Wild Finish to Pure Michigan 400

After a week of road racing, the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan for the Pure Michigan 400 where average speeds will top the 200 mile per hour mark.

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Brad Keselowski wins the pole on Friday after three round of qualifying.

The starting lineup for the Pure Michigan 400:
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logamo
Kevin Harvick
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Jamie McMurray
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kurt Busch
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Danica Patrick
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Chris Buescher
Trevor Bayne
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Kasey Kahne – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Aric Almirola
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto – moved to the back of the field
David Ragan
AJ Allmendinger
Paul Menard
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Brett Moffitt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Derrike Cope
Reed Sorenson
BJ McLeod

Stages one and tow of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Joey Logano for the lead of the race and takes off. Keselowski is a Michigan native.

In less than three laps, Jimmie Johnson has moved up six spots with team mate Kasey Kahne following behind.

Lap seven Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick with Joey Logano in third.

Lap nine Jimmie Johnson has moved up to 29th place.

On lap 12 Kevin Harvick is closing in on leader Brad Keselowski, the lead is down to half a second.

Lap 21 Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with a lead of just over half a second on Kevin Harvick with 36 of the 39 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 31 Brad Keselowski is still out in front of the field but Kevin Harvick is close behind.

Lap 35 Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have moved up 15 spots since the race started. It is the first time both drivers have been on the track in their backup cars.

Lap 37 Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick 27 cars on the lead lap.

Jamie McMurray brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop after reporting a vibration. AJ Allmendinger also brings his car down pit road.

Drivers cannot make a green flag pit stop and remain on the lead lap despite the track being two miles around.

Chase Elliott brings his car down pit road on lap 41 as drivers make their stage one green flag pit stops.

Forty-three laps into the race and Kevin Harvick has had nothing to say on the radio so ar.

Lap 44 Brad Keselowski gives up the lead to make his green flag pit stop. Erik Jones is the new leader of the race.

Lap 46 leaders Erik Jones and Kyle Busch bring their cars down pit road for service. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick resume the one and two spots on the track.

Lap 52 Brad Keselowski lead Kevin Harvick by just over a half a second, with Chase Elliott in third.

Joey Logano reports a vibration in his car.

Lap 55 there are 25 cars on the lead lap, BJ McLeod is off the track.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one for his fourth of the season.

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The top 10 after stage one:
Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Matt Kenseth
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch brought his car down pit road before it opened and will have to restart the race at the back of the field.

Taking only two tires, Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road; followed by Erik Jones.

Clint Bowyer was charges with a pit road violation for speeding.

Daniel Suarez stayed out on the track and will lead the field to the green flag.

Daniel Suarez brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 67 but it is Brad Keselowski who gets out in front for the lead.

Seventy laps into the race and Jimmie Johnson is in 18th place with Kasey Kahne up to 12th.

Kyle Busch’s spotter reports that he did not give his driver the proper information on pit road when Busch came down pit road before it was open. On lap 74 Kyle Busch is up to 25th place after having to restart the race at the back of the field.

Rochester Hills, Michigan native Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race. He has led all but four laps so far.

Lap 82 Brad Keselowski leads the race but Daniel Suarez is right behind him less than a quarter of a second behind after staying out on the track at the end of stage one.

Lap 90 Dale Earnhardt Jr makes a green flag pit stop. The remainder of the field should be making stops for fuel and service in the next few laps.

Lap 99 Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the race with a one second lead on Erik Jones.

Green flag pit stops are in full swing with leader Brad Keselowski making a stop on lap 110. Matt Kenseth is caught speeding on pit road.

Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race; followed by Martin Treux Jr and Daniel Suarez.

Lap 113 Martin Truex Jr takes over the lead when Kyle Busch pits.

Derrike Cope’s car slows on the track with no power but he gets off the track and the field stays green.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two for a total of 35 playoff points.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Blaney
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin

Teams bring their cars down pit road for service once pit road opens.

Clint Bowyer was cauht speeding on pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 128 but it is Brad Keselowski who edges out for the lead of the race in a tight battle with Truex.

On lap 129 Martin Truex Jr comes back to pass Keselowski for the lead.

Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick make contact cutting a tire on Ryan Blaney’s car. Blaney has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Lap 134 Erik Jones passes Brad Keselowski for second place giving Furniture Row Racing a the first two spots in the race.

The caution flag comes out when Kasey Kahne and Daniel Suarez got into a wreck on lap 140.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick reports that he never made any contact with Ryan Blaney who has had to make another trip down pit road with tire issues..

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 148 jumping out in front of his team mate Erik Jones for the lead of the race. NBC reports that Truex and Jones were last on pit road on lap 105 and are running low on fuel.

All of the drivers will have to make one more pit stop.

Clint Bowyer has a flat tire and will have to make a trip down pit road. He makes it to pit road and the track stays green.

Lap 154 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just under a second on Erik Jones.

Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for his green flag stop on lap 158, beginning the cycle of green flag stops.

Lap 161 leader Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road for service.

Lap 170 Denny Hamlin leads the race with Kyle Busch in second. Both drivers still have to make a trip down pit road.

Lap 174 Denny Hamlin is still out in front with Kyle Busch second. Martin Truex Jr is 13th place followed by Brad Keselowski.

Lap 177 Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road for the final green lfag pit stop.

Kyle Busch is the new leader. Second place driver Kyle Larson is over five seconds behind.

Lap 185 Joey Logano has a flat tire and is working his way to pit road; he makes it and the track stays green.

Kyle Buchs’s team reports that he is about 10 laps short on fuel and must make a stop.

The caution flag comes out on lap 186 for debris on the track. All of the drivers that need fuel will make a trip down pit road to top off the tank.

Taking two tires Trevor Bayne leads the race off of pit road. Kyle Busch was second with four fresh tires.

Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead and will lead the field for the restart.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race and takes the lead.

Seven to go and Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead with team mate Erik Jones in second and Matt Kenseth in third.

The caution flag comes out when Michael McDowell and Paul Menard get into a wreck with only six laps remaining in the race.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.

NASCAR has red flagged the race for excessive oil out on the track.

The race has gone into overtime.

After a red flag of eight minutes, NASCAR pulls the red flag and puts out the caution flag.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for a green/white/checker finish and edges out team mate Erik Jones for the lead but Kyle Larson comes blasting through to take over the lead of the race.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

Kyle Larson wins the Pure Michigan 400 for his third Michigan win in a row!

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The unofficial results of the Pure Michigan 400:
Kyle Larson
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Trevor Bayne
Chris Buescher
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Airc Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Jimmie Johnson
AJ Allmendinger
Ty Dillon
Danica Patrick
Clint Bowyer
Matt Kenseth
Landon Cassill
Matt KeBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Joey Logano
Cole Whitt
David Ragan
Corey LaJoie
Brett Moffitt
Reed Sorenson
Paul Menard
Jeffrey Earnhardt
BJ McLeod
Daniel Suarez
Kasey Kahne
Derrike Cope


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