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3M Performance 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Kurt Busch Masters Michigan
Kurt Busch has done it again. Teamed with veteran crew chief Pat Tryson at Penske Racing, Busch raced to his second win of the season at Michigan International Raceway. Busch was patient when he needed to be in a Tuesday afternoon NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race that tried everyone's patience for two days. Rain Sunday and again Monday sent the drivers to their motor coaches for two straight days, where cabin fever set in. It rained and rained, and then rained some more. The race was the first ever run on a Tuesday since NASCAR instituted its next clear day rainout policy. An unbelievable crowd stayed for the race after the two days of terrible weather and miserable conditions. Once things dried out some and a fog lifted, Busch became the man of the hour, holding off Martin Truex Jr. for the win. Jimmie Johnson finished third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Denny Hamlin fifth. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon was trying to hold on to fifth position with 12 laps to when Kenseth accidentally hit him from behind. Gordon spun off the track and needed help from the safety crew after his car stuck in the mud. He wound up 27th. Something happened to Gordon's car prior to the accident as he was falling back before the incident with Kenseth. Greg Biffle, battling several cars for 12th position with two laps remaining, bumped Kyle Busch's car and spun setting up a green-white-checkered finish. On the restart, Kurt drove away from the pack to win. His other win this season in the Miller Lite Dodge came at Pocono two weeks ago. "We led some laps and put ourselves in position," said Busch. "Thatís what it takes when youíre running for the Chase, to get in, its just smooth and steady effort. Pat made excellent pit calls. With all the restarts at the end, it challenged me to be my best and to be on top of my game with restarts and feeling the car out. This Dodge ran magnificent in the corners and the straightaway power was Penske/Jasper Power and it was great. It was a total team effort." The former champion laid back early in Tuesday's race but led more laps than anyone by the finish. Rounding out the top 10 behind fifth-place Kenseth were Dave Blaney, Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., wound up 12th after leading and running up front most of the afternoon. A heavy fog clung to the track when the green and yellow flags fell shortly after 10 o'clock Tuesday morning after a two-day delay. The 43-car field made 10 laps at slow speed before NASCAR displayed the red flag and brought the cars back on pit road. Race officials, as well as team spotters, could not see the backstretch clearly. NASCAR delayed the start until the fog lifted. The race finally started under green flag conditions a little after 11 o'clock with outside pole sitter Biffle taking the lead.

3M Performance 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Owner Point Standings
· Ford Rain Delay Quotes
· Dodge Rain Delay Quotes
· Rookie Rain Delay Quotes
· Chevrolet Sunday Quotes
· Ford Sunday Quotes
· Rookie Sunday Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 2
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Rookie Saturday Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes and Audio Files
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· David Reutimann Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes

Gordon Roars to Michigan Pole Position
Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the 3M Performance 400 with a lap of 38.090 seconds, 189.026 mph. This is his 62nd Bud Pole in 496 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. This is his sixth Bud Pole and 15th top-10 start in 2007. This is Gordonís fifth Bud Pole and 20th top-10 start in 30 races at Michigan International Speedway. Greg Biffle posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 38.159 seconds, 188.684 mph, as the final two cars to go out took the top two positions. It is his fourth top-10 start in 2007 and his third in 10 races at Michigan. Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 12th top-10 start in 2007 and his fourth in eight Michigan races. Michael Waltrip (11th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Waltrip posted his best qualifying effort since he started third at Indianapolis in August 2005. David Reutimann (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

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