SEM Sponsored Kurt Busch Wins 2015 Quicken Loans 400
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn by winning the rain-shortened Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
It was the 29th point-paying Sprint Cup win for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s fourth this season. Busch won earlier this year at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and SHR teammate Kevin Harvick won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch started 24th and led six laps around the 2-mile oval to bring his laps-led total at Michigan to 448. It was Busch’s 27th career Sprint Cup victory, his second this season and his third at Michigan.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, led two laps before finishing 16th.
Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 28th.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, led twice for 63 laps before finishing 29th. Harvick has now led a lap in 14 of 15 Sprint Cup races in 2015 for 1,225 total laps. Harvick has only led more laps than that in a single season once – in 2014 when he led 2,137 laps en route to the Sprint Cup championship
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second to Busch when the race was called official after 138 of the scheduled 200 laps when rain inundated the racetrack. Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five while Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne and Clint Bowyer comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were five caution periods for 38 laps, with two drivers failing to finish.
With round 15 of 36 complete, Harvick leads SHR in the championship point standings. He is first with 576 points, 15 ahead of second-place Truex. Busch is 11th with 426 points, 150 out of first. Patrick is 19th with 357 points, 219 out of first. Stewart is 26th with 269 points, 307 out of first.
The Sprint Cup Series takes a rare weekend off before returning to action June 28 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway for the Save Mart 350k. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
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