Racingone Rewind: Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - A look back at Kasey Kahne's fifth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in Sunday's rain-shortened 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

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Inside Line
Kasey Kahne won the pole and then went on to score his fourth NEXTEL Cup Series win of the season in Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Keys to Victory Lane
Kahne got off pit road ahead of the field on the last stop of the day and then stayed in front until rain stopped the race on lap 129.

Zero to Hero
Edwards started 31st and came back for a runner-up finish, a big improvement from his Saturday night in Kentucky's Busch race when he had transmission problems at the drop of the green flag.

Hero to Zero
Clint Bowyer had the biggest drop, starting ninth and then getting caught in the Tony Stewart-Jeff Green tangle on lap 40. Bowyer wound-up 39th.

Notables
Reed Sorenson started 25th and drove to a fifth place finish. Casey Mears came from 37th to finish seventh. And Ryan Newman started 42nd after spinning out in qualifying and was able to post a 15th-place finish.

Rookie of the Race
Sorenson was the day's most impressive freshman with his fifth-place run, his best finish of the season.

What's the Points?
Johnson's point lead over Matt Kenseth, who had a terrible day including contact with Bill Lester and then a spin, grew to 74. Kahne, Earnhardt, Jr. and Mark Martin round out the top five.

Where Are They Now?
Where last year "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup competitors currently are in the standings: Jimmie Johnson (first), Matt Kenseth (second), Mark Martin (fifth), Tony Stewart (sixth), Greg Biffle (10th), Carl Edwards (13th), Kurt Busch (16th), Ryan Newman (17th) and Jeremy Mayfield (32nd).

Pit Stops
  • Kasey Kahne captured his fifth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series win in his 87th start. The win was also his first at Michigan Int'l Speedway and third top five at the track. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Kahne won the 11th race - second consecutive at Michigan - for car owner Ray Evernham Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Kahne became the 211th driver overall to win a race from the pole position. Starting Position Facts
  • Kahne led four times for 19 laps. Jeff Gordon led the most with 50. Lap Summary
  • Kahne gave Dodge their fifth win in 2006. It was also the 192nd overall win for Dodge. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • After finishing second, Carl Edwards now has finished in the top 10 in all four of his starts at Michigan.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr's third-place finish was his first top five in 14 starts at MIS.
  • Greg Biffle (fourth) has now finished sixth or better in five of his last six starts at Michigan.
  • Reed Sorenson was the top rookie in the 3M Performance 400, finishing fifth.
  • Jimmie Johnson's sixth-place finish was his fourth top 10 in nine starts at MIS.
  • Casey Mears scored his first top 10 in seven starts at MIS after finishing seventh.
  • Jeff Gordon eighth-place finish was his 18th top 10 in 27 starts at Michigan.
  • Kurt Busch's ninth-place finish was his fifth top 10 in 11 starts at MIS.
  • Kevin Harvick (10th) captured his first finish of 16th or better in the last five MIS races.
  • The rain-shortened 129-lap race saw 17 lead changes among 10 drivers and an average speed of 118.788 mph.
  • Nine caution flags were thrown for 37 laps.
  • The 3M Performance 400 lasted 2 hours, 10 minutes, 19 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • The rush to pick Kasey Kahne to win the next time he takes a pole is going to be fierce.
  • Mother Nature trumps Father's Day apparently. Wish we could have used the magic remote from "Click" to fast forward through the rain.
  • Tony Stewart was outraged after his crash with Jeff Green, but then suddenly calmed down. Wonder if having hid dad there had anything to do with the sudden reversal of emotions?
  • Tony is going to have a challenge ahead of him on the road course at Sonoma next weekend if the right shoulder got banged around at all in the accident.
  • No one was as happy over a 32nd-place finish than Bill Lester.
  • Jeff Gordon looked to have no ill effects after his crash last week in Pocono and if the race would have gone the advertised distance, would certainly have been a factor.
  • Are their two guys looking more forward to ending his season and starting 2007 than Michael Waltrip and Dale Jarrett?
  • Thumbs up to Junior's paint scheme Sunday. Now that's back in the day.

    Garage Talk
  • "Can you imagine what the bill for J.D. Gibbs (president, Joe Gibbs Racing) is going to be when he gets an invoice from Greg Zipadelli (crew chief) and myself for fabrication work? I mean, our hourly rates are not cheap." - Tony Stewart
  • "I apologized. I mean, I don't drive that way. I just got in a little over my head; my car pushed and Tony held his line. I got to admit to him, I hate it. I wouldn't do that to anybody and Tony's a good friend of mine and I know he's racing for that championship and that top 10." - Jeff Green
  • "The way things have been going for us right now I'm happy with eighth." - Jeff Gordon
  • "Today was a moral victory for me and Tony Eury Jr. to have a good car at a track that we've struggled on." - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • "I told Kasey if he wanted a hot dog, we would have just bought him one." - Ray Evernham

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of one to ten umbrellas, we'll give Sunday's rain-shortened 3M Performance 400 a five. It was Father's Day, but Mother Nature ruled by stopping the race just past halfway. Kasey Kahne did have the best car of the day, but it would have been nice to see if anyone had anything for him over the full distance. Some good early racing between Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was exciting and Kahne's comeback from the unscheduled pit stop brought some drama, but the day was in all a wet disappointment. Next week, a trip back west and the first road course of the season as the circuit visits Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
    
            
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