Michigan: A recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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We recap some Monday evening NASCAR action in the Irish Hills of Michigan, exclusively in GIFs.
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After nearly starting the race, a rainstorm wet the track at Michigan International Speedway. The only chance of racing Sunday was on a video game console.
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Instead, drivers -- particularly Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie -- spent the afternoon throwing a football with fans in the grandstands.
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Lefty LaJoie proved he's got a heck of an arm.
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Joey Logano finally started the race from the pole Monday and led early portions of the FireKeepers Casino 400.
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Jimmie Johnson and Matt DiBenedetto made contact on pit road during Stage 1 pit stops.
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So close, Kurt.
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Joey Logano held off Alex Bowman to win Stage 1.
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Monday marked the second bad day in a row for a weatherman -- this time, Kyle Weatherman, who backed into the wall.
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Whoops, we dropped one of our jokes on the track.
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The leaders pitted under caution -- but not Ryan Blaney, who pulled off an impressive fake.
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We certainly hope the No. 1 crew member removed those hands in time.
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Austin Dillon won his first-ever stage in Stage 2, coasting home on fumes.
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Joey Logano's dominant run started to slip away on the Stage 3 restart when Kevin Harvick surged to the front.
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Logano and Kyle Larson narrowly avoided disaster ...
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... while, at the same time, Clint Bowyer's luck went the other way, destroying the No. 14 car after contact with Erik Jones.
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Easy come, easy go. Stage 2 winner Austin Dillon brought out the caution after contact with William Byron sent the No. 3 into the outside wall.
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Football star Bubba Wallace's right-rear tire went up in smoke after some close-quarters racing in the final stage.
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Despite a variety of pit strategies on the final round of green-flag stops, Joey Logano found himself back on top in the closing laps -- with Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch closing fast.
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The picture changed when Erik Jones cut a left-rear tire and went for a spin, bringing out an overtime caution and reracking the field for a sprint to the finish.
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Joey Logano nailed the restart, placing himself ahead of the pack, driving off ahead of Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
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In the end, it was 22 -- Joey Logano's No. 22, that is. The defending champ's dominant performance earned him his second victory of the 2019 season, holding off Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch in the final laps.
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What's that smell in the Irish Hills of Michigan?
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Must be some donuts to go along with that Sliced Bread.