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Lap-by-Lap: Michigan

June 20, 2011, , NASCAR.com



Lap-by-Lap: Michigan

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Matt Kenseth gets sideways as he tries to pass Denny Hamlin but the No. 11 wins for the first time this season. Kenseth finishes second followed by Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards.

Lap 199 -- WHITE FLAG: Denny Hamlin takes the white and could have won this race on the final pit stop of the day.

Lap 198 -- Regan Smith has a tire go down but the race stays green.

Lap 197 -- Denny Hamlin remains out front by .03 seconds in front of Matt Kenseth.

Lap 196 -- Kyle Busch jumps to third. Carl Edwards falls to fifth. Denny Hamlin is out front.

Lap 195 -- GREEN FLAG: Denny Hamlin brings the field to the green for the final five laps.

Lap 193 -- Denny Hamlin wins the race off pit road and is out front followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard. Kyle Busch is sixth. Joey Logano is 12th. Greg Biffle is 13th. Jeff Gordon is 15th.

Lap 192 -- Pit road is open and everyone pits. Matt Kenseth with two tires and fuel. Carl Edwards with two tires and fuel. Denny Hamlin with two tires and fuel. Jeff Gordon with four tires and a chassis adjustment.

Lap 191 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets into the wall in Turn 2 bringing out the caution. A.J. Allmendinger gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 190 -- Carl Edwards leads with 10 to go. Jamie McMurray and Marcos Ambrose on pit road.

Lap 188 -- A.J. Allmendinger and David Reutimann are on pit road.

Lap 186 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick have both gotten into the wall in the past five laps. Earnhardt is running 13th and Harvick has dropped to 21st.

Lap 183 -- Jeff Gordon's team reporting they are very close on fuel. Gordon is currently eighth.

Lap 182 -- Tony Stewart closing on Paul Menard for fourth. Both are close on fuel with Stewart short if the race goes into overtime.

Lap 180 -- Carl Edwards leads by 1.2 seconds with 20 to go.

Lap 178 -- It looks like we could have another fuel-mileage race on our hands. If the race stays green, the finish could be very interesting.

Lap 177 -- Greg Biffle up to ninth after restarting 18th.

Lap 174 -- The Roush guys are losing the fuel game as Matt Kenseth is being told to save two to three laps of fuel.

Lap 171 -- Tony Stewart passes Ryan Newman for fifth. Kyle Busch also gets around Newman for sixth.

Lap 170 -- Brian Vickers, Kevin Harvick and A.J. Allmendinger were on pace for a top-five or top-10, but after the caution they find themselves in 17th, 18th and 19th, respectively.

Lap 168 -- Jeff Gordon has somehow made his way up to eighth after a day in the 20s.

Lap 166 -- New cars are out front as Carl Edwards leads followed by Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman. Kyle Busch is sixth.

Lap 165 -- The report from the No. 99 is that Carl Edwards will not have enough fuel to make it to the end. Greg Biffle restarted 18th and they say they are one lap short.

Lap 164 -- Jeff Burton drops to the infield at the drop of the green and falls to the rear of the field. Carl Edwards leads on the restart.

Lap 163 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch brings the field to the green followed by Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 162 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has some damage to his No. 88. A.J. Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne use the wave-around and are back on the lead lap.

Lap 161 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Regan Smith with long stops. David Reutimann is back in the race scored 19 laps down. Greg Biffle pits to top off on fuel.

Lap 160 -- The rest of the leaders hit pit road. Mark Martin with four tires, fuel and they can make it the rest of the way. Carl Edwards with four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Kevin Harvick with a chassis adjustment. Kyle Busch with an air pressure adjustment. Matt Kenseth tops off his No. 17 with fuel.

Lap 158 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Juan Montoya cut Andy Lally off as the No. 42 tried to get to pit road causing the No. 71 to slam into the No. 42. It looks like Montoya ran out of fuel. Greg Biffle gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 157 -- Brian Vickers and Martin Truex Jr. on pit road.

