Ollies Bargin Outlet 250: Where they finishedJune 14, 2014 No Comments
By Mark Schafer
A flat tire late sealed the deal for Joey Logano as he had to pit late, essentially handing the victory over to Paul Menard.
As with any Michigan race the racing was three and four-wide during most of the race, and the finishing order was decided by a late pit-stop and strategy, but in the end one of the fastest cars all weekend escaped with a victory.
Find out where the drivers finished the race.
1. Paul Menard – In just his second career Nationwide Series win, Menard was able to prove that he had a strong car. His team brought a fast Camero to the track as Menard dominated both practices for the Nationwide Series and started in the top-five. Menard took the lead three times for 18 laps during the race. Menard took the lead for the third and final time with just six laps to go when Logano had to exit off the speedway to repair a flat tire. Menard was able to win the race by just under half a second. It is Menard’s first Nationwide Series win since winning at Milwaukee in 2006.
2. Sam Hornish Jr. – The second caution of the day flew when Hornish Jr. just lost the car in turns three and four. From there Hornish Jr. drove through the field with a mission to get back up to the top-10. From there Hornish Jr. set his sights on the leaders where he found himself in third. Hornish Jr.’s car was fast, but not fast enough to chase down Menard in the closing laps.
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – In what is his last scheduled race in the Nationwide series, Earnhardt Jr. made his way up through the field to find himself in position to lead the race late. Junior made a run for the race lead on the wild and final restart. However he was blocked and it appeared that he might finish in the fourth spot, but Logano’s final stop moved Junior up a position.
4. Kyle Busch– During the ESPN telecast the commentators noted that it has been since 2009 that Busch had led a race at Michigan. That streak continued today for Busch. Despite starting on the pole, Busch was overtaken on the first lap of the race and he never led the race. Busch spent most of the day in the top-10, but pit strategy prevented him from making a run at the lead.
5. Brian Scott– Scott had an exciting moment early on when he was forced out of the groove and almost made contact with the wall. However, Scott was able to recover from that incident and make his way up through the field. Aided by perfectly executed pit strategy, Scott was able to move into the top five late in the race.
6. Chase Elliott– All season long Elliott has been impressive, with two wins and several more top-10s. Elliott added yet another top-10 notch in his season at Michigan with a strong day that faded late. Early on in the race Elliott was able to gain the lead twice, mostly early on. Elliott faded to the bottom half of the top-10.
7. Regan Smith– Smith had a quiet day on track. Having a strong car Smith rarely fell outside of the top-10 in the race. While he never did take the lead, Smith was able to preserve his points lead over Elliott Sadler today. Smith will leave Michigan with a 14-point lead over Sadler.
8. Kyle Larson– Driving the same chassis that he used to win California with, Larson was able to lead the most laps on the day. Larson took the lead early on in the race. Later on Larson drove his way back up to the lead, and he finished the day leading 46 laps. Late pit-strategy spelled the end to him leading the race though and Larson had to settle for an eighth place finish.
9. Ty Dillon– Dillon led a couple times on the day in his No. 3 Chevrolet. It was an up and down day for Dillon. It started in an upward swing when he took the lead on a daring three-wide die down low into turn three. Dillon lost the lead the next lap, but later re-took it. However pit strategy and one slower stop pushed Dillon out of the lead for good.
10. Chris Buescher– Several times throughout the day Buescher was in the top-10 and competing for a position in the top-5. Buescher was able to avoid trouble throughout the day. However the last restart pushed Buescher back to the bottom half of the top-10.
11. Ryan Reed– Reed had to work his way through the field after starting back in 24th position. By the time the race reached it’s halfway mark Reed was inside the top-15. Several laps later Reed had climbed into the top-12. He finished the race in 11th after Logano made a late pit stop.
12. Ross Chastain– A top-12 finish was a shot in the arm for Chastain’s team as they have been on a row with a few top-15 finishes lately. Chastain stayed in the middle of the pack for almost the whole race, aided by a few late pit stops.
13. Ryan Sieg– Sieg was able to figure out the high speeds of Michigan early this weekend. He started and finished in the top-15 and was able to move up from the starting position with strong pit stops and a fast car.
14. Landon Cassill– Cassill was virtually silent on the radio and in the TV broadcast of the race. In the race Cassill had the 15th position locked down for almost the entire race as he stayed in that position for most of the day. However he moved up one position with under ten laps to go.
15. James Buescher– Handling in traffic was an issue for most of the day for Buescher. He reported that he would slide up the hill in traffic, which is usually heavy at the multi-lane Michigan track. With the handling troubles, Buescher spent most of the day in the top-15 sliding up a few positions late when a few drivers had to pit late.
16. Joey Logano– Logano had just six laps to go to secure the win in the race. However a tire had enough and went flat on him. Logano, who led three times for 43 laps had to surrender the lead for a pit stop that dropped him 16 positions.
