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2014 Michigan: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 15, 2014 - 09:08 PM
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2014 Michigan: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap


With nine laps to go in the Quicken Loans 400, Jimmie Johnson retook the lead for the final time and never looked back. Johnson, who led the 200-lap event four times for 39 laps, took the checkered flag for his first career win at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). It took the six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion 25 tries to record his first victory at Chevrolet’s home track.

"We have figured out every way to lose this race," said Johnson from Victory Lane. "And today we were able to get it done. A huge thanks to Lowe’s and KOBALT and all the employees at Lowe’s. Thanks to Chevrolet, and the fans, and my fans. I’m excited to win on Father's Day, having my family here, and having the boss here and for Chevrolet to win in their own backyard. We need to switch that stat where that other brand wins too much here and we need to get the bowtie more victories here. Just a lot of things to be happy for."

 

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The victory was Chevrolet’s ninth win of the 2014 season; it’s fifth consecutive. It is the third time in the last six seasons the Bowtie Brand has completed this feat. With the win, Chevrolet will take home the Heritage Trophy, a special award presented by MIS to the winning manufacturer.

"This is a big deal, said Alba Colon, Chevrolet program manager for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "It's a big deal for Chevrolet and especially it's a really big deal to win at your home track in our backyard, so we are very excited. In the past, you know, this track hasn't been that great for our Chevy teams, you know, so to be here today and be able to win and dominate, and having Jimmie, who has tried many times to win at this track, and he had some unfortunate luck the last year, and to be able to be some dominant here and to have other six drivers for a total of seven drivers in the top 10 is really great."

Johnson has accumulated three wins thus far in ’14, and has now been victorious at every venue on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with the exception of four tracks: Kentucky Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Chicagoland Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Johnson led Team Chevy to victory, but Chevrolet not only dominated the race, but the top 10 by earning seven of the highest finishing positions. Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS finished second. Paul Menard followed in his No. 27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS finishing fourth matching his career best finish at the 2-mile track earning his third fourth-place finish.

After getting involved in an on-track incident on lap seven, Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS team rallied to earn a fifth-place finish, his second of the season. Jeff Gordon had a solid run finishing sixth. The run helped him and the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS team maintain the point’s lead by 15 markers over fellow Chevrolet driver and MIS race winner Johnson.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. moved up to third in the point standings with his seventh-place finish at MIS. The driver of the No. 88 National Guard/Superman Chevrolet SS fought a loose race car in the closing laps, but held on to earn his 10th top 10 finish of 2014.

Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson earned the title of top finishing rookie for the 11th time this season earning an eighth-place finish during his first trip to the 2-mile track. Larson now sits eighth in the series standings and rounded out the Chevy power finishing in the top 10 at Chevy’s home track nestled in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

Brad Keselowski (Ford) was third to round out the top five finishing order.

The Sprint Cup Series travels to the West Coast next weekend as Team Chevy drivers and teams get ready to compete turning left and right on the 2.52-mile, 12-turn road course in Sonoma, California on June 22nd.

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