For the first time in the modern NASCAR era a rain delayed race was pushed to a Tuesday, and finally the weather held off, despite lots of low cloud and even fog causing a brief red flag period because spotters could not see the back stretch from their usual positions. The Michigan 400 ran full length (200 laps), plus a green white checker finish when Greg Biffle spun bringing out the caution with 2 laps to go.
Just as he did in Pocono 3 weeks ago, Kurt Busch had the dominant car, leading most laps and taking the win, and in the process stamping his authority on a claim to a Chase top 12 position. In my post a couple of days ago I showed a comparison between Kurt Bush, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Ryan Newman and from those said it looks like Kurt Busch has the stats to back up his claim to a top 12 position over the others, and today he made the statement loud and clear to his rivals that he is going to fight for a place in the Chase.
Martin Truex also beefed up his claim to a top 12 position, with a strong 2nd place finish today behind Kurt Busch, holding on to 11th place in the points. For those chasing these two it wasn’t such a good day. Ryan Newman, recorded a 16th place finish to end up 14th in the points chase, 171 behind Kurt Busch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 12th to be 13th overall in the points, 163 points behind Kurt Busch. Greg Biffle is still 14th, but is now 296 points behind Kurt Busch, and with only 3 races to go until the Chase, it seems very unlikely that he could make it, but of course this is NASCAR so never say never, but on current form it would almost take a miracle for him to make it.