Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan | Racing

Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan | Racing

Harvick finished second followed by Kurt Busch. Toyota's Kyle Busch finished fourth while Chevrolet drivers Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray took their Hendrick Motorsports and Ganassi Racing Chevrolets to ninth and 10th, respectively. He also won the second stage of this race.

Harvick and Busch have combined to win nine of the 14 Cup races this year.

Kyle Busch kept the points lead, by 75 over Harvick. Surprisingly, it's the only win Chevrolet has logged among any of their Cup teams all year.

The Xfinity Series returns to action next Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

When asked if he was concerned that the Mustang may encounter the same type of slow progress the Camaro has suffered, Bowyer realizes it will be a work in progress to get the auto as competitive as his present-day ride.

"When (Bugarewicz) said two (tires), I was like, 'Man I don't know!'" Bowyer said after the race on Fox". "I mean, this year we implemented the scanning procedures that we have, things like that". I think it's that combination. "Definitely not an eighth-place vehicle but unfortunately that is where we ended up". It will be better.

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"This has been a really good track for us", Truex said. Ford Fusions took seven of the top eight spots, with only Kyle Busch breaking up the string in a Toyota Camry.

Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, openly explains why they are winning on a variety of track configurations, not just the superspeedways. "But it worked, it was a great call and we won".

Mercedes was second with Valtteri Bottas, about six seconds back after never really challenging for the win. Certainly this I think would exceed what our expectation is. But at least for now, it creates an unpredictable atmosphere much like Daytona and Talladega, at which 35 drivers can win as opposed to more than likely 12-15 on any given Sunday. Kyle Larson's streak of MI wins ended because during stage two he spun out through the wet grass on the front stretch taring up his auto.

"To be able to get there [1-2-3] and give each other hugs and be truly, genuinely happy for one another, that's what it takes to push you to another level each week", Bowyer added. "... Most of that is the work that's put in before the week even starts". Then it's the communication leading into the race. Xfinity qualifying was canceled Saturday and so was a Cup practice.

Bowyer has reason to believe he and his team have turned the corner toward reaching a new level of consistency. A caution flag waved shortly after racing resumed following the second stage which set up what turned out to be the so called "money stop" of the day.

Ben White is a motorsports columnist for The Dispatch.

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