Minute-by-Minute: Michigan

June 15, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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4:12 p.m. ET: Greg Biffle has won the Quicken Loans 400. Head over to Press Pass to see what he has to say after celebrating in Victory Lane.

4:10 p.m. ET: Johnson swipes the wall with three laps to go, no caution flag comes out.

4:09 p.m. ET: With five laps left, Johnson still creeping up on Biffle. 1.326 seconds behind. Can he catch him?

4:06 p.m. ET: Ten laps to go, Biffle, Harvick, Johnson, Truex, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Stewart, Bowyer, Kenseth, Logano lead.

4:04 p.m. ET: Johnson running a bit faster than Biffle, Harvick ahead of him.

4:02 p.m. ET: Some other noteworthy positions: Danica Patrick running 12th, Austin Dillon 16th, Denny Hamlin in 30th, one lap down.

4:00 p.m. ET: With 20 laps left, Biffle leads Harvick, Truex, Johnson, Stewart, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Logano, Kenseth.

3:56 p.m. ET: The green flag is back out with under 30 laps remaining. In the top ten: Biffle, Truex, Harvick, Kenseth, Keselowski, Stewart, Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Logano, Johnson.

3:54 p.m. ET: The day is officially over for the No. 24 team.

3:52 p.m. ET: Tire problems popping up frequently today.

3:46 p.m. ET: Lots of cars heading down pit road for tires and fuel. Kenseth wins race off.

3:45 p.m. ET: Jamie McMurray blows a front right tire, bringing out the caution flag after several cars took green flag pit stops.

3:43 p.m. ET: What could be the final pit stops coming up.

3:40 p.m. ET: With under 40 laps to go, current leader is Greg Biffle, followed by Edwards, Logano, Truex, Kenseth, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, McMurray, Stenhouse, Johnson.

3:37 p.m. ET: He isn't the first driver to see this problem in the Quicken Loans 400.

3:29 p.m. ET: 32 cars are on the lead lap, with Denny Hamlin in position to be the beneficiary. Keep up with the leaderboard live, here.

3:25 p.m. ET: Running under green, top ten is Edwards, Logano, Kenseth, Biffle, Truex, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, McMurray, Harvick, Stenhouse.

3:21 p.m. ET: Lots of cars pitting under yellow. With a fuel window of 40 laps, strategy could come into play here.

3:17 p.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr. heads to the garage after smoke begins billowing out of his car. Seventh caution flag is out.

3:16 p.m. ET: Kahne released from the infield care center. See the incident that sent him off the track here.

3:10 p.m. ET: The No. 24 team looking to minimize points damage.

3:04 p.m. ET: Earnhardt holds on to the lead, with Kenseth just behind. Johnson running p8.

3:00 p.m. ET: As we go back to green, the top ten will be Earnhardt, Kenseth, Biffle, Logano, Edwards, Truex, Johnson, Kyle Busch, Montoya, Harvick.

2:56 p.m. ET: Under caution, lots of pit stops.

2:51 p.m. ET: Kasey Kahne hits the wall hard after blowing a right front tire, bringing out caution number six. Tow trucks on the track.

2:48 p.m. ET: Cars prepping crew chiefs for next round of pit stops.

2:44 p.m. ET: The whole No. 88 team is in the Superman spirit today.

2:40 p.m. ET: Top ten currently Earnhardt, Kahne, Kenseth, Harvick, Edwards, Biffle, Johnson, Almirola, Stewart, Logano. Other notables: Champ Brad Keselowski in 13th, Kyle Busch 14th.

2:35 p.m. ET: Junior makes the most of that restart, putting himself out front.

2:32 p.m. ET: Bad news for the No. 11 team, but lots of laps still remaining.

2:28 p.m. ET: Caution flag number five comes out for debris in Turn 1. Good news for those who didn't pit. Bad news for those who just did.

2:24 p.m. ET: Some mix-up in the top ten. Currently running Johnson, Kahne, Dillon, Earnhardt, Truex, Logano, Harvick, Kenseth, Edwards, Biffle.

2:20 p.m. ET: Driver feedback coming over the radio as Jimmie Johnson takes the lead.

2:16 p.m. ET: After hitting the wall and seeing some significant damage, Kurt Busch is five laps down. See the spin that put him there.

