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2018 Consumers Energy 400

The 2018 Consumers Energy 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on August 12, 2018 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps on the two-mile (3.2 km) D-shaped oval, it is the 23rd race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Consumers Energy 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 23 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date August 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)
Location Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 140.474 miles per hour (226.071 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 35.504
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 108
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.62 (Overnight)[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Kurt Becker (3 & 4)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Michigan International Speedway

Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is a two-mile (3.2 km) moderate-banked D-shaped speedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) approximately four miles (6.4 km) south of the village of Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. The track is used primarily for NASCAR events. It is sometimes known as a "sister track" to Texas World Speedway, and was used as the basis of Auto Club Speedway. The track is owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Michigan International Speedway is recognized as one of motorsports' premier facilities because of its wide racing surface and high banking (by open-wheel standards; the 18-degree banking is modest by stock car standards). Michigan is the fastest track in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) and corner entry speeds are anywhere from 215 to 220 mph (346 to 354 km/h) after the 2012 repaving of the track.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Garrett Smithley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 35.603 seconds and a speed of 202.230 mph (325.458 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.603 202.230
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 35.661 201.901
3 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.670 201.850
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Denny Hamlin scored the pole for the race with a time of 35.504 and a speed of 202.794 mph (326.365 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.716 35.604 35.504
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.107 35.682 35.515
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 36.218 35.662 35.626
4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.945 35.750 35.678
5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.198 35.812 35.688
6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.055 35.784 35.704
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 36.025 35.707 35.746
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 35.932 35.836 35.766
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 35.830 35.762 35.780
10 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.827 35.715 35.788
11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 35.829 35.798 35.906
12 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 35.784 35.698 35.994
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.145 35.849
14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 35.871 35.854
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.206 35.897
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 35.844 35.952
17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.159 35.987
18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 35.908 36.074
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.324 36.091
20 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.361 36.139
21 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.142 36.167
22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 36.444 36.415
23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 36.268 36.438
24 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.457 36.467
25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 36.483
26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.493
27 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 36.493
28 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 36.495
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.639
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 36.663
31 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 36.816
32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 37.203
33 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 37.550
34 99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet 37.806
35 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 37.962
36 7 Garrett Smithley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 38.228
37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 38.783
38 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 39.119
39 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 39.492
40 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 0.000
Official qualifying results
  • Reed Sorenson practiced and qualified the No. 15 for Ross Chastain who was in Ohio for the Xfinity Series race.

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Erik Jones was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 35.973 seconds and a speed of 200.150 mph (322.110 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.973 200.150
2 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.058 199.678
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 36.116 199.358
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Joey Logano was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 36.441 seconds and a speed of 197.580 mph (317.974 km/h).[15]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 36.441 197.580
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.452 197.520
3 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.489 197.320
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

 
Kevin Harvick swept all 3 stages in this race

Stage 1 Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 6
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2
10 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 6
6 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2
10 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 80

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 60
2 18 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 39
3 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 52
4 5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 39
5 8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 200 48
6 12 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 45
7 11 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 37
8 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 34
9 21 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 28
10 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 32
11 40 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 26
12 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 29
13 4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 24
14 7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 200 29
15 6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 25
16 14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 21
17 17 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 21
18 13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 19
19 10 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 19
20 23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 200 17
21 15 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 16
22 25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 199 15
23 22 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 199 14
24 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 199 13
25 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 12
26 28 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 199 11
27 24 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 10
28 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 198 9
29 31 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 197 8
30 39 23 Blake Jones BK Racing Toyota 194 7
31 33 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 194 0
32 36 7 Garrett Smithley (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 193 0
33 34 99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Racing Chevrolet 191 4
34 26 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 189 3
35 35 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 187 0
36 20 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 187 1
37 37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 138 0
38 27 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 131 1
39 38 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 102 1
40 32 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 37 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 9 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 37
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 50 minutes and 51 seconds
  • Average speed: 140.474 miles per hour (226.071 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and two-time Michigan winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Alex Hayden
Woody Cain
Kim Coon
Glenn Jarrett

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Michigan International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Consumers Energy 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 12, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 13, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 13, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Michigan TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (August 10, 2018). "Denny Hamlin tops Michigan Cup practice at over 202 mph". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch go 1-2 for Gibbs at Michigan". Associated Press. Brooklyn, Michigan: AP Sports. Associated Press. August 10, 2018. Archived from the original on August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (August 11, 2018). "Erik Jones fastest in Saturday's abbreviated first Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Utter, Jim (August 11, 2018). "Joey Logano tops Kyle Busch in final Cup practice at Michigan". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 11, 2018.


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