NASCAR suspends race at Michigan due to rain and aims to resume Monday

by Ryan Lee
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The NASCAR race at the Michigan International Speedway, part of the Cup Series, was halted on Sunday due to rainfall and has been rescheduled to continue on Monday.

The FireKeepers 400 faced a starting delay of 1 hour and 43 minutes due to rain. After completing 74 laps, the rain forced the drivers to halt their vehicles during a red-flag interruption that went on for nearly an hour. Eventually, the 200-lap race was postponed.

Tyler Reddick was leading shortly before the suspension, with Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and points leader Martin Truex Jr. close behind.

Kyle Busch’s participation ended prematurely, just 14 laps in, when he spun and collided with a wall following side-by-side contact with Ryan Blaney. Truex managed to stay in the race and assumed the lead.

While Busch’s playoff position is stable with three victories, another driver who crashed 20 laps later finds himself in a vulnerable spot.

Chase Elliott, who lost control of his No. 9 Chevrolet due to a tire failure, likely needs a win in one of the remaining three races to secure his place in the postseason. Elliott, who contended for the title for three consecutive years and won the Cup championship in 2020, is under pressure to perform.

Recently, at Richmond, Chris Buescher marked himself as the 12th playoff-eligible victor of the year, leaving only four playoff spots with four races, including Michigan, left in the regular season.

After Truex’s first stage victory, William Byron, who has claimed four wins this year, hit a wall without another car’s involvement, resulting in another significant driver exiting the race.

Josh Berry, substituting for the suspended Noah Gragson in the No. 42 Chevrolet, was involved in the fourth crash within the initial 50 laps of a race filled with cautions.

Corey Lajoie and Blaney had an on-track collision as they competed side by side, leading to a heated exchange on pit road.

As the battle for playoff spots intensifies, it’s expected that the tensions will rise again during Monday afternoon’s continuation of the race.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword NASCAR

When was the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway postponed?

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was postponed on Sunday due to rain and has been rescheduled to resume on Monday.

Who was leading the race before it was suspended?

Before the race was suspended, Tyler Reddick took the lead, followed by Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and points leader Martin Truex Jr.

Why was Kyle Busch’s race ended early?

Kyle Busch’s race ended after just 14 laps because he spun out and hit a wall after making side-by-side contact with Ryan Blaney.

What is the significance of the race for Chase Elliott?

Chase Elliott likely needs to win one of the last three races to earn a spot in the postseason. He lost control of his car due to a tire failure in this race.

Who replaced the suspended Noah Gragson in the No. 42 Chevrolet?

Josh Berry was filling in for the suspended Noah Gragson in the No. 42 Chevrolet.

What is at stake in the upcoming races, including the continuation on Monday?

With spots in the playoffs at stake, tensions are likely to run high again on Monday afternoon when the race resumes. The remaining races will determine the playoff eligibility for several drivers.

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TenseRacing August 7, 2023 - 12:53 am

Those on-track collisions and pit row arguments are making this season intense! Can’t wait to see how it unfolds on Monday.

KyleLover88 August 7, 2023 - 2:44 am

really upset about kyle Busch’s crash. only 14 laps? Come on, hope he’s alright and comes back strong

ElliottChampion August 7, 2023 - 6:22 am

Chase needs to win soon. He won the championship in 2020, he’s got this. Go Chase go!

RacingFan101 August 7, 2023 - 8:46 am

Cant believe they had to suspend the race, weather’s always getting in the way! Who’s going to take the lead on Monday, any predictions guys?

NoahFan42 August 7, 2023 - 9:08 pm

Why’s Noah Gragson suspended. Josh Berry did okay but I miss seeing Noah on the track


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