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Lap-by-Lap: Michigan

June 16, 2012, ,

Lap 125 -- CHECKERED FLAG: James Buescher went to the inside in Turn 1 but couldn't make it stick and Joey Logano wins his fifth race of 2012. Buescher finishes second with Kurt Busch third. Elliott Sadler finished 11th and extended his points lead. This is the first victory for Toyota at Michigan.

Lap 124 -- WHITE FLAG: Joey Logano takes the white with James Buescher right on his bumper.

Lap 123 -- James Buescher trying to stay with Joey Logano to make a move at the end.

Lap 122 -- Joey Logano gets away with James Buescher right behind.

Lap 121 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano on the outside with James Buescher on the inside. Austin Dillon is behind Buescher and Cole Whitt is behind Logano. Brad Keselowski is fifth followed by Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, Sam Hornish Jr. and Brian Scott.

Lap 119 -- Justin Allgaier in 14th the highest-running car to pit.

Lap 118 -- YELLOW FLAG: The red has been pulled and we are back under yellow.

Lap 118 -- RED FLAG: The red flag has been displayed to allow for track clean-up.

Lap 118 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7: Joey Logano gets away while Paul Menard and Kurt Busch both fall back. Behind them Jamie Dick and Josh Richards get together and into the wall. A fire breaks out in-between the cars causing for a few anxious moments but both drivers are out of their cars and appear OK.

Lap 117 -- GREEN FLAG: With less than 10 to go, Joey Logano gets the race started on the outside with Paul Menard on the inside. Kurt Busch is third, James Buescher fourth and Brian Scott is fifth.

Lap 112 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Danica Patrick and Brad Sweet spin for a third time each today, and this time they both broke their lucky streak as they slam into the outside wall. Mike Bliss gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 111 -- Paul Menard is closing on Joey Logano and challenging for the lead.

Lap 110 -- Kurt Busch runs third and James Buescher is fourth.

Lap 108 -- Joey Logano has a great start and keeps the lead. Elliott Sadler has a horrible start and falls to seventh.

Lap 107 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano brings the field to the green for the final 20 laps followed by Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and James Buescher. Sam Hornish Jr. will start 14th, Danica Patrick 15th and Brad Keselowski 17th.

Lap 103 -- Danica Patrick, Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski on pit road.

Lap 101 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Austin Dillon gets into the back of Danica Patrick and send the No. 7 for a spin. Joe Nemechek gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 101 -- Joey Logano gets around Elliott Sadler for the lead.

Lap 100 -- With 25 laps to go, Elliott Sadler leads followed by Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

Lap 98 -- Justin Allgaier gives up the lead and pits. Two tires and fuel for Allgaier. Brad Sweet gives up second to pit for two tires.

Lap 96 -- Justin Allgaier and Brad Sweet the final two left to pit.

Lap 95 -- Sam Hornish Jr. on pit road for his final stop.

Lap 94 -- Joey Logano and Kurt Busch both pass Paul Menard and it looks like something is amiss with the No. 33.

Lap 93 -- Elliott Sadler came off of pit road ahead of Paul Menard so when the rest of the field pits, Sadler will be the leader.

Lap 92 -- Mike Bliss too fast on pit road and he will serve a pass-through penalty.

Lap 91 -- Sam Hornish Jr. gets the lead as Danica Patrick hits pit road. Two tires and fuel for Patrick.

Lap 90 -- Cole Whitt, Austin Dillon and James Buescher pit. Danica Patrick is the race leader.

Lap 89 -- Cole Whitt gets the lead as Paul Menard pits. Menard with four tires and no changes. Elliott Sadler also pits for four tires and minor adjustments.

Lap 88 -- Kurt Busch hits pit road for four tires and fuel. Joey Logano also on pit road.

Lap 87 -- Michael McDowell gives up 10th to pit. Air pressure adjustment and four tires.

Lap 86 -- Joey Logano gets around Kurt Busch for third.

Lap 85 -- Green-flag stops are under way as Brad Keselowski hits pit road for four tires and fuel.

