A nice variety of racing this past weekend, with a couple of surprise winners. The NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch series were at Michigan International Speedway, doing their best to impress the car-business honchos from nearby
Herewith, the results:
NASCAR: Mayfield Gambles and Wins at
Jeremy Mayfield gambled on fuel in the closing laps of Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and it paid off with his first win of the season.
Mayfield, who was not in contention all day, watched all the leaders in front of him pit for fuel in the late going and crew chief Slugger Labbe decided to throw caution to the wind. Mayfield hung on to finish on fumes to score his first victory in 33 races (since
Scott Riggs, whose future is uncertain since his sponsor, Valvoline, is moving to Evernham Motorsports next year, copied Mayfield’s strategy and came home second. Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, who had been battling for the lead earlier before pitting for fuel, finished third and fourth, respectively, with points leader Tony Stewart finishing fifth. Greg Biffle, defending series champ Kurt Busch, polesitter Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10.
The series heads for the hills of
NASCAR Nextel Cup Top Five:
1) Jeremy Mayfield, No. 19 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Charger, 200 laps
2) Scott Riggs, No. 10 MB Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200 laps
3) Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Roush Racing Ford Taurus, 200 laps
4) Carl Edwards, No. 99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus, 200 laps
5) Tony Stewart, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200 laps
Driver’s Championship: 1) Tony Stewart, 3268; 2) Jimmie Johnson, 3142; 3) Greg Biffle, 3016; 4) Rusty Wallace, 2979; 5) Mark Martin, 2899.
NASCAR Busch Series: Newman Wins Again at
Ryan Newman made it two in a row in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, blowing past Greg Biffle on a restart with six laps remaining and leading to the checkered flag.
Newman, who won the Busch Series race on the road course at Watkins Glen last weekend, started 38th and quickly worked his way toward the front, running fourth by lap 50. Biffle, who led most of the second half of the race, was hampered by a damaged front tire and was unable to challenge Newman at the end, finished second. Biffle’s Nextel Cup teammate Carl Edwards finished third, with defending champ and points leader Martin Truex Jr. taking fourth after starting from pole (qualifying rained out, grid set by points), falling to 31st after two early unplanned pit stops and fighting his way back. J.J. Yeley finished fifth, with Paul Menard, Bobby Labonte, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler and Johnny Sauter completing the top 10.
Two of the top-five championship contenders encountered trouble during the race. Clint Bowyer, second in points, took the lead from Truex at the start and led 62 laps before being passed by Biffle, but had two unscheduled pit stops late in the race and fell to 30th at the finish. Reed Sorenson, third in points, fell out of the top 10 after a bad early pit stop, then retired with a blown engine, being scored 36th.
The series will join the Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck series next weekend on the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Busch Series Top Five:
1) Ryan Newman, No. 39 Penske Racing South Dodge Charger, 125 laps
2) Greg Biffle, No. 66 Brewco Motorsports Ford Taurus, 125 laps
3) Carl Edwards, No. 60 Roush Racing Ford Taurus, 125 laps
4) Martin Truex Jr., No. 8 Chance2 Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 125 laps
5) J.J. Yeley, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 125 laps