2:12 p.m. ET: More than a quarter of the way throguh the race, Jamie McMurray leads a top five of Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.

2:10 p.m. ET: Mom and dad to-be at the race track. Pastrana finished 17th in yesterday's Nationwide race.

2:08 p.m. ET: Some more updates from pit road.

2:04 p.m. ET: Under yellow again for debris; lead lap cars pitting.

1:57 p.m. ET: Back under green, the top ten is Logano, Edwards, Kenseth, Truex, Kahne, Stewart, Menard, Johnson, Keselowski, Earnhardt.

1:54 p.m. ET: As Kurt Busch's No. 78 team makes repairs, varying strategies under the caution.

1:51 p.m. ET: Miss the wreck that sent Jeff Gordon to the garage? Watch it here.

1:48 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch spins and hits the wall on the backstretch after a strong weekend, bringing out the third caution of the race.

1:45 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch goes back to the end of the field for passing on pit road. Current top five: Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard.

1:38 p.m. ET: Under competition caution, lots of plans for adjustments.

1:27 p.m. ET: Drivers offering feedback as they drive under caution. Those who chose to pit are not able to take fuel until the Lap 20 competition caution.

1:25 p.m. ET: Caution flag comes out as Bobby Labonte spins out and collects Jeff Gordon.

1:22 p.m. ET: A lot of jousting past the green flag, Kurt Busch ends up taking the lead with Edwards falling to fifth. Menard, Logan, Kenseth filling out the middle.

1:19 p.m. ET: Green flag as Carl Edwards leads the field to green in hopes of Ford's 1,000th win. Kurt Busch also in the front row.

1:14 p.m. ET: Drivers are following the pace car onto the track. Almost ready to race! Here's the starting lineup.

1:08 p.m. ET: Drivers have started their engines. Less than 10 minutes until the green flag.

1:06 p.m. ET: Lots of NASCAR members and fans rooting for Denny Hamlin this week.

1 p.m. ET: A moment of silence before the Presentation of the Colors for Jason Leffler.

12:55 p.m. ET: Little ones everywhere today!

12:46 p.m. ET: Think one of these guys will make it to Victory Lane today?

12:40 p.m. ET: Looking for real-time updates and lap-by-lap changes? Follow our live leaderboard and lap-by-lap updates to keep up with what's happening on the track.

12:36 p.m. ET: Some quick facts about today's race. It will run 200 laps, 400 miles with a fuel window of 40 laps. Lots of rain fell overnight, so there will be a competition caution on Lap 20.

12:32 p.m. ET: Lots of love for dads at Michigan International Speedway today.

12:29 p.m. ET: Just hangin' by the hauler until the big race. Green flag will drop at 1:16 p.m. ET.

12:25 p.m. ET: Only a little bit longer until this guy will be flying by.

12:20 p.m. ET: Nothing a quick nap can't fix... hopefully!

12:08 p.m. ET: Thanks for joining us for the Quicken Loans 400, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads watching. Coverage on TNT is live now.

7:11 a.m. ET: Denny Hamlin honors first FedEx driver. See Paint Scheme Preview here.


4:25 p.m. ET: Want to hear from the top finishers in the race? Head on over to Press Pass to see what they've got to say. Thanks for joining us today.

4:24 p.m. ET: Unofficial top ten: Smith, Larson, Menard, Busch, Bayne, Sweet, Buescher, Sadler, Piquet, Scott.

4:22 p.m. ET: Points leader Regan Smith has won his second Nationwide race of the season.

4:15 p.m. ET: Kligerman pits for fuel with 13 laps to go. Regan Smith takes the lead.

4:12 p.m. ET: Menard tries to make a pass on the outside and nearly sends himself, Bayne spinning. Kligerman running low on fuel.

4:10 p.m. ET: With 20 laps left, Kligerman, Bayne, Larson, Smith and Menard run in the top five.

4:05 p.m. ET: On restart, top ten will be Kligerman, Bayne, Menard, Busch, Larson, Smith, Allgaier, Sweet, Logano, Scott.

4:04 p.m. ET: Caution flag comes out, a good sign for cars that need fuel. No. 3 gets the free pass.

