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Cup: Michigan - Race results

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally broke a four-year long dry spell without a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win to claim victory in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in peerless form at the two-mile repaved Michigan International Speedway, leading for almost half the race and successfully riding that domination all the way to victory lane - his first return there in over four years.

It's Earnhardt's 19th win in 450 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His most recent win prior to this weekend was also at Michigan, almost exactly four years ago - making this the sixth-longest stretch between wins in Cup series history.

Earnhardt beat Tony Stewart by a final margin of 5.393s at the end of 200 laps, while Matt Kenseth came in third place to continue to lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship by 4pts over Earnhardt.

Race results

1. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 200 laps 2hrs 52mins 29secs (48/2 pts)
2. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 200 laps + 5.393s (43/1 pts)
3. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 200 laps + 5.891s (42/1 pts)
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 200 laps + 7.706s (41/1 pts)
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 200 laps + 16.549s (39/0 pts)
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 200 laps + 17.684s (39/1 pts)
7. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 200 laps + 19.598s (38/1 pts)
8. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 200 laps + 21.725s (37/1 pts)
9. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 200 laps + 22.872s (36/1 pts)
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 200 laps + 23.942s (34/0 pts)
11. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 200 laps + 24.509s (33/0 pts)
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200 laps + 24.641s (32/0 pts)
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 200 laps + 28.250s (32/1 pts)
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 200 laps + 31.109s (31/1 pts)
15. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 199 laps + 1 lap (29/0 pts)
16. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 199 laps + 1 lap (28/0 pts)
17. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 199 laps + 1 lap (27/0 pts)
18. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 199 laps + 1 lap (26/0 pts)
19. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 199 laps + 1 lap (25/0 pts)
20. #13 Casey Mears Ford 199 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 199 laps + 1 lap (24/1 pts)
22. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 199 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #34 David Ragan Ford 199 laps + 1 lap (21/0 pts)
24. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 198 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
25. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 198 laps + 2 laps (20/1 pts)
26. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 197 laps + 3 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #38 David Gilliland Ford 197 laps + 3 laps (18/1 pts)
28. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 197 laps + 3 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 195 laps Engine (16/1 pts)
30. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 194 laps + 6 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 193 laps + 7 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 157 laps + 43 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 151 laps Accident (11/0 pts)
34. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 132 laps Accident (10/0 pts)
35. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 125 laps Accident (9/0 pts)
36. #10 Tony Raines Chevrolet 68 laps Vibration (8/0 pts)
37. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 67 laps Brakes (8/1 pts)
38. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 41 laps Vibration (6/0 pts)
39. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 35 laps Overheating (0pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 32 laps Vibration (0pts)
41. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 27 laps Power Steering (3/0 pts)
42. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 9 laps Engine (2/0 pts)
43. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 7 laps Engine (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie

Saturday practice 5

An extra practice session was arranged on Saturday for all drivers to adjust to the new harder Goodyear tyres brought in at short notice to combat heavy blistering on the newly repaved Michigan surface.

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 36.801s (Leader) 195.647 mph
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 37.057s (-0.256) 194.295 mph
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 37.087s (-0.286) 194.138 mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 37.100s (-0.299) 194.070 mph
5. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 37.275s (-0.474) 193.159 mph
6. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 37.283s (-0.482) 193.117 mph
7. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 37.288s (-0.487) 193.092 mph
8. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 37.314s (-0.513) 192.957 mph
9. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 37.322s (-0.521) 192.916 mph
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 37.332s (-0.531) 192.864 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 37.348s (-0.547) 192.781 mph
12. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 37.353s (-0.552) 192.756 mph
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 37.353s (-0.552) 192.756 mph
14. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 37.370s (-0.569) 192.668 mph
15. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 37.371s (-0.570) 192.663 mph
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 37.422s (-0.621) 192.400 mph
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 37.469s (-0.668) 192.159 mph
18. #33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 37.489s (-0.688) 192.056 mph
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 37.489s (-0.688) 192.056 mph
20. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 37.494s (-0.693) 192.031 mph
21. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 37.527s (-0.726) 191.862 mph
22. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 37.538s (-0.737) 191.806 mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 37.539s (-0.738) 191.801 mph
24. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 37.580s (-0.779) 191.591 mph
25. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 37.585s (-0.784) 191.566 mph
26. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 37.587s (-0.786) 191.556 mph
27. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 37.594s (-0.793) 191.520 mph
28. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 37.597s (-0.796) 191.505 mph
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 37.652s (-0.851) 191.225 mph
30. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 37.771s (-0.970) 190.622 mph
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 37.800s (-0.999) 190.476 mph
32. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 37.876s (-1.075) 190.094 mph
33. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 37.886s (-1.085) 190.044 mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 37.959s (-1.158) 189.678 mph
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 38.047s (-1.246) 189.240 mph
36. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 38.210s (-1.409) 188.432 mph
37. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 38.283s (-1.482) 188.073 mph
38. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 38.305s (-1.504) 187.965 mph
39. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 38.489s (-1.688) 187.066 mph
40. #26 Josh Wise* Ford 38.636s (-1.835) 186.355 mph
41. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 39.078s (-2.277) 184.247 mph
42. #32 Ken Schrader Ford
43. #10 Tony Raines Chevrolet



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Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/The Dark Knight Rises/National Guard Chevrolet, leads during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/The Dark Knight Rises/National Guard Chevrolet, celebrates with his crew chief Steve Letarte in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2012 in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fifth position Friday, July 31, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Stewart is 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings.(Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, qualifies for sixth position Friday, July 31, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Busch is eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, celebrates by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to a ninth place finish Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, races to an eighth place finish with third place finisher Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet SS, finishes in fourth place Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, races to a third place finish Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
A detailed view of the Brickyard 400 trophy prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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