Lap 82 -- Kurt Busch has worked his way back into third. Joey Logano runs fourth with James Buescher fifth.

Lap 80 -- Austin Dillon has worked his way up to 11th. Johanna Long is 13th with Brad Keselowski 14th.

Lap 78 -- Paul Menard and Elliott Sadler are working on a plan to let Sadler lead a lap to get the bonus point.

Lap 76 -- Haven't mentioned Michael McDowell yet, and we should, as he is running a solid 10th.

Lap 73 -- Elliott Sadler closing on leader Paul Menard. James Buescher is third with Kurt Busch fourth. Danica Patrick running eighth.

Lap 71 -- Elliott Sadler up to second which makes Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s troubles that much worse.

Lap 68 -- Danica Patrick running eighth but reporting a vibration.

Lap 67 -- Kurt Busch dropped a couple spots to fifth after grabbing third and he is being pressured by Sam Hornish Jr., Joey Logano and Brian Scott.

Lap 65 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. running 30th, two laps down, after all the pit stops and he is still not happy with his car.

Lap 63 -- Austin Dillon trying to work his way up to the front, rocketing around Brad Keselowski for 19th.

Lap 61 -- Paul Menard gets the lead back from James Buescher in Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 60 -- Kurt Busch was extremely aggressive on the restart and it paid off as he now runs third.

Lap 59 -- James Buescher gets the lead but some great racing is happening behind him with all the cars inside the top 10.

Lap 58 -- GREEN FLAG: Paul Menard gets 'em started followed by James Buescher, Elliott Sadler, Cole Whitt and Brian Scott.

Lap 56 -- Pit road is open. Most of the lead-lap cars stay out.

Lap 55 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Brad Sweet gets spun after some contact with Brad Keselowski as the No. 22 slows on the track to bring out the caution. Sweet was running eighth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. remained on pit road with the hood up when the green came out. Jason Bowles gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 54 -- GREEN FLAG: Paul Menard brings the field to the green followed by Elliott Sadler, Cole Whitt, James Buescher and Brian Scott.

Lap 53 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. back on pit road for a third time to continue working on the suspension.

Lap 52 -- Mike Bliss too fast on pit road and he will start at the rear. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on pit road with his hood up to work on the suspension.

Lap 51 -- The leaders his pit road. Paul Menard with two tires. Sam Hornish Jr. with four tires. Joey Logano with four tires. Elliott Sadler, James Buescher, Cole Whitt, and Brad Keselowski also all take two tires. Brad Sweet with a fuel-only stop.

Lap 49 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Kenny Wallace has his engine go up in smoke and there is some fluid on the track. Austin Dillon gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 47 -- Justin Allgaier down to seventh. Elliott Sadler up to fifth.

Lap 45 -- Austin Dillon gives up ninth and hits pit road due to a possible loose wheel. Dillon complaining about a very bad vibration. They change just the right sides despite owner Richard Childress saying on the radio to change all four. Dillon falls to 27th one lap down.

Lap 44 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. battling a very loose race car and is now down to 17th. On the pitstop they made wholesale changes and it didn't help.

Lap 43 -- Brad Keselowski passes Brad Sweet and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the corner to grab 13th.

Lap 41 -- Brad Keselowski had a long stop which put him back in the field but he has worked his way up to 16th.

Lap 39 -- Joey Logano and Paul Menard have closed on leader Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 38 -- Haven't said anything about the points battle. Elliott Sadler running sixth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. running 13th.

Lap 36 -- Brian Scott running fourth as four yellow cars are 1-2-3-4 making Lap-by-Lap very difficult right now. Austin Dillon down to 11th.

Lap 33 -- Paul Menard and Joey Logano side by side for second with Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon on the bumpers for fourth.

Lap 32 -- The top three fall into place with Sam Hornish Jr. first followed by Joey Logano and Paul Menard.

Lap 31 -- GREEN FLAG: Sam Hornish Jr. brings the field to the green followed by Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier and Paul Menard.