Lap 156 -- Kasey Kahne with a stop that lasted more than a minute as he couldn't get his No. 4 started.

Lap 155 -- Kasey Kahne is on pit road and says he is out of fuel.

Lap 154 -- Matt Kenseth gives up second and pits. Four tires and fuel. Greg Biffle also on pit road with a wedge adjustment and four tires.

Lap 152 -- A.J. Allmendinger gives up his top-five spot and pits. David Ragan also on pit road.

Lap 150 -- Jamie McMurray is on pit road beginning another round of green-flag stops.

Lap 149 -- Matt Kenseth has caught Kyle Busch and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 147 -- Denny Hamlin passes Kurt Busch for ninth. Jeff Gordon up to 18th.

Lap 144 -- David Reutimann takes his No. 00 to the garage.

Lap 143 -- Kasey Kahne up to fifth. Mark Martin is sixth.

Lap 141 -- David Reutimann off pit road and now two laps down. The No. 00 was losing fuel pressure forcing him into the pits.

Lap 139 -- David Reutimann on pit road for an unexpected stop.

Lap 138 -- Kyle Busch close to putting Juan Montoya a lap down.

Lap 137 -- Carl Edwards passes A.J. Allmendinger for fourth.

Lap 136 -- David Gilliland has gone a lap down. Twenty-eight cars remain on the lead lap.

Lap 134 -- Not the day Hendrick Motorsports was looking for. Mark Martin is seventh, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 21st, Jeff Gordon is 22nd and Jimmie Johnson is 35th.

Lap 132 -- Matt Kenseth passes Greg Biffle for second.

Lap 130 -- Brian Vickers down to 13th. Kurt Busch down to eighth after his pit stop.

Lap 128 -- Martin Truex Jr. (30th) and Brad Keselowski (31st) are the only two drivers one lap down. Five drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, are two laps down.

Lap 127 -- Green-flag stops are complete. Kyle Busch leads by 1.2 seconds in front of Greg Biffle. Matt Kenseth, A.J. Allmendinger and Carl Edwards complete the top five.

Lap 125 -- Paul Menard pits giving the lead to Kyle Busch. Menard with an air pressure adjustment. Brad Keselowski slides through his pit stall and has to back up costing him tons of time.

Lap 124 -- Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman all on pit road.

Lap 123 -- Kyle Busch, Kurt, Busch and Carl Edwards on pit road. Chassis adjustment for Kyle Busch. Wedge adjustment for Edwards. Air pressure and chassis adjustment for Kurt Busch.

Lap 122 -- Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith on pit road. Chassis adjustment for Kahne. Martin Truex Jr. busted and will serve a pass-through penalty for a missing lug nut.

Lap 121 -- Brain Vickers and Martin Truex Jr. are on pit road.

Lap 120 -- Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth pit. Kenseth with four tires and no changes. Biffle with four tires and no changes.

Lap 119 -- A.J. Allmendinger gives up fifth and pits. Allmendinger with four tires and a track bar adjustment.

Lap 118 -- David Ragan and Juan Montoya on pit road.

Lap 117 -- David Reutimann and Jamie McMurray on pit road.

Lap 114 -- Things starting to get a little better for Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon, as they have moved into the top 20 in 18th and 19th, respectively.

Lap 112 -- Ryan Newman quietly having a great day as he runs 10th.

Lap 108 -- Kurt Busch gets around A.J. Allmendinger for fourth. Matt Kenseth has gotten past both of them and is third.

Lap 107 -- Travis Kvapil takes the No. 38 to the garage. Greg Biffle challenging Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 103 -- Mark Martin on his way to the top as he is challenging Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards for seventh and sixth.

Lap 102 -- Leader Kyle Busch having trouble seeing due to some water on his visor. Busch also doesn't feel well and Scott Riggs is on standby in case he is needed in a substitute role.

Lap 100 -- At the halfway mark, Kyle Busch edges past Greg Biffle for the lead.

Lap 98 -- Carl Edwards up to seventh with Mark Martin right behind in eighth.

