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Kurt Busch won for the second time in 2015 in Sunday's rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400. (Photo: Getty Images)

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BROOKLYN, Mich. - Nobody wins when the weather impacts a race. Unfortunately that was evident on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Persistent rain showers that surrounded the area bombarded the track on a regular basis and there was nothing anyone could do to combat Mother Nature’s rage.

Fans deserve to see as much of any race as is possible and NASCAR did all it could to give those in the stands, as well as a radio and television audience, the advertised distance of 400 miles.

There is no question the creation and development of the Air Titan has tremendously upgraded the ability to prepare a track for racing after a rain delay in a much more expedient fashion than the old fashioned method of jet dryers and tractor tires dragged on the race surface.

NASCAR has shown it will go to great lengths to complete weather-challenged races. That was proved again Sunday.

Unfortunately Mother Nature usually never loses and at the end of the day she won again.

  • Very tough break for Kyle Busch, who was riding high earlier in the weekend with his triumphant return to the XFINITY Series and a win in Saturday’s Great Clips 250, but had his day end in the turn four wall on Sunday. Busch slammed the wall right after the field had been given the green flag after the day’s third red flag for rain. His quest to make the Chase took a significant hit with that trip into the wall and a 43rd-place finish.
  • The hot topic of the weekend was the potential for a new Sprint Cup Series aerodynamic package that will could be used July 11th at Kentucky Speedway. The reported rules change will significantly reduce downforce and appears to be the template for a possible track-specific aero package approach to be used in 2016. Many drivers have been asking for steps in this direction but it’s still unknown whether what might be used at Kentucky will be utilize the rest of the season or tabled until next year.
  • Furniture Row Racing is riding high after Martin Truex Jr.’s Pocono win that put the one car organization into the Chase. Many believes more wins will come for the No. 78 team and Truex Jr. will be a legitimate championship contender once the Chase rolls around. But there may be big changes on the horizon for the team including a change in manufacturer with Toyota reportedly courting the current Chevy organization. General Manager Joe Garone said additional sponsors are being pursued for both Truex Jr.’s car as well as a potential second entry. It seems apparent Furniture Row is on the brink of a very significant juncture of the organization’s evolution.
  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held a stand alone race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis. Like Michigan weather played a part in the race that eventually cranked up to an exciting conclusion that included young Cole Custer scoring another win for JR Motorsports as well as John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton getting involved in a controversial accident. Despite the weather, a decent crowd showed up and fans will have two opportunities to support stand alone Truck Series and XFINITY Series races this weekend at Iowa Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, respectively.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.

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