3:58 p.m. ET: Kligerman holding onto second behind Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne in third. Skies still grey.

3:52 p.m. ET: Top ten as field comes back to green is Logano, Buescher, Sadler, Kligerman, Busch, Larson, Piquet, Bayne, Smith, Menard. Rain appears to be holding off.

3:47 p.m. ET: Pit strategies coming into play as crews fear rain on the track.

3:42 p.m. ET: Brian Scott's car sends debris on the track, bringing out the caution flag. Hornish has smoke coming out his car, saying he has no oil pressure. Team heads to the garage.

3:41 p.m. ET: Dillon running 16th after blowing a left tire on restart.

3:36 p.m. ET: Current top ten: Logano, Hornish, Smith, Busch, Buescher, Scott, Larson, Menard, Sadler, Kligerman.

3:34 p.m. ET: Lots of action on that restart. Austin Dillon falls back to seventh, giving Joey Logano the lead. Mike Bliss spins out, brinigng out the third caution flag of the night.

3:31 p.m. ET: A sprinkling is falling on the track as the race goes back to green.

3:27 p.m. ET: Caution flag back out on the track, debris appears to be coming off of Justin Allgaier's car. Lots of cars heading down pit road. Dillon decides to remain out. Mix of tire strategies.

3:25 p.m. ET: Doesn't sound too convincing...

3:20 p.m. ET: Top ten currently Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch, Regan Smith, Parker Kligerman, Chris Buescher and Brian Scott. Keep an eye on the latest with our live leaderboard.

3:18 p.m. ET: Miss the collision caused by Alex Bowman as he spun out on Lap 1? See the wreck that sent Bowman, Pastrana, Vickers and Earnhardt down pit road.

3:09 p.m. ET: The field heads down pit road. Most cars getting four tires and fuel.

3:07 p.m. ET: Green flag pit stops should be coming up soon. Austin Dillon has led every lap so far.

3:05 p.m. ET: Drivers are really getting a feel for their cars now. Except some adjustments during the first round of green flag pit stops.

3 p.m. ET: Lots of talk about the radar. Current top ten: Dillon, Logano, Bayne, Hornish, Menard, Kligerman, Sweet, Smith, Buescher, Busch.

2:54 p.m. ET: Some more feedback from the track. Track temperature coming into play.

2:48 p.m. ET: As we go back to green, some feedback:

2:42 p.m. ET: And back to yellow. Dexter Stacey hits the wall.

2:42 p.m. ET: Back to green. Looks like someone is taking notes for the Quicken Loans 400.

2:35 p.m. ET: First lap chaos. Pastrana, Bowman, Earnhardt, Vickers head down pit lane after Bowman spins and causes a pileup.

2:31 p.m. ET: Green flag at Michigan International Speedway. Austin Dillon is making his fourth first-place start in a row. Can he hold on to it?

2:25 p.m. ET: Engines are started! Follow lap-by-lap race updates here.

2:22 p.m. ET: I can think of another person who won't be too happy about that...

2:19 p.m. ET: The National Anthem has been performed; drivers are making their way to their cars. Richard Childress Racing cars will start in the top three.

2:17 p.m. ET: The Geico car gets ready to leave the garage.

2:12 p.m. ET: The green flag will hit at 2:31 p.m. ET. Here's the full starting lineup for the race.

2:05 p.m. ET: Wondering where the other Busch brother is today? Kyle will be starting 14th in the Alliance Truck Parts 250.

1:58 p.m. ET: Here's a view of the speedway from a spotter's stand as we count down to the green flag. Coverage on ABC begins in two minutes.

1:44 p.m. ET: Who will nab this guy tonight? Will Austin Dillon win from the pole? Or will Trevor Bayne make Ford's 1,000th win?

1:40 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch has topped the final practice. Read the recap here or see the full practice results.

1:25 p.m. ET: Add in his practice speeds, and tomorrow is looking promising.

1:21 p.m. ET: So would Mark Martin!

1:06 p.m. ET: Lots of support for the late Jason Leffler on the track today, including calls for donations to a trust fund for his son, Charlie. Read more here.

12:56 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards have had some strong laps so far at Michigan. Can they keep it going in the final practice? Follow our live leaderboard.

