Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Bowyer Wins on a Rainy Day in Michigan

Clint Bowyer was able to hold off Stewart Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, and win the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan. The race was delayed more than 2 hours due to rain. The rain would not stay away as NASCAR was forced to call the race after 133 of 200 laps.

In Stage 1, pole sitter Kurt Busch led the majority of the laps. Other than the competition caution on lap 25, two more occured for incidents during the stage. The first was for an accident between David Ragan and Bubba Wallace. The 2nd was for a spin by Matt Kenseth. When the stage came to a close, it was Ryan Blaney out in front of the field.

Stage 2 was all about Kevin Harvick, who has been the fastest driver this season. He led the majority of his race high 49 laps during the stage. During the 2nd stage, the winner of the last 3 races at Michigan, Kyle Larson spun off of turn 4. This ended his chances of winning.

Clint Bowyer takes second win of the year

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer wins

Stage 3 was a very short one. It only lasted 8 laps before the rain started. For a race to be official, they must reach the end of stage 2, which they did. At the caution that ended stage 2, most driver took 4 tires. It was Clint Bowyer that was the lone car on 2.

This strategy call ended up being the race winning move. Bowyer was able to get ahead of Harvick on the restart and hold on to win his 2nd race of the season.

Harvick finished in the 2nd spot. Kurt Busch made it an SHR 1-2-3 finish by coming in 3rd. Kyle Busch was the leading Toyota in 4th, and Paul Menard took home his first top 5 of the season in 5th.

Additionally, some notables were Chase Elliott in 9th, Martin Truex Jr in 18th, Jimmie Johnson in 20th, and Kyle Larson in 26th. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is off this weekend, but will return at the road course of Sonoma in two weeks.

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