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GFS Marketplace 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Mayfield “Robs the Bank,” Wins on Fuel at Michigan
“We robbed the bank,” said No. 19 crew chief Slugger Labbe immediately after his car won today’s race on fuel mileage, “Man, we had a 20th-place car and we robbed the bank!” That’s right, Mayfield was able to stretch his fuel over the last 51 laps to win the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his fifth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 368th career start, all while today’s major contenders had to either stop for fuel or ran out in the closing laps. Like Labbe mentioned, Mayfield was not a player until the fuel mileage came into effect. It was Labbe’s call for Mayfield to pit after Stuart Kirby and Travis Kvapil got together in turn three and brought out the caution flag on lap 144. Mayfield brought the No. 19 Dodge down pit road and from that point on he would never pit again. Tony Raines was going to try the same strategy as Mayfield, and was in the lead for two laps, but he ran out of gas with six laps to go, handing Mayfield the lead and eventually the win. Mayfield went on to claim a 1.974-second victory and was able to do a cool-down lap and some major burn outs before he finally ran out of fuel. Mayfield’s last victory came at Richmond last September, 33 races ago. He scored his first victory in 24 races at Michigan and he now becomes the 10th different NEXTEL Cup race winner in 2005. Mayfield jumped from seventh to sixth in the point standings, now 399 behind first-place Tony Stewart. He has climbed from a low of 26th after Las Vegas to a season-high sixth-place points ranking. Mayfield gives Dodge only their second win of the season, his teammate Kasey Kahne won at Richmond in May to score Dodge’s other win in 2005. Kurt Busch led the most laps for the third time in a race this season, he led five times for a total of 65 of the event’s 200 laps. Mayfield led only once for the final six laps. Scott Riggs crossed the finish line in the runner-up position, posting his career-best NEXTEL Cup finish and his first top-10 finish in four races at Michigan. Matt Kenseth was third, posting his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at MIS and his eighth top-10 finish this season. Kenseth has scored top-five finishes in two of his last three races. Carl Edwards celebrated his one year anniversary of driving in the NEXTEL Cup series with a fourth-place finish, giving him three top-10 finishes in three races at Michigan. Edwards moved up from 10th to ninth in the point standings. Points leader Tony Stewart rounded out the top five in the finishing order, scoring his ninth straight top-seven finish including eight top fives. All five Roush drivers led at least one lap in the GFS Marketplace 400. The last time this occurred was at California in February. Four of the top-10 positions in the NEXTEL Cup point standings changed at Michigan International Speedway.

GFS Marketplace 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Stuart Kirby Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes

Nemechek Captures Michigan Pole Position
Front Row Joe grabbed himself another front-row starting spot, this time it was the pole. Joe Nemechek won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole position for Sunday’s GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway after turning in a qualifying lap of 37.582 seconds, at an average speed of 191.581 mph. This is Nemechek’s first pole at Michigan and ninth career pole in 381 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. It is his first top-10 start in his last 10 races at Michigan. Nemechek now becomes the 14th different Bud Pole winner this season and gives Chevrolet their 10th pole in 2005. Nemechek and the rest of the field had to endure a lengthy rain delay – one that caused the cancellation of NASCAR Busch Series qualifying earlier in the day – before qualifying could get underway but it was not a problem for the driver of the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet, he knew his car was fast and he could have waited all day. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 37.627 seconds, at an average speed of 191.362 mph – and will join Nemechek on the front row for Sunday’s race. Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 17 of his 26 races at Michigan. Kasey Kahne qualified in the third position, posting his 11th top-10 start in 2005 and his second in four races at Michigan – both this season. Rookie Kyle Busch will start from the fourth position while Ryan Newman will roll off from the fifth place on the starting grid.


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