Found August 18, 2013 on On Pit Road:
BROOKLYN, MI — The struggles continued for Hendrick Motorsports at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Only one of the team’s four cars finished inside the top-10 (Kasey Kahne, seventh) Sunday afternoon. The other three cars (Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson) each had their fair share of struggles over the course of Sunday’s 400-mile race. After starting the race from the 41st position after crashing his primary car in Saturday’s final practice session, Jimmie Johnson charged his way to the lead of the race before 50 laps were completed. However, shortly after his first scheduled green-flag pit stop, the driver of the No.48 reported that the engine was blowing up, ending the five-time champion’s day. “I guess when we came in for a green flag pit stop something started then,” Johnson said. “I didn’t notice anything, then it finally dropped a cylinder or two down the back-straightaway.” Johnson finished the race in 40th, his worst finish of the 2013 season to ...

Dale Jr. blows tire in Michigan

Dale Earnhardt Jr. blew a right front tire in Turn 2 on Lap 134 on Sunday at Michigan Speedway. Earnhardt, who had led the race for the first time on Lap 42 and was running eighth at the time of the wreck and was forced to go to the garage for repairs. "If I had stayed off the brake, maybe it wouldn't have popped," Earnhardt said. "I got about three cars from...

More problems for Hendrick cars at Michigan

Jimmie Johnson's exit was only the beginning. It was another rough day for Hendrick Motorsports in Michigan. Johnson, NASCAR's Sprint Cup points leader, was knocked out Sunday after 54 laps when he blew his engine, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car was damaged when he slammed into the wall on the 135th lap. Johnson finished 40th, and Earnhardt was 36th. Kasey Kahne and Jeff...

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In a similar position to last year, will Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Axalta Racing team make another push for a "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" berth beginning with this Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway?   In 2012, Gordon entered this event 16th in the point standings with one win, four top-fives and nine top-10's in the first...

Junior in jeopardy?

Early in the Pure Michigan 400, Dale Earnhardt Jr. teased his legion of fans with the prospect of a third victory at Michigan. Earnhardt led twice for 20 laps and at one point opened a lead of more than two seconds over his closest pursuer. Earnhardt's race came to grief, however, when he blew a right front tire on Lap 135 of 200 while running eighth and pounded the Turn 2 wall...

No mojo for Michigan

  For a precision, championship outfit like Hendrick Motorsports, Michigan remains a mystery. Kasey Kahne's seventh-place run was the lone bright spot for the organization, which left the two-mile track in total befuddlement for the second straight race. Jimmie Johnson exited early with an engine failure after wrecking his primary car in practice and going to a backup chassis...

Joey Wins From the Poll

Jeff Gordon stated that has a great racecar today. When the green flag dropped it was go time for Kurt Busch that got the race lead.  Clint Bowyer though at the end of the lap took a wild spin through the grass by himself to bring out the caution.  On the restart Joey Logano got the better restart and the race lead, but at lap 8 it was caution time again as David Reutimann...

Captain Thunder's Legendary Top-5 Fantasy NASCAR Picks - MICHIGAN

photo credit:  getty images JIMMIE JOHNSON - WINNER #48 Lowe's Chevrolet ·       Four top fives, nine top 10s ·       Average finish of 15.8 ·       Average Running Position of 10.2, fourth-best ·       Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best ·       Series-high 357 Fastest Laps Run ·       Average Green Flag Speed of 177.081 mph, second...
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