Sunday's Pure Michigan 400: Observations and Key Moments
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, spins during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Clint Bowyer (15) slides off the track during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Pure Michigan 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck)
• Usually, if a points leader goes out of a race this late in the regular season, it would cause all kinds of havoc. Not so with Jimmie Johnson, whose engine blew on Lap 54, ending his day. But he still leads the points and already had clinched a spot in the Chase last weekend.
• As these races so often do, this one turned into a fuel-mileage contest. Mark Martin said he knew he'd run out of gas unless there was a yellow flag during the final few laps, so what could he do? Keep his foot on the throttle until there was nothing left.
• With three yellow flags before the race was 14 laps old, it looked like it was going to be a long day. But it finished with just six more cautions after that and ended in a manageable 2 hours, 46 minutes.
5 KEY MOMENTS
1. Clint Bowyer spins out, getting the race off to a choppy start.
2. Points leader Jimmie Johnson, who started at the rear of the field and was moving up fast, leaves the race when his engine blows on Lap 54.
3. Kurt Busch goes to the lead on Lap 78, stays in front for 29 laps - longest of any driver for the race.
4. Kyle Busch spins on Lap 174 and Mark Martin takes the lead on the restart.
5. Martin runs out of gas on Lap 197, allowing Joey Logano to take the lead and win.
Irwin Tools Night Race
Where: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
TV: ABC (WSOC, Ch. 9).
Radio: Performance Racing Network.
Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin