:NASCAR SPRINT CUP QUICKEN LOANS 400:
Finally!! After 143 race winless streak, Dale Earnhardt Jr whoops the field at Michigan International Speedway’s Quicken Loans 400 today. It was the site of his last win in what seems like decades ago, so it was only fitting that it would be here that the Hendrick Motorsports #88 team put it all together and knocked fire out of the rest of the Sprint Cup field.
After a lengthy rain delay, the race finally got going and NASCAR fans seen the Cup cars setting lap speeds never before ran at Michigan International. Marcus Ambrose set the pace for the field from the pole and remained upfront most of the day.
Battling neck and neck, back and forth with the likes of Gregg Biffle, who looked like the class of the field through the first half of the race. Tony Stewart put his #14 Chevy into the top spot, but it was short lived as he, Kennseth and Biffle juggled the top 3 spots.
However, when lap 67 rolled around, it was obvious Dale Jr was in a fast car and had every intention on remaining up front. When the #88 took the lead, the grandstands began shaking and the sounds of cheers were louder than all the cars on the track put together.
Earnhardt was stretching his lead in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway so far ahead of the field that he could have stopped for coffee and a donut and never lost the lead! It was by far the fastest car out of the Hendrick stable, though Gordon put the #24 into the 2nd spot for a short time, yet nobody had anything for Jr.
It was easy to feel the anticipation building as the laps wound down. With 19 to go, the commentators began talking about the winless streak and you could almost feel that if Jr didn’t pull this win off, it was going to be hard to live down.
More and more laps ticked away and radio communication between Dale Earnhardt Jr and his team began to slow down. All Jr was hearing was lap times and how many left.
His lead kept stretching from 1.2 to an even 2 second lead in a matter of just a couple laps. While most leaders would have been taking it easy, Dale Jr was not about to! He kept the foot on the gas and kept turning out lap times faster than he had all day.
With 5 to go, Dale was so far ahead it was a one man race and barring a caution, nobody could catch him. Two to go and the crowd was going crazy!!
White flag and “one to go” was all he heard over his radio. The streak was ending and a huge weight was being lifted off Jr’s shoulder.
And so it was, 143 race winless streak ended at Michigan International Speedway during the Quicken Loans 400. Dale Earnhardt Jr was almost jumping out the car window in victory lane. You would have thought he had just won his first race of his career. Congrats to Dale Jr and the #88 team!
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