Erik Jones, NASCAR, Michigan, 2017

Late restart decides NASCAR’s second visit to Michigan

Weekend Racing WrapPosted on Author Keith Collantine

After thundering around Michigan for 200 laps, a late restart provided the decisive moment in Sunday’s NASCAR race.

NASCAR Cup

Race 23: Michigan

A superb restart put Kyle Larson in the lead for the first time after 200 laps of racing at the Michigan Superspeedway. He clung on for the final two laps to score his second victory at the track this year and his third NASCAR win of the season.

Previous round winner Martin Truex Jnr finished second while Brad Keselwoski, who led more than half the race, slipped to 17th at the chequered flag.

British Touring Car Championship

Races 19-21: Knockhill

A trio of third places propelled Colin Turkington into the lead of the championship. He holds a four-point lead over Ash Sutton, who took his fifth win of the season in race two at Knockhill.

The Subaru driver finished second to team mate Jason Plato in race one. The Levorg drivers swapped positions at one stage in an attempt to gain Sutton a point for leading a lap, which proved unsuccessful as the change was made after the finishing line.

Tom Ingram won the final race after reverse grid pole sitter Ant Whorton-Eales slipped back on the first lap. Gordon Shedden arrived at his home track leading the championship but left in third place after following Ingram home in race three.

Also last weekend

Andrea Dovizioso won the Moto GP round in Austria which moved him up to second in the championship behind Marc Marquez. However the points leader enjoys a slightly increased lead of 16 points as Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi could only manage sixth and seventh.

Over to you

What racing action did you watch last weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Next weekend’s racing

The following series are in action next weekend:

  • Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters races 11-12: Zandvoort
  • European Formula Three races 19-21: Zandvoort
  • IndyCar race 14: Pocono
  • Japanese Super Formula race 4: Motegi
  • NASCAR Cup race 24: Bristol
  • World Rally Championship race 10: Germany

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4 comments on “Late restart decides NASCAR’s second visit to Michigan”

  1. Neil (@neilosjames)
    15th August 2017, 12:35

    It’s funny, MotoGP seems to have acquired the sort of obsession with tyres that F1 had a few years back (or at least, the commentators have). I’ve been watching the highlights shows this season whenever I have the chance, and the subject comes up constantly… how tyre choice will decide the outcome, who has hard/medium/soft front/rears, will the softs last, and how the teams don’t understand the tyres and what they’re going to do from one race to the next.

    And they’re Michelins, not Pirellis.

    1. @neilosjames I think that it’s important to read up more about it before making the comparison. The reason for the comments is a whole lot different than in F1. Also in MotoGP teams can choose whatever combination suits their bike according to data that promises to finish the race as fast as possible, whereas in F1 you’re obliged to use both compounds.

      1. @neilosjames @xtwl I think the MotoGP tyre situation is very interesting but also very simple at the same time. It comes down to whether the bike can run the softest (and in theory ‘quickest’ over one lap) tyre to last the whole race. If the teams knew the outcome of whether their tyre choice was correct then we’d already know the race outcome and there would be no point in having a race.

        F1 could benefit through having diverse strategies. If it didn’t mandate a tyre change, then in theory you could have teams running a harder tyre to try and make the race without stopping, compared to teams who want to try a softer tyre but with the risk that it might lead to a pit stop. Think Jerez ’86. I’ve seen comments from Christian Horner that one stop races are boring. He’s completely missing the point. Everyone running the same strategy is boring. Unpredictability is exciting. Opening up tyre strategy in F1 by removing the requirement to run two types of tyre would be a masterstroke.

  2. Does anybody care who wins NASCAR races anymore?

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