Austin Dillon beat Kevin Harvick to the start-finish line by a few car lengths to take the Stage 2 win in Monday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon took advantage of the leaders running short on fuel to come away with his first stage win of the season.
Harvick, meanwhile, finished second to rebound from a loose-wheel issue in Stage 1. Harvick got back on the lead lap when he was the beneficiary after a Lap 69 caution flag for debris from the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Ford of Kyle Weatherman. Then he moved up the charts as the top seven cars, including Stage 1 winner Joey Logano, had to pit for fuel with less than 10 laps to go.
RELATED: Stage 2 results
Martin Truex Jr., in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was third, followed by Kurt Busch in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Aric Almirola in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to round out the top five.
Things didn’t go as well for some Hendrick Motorsports teammates. Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Chevrolet got into the left-rear of Alex Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet, and Bowman talked of handling problems on the radio afterward. Elliott was one of the lead cars that had to pit for fuel later. Bowman, meanwhile, finished ninth.
Earlier, there were more pit-road problems for Jimmie Johnson, who was hit from behind by Matt Tifft in the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford.
|1||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||10|
|2||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||9|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||8|
|4||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||7|
|5||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||6|
|6||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||5|
|7||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing||4|
|8||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||3|
|9||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||2|
|10||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing||1|
After briefly losing the lead to Aric Almirola with six laps to go, polesitter Joey Logano regained it in lapped traffic and went on to win Stage 1 in the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Monday at Michigan International Speedway.
As as result, Logano has a series-high six stage wins this season, and he continued to show speed at the 2-mile track in his Team Penske No. 22 Ford.
RELATED: Stage 1 results
Alex Bowman, in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, was second, followed by Erik Jones in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in third, Aric Almirola in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and Kurt Busch in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
There was a competition caution on Lap 20 following rainy conditions overnight in Michigan. On the ensuing pit stops, the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Jimmie Johnson made contact with the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota of Matt DiBenedetto.
Damage to Johnson’s right-front corner caused him to come back down pit road twice for repairs and he fell to the back of the pack. DiBenedetto, meanwhile, had damage to his left-rear corner and had to come back down pit road once.
With seven laps to go in the stage, Kevin Harvick came down pit road because of a loose left-front wheel. Harvick was 33rd after the first stage.
|1||Joey Logano||Team Penske||10|
|2||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||9|
|3||Erik Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||8|
|4||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||7|
|5||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||6|
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||5|
|7||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||4|
|8||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||3|
|9||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing||2|
|10||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||1|