Lap 28 -- The leaders hit pit road. Paul Menard with an air pressure and track bar adjustment. Cole Whitt with a wedge and air pressure adjustment. Joey Logano with four tires and an air pressure adjustment. Austin Dillon with four tires and major adjustments costing him on pit road. Danica Patrick takes fuel only. Sam Hornish Jr. takes two fresh Goodyears and wins the race off pit road.

Lap 26 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Competition caution is out. Josh Richards gets the free pass and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 25 -- Great battle for ninth as Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier and Brian Scott duke it out for position.

Lap 23 -- Kurt Busch is up to 14th; Danica Patrick has climbed to 17th; and Brad Sweet runs 22nd after their Lap 1 problems.

Lap 22 -- Joey Logano has a great run in Turn 3 and passes Austin Dillon for the lead.

Lap 21 -- Joey Logano is up to second as Cole Whitt has dropped to third and Paul Menard is looking to get around him.

Lap 19 -- Nine drivers have already taken their cars to the garage leaving just 31 cars on the lead lap. Kenny Wallace is the first driver one lap down.

Lap 16 -- Johanna Long close to running in the top 10 as she sits 11th.

Lap 15 -- Austin Dillon closes on Cole Whitt and is able to get around the No. 88 to retake the lead.

Lap 12 -- Brad Keselowski gets around James Buescher for fifth. Elliott Sadler follows Keselowski for sixth.

Lap 10 -- Kurt Busch restarted 36th but he is on the move through the field. Danica Patrick already up to 23rd with Brad Sweet right behind in 25th.

Lap 8 -- Kurt Busch had to pit under caution to replace part of his nose after contact with Brad Keselowski on Lap 1. Brad Sweet and Danica Patrick restarted 39th and 40th, respectively.

Lap 7 -- Austin Dillon gets around Joey Logano for second.

Lap 6 -- Joey Logano goes to the inside and makes it three-wide for the lead but it's Cole Whitt who comes out on top.

Lap 5 -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon brings the field to the green followed by Cole Whitt, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler and James Buescher.

Lap 2 -- Brad Sweet brushed the wall and is on pit road getting repairs.

Lap 1 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Danica Patrick and Brad Sweet both went for a spin but neither one of them hit anything and both should be OK for the rest of the race. It didn't look like either one of them were provoked into a spin, they just went around.

4:03 p.m. ET -- GREEN FLAG: Austin Dillon brings the field to speed at the newly-repaved Michigan International Speedway for 125 laps of racing where no one knows what to expect.

3:57 p.m. ET -- The drivers have been given the OK to roll off of pit road for three warm-up laps.

3:54 p.m. ET -- Big Kenny from the country group Big and Rich gives the command: "Drivers, start your engines!"

3:52 p.m. ET -- There will be a competition caution at Lap 25. Teams are not allowed to add fuel to the car until then.

3:49 p.m. ET -- Oh sweet! Instead of the normal jets flying overhead, four T-6 Texans flew over Michigan International Speedway. What an awesome sight.

3:48 p.m. ET -- They're back! The Leffring Sisters -- Jera, Jenna and Jillian -- return to perform the national anthem.

3:46 p.m. ET -- Michigan Representative Mike Shirkey delivers the Invocation.

3:44 p.m. ET -- The Leffring Sisters -- Jera, Jenna and Jillian -- perform Oh, Canada.

3:42 p.m. ET -- Interesting nugget thanks to our friends at ABC -- Austin Dillon is the only driver to complete every lap in the Nationwide Series this season. Will he keep his streak intact after 125 laps at Michigan?

3:30 p.m. ET -- Temperatures in Brooklyn, Mich., are in the 90's meaning the 2-mile oval is going to be fast, fast, fast. There is a threat of thunderstorms this evening, but late enough it shouldn't effect the race.

2:30 p.m. ET -- While the Cup drivers are exceeding 200 mph at Michigan International Speedway, the Nationwide drivers are much slower -- but have their own concerns. Some believe there could be some two-car drafts -- a la Daytona and Talladega -- in the Alliance Truck Parts 250. Austin Dillon is on the pole with fellow rookie Cole Whitt outside of the No. 3. Green is at 4:02 p.m. ET for 125 laps of Irish Hills excitement.