Lap 96 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart also going the wrong way as they run 19th and 20th, respectively.

Lap 95 -- After running top five, Brian Vickers finds himself in 15th.

Lap 94 -- Matt Kenseth closing on A.J. Allmendinger for fourth.

Lap 93 -- Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick in a great battle for sixth.

Lap 91 -- Matt Kenseth already up to fifth. Mark Martin in the top 10 for the first time today, currently 10th.

Lap 89 -- Greg Biffle restarts on the outside and holds off Kurt Busch for the lead. It's three-and four-wide throughout the field.

Lap 88 -- GREEN FLAG: Greg Biffle brings the field to the green.

Lap 87 -- Robby Gordon has taken the No. 7 to the garage. Bobby Labonte pits and gives the lead to Greg Biffle. Matt Kenseth down to eighth after coming in with the lead.

Lap 86 -- Bobby Labonte stays out and is the race leader.

Lap 85 -- All the leaders hit pit road. Greg Biffle wins the race off pit road followed by Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, A.J. Allmendinger and Brian Vickers.

Lap 84 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Brad Keselowski hits the wall after his tire explodes and brings out the caution. David Gilliland gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 83 -- Kyle Busch gets around for Greg Biffle for second in Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 79 -- Have some racing for position between Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for seventh.

Lap 78 -- Kurt Busch not happy with his car or the team's effort on the last green-flag stop.

Lap 77 -- Joey Logano hasn't done much with his new engine as he runs 27th. Juan Montoya is barely hanging on to the lead lap running 29th.

Lap 75 -- Trevor Bayne is back in the Cup Series and he runs 26th.

Lap 74 -- Jeff Gordon just can't get anything going as is stuck in 24th.

Lap 73 -- Matt Kenseth is out front but he will have to pit before everyone else as the team didn't fuel the No. 17 full of fuel.

Lap 72 -- Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle are side-by-side for the lead at the stripe.

Lap 70 -- The top three have cleared the lap traffic and have a clear track.

Lap 69 -- Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth have caught the tail end of the field as David Gilliland and Mike Bliss are about to go a lap down.

Lap 66 -- Kurt Busch is a distant 2.5 seconds behind the top three in fourth.

Lap 65 -- Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch in a three-way battle for the lead.

Lap 64 -- With pit stops complete, Greg Biffle back out front with Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth right behind.

Lap 63 -- Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Brian Vickers on pit road. Kenseth with a wedge adjustment. Greg Biffle with four tires and a track bar adjustment. Carl Edwards with four tires and an air pressure adjustment.

Lap 62 -- Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch among the cars to pit and as a majority of the field is on pit road.

Lap 61 -- About a dozen cars are on pit road including David Ragan, Jeff Burton and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 60 -- And right on cue, David Reutimann, Bard Keselowski and Jamie McMurray are on pit road.

Lap 59 -- We've been green for 31 laps so green-flag stops will be coming in the next five to 10 laps.

Lap 57 -- And in a show of teamwork, Matt Kenseth allows Greg Biffle to retake the lead.

Lap 56 -- Matt Kenseth passes Greg Biffle on the backstretch to lead for the first time today.

Lap 55 -- Casey Mears takes the No. 13 to the garage.

Lap 54 -- David Ragan has worked his way up to 17th after being as low as 42nd.

Lap 52 -- Matt Kenseth is closing on teammate and leader Greg Biffle.

Lap 51 -- Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart are going the wrong way this run, as all three have dropped out of the top 10.

Lap 49 -- J.J. Yeley takes the No. 46 to the garage. Greg Biffle leads by 1.3 seconds.

Lap 48 -- Matt Kenseth passes Kurt Busch for second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the move as he runs sixth.

Lap 45 -- Carl Edwards on the move as he is up to fifth. Joe Nemechek takes the No. 87 to the garage.

Lap 41 -- David Stremme takes the No. 30 to the garage.

Lap 40 -- There is a three-second gap between the top-four and the rest of the field.

Lap 39 -- Matt Kenseth passes Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 37 -- Three Roush Fenway cars are in the top 10: Greg Biffle (first), Matt Kenseth (fourth) and Carl Edwards (seventh).