12:53 p.m. ET: Austin Dillon broke history this afternoon by becoming the first Nationwide Series driver to take four poles in a row. Read the full qualifying results recap.


5:07 p.m. ET: That will do it for today's minute-by-minute coverage from Michigan International Speedway. Tune in for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, and later for the Nationwide Series' Alliance Truck Parts 250 at 3:15 p.m. ET.

4:53 p.m. ET: Carl Edwards tops qualifying for the first time since the 2012 Daytona 500. He started first earlier this season at Talladega based off practice times when qualifying was rained out. Tune in now to Press Pass for a live video stream of the Coors Light Pole Award winner and second-fastest Kurt Busch and third-best Kasey Kahne.

4:25 p.m. ET: Kasey Kahne, who showed speed in practice, now second on the provisional lineup with a 201.213 mph lap.

4:02 p.m. ET: Aric Almirola up to second at 200.764 mph, making it 1-2 for Ford on the provisional front row.

3:45 p.m. ET: Carl Edwards, even faster with the provisional Coors Light pole: 202.452 mph. Inching closer to Marcos Ambrose's track record of 203.241 mph, set a year ago.

3:42 p.m. ET: Matt Kenseth sets the early pace as the first qualifier of the day over the 200-mph mark: 200.566 mph.

3:34 p.m. ET: Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole qualifying is on deck, starting momentarily. Your essentials:

-- Live qualifying leaderboard
-- Qualifying order

3:27 p.m. ET: Austin Dillon, who will shoot for his fourth straight Nationwide Coors Light Pole Award in Saturday's qualifying, topped the practice leaderboard at 190.789 mph. Justin Allgaier (190.688) and Paul Menard (190.134) were the only others over 190 mph.

3:13 p.m. ET: Rookie Kyle Larson lands atop the Nationwide practice leaderboard with a lap at 189.170 mph, the only driver to top 189 mph in a Nationwide car today. He's also covered more ground than any other driver in this session -- 56 laps (112 miles).

3:10 p.m. ET: We are also five minutes away from a special announcement in the Michigan media center. We'll stream the video live on Press Pass.

3:06 p.m. ET: Brian Scott just hopped back to the first spot on the Nationwide practice leaderboard with a lap of 188.689 mph. Expect some changes near the top as teams make mock qualifying runs in the last portions of the 2-hour, 15-minute session. 

2:44 p.m. ET: Kyle Larson moves to third on the Nationwide speed chart, putting two rookies (with second-fastest Alex Bowman) in the top three thus far on the practice leaderboard.

2:40 p.m. ET: Pulling back the curtain, here's what that last shot on SPEED's coverage of Nationwide practice of Nelson Piquet Jr.'s crew at work looked like from behind the scenes. From @NelsonPiquet:

2:32 p.m. ET: Joey Gase's stalled car has briefly stalled Nationwide Series practice at Michigan.

2:14 p.m. ET: Rookie Alex Bowman briefly led Nationwide practice but Austin Dillon has regained his perch atop the live leaderboard at 188.482 mph.

2:08 p.m. ET: It's a long way from Gen-6. With the race being so close to the Motor City in Detroit, Carl Edwards had a chance to visit Ford headquarters and drive Henry Ford's "Sweepstakes" race winner from 1901. And no, wise-crackers: Jack Roush did not build the original engine for it.

From @99_RFRracing:

1:55 p.m. ET: Dillon's Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott now sits P1 on the Nationwide practice leaderboard at 187.593 mph.

1:53 p.m. ET: It's not too early to get ready for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying at 3:35 p.m. ET with the qualifying order.

1:48 p.m. ET: Austin Dillon, winner of three straight Coors Light Pole Awards, shoots to the top of the Nationwide practice chart with a 187.593 mph lap.

1:40 p.m. ET: Plenty of time left in Nationwide practice, but Sam Hornish Jr., Kyle Busch and Justin Allgaier make it a Ford-Toyota-Chevy podium atop the live leaderboard right now.

1:30 p.m. ET: Next up on our Press Pass video stream from Michigan International Speedway's media center is Clint Bowyer live now followed by his old chum Jeff Gordon at 1:45 p.m. ET.

1:25 p.m. ET: In case you missed the scrape with the wall that has forced Tony Stewart to a backup car, watch the video here.

