2014 Pure Michigan 400
The 2014 Pure Michigan 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on August 17, 2014, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps on the 2.0-mile (3.2 km) superspeedway, it was the 23rd race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jeff Gordon won the race, his third win of the season. Kevin Harvick finished second while Joey Logano, Paul Menard, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (22nd), Cole Whitt (25th), and Alex Bowman (26th).
|Race 23 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||August 17, 2014|
Michigan International Speedway|
Permanent racing facility|
2.0 mi (3.2 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)|
|Weather||Cloudy with a temperature of 71 °F (22 °C); wind out of the east at 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)|
|Average speed||141.788 mph (228.186 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|No. 24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports|
|Television in the United States|
|Network||ESPN & MRN|
Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree (Television)|
Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Buddy Long (3 & 4) (Turns) (Radio)
5.150 Million viewers
Previous week's raceEdit
A. J. Allmendinger held off a hard charging Marcos Ambrose with two laps to go to score his first career Sprint Cup Series victory in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Upon exiting his car, Allmendinger expressed his delight at the result, stating he could not "believe we've won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race", before congratulating his entire JTG Daugherty Racing team, expressing "with this whole 47 team, [team owners] Tad Geschickter, Jody Geschickter, Brad Daugherty, all the great sponsors we have, our first Cup victory together, my first victory...I love these guys. I just wanted it so bad for them and this team. They work so hard. I wasn't gonna let Marcos take that from me".
The track, Michigan International Speedway, is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long. Opened in 1960, the track's turns are banked at eighteen degrees, while the 3,600-foot-long front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at twelve degrees. The back stretch, has a five degree banking and is 2,242 feet long. Michigan International Speedway has a grandstand seating capacity of 84,000 people. Joey Logano was the defending race winner from the 2013 race.
Following the events at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Tony Stewart sat out the previous week's race at Watkins Glen and on August 14, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Stewart would sit out Michigan and that Jeff Burton would drive in his place.
New rules and regulationsEdit
On the Friday before the race, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton announced an amendment to the rules in response to Kevin Ward, Jr.'s death at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Pemberton stated that NASCAR were "formalizing rules that have been there", and that the new rule would be referred to, in section 9-16 (On-Track Incident Procedures) of the NASCAR Rulebook:
Per the rules, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to return to pit road, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:
- Shut off the electrical power and drop the window net to signal to safety crews that they are OK
- Do not loosen, disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a track worker
- After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
- At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
- At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle
Pemberton also stated that "through time you have to recognize when you get a reminder or tap on the shoulder, something that may need to be addressed", and that "it's not just about NASCAR, but it's all of sports and motorsports that we take note in". Pemberton also noted that the penalties that would be handed down would be taken on a case-by-case basis and not a fixed one-size-fits-all penalty.
The entry list for the Pure Michigan 400 was released on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:03 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-three drivers were entered for the race.
Joey Logano was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 35.200 and a speed of 204.545 mph (329.183 km/h).
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||35.200||204.545|
|2||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||35.275||204.111|
|3||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||35.308||203.920|
|Official first practice results|
Jeff Gordon scored his 76th career pole with a new track record time of 34.857 and a speed of 206.558 mph (332.423 km/h); the seventh fastest pole lap in NASCAR history. Gordon stated that he "knew that we were really strong here the last time we were here and what our team is doing right now it's just phenomenal how they continue to improve race cars and just the whole effort", and praised his team for his car setup as "you don't go around this place like that, that fast without a really good race car". Logano qualified on the front row for the seventh time in 2014, stating that his car was "able to get faster as the session went on which is just an awesome job by this team to give me cars like this every week that are so good and so fun to drive". Logano did express his frustration at having only one pole of the seven front row starts; expressing that his team "were close again and just weren't able to do it".
Martin Truex, Jr. missed the first practice session and qualifying after Sherry Pollex, his longtime girlfriend and business partner, underwent surgery to treat her ovarian cancer. Matt Crafton filled in for him on Friday. Ryan Blaney practiced and qualified the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing in place of Trevor Bayne, who was competing in the Nationwide Series event at Mid-Ohio. Bayne raced the car on Sunday.
|1||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.233||34.971||34.857|
|2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||35.145||35.038||34.887|
|3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||35.093||35.095||34.932|
|4||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||35.165||35.108||35.005|
|5||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||35.299||35.224||35.012|
|6||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.299||35.016||35.047|
|7||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||35.367||35.176||35.194|
|8||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||35.297||35.226||35.214|
|9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||35.426||35.115||35.233|
|10||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||35.168||35.276||35.264|
|11||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||35.394||35.232||35.325|
|12||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||35.427||35.182||35.386|
|13||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||35.458||35.280||—|
|14||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.389||35.292||—|
|15||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.314||35.304||—|
|16||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.218||35.319||—|
|17||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.351||35.376||—|
|18||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||35.377||35.401||—|
|19||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||35.376||35.429||—|
|20||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||35.368||35.451||—|
|21||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||35.459||35.463||—|
|22||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||35.300||35.513||—|
|23||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||35.389||35.525||—|
|24||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||35.401||35.649||—|
|25||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.488||—||—|
|26||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||35.563||—||—|
|27||14||Jeff Burton||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.571||—||—|
|28||21||Ryan Blaney[N 2]||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||35.586||—||—|
|29||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||35.675||—||—|
|30||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.693||—||—|
|31||83||Ryan Truex (R)[N 3]||BK Racing||Toyota||35.774||—||—|
|32||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||35.911||—||—|
|33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||36.044||—||—|
|34||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||36.084||—||—|
|35||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||36.140||—||—|
|36||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||36.157||—||—|
|37||37||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||36.391||—||—|
|38||32||Travis Kvapil||Go FAS Racing||Ford||36.414||—||—|
|39||78||Matt Crafton[N 4]||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||36.462||—||—|
|40||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||36.536||—||—|
|41||33||Alex Kennedy||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||36.767||—||—|
|42||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||36.891||—||—|
|43||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||37.104||—||—|
|Official qualifying results|
Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 35.436 and a speed of 203.183 mph (326.991 km/h). Ryan Truex was involved in a hard wreck seven minutes into the second practice session; he lost control of his car, overcorrected and hit the wall head on in turn two.
|1||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.436||203.183|
|2||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.449||203.109|
|3||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.456||203.069|
|Official second practice results|
Jeff Gordon was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 35.972 and a speed of 200.156 mph (322.120 km/h).
|1||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.972||200.156|
|2||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||36.055||199.695|
|3||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||36.156||199.137|
|Official final practice results|
Following his heavy practice crash, BK Racing driver Ryan Truex was taken to hospital, complaining about a headache and shoulder pain. He was later diagnosed with a concussion, and was replaced by J. J. Yeley for the race. Matt Crafton was originally slated to drive in Truex's place but he was unable to fit in the seat that was fitted for Truex. He later stated that he was "not going to take a chance", in light of his high positioning in the Camping World Truck Series points. With the driver change and a backup car – following the practice crash – Yeley started from the rear of the field. The race was scheduled to begin at 1:16 p.m. Eastern time but was delayed a few minutes to allow the Air Titans extra time to dry the race track.
Jeff Gordon led the field to the green flag, but was unable to hold the lead immediately, as Joey Logano took the lead on the opening lap. The caution flag flew for the first time on lap four after Kyle Busch hit the wall in turn one, following previous contact at turn four. The race restarted on lap eight, and was able to run cleanly until a competition caution, which had been necessitated following overnight rain showers. Ryan Newman stayed out when the leaders pitted so he assumed the lead. The race restarted on lap 25, but the caution flag flew almost immediately, after Danica Patrick started spinning in turn 1. Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex, Jr. and Yeley were all involved in the crash. Jimmie Johnson, who had stayed out along with Newman during the second caution, managed to move ahead of him prior to the yellow flag coming out, and thus assumed the lead.
The race restarted on lap 31, before debris in turn 2 brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 37. Johnson elected to come onto pit road during the caution and Logano retook the lead for the restart, on lap 41. Logano held the lead for the next portion of the race, before Gordon took the lead on lap 56, with the help of the lapped car of Yeley. Gordon and Logano swapped the lead over the next couple of laps, before Gordon maintained the lead until his next pit stop, on lap 64. He handed the lead over to teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who kept the lead until lap 68, when he pitted and handed the lead to teammate Johnson. Johnson pitted on lap 76 and handed the lead back to Newman; Johnson rejoined the circuit a lap down in 25th place. Newman pitted on lap 79 and handed the lead back to Gordon. During this stint at the front – at the end of the 92nd lap – Gordon recorded his 1,000th lap led at Michigan races.
