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Clint Bowyer takes rain-shortened MI race

13 June 2018

The race is supposed be 200 laps and 400 miles, but it's now official if rain halts the competition early.

Bowyer is most certainly one of those drivers, having also collected a win at Martinsville Speedway this past April.

At the stage three restart, Clint Bowyer only took two tires, starting up front alongside teammate Harvick. "It was uncharacteristic for him".

Harvick took the lead on a 90th-lap restart and was ahead when the second stage ended after lap 120.

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Clint Bowyer's son Cash stole the internet with a video of him hollering and cheering following the No. 14 team's victory at MI on Sunday, the second of the season for the Stewart-Haas Racing team.

Harvick finished second, and pole-position victor Kurt Busch finished third, completing a sweep of the top three spots for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Kyle Busch, who started the race at the rear of the field after NASCAR found non-compliant splitters on the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in pre-race inspection, finished fourth.

Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.

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Blaney won the first stage and Harvick took the second. "Certainly, as hard as we did previous year to make sure we can have a shot at doing it again, and I think right now we're in decent shape to be able to do it, but things change fast, so you've got to keep working and you've got to keep your head down and just keep grinding it out each week". "We got about three- quarters of the way down pit road, I was about 70 percent sure", Bugarewicz said. "We were making it back up but then the rain came". It was too late. His spin brought out one of the stage two yellows, and the past four races his finishes are 26th, 15th, 24th and 30th. "That's not just on the No. 14 auto, it's on Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch", Bowyer said. Nearly immediately, the rain began to pour down, bringing the action to a stop following 133 of the scheduled 200 laps. "It's a monsoon!'" Bowyer said. "That doesn't hold any weight, but it really was. I would say this one would be tougher than any of them just looking at how fast those three guys are right now".

After a two-hour delay for the start of Sunday's race (June 10) at Michigan International Speedway, the Fords joined all other drivers in trying to outrun the storm's return.

It fined JGR crew chiefs Adam Stevens (Busch), Mike Wheeler (Hamlin) and Chris Gayle (Jones) $25,000 each and suspended the vehicle chiefs (Jason Overstreet, Nate Bellows and Brandon Griffeth) for those drivers for the upcoming Cup race at Sonoma. He only had five top 5 finishes in 2014 and two top 5 finishes in 2015, his final year with MWR.

Kyle Busch leads the Cup standings, followed by four Ford drivers - Harvick, Logano, Keselowski and Bowyer.

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"I've been on both sides of this", said Harvick, who was denied another chance to overtake Bowyer by the weather. "If you're going to have racing luck work against you, you want to at least stay on your own team". Sadler now leads Custer by 41 points. More importantly, all his laps at the front of the field came in the final stage after his crew spent the race tuning on the vehicle. Kevin Harvick 3. Kurt Busch 4.

Three-time defending track victor Kyle Larson started 26th and rallied up into the top 10 before spinning halfway through stage two, tearing up his splitter after mowing the infield grass. After Sunday's race, he said he felt he had the fastest auto - and blamed himself for a "stupid mistake" that led to a 28th-place finish.

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Clint Bowyer takes rain-shortened MI race