17. Elliott Sadler– An old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” for Sadler the saying read, “a green apple piece of debris kept the Sadler away.” It may not have the same ring to it, but as Sadler’s spotter reported on twitter a green apple bag got sucked into Sadler’s grille late in the race dropping Sadler from the second position.
18. Mike Bliss– Bliss had a completely silent day on the racetrack. While the action happened much infront of Bliss, he was able to easily coast around the racetrack. A strong weekend overall for Bliss as he improved by one spot over his starting position.
19. Dakoda Armstrong– Like several drivers late in the race Armstrong had to pit late in the race for some fuel. With seven laps remaing Armstrong made his way down pit road, and ultimately the sip of fuel that he received powered him to a top-20 finish.
20. Jermy Clements– Clements was another driver, that unless you were paying a lot of attention, you’d forget that they were entered in the race. That is a good thing though, as Clements had a silent, but extremly successful day.
21. J.J. Yeley– Late in the race Yeley was able to move up on the scoring pylon as several drivers either had a tire run flat or run out of fuel. Otherwise Yeley had a quiet day in the No. 28 Dodge.
22. Brendan Gaughan– Gaughan had a shot at a top-10 finish on the day as he had made his way through the field. However with six laps to go, Gaughan had to coast down pit road for fuel, as his tank ran dry. The resulting pit stop lowered Gaughan’s finishing position by 10 spots.
23. Jeff Green– Green finished the race with a very quiet, but very solid day at Michigan. Green didn’t make a lot of noise on the track, but he climbed up the leaderbaord late in the race and finished just one lap down.
24. Blake Koch– Being mired in the back of the mid-twenties for most of the day Koch wasn’t able to move up or down the leaderboard very often. With 12 laps to go, Koch had to pit for fuel to make it to the end, resulting in his 24th place finish.
25. Jeffery Earnhardt– Earnhardt had a very quiet day as he dodged early wrecks and the wide open racing. Earnhardt stayed in the mid twenties for most of the race. He finished four laps down.
26. Josh Wise– Wise’s car was loose on the track throughout the day and the looseness caught up to him a little past halfway when Wise slid up into the wall. Slowed by damage, Wise finished the race four laps down.
27. Joey Gase– Gase was able to have a strong start to the day, even though he started from the rear because his team decided to switch engines before qualifying. Gase moved inside the top-20 briefly, but then his engine quit on him again and Gase retired from the race 105 laps into the day.
28. Mike Harmon– Several cars had to retire from the race due to a vibration in the race, but Harmon was able to stay out the longest. However the vibration became too much for him on lap 90 when he officially retired from the race.
29. Ryan Ellis– Ellis was able to survive the wide-open race track of Michigan without much trouble. However 88 laps into the race the rear gear of his car went out. Without the rear-gear Ellis could not continue and had to retire from the race.
30. Trevor Bayne– Bayne was running in the top-15 for most of the day. After a round of pit stops landed him further back in the pack, Bayne was running in the outside lane when he was collected by the No. 31 of Kwasniewski. Bayne went into the wall. Bayne later returned to the track for a few laps.
31. Dylan Kwasniewski– Early on in the race Kwasniewski was a little loose and almost caused a wreck. Later on, the same thing happened and while Kwasniewski chased the car up the hill, he lost control of the car and collected Trevor Bayne. In his post race interview Kwasniewski took responsibility for the wreck.
32. Harrison Rhodes– Often times at Michigan races the race is settled by a fuel mileage condition. Fuel problems found Rhodes early on in the race as he had to drop out of the race on the 66th lap due to fuel pump problems.
33. Jamie Dick– A few decades ago shifting gears was very common at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. New rule packages have changed that. For Dick’s car however, the clutch on his racing machine went out on lap 60, causing him to retire from the race.
34. Carl Long– Shortly into the race the electrical box of Long started to get out of line. On the 16th lap the electrical problems became too much and Long retired from the race.
35. Derrike Cope– A bakers dozen worth of laps was all that Cope’s engine lasted in the race. Before the car rounded the start/finish on the fourteenth lap the cars engine expired.
36. Tanner Berryhill– Berryhill was able to complete a decade worth of laps around Michigan before he retired for the day with a vibration.
37. Matthew Carter– Although there are little times when the drivers are on the brakes at the expansive Michigan International Speedway, the lack of stopping power stopped Carter’s day just eight laps into the event.
38. Tommy Joe Martins– For five laps during the day Martins was able to complete circuits around the two-mile track, but before he completed his sixth lap, engine trouble brought his day to an end.
39. Kevin Lepage– Lepage in the Support Military.org sponsored car was only on the track for a total of three laps before a vibration ended his day.
40. Tim Schendel– Schendel wasn’t able to complete one lap as he retired just after the green flag waved due to an engine that did not last.Tags: 2014 NASCAR Nationwide season, Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR, Ollie's 250, Paul Menard, Race Results, RCR, Sam HornishCoverage