A number of rain delays and an early end to the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway resulted Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch taking an unlikely victory Sunday. Busch, who has now racked up two wins this season, headed into the race with his not-so-competitive back-up car after crashing his main car in practice, a turn of events which made him an improbable winner.
For the first 50 laps of the race, the rain was patchy and unpredictable, resulting in three separate red flags early on. The race was finally able to run under green for an extended period of time, however Kyle Busch then lost control of his car and put it’s right side door and quarter-panel into the wall, ending his race and relegating him to 43rd in the final standings.
Busch’s teammate Kevin Harvick was looking strong and in contention for the win, however he was forced to pull the No. 11 Chevrolet into the pits after suffering a tire puncture. Harvick may have been able to work his way through the field and reclaim a top five spot, however the race was soon called as rain hammered the back straight at MIS and sent spectators running for shelter.
Last week’s winner, Martin Truex Jr., drove to a third place finish Sunday, his 14th top ten in 15 races so far this year. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who admitted his No. 88 Chevy wasn’t as strong on the restarts as the No. 41 car, finished second behind Busch. Toyota driver Matt Kenseth and Ford’s Joey Logano rounded out of the top five. Danica Patrick was also 16th, and Jeff Gordon 21st when the race was called on Lap 138.
NASCAR is off next week, with the next race in the 2015 Sprint Cup Series, the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, commencing on June 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET.