Quicken Loans 400 2015: Winner, recap and results from Michigan

Kurt Busch has enjoyed success with Haas Automation as his sponsor, including three wins in two seasons. Image courtesy of @NBCSports.
Image courtesy of @NBCSports.

Image courtesy of @NBCSports.

It isn’t exactly the way any driver wants to win a race, but Kurt Busch will certainly take it. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver notched his second win in 2015 when the Quicken Loans 400 was called for rain after reaching the halfway point.

Busch benefited from teammate Kevin Harvick spinning out and Kyle Larson remaining on the track with worn out tires. But when the red flag waved for the third time on Sunday on Lap 138, it was Busch that paced the field to claim the win.

Larson stayed out on the last restart despite needing fuel and being on bad tires. He had the No. 42 machine in the lead thanks to the bold move from crew chief Chris Heroy, but it was all for naught as the rain started falling again just after he finally went to the pits.

Kevin Harvick, meanwhile, led the most laps and had a late-race issue that ruined any chance of winning. He spun out, slammed into a SAFER barrier and ultimately finished 29th. It marked just his second finish outside of the top 10 since the start of the season.

Harvick wasn’t the only contender to have tough luck during the race. Just a day after winning his first race of the season in the Xfinity Series, Kyle Busch wrecked and finished 43rd on Sunday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano rounded out the rest of the top five. Carl Edwards, who led the second-most laps, fell out of the top 10 by the end of the race at 12th. Ty Dillon also came up just short of finishing 10th or better at 14th after running up near the front most of the afternoon.

Here’s a look at the full finishing order from the Quicken Loans 400 with the No. 41 at the top:

  1. Kurt Busch
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Jamie McMurray
  8. Paul Menard
  9. Trevor Bayne
  10. Clint Bowyer
  11. Denny Hamlin
  12. Carl Edwards
  13. Casey Mears
  14. Ty Dillon
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Danica Patrick
  17. Kyle Larson
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Jeff Gordon
  22. Aric Almirola
  23. A.J. Allmendinger
  24. Ryan Blaney
  25. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  26. Sam Hornish Jr.
  27. Justin Allgaier
  28. Tony Stewart
  29. Kevin Harvick
  30. Michael Annett
  31. Landon Cassill
  32. Cole Whitt
  33. Brett Moffitt
  34. Josh Wise
  35. David Ragan
  36. Greg Biffle
  37. Jeb Burton
  38. J.J. Yeley
  39. Matt DiBenedetto
  40. Mike Bliss
  41. Alex Bowman
  42. David Gilliland
  43. Kyle Busch

 

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