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Michigan/Mid-Ohio Checkered and Black Flags

Race Recap and Results

Pete Pistone distributes this week’s checkered and black flags following the weekend of racing at Michigan International Speedway and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Checkered Flags

Kevin Harvick
Is this the Harvick everyone has been waiting for in 2019? After winning eight times a year ago it’s taken Harvick some time to get back into some of the shape he showed last season. His Michigan win on Sunday was Harvick’s second victory in the last four weeks and might be a sign of things to come.

Kyle Larson
An early race pit road speeding penalty was a hurdle Larson was able to clear when he charged back to finish third Sunday at Michigan. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was one of the few that raced through the PJ1 traction compound and made it work. See Also: Larson Continues to Find His Stride

Martin Truex Jr.
He was dropped to the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice on Sunday morning. But Truex Jr. was able to pass a lot of cars and used some pit strategy as well to work his way to the front and bring home a fourth-place finish in his 500th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.

JTG Daugherty Racing
A very solid outing for the two-car operation led by Ryan Preece, who brought home a seventh-place finish after starting 29th. Teammate Chris Buescher wasn’t too far behind turning his 25th starting position into a 14th-place finish.

Austin Cindric
Back-to-back Xfinity Series road course wins for Cindric who followed up winning at Watkins Glen with another trip to Victory Lane Saturday at Mid-Ohio. He’s a definite threat to sweep the series three road course races this month when Road America rolls around on the schedule in two weeks.

Black Flags

Joey Logano
He looked as if a Michigan sweep was in order after winning the June race and holding a somewhat comfortable lead in the late going. However Logano ran out of fuel in a strategy gone wrong scenario that dropped him to a very disappointing 17th-place finish.

Clint Bowyer
Another bad finish for Bowyer Sunday at Michigan to continue his rough summer season. Bowyer’s issues led to a 37th-place finish and he is right on the playoff cut line with three races remaining in the regular season. See Also: Shakeup at the Playoff Bubble

Jimmie Johnson
Same story for Johnson who saw his playoff hopes take a hit with a bad day that started early with a tire problem and ended in 34th-place eight laps behind the leader. He is racing for his playoff life over the next three races.

Aric Almirola
The other bad story inside the Stewart-Haas Racing stable along with Bowyer belonged to Almirola. He was a victim of a crash on the front stretch and limped home to a 33rd-place finish.

Ryan Blaney
He was headed to a possible third-place finish until just a handful of laps were left when a fuel miscalculation derailed his effort.

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