NASCAR at Michigan: Results, highlights from Clint Bowyer's FireKeepers Casino 400 victorySporting News — Christian.Shimabuku@performgroup.com (Christian Shimabuku)
Clint Bowyer picked up his second victory of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The race was delayed and shortened because of rain. Originally slated to start at 2 p.m. ET, driving didn't begin for almost three more hours as efforts were made to dry the track.
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Anticipation built up toward the end of the second stage, which, if completed, would mark the race as official. Ryan Blaney won the first stage, and Kevin Harvick won the second as more rain started to come down. The race was called with 67 laps remaining. Since Bowyer was in the lead and the two required stages had passed, he was declared the winner.
It was Boyer's 10th career victory and first at Michigan International Speedway.
Harvick, who led for much of the race, finished second. Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch finished third and fourth, respectively.
Below are highlights and results from the 2018 FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
NASCAR at Michigan: Live updates, results from FireKeepers Casino 400
(All times Eastern)
7:02 — Bowyer enjoying his victory is a must watch.
6:52 — Here's the moment Clint Bowyer took the lead for good, courtesy of NASCAR.
6:48 — Wow. The race is called and Clint Bowyer is your winner in a rain-shortened race.
6:45 — Drivers have been told to hit pit road, and then were told to stay on the track. A lot of confusion at the moment.
6:35 — Stage 3 is a go, and Clint bowyer promptly takes the lead.
6:31 — The rain gets heavier just as the race became official.
6:25 — And this race is official! Harvick wins Stage 2, his eighth stage win of the year. The rain is steadily approaching.
6:22 — Five laps to go in the second stage with the rain approaching. Harvick still in the lead.
6:14 — There's now 20 laps to go in the second stage, with Harvick still holding the lead as we inch closer to making this race official.
6:08 — Harvick leads halfway through the second stage. Thirty laps down, 30 to go before this race becomes official.
6:02 — Larson runs into some trouble and a repeat bid seems to be in jeoprady.
5:53 — Kevin Harvick takes the lead with 13 laps down in stage 2, which means 47 laps to go (60 more laps are required to be completed before this race becomes official).
5:46 — The rain is starting to pick up again. The first stage, which was 60 laps, took 48 minutes. Another 60 laps needs to take place before this counts as an official race in the standings.
5:34 — Ryan Blaney narrowly wins the first stage.
5:24 — Ryan Blaney has taken his first lead with 12 laps to go in Stage 1.
5:21 — Larson, the winner of last year's race, is starting to make his move.
5:13 — Bubba Wallace and David Ragan collide, getting cautions. Heavy damage done to Ragan's 38 car.
5:05 — An eventful start as drivers try to adjust to the slippery conditions.
4:51 — Kyle Busch is the leader so far, who has led every lap in the early going.
4:45 — And we're off!
4:30 — Here. We. Go.
4:20 — Looks like we're about set to get going.
4:10 — Progress is being made to hold the race today. The track is being dried well and drivers have been called to their cars.
3:40 — It's still not looking promising, but NASCAR is still making every effort to hold the race today.
3:00 — An hour before the original start time, the rain is still steady on the racetrack. Air Titans have been brought out but they're barely helping. Postponing the race to tomorrow is a possibility.
2:35 — Yep.
2:15 — Slight rain delay here. NASCAR estimates it will take another 45 minutes for the track to dry, which means we'll hopefully be underway by around 3 p.m.