Treux Jr passes Kyle Larson to take the lead of the race.

Two laps before the end of stage two, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson.

Martin Treux Jr wins stage two for this tenth stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Treux Jr
Kyle Busch
Kyhle Larson
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski

Although they had just been on pit road, several of the drivers bring their cars down for service nce pit road opens.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 127 and gets a challenge from Kyle Busch before taking over the lead of the race.

Lap 128 Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to over a half second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 131 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch with all 37 cars still on the track – 23 of them on the lead lap.

Lap 134 Martin Truex Jr has incrased his lead to nearly a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 140 Martin Truex Jr’s lead over Kyle Busch is down to less than half a seocnd with Matt Kenseth nearly four second behind.

Lap 144 Martn Truex Jr’s lead is back to over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 155 Truex has a one second lead on Kyle Busch.

Ryan Sieg brought out the caution flag when he got loose and spun out. Leader Martin Truex Jr barely misses the wreck.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 154 and pulls out in front of the field.

Lap 155 drivers are gettng four wide across the track.

Lap 159 Kyle Busch has pulled out ot a lead of over a secnd on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 164 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly a second and half on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 169 Kylle Busch is still out in front of the field by over two seconds but there is some question as to whether or not he has enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 174 Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds on Ryan Blaney.

Lap 177 some of the lapped cars are coming down pit road to top off fuel tanks.

Second place driver Kyle Larson is closing in on leader Kyle Busch, the lead is now down to less than a second and a half.

NASCAR throws the caution flag for debris on the track on lap 179.

For the second time during pit stops, Matt Kenseth overshoots his pit box and has to take time backing up the car.

Kyle and Kyle bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 185 with Kyle Larson edging out for the lead from the inside lane.

Clint Bowyer brings out the caution flag after he hits the wall after getting loose. NASCAR declares the caution a “quickie yellow” meaning lead lap and lapped cars can all pit at the same time.

With only eleven laps remaining in the race Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart and takes the lead as cars are wrecking behind them. Ryan Blaney gets loose and drivers stack up behind him vie and six wide. Daniel Suarez,Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick are also involved.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in the race and edges out Denny Hamlin for the lead with Chase Elliott taking over second.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Pole siter Kyle Larson wins the Fire Keepers Casino 400 for his second Michigan win. This week Larson is carrying the “Cars 3” film on his car – the number one film at the box office in its opening weekend. Larson did his burnouts in victory circle.

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Chase Elliott comes in second for the third week in a row.

The unofficial results of the Fire Keepers Casino 400:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Jamie McMurray
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Trevor Bayne
AJ Allmendinger
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ty Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Paul Menard
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
David Ragan
Corey Laoie
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
Ryah Sieg
Reed Sorenson
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Chris Buescher
Danica Patrick

Next week the drivers go road racing.


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