Lap 34 -- Kyle Busch up to third in a very short amount of time. Kevin Harvick is ninth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 10th.

Lap 32 -- Scott Riggs takes the No. 81 to the garage.

Lap 31 -- Casey Mears pitted on the restart and will go a lap down.

Lap 30 -- GREEN FLAG: Greg Biffle brings the field to the green. Jimmie Johnson made the repairs but went two laps down in the process.

Lap 29 -- Casey Mears stays out to lead a lap. Jimmie Johnson with a long stop to fix the front sway bar. Michael McDowell takes the No. 66 to the garage.

Lap 28 -- The leaders hit pit road. Matt Kenseth with four tires, an air pressure and wedge adjustment. Greg Biffle likes his car and takes just four tires. Kurt Busch with a track bar adjustment. Ryan Newman with four tires and a wedge adjustment.

Lap 26 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Robby Gordon hit the wall in Turn 3 bringing out the caution. Jimmie Johnson gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 25 -- The top four have opened up some distance between each other and the field.

Lap 23 -- Carl Edwards has jumped into the top 10, running 10th.

Lap 22 -- Greg Biffle has opened up a 1.2-second lead on Kurt Busch.

Lap 20 -- David Reutimann drops from eighth to 13th.

Lap 19 -- Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin in a great battle for eighth.

Lap 17 -- Regan Smith left pit road late and is all alone, just out in front of the field.

Lap 16 -- Paul Menard up to third. Denny Hamlin is 10th. Kyle Busch is 12th after starting 24th.

Lap 14 -- The front sway bar is broke on the No. 48 after his spin.

Lap 13 -- Greg Biffle gets around Kurt Busch for the lead in Turn 3.

Lap 12 -- Kurt Busch back out front as he takes advantage of Ryan Newman's rough restart.

Lap 11 -- GREEN FLAG: Ryan Newman spins the tires on the restart forcing the field to go four- and five-wide.

Lap 10 -- Kurt Busch won the race off pit road but will restart second. Ryan Newman leads after staying out. Jimmie Johnson is a lap down and back on pit road. David Ragan back on pit road after contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on pit road. Regan Smith also with a long stop.

Lap 9 -- The leaders hit pit road. Tony Stewart with two tires. Brian Vickers with a track bar adjustment. Kurt Busch with two tires and fuel. Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a track bar adjustment and four tires.

Lap 8 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Jimmie Johnson spins after getting loose bringing out the caution. No free pass is given.

Lap 7 -- Jeff Gordon running 25th. Kevin Harvick is 26th. Joey Logano up to 30th.

Lap 6 -- Tony Stewart passes David Reutimann for second on the backstretch.

Lap 4 -- Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch up to 19th and 20th after starting deep in the back.

Lap 3 -- Kurt Busch has opened up a 0.9-second lead. Tony Stewart challenging David Reutimann for second.

Lap 2 -- Tony Stewart passes Brian Vickers for third. The field is single-file, except on the backstretch.

Lap 1 -- Kurt Busch with a great start and leads. David Reutimann is second.

1:17 p.m. ET -- GREEN FLAG: Kurt Busch brings the field to the green for 200 laps at Michigan.

1:13 p.m. ET -- Joey Logano will move to the rear due to an engine change.

1:08 p.m. ET -- Former University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr gives the command: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

1:01 p.m ET -- Members of the U.S. Army Chorus perform the national anthem.

1:00 p.m. ET -- Father Geoff Rose from Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Mich., delivers the Invocation.

Noon ET -- Countdown to Green is under way on TNT.

10:16 a.m. ET -- It's a beautiful morning in the Irish Hills of Michigan as the Cup Series prepares for 400 miles at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway. It's currently 72 degrees under sunny skies and temperatures should remain in the 70s all afternoon. There is a chance for thunderstorms later in the afternoon, so the weather could play an issue. Kurt Busch will start from the pole for the third consecutive week. Green set for 1:16 p.m. ET.