Memorable moments at Michigan
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to Michigan International Speedway, take a look back at some of the most memorable moments at the Great Lakes State track.
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Aug. 16, 1981There was plenty of close action during the running of the Champion Spark Plug 400. Richard Petty (No. 43) went on to win the race, while Ricky Rudd (No. 88) was third, Harry Gant (No. 33) took fourth and Bobby Allison (No. 28) finished seventh. Dale Earnhardt, in his first start with the Richard Childress team, finished ninth.
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June 20, 2004Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman gives his father, Greg, the perfect gift for Father’s Day: a victory in the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The victory was Newman’s second consecutive win at the 2-mile track.
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June 19, 2005Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 Ford, celebrates after winning the Batman Begins 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It was Biffle's second-consecutive win at the speedway and the third-consecutive Roush Fenway Racing victory in 2005.
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June 18, 2006Kasey Kahne poses next to his new trophy in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway after winning the 3M Performance 400, his fourth win out of a series-high six in 2006. Out of 43 entrants, 37 of the drivers finished on the lead lap of the rain-shortened race.
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Aug. 20, 2006Matt Kenseth celebrates his win in the GFS Marketplace 400 in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway. The victory was the first of two consecutive race wins Kenseth had in 2006; he won six days later at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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June 15, 2008Breaking a 76-race drought, Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates his first victory in a Hendrick Motorsports race car in Victory Lane after winning the LifeLock 400.
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Aug. 16, 2009Brian Vickers celebrates his new trophy with his crew in Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway after winning the CARFAX 400 from the pole, which was his third consecutive pole at the facility.
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June 17, 2012Almost four years to the day since his last victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- also at Michigan International Speedway -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates after leading 95 laps to win.
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Aug. 15, 2014Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet, poses after posting a blistering qualifying record speed of 206.558 mph. Gordon went on to win the race from the pole.
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images
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Aug. 28, 2016After several near-victories, Kyle Larson broke through for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win in the Irish Hills. The young star held off Chase Elliott in a battle representing the future of the sport's top series.
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Aug. 13, 2017Michigan was very good to Kyle Larson and the No. 42 team from 2016-17. The California native completed the year sweep at the 2-mile track in 2017, holding off Martin Truex Jr. and only leading two laps in the end. Brad Keselowski, who has yet to win on his home track, led the field for a race-high 105 laps.
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June 10, 2018The Great Clint Bowyer Renaissance of 2018 continued at Michigan, where the veteran picked up his second win of the season -- he hadn't won since 2012 prior to '18 -- in a rain-soaked and shortened race.