Bowyer edges Harvick, in rain-shortened Michigan 400

Clint Bowyer celebrates
lint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford, celebrates with the trophy after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400
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Clint Bowyer scored on a soggy day at Michigan International Speedway, claiming Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for his second win of the season.

Bowyer’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford led eight of the 133 laps in the FireKeepers Casino 400, which was shortened from its scheduled 200-lap, 400-mile distance because of rain. Bowyer’s 10th win of his premier-series career was his first at the 2-mile track.

Bowyer took advantage of quick two-tire stop during his final trip to pit road. Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz’s call bore fruit as Bowyer held off Harvick on the final restart before rain stopped the event.

Kevin Harvick led a race-high 49 laps and finished second in Stewart-Haas’ No. 4 Ford. Pole-starter Kurt Busch led 46 laps and completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Stewart-Haas Racing, a first for the organization. Kyle Busch took fourth with Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

The race started 2 1/2 hours late because of early afternoon showers.

Kyle Larson’s hopes for a fourth straight Michigan victory were hampered by a Lap 85 spin off Turn 4.

Larson’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet skidded into the infield grass, damaging the front splitter. Larson limped home as one of the last cars on the lead lap.

Three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers — Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin — started at the rear of the field after issues with their splitter in pre-race inspection. All three rallied to race into the top 10, though Jones dealt with further adversity with a speeding penalty on his first pit stop.

The Monster Energy Series takes next weekend off, returning to action for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 24 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM) at Sonoma Raceway.

Results

Fin Str No. Driver Team Laps Status
1 12 14 Clint Bowyer Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford 133 Running
2 4 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Ford 133 Running
3 1 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford 133 Running
4 3 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red White & Blue Toyota 133 Running
5 15 21 Paul Menard Menards/Jack Links Ford 133 Running
6 2 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 133 Running
7 5 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 133 Running
8 9 12 Ryan Blaney DEX Imaging Ford 133 Running
9 13 9 Chase Elliott Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Chevrolet 133 Running
10 24 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 133 Running
11 6 10 Aric Almirola Mobil 1 Ford 133 Running
12 10 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 133 Running
13 14 24 William Byron # Liberty University Chevrolet 133 Running
14 16 3 Austin Dillon Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet 133 Running
15 8 20 Erik Jones DeWalt Toyota 133 Running
16 21 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 133 Running
17 25 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 133 Running
18 17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 133 Running
19 28 43 Bubba Wallace # Meijer Chevrolet 133 Running
20 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 133 Running
21 31 13 Ty Dillon Twisted Tea Chevrolet 133 Running
22 11 31 Ryan Newman Okuma Chevrolet 133 Running
23 29 95 Kasey Kahne Chevy Accessories Chevrolet 133 Running
24 18 37 Chris Buescher Scott Comfort Plus Chevrolet 133 Running
25 23 34 Michael McDowell Dockside Logistics Ford 133 Running
26 33 15 Ross Chastain(i) FlightPath International Chevrolet 133 Running
27 32 72 Corey LaJoie Zomongo Chevrolet 133 Running
28 26 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 133 Running
29 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 133 Running
30 22 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota 132 Running
31 34 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 132 Running
32 36 00 Landon Cassill Star Com Fiber Chevrolet 132 Running
33 19 6 Matt Kenseth Wyndham Rewards Ford 132 Running
34 37 7 * DJ Kennington APC Chevrolet 132 Running
35 38 66 * Timmy Hill(i) MBM Motorsports/CrashClaimsR.us Toyota 132 Running
36 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Wholey Ford 131 Running
37 35 51 BJ McLeod(i) Prefund Capital Chevrolet 131 Running
38 27 38 David Ragan MDS Tranpsort Ford 35 Accident
39 39 99 * Garrett Smithley(i) Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chevrolet 1 Transmission

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