The caution flew for the fifth time on lap 97 after Kyle Larson blew a right-front tire and hit the wall in turn 4. Larson was disappointed at the end result stating it was "a shame" but stated that it fired up his impetus for a bid to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Newman stayed out when the leaders pitted so he retook the lead for the restart on lap 109. Logano retook the lead at the restart, and maintained the lead throughout a lengthy green-flag period of the race. Logano pitted on lap 140 and handed the lead to Kurt Busch, who himself held the lead for a few laps before his own pit stop. Gordon cycled through to the lead, holding it until his final stop, on lap 165. Busch led a lap before pitting, passing the lead to Brad Keselowski.
Just after he assumed the lead of the race, Keselowski hit the wall in turn 1 and brought out the sixth caution on lap 168, which resulted in Kasey Kahne taking the lead. Kahne pitted under the caution and Logano retook the lead for the restart, with 27 laps to go. Before the completion of a full lap of racing, the caution flags flew once again, when Brian Vickers got loose and spun in turn four. The race restarted with 23 laps to go. Kurt Busch got loose exiting turn two while battling Logano for the lead; his car started coming apart on the front stretch, hit the wall again in turn one and brought out the eighth caution of the race, as debris was scattered all over the track. The race restarted with 17 laps to go; Gordon took the lead from Logano and went on to win for the 91st time in his career. Gordon stated that he had "got a really good restart, and I got to his quarter panel in Turn 1 and I was able to drag him back and it allowed me to get the momentum and get by him". Logano felt he had Gordon cleared and lamented that he "should have pulled down in front of him".
|1||1||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||47|
|2||6||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||42|
|3||2||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||200||43|
|4||7||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||40|
|5||25||88||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||40|
|6||19||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||200||38|
|7||21||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||37|
|8||5||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||200||37|
|9||30||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||36|
|10||11||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||200||34|
|11||12||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||34|
|12||20||9||Marcos Ambrose||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||200||32|
|13||22||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||200||31|
|14||9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||200||30|
|15||10||17||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||200||29|
|16||15||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||29|
|17||26||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||200||27|
|18||14||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||26|
|19||4||55||Brian Vickers||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||199||25|
|20||23||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||199||24|
|21||29||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||199||23|
|22||8||3||Austin Dillon (R)||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||199||22|
|23||3||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||198||21|
|24||34||34||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||198||20|
|25||36||26||Cole Whitt (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||198||19|
|26||32||23||Alex Bowman (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||198||18|
|27||40||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||197||17|
|28||33||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||197||16|
|29||43||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||197||0|
|30||31||83||J. J. Yeley[N 3]||BK Racing||Toyota||197||0|
|31||16||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||196||14|
|32||38||32||Travis Kvapil||Go FAS Racing||Ford||196||12|
|33||37||37||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||195||11|
|34||41||33||Alex Kennedy||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||195||10|
|35||42||66||Joe Nemechek||Identity Ventures Racing||Toyota||195||0|
|36||39||78||Martin Truex, Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||177||8|
|37||27||14||Jeff Burton||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||176||7|
|38||18||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||170||6|
|39||24||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||159||5|
|40||35||7||Michael Annett (R)||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||155||4|
|41||28||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||153||0|
|42||17||51||Justin Allgaier (R)||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||97||2|
|43||13||42||Kyle Larson (R)||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||94||1|
- 20 lead changes among different drivers
- 8 cautions for 37 laps
- Time of race: 2:49:16
- Jeff Gordon won his third race in 2014
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Allen Bestwick
Color-commentator: Dale Jarrett
Color commentator: Andy Petree
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2 Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Buddy Long
Standings after the raceEdit
- Tony Stewart was on the entry list for the race, but sat out following the events in upstate New York. Jeff Burton drove in his place.
- Ryan Blaney qualified the car, as Trevor Bayne was competing in the Nationwide Series event at Mid-Ohio. Thus, Bayne started from the rear of the field.
- Ryan Truex had qualified the car and was scheduled to compete as such. After an incident in second practice, Truex suffered a concussion and was not medically cleared to race. J. J. Yeley drove in his place, and started from the rear of the field.
- Matt Crafton qualified the car, as Martin Truex, Jr. was not at the circuit due to his partner undergoing surgery to treat her ovarian cancer. Thus, Truex started from the rear of the field.
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