Wacky Car, Wet Weather In Michigan

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photo credit: Ron Olds (file)

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 10, 2018) – While running 18th, Martin Truex Jr.’s hope of making a late-race charge fizzled when NASCAR called the race due to rain with 67 laps remaining in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The scheduled 200-lap race was also delayed at the start for 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Truex’s No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota never could find the right balance for the high-speed, 2-mile oval which was evident with finishes of 11th and 15th in the first two stages. What also hurt Truex was being positioned in the non-preferred inside lane for the majority of the restarts.

On the final pit stop – following the completion of the second stage — crew chief Cole Pearn called for major changes to improve the handling of the No. 78 but didn’t get the opportunity to see if they would make a difference as the race was called shortly afterwards on Lap 133.

“We never could get to where we needed to be,” said Truex. “The steering was wacky, the car was bouncing, just not a good day. You’re going to have a race like this over a 36-race schedule. We’ll look at everything to see where we went wrong and then enjoy the weekend off for Father’s Day before heading to Sonoma for the road race in two weeks.”

Truex, who was the race winner at Pocono last week, dropped from fourth to sixth in the driver point standings. His two victories this season assure him of a playoff berth. (DMF/FRRpr 6.18.18)

The race winner was Clint Bowyer. photo credit: Ron Olds (file)

FireKeepers Casino 400
Michigan International Speedway.
June 10. 2018

1 – Clint Bowyer
2 – Kevin Harvick
3 – Kurt Busch
4 – Kyle Busch
5 – Paul Menard
6 – Brad Keselowski
7 – Joey Logano
8 – Ryan Blaney
9 – Chase Elliott
10 – Jamie McMurray
11 – Aric Almirola
12 – Denny Hamlin
13 – William Byron
14 – Austin Dillon
15 – Erik Jones
16 – Alex Bowman
17 – AJ Allmendinger
18 – Martin Truex Jr.
19 – Bubba Wallace
20 – Jimmie Johnson
21 – Ty Dillon
22 – Ryan Newman
23 – Kasey Kahne
24 – Chris Buescher
25 – Michael McDowell
26 – Ross Chastain
27 – Corey Lajoie
28 – Kyle Larson
29 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
30 – Daniel Suarez
31 – Gray Gaulding
32 – Landon Cassill
33 – Matt Kenseth
34 – D.J. Kennington
35 – Timmy Hill
36 – Matt DiBenedetto
37 – BJ McLeod
38 – David Ragan
39 – Garrett Smithley

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