1:02 p.m. ET: Hendrick Motorsports has issued a strongly worded response to Brad Keselowski's remarks about HMS allegedly "stealing" information and crew members from the Penske organization. In part, the statement reads:

"Brad misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level. I hope he figures that out and begins representing himself and the sport with more class."

More on the story to come.

1 p.m. ET: Four drivers over the 200 mph mark at completion of first Sprint Cup practice: Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick. Next up: Press Pass video stream for Tony Stewart's media availability, and Nationwide Series practice at 1:10 p.m. ET.

12:45 p.m. ET: Another big mover on the leaderboard -- 200.619 mph from former Michigan winner Kasey Kahne.

12:37 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch just put up a magic number on the leaderboard -- 200.239 mph.

12:35 p.m. ET: Five minute warning for our next edition of Garage Cam for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Going live at 12:40 p.m. ET.

12:12 a.m. ET: Speeds picking up near the halfway point in Sprint Cup practice at Michigan International Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. just ripped off a 198.741 mph lap to take the top spot on our live practice leaderboard. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (198.282) is the only other driver over the 198 mph plateau. Kurt Busch, who's been fast for several weeks now, and Carl Edwards are the only drivers so far to top the 197 mph mark.

11:50 a.m. ET: Sprint Cup first practice is back under green after Tony Stewart's scrape with the Turn 2 wall. He'll be in the media center at 1:05 p.m. ET to talk about it -- you can watch it live on our Press Pass video stream.

11:45 a.m. ET: As activity picks up in the Sprint Cup garage, more tributes to Jason Leffler are on the track.

From Michael Waltrip (@mw55):

From Stewart-Haas Racing's Instagram account: Godspeed, friend.

From Hendrick Motorsports: This weekend @MISpeedway, we will remember Jason Leffler. #LEFturn

From @penskeracing: @keselowski's tag line on the No.2 @MillerLite @FordRacing Fusion @MISpeedway. #LEFturn

11:29 a.m. ET: Cars rolling out for the start of practice. Check the live leaderboard for all the timing and scoring from the first 90-minute session. Garage Cam has wrapped for Sprint Cup; join us at 12:40 p.m. ET for Nationwide Garage Cam.

11:20 a.m. ET: Our at-track reporters this weekend at MIS: Kenny Bruce (@KennyBruce) and Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola). Pat sometimes sings in a band; Kenny does not. Give them a Twitter follow for the latest from the Irish Hills of Michigan.

11:02 a.m. ET: With a half-hour to go before practice, it's time for NASCAR Garage Cam, your behind-the-scenes tour of the Michigan garage area. You never know what you'll see from our on-the-spot video crew.

10:50 a.m. ET: Dale Earnhardt Jr., who will be running a special Superman Soldier of Steel paint scheme this weekend, just sat down for this week's media availability on Press Pass. Watch his news conference streamed live here.

10:50 a.m. ET: NASCAR is often all about the flags, which control the happenings at every race. The sport has also made strides with its tributes to the troops in support of the U.S. military. So it's especially fitting that we celebrate Flag Day today.


From @BethanyWyatt's Instagram account: In honor of Flag Day #NASCARSalutes

10:35 a.m. ET: Also, it's approximately one hour until Sprint Cup cars take the track for the first practice with the new Gen-6 car. We're also prepping for Sprint Cup Garage Cam, scheduled for 11 a.m. ET. Join us at the top of the hour, won't you?

10:30 a.m. ET: Defending Sprint Cup champ and Michigan native Brad Keselowski is next up on Press Pass. Watch his news conference streamed live here.

10:20 a.m. ET: Plenty of tributes this weekend for Jason Leffler, who died after a sprint car crash Wednesday night in New Jersey. The No. 5 JR Motorsports team with driver Brad Sweet carries sponsorship from Great Clips, a former backer of Leffler's efforts. Kevin Hamlin (@KevinHamlin), Sweet's spotter, unveiled the shirts the team will wear this weekend:

10:05 a.m. ET: Welcome to today's minute-by-minute coverage of Fast Friday from Michigan International Speedway. Leading off today is Press Pass streaming video from the media center, starting with NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Regan Smith and the tour's most recent winner, Trevor Bayne.