Matt Kenseth dominated the Pure Michigan 400 by leading 146 of the 200 laps en route to the victory. Jeff Gordon’s final race in Michigan was one to forget as he battled track position and handling to a less than stellar 17th place finish. Gordon dropped to 15th in the NASCAR Chase standings, and has a 55 point cushion over the Chase cutoff with 3 races remaining. It was Gordon’s 3rd finish outside the top-15 in the last 4 races.
Gordon started 21st and dropped to 24th on the opening lap prior to David Ragan’s spin to bring out a caution. On the restart, Gordon dropped to 26th before a debris caution on lap 11. He advanced to 20th at the competition caution on lap 21. Gordon came to pit road for tires and restarted in 20th place. Within three laps, he worked his way to 16th. He stayed out to lead a lap during a green flag pit sequence before coming to pit road on lap 61. Gordon ran 15th when a debris caution slowed the field on lap 72. He stayed out and restarted in 8th on lap 76. However, he struggled on the restart and dropped to 17th by lap 80. At the halfway point, Gordon ran in 15th place.
Gordon came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 103. He cycled through in 14th place. A debris caution slowed the field on lap 121. After pit stops, Gordon restarted in 13th. He moved up to 12th when Clint Bowyer spun on the backstretch to bring out a caution on lap 126. Another caution for Tony Stewart’s spin moved Gordon up to 10th when Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski came to pit road for fuel. Gordon came to pit road for a green flag stop on lap 168 to ensure he could make it to the finish. Gordon cycled through in 12th place. Jimmie Johnson’s spin brought out the caution with 17 to go. Gordon restarted in 10th place with 14 to go. However, he lost spots after being caught in the middle line and dropped to 17th with 10 to go.
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