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Race Capsule

Michigan International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 23 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

  • When:

    August 19, 2012 1:16 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    2. miles

  • Race Length:

    400.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,190,785

Drivers to Watch

Mark Martin 26th, 287 points out of the top 10.
Carl Edwards 12th, 43 points out of the top 10. Stands seventh in the wild card standings with no wins.
Jimmie Johnson Johnson climbed three spots after Watkins Glen to take over the lead in the Sprint Cup standings. However, Johnson is anything but secure: He leads second ranked Greg Biffle by just one point and third-ranked Matt Kenseth by two points.
Matt Kenseth This year's Daytona 500 winner fell one spot in the standings following Watkins Glen. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by just two points and second-ranked Greg Biffle, his teammate, by just one point and leads fourth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 15 points.
Kasey Kahne 11th, 40 points out of the top 10. Stands first in the wild card standings with two wins.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex dropped one spot in the standings to sixth after Watkins Glen. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 49 points and fifth-ranked Brad Keselowski by five points and leads seventh-ranked Clint Bowyer by nine points.
Marcos Ambrose 17th, 93 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Stands fifth in the wild card standings with one win.
Paul Menard 16th, 64 points out of the top 10.
Jeff Gordon 15th, 59 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week. Stands fourth in the wild card standings with one win.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer made a big climb up the standings, jumping up three places to seventh. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 58 points and sixth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by nine points and leads eighth-ranked Tony Stewart by three points.
Greg Biffle Biffle, who led the points for 11 straight weeks earlier in the season, finally broke out of third place -- where he had been for the previous four weeks -- and moved back into second place, just one point behind new points leader Jimmie Johnson. Biffle also leads third-ranked Matt Kenseth, his teammate, by just one point.
Tony Stewart Stewart fell back two positions in the standings to eighth place following Watkins Glen. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 58 points and seventh-ranked Clint Bowyer by three points and leads ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by six points.
Ryan Newman 13th, 49 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Stands second in the wild card standings with one win.
Joey Logano 18th, 106 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week. Stands sixth in the wild card standings with one win.
Regan Smith 23rd, 220 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Brad Keselowski After climbing two places following Pocono two weeks ago, Keselowski climbed another two spots in the standings to fifth place after Watkins Glen. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 44 points and fourth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 25 points and leads sixth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by five points.
Kevin Harvick Harvick remained in ninth place after Watkins Glen, which made him the only driver in the top 10 to not change position in the Sprint Cup standings this week. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 67 points and eighth-ranked Tony Stewart by six points and leads 10th-ranked Denny Hamlin by 17 points.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin's chances to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup took another hard hit when he lost two spots in the standings after Watkins Glen, dropping him to 10th place. He trails new points leader Jimmie Johnson by 84 points and ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by 17 points and leads 11th-ranked Kasey Kahne by 40 points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. After two weeks at the top of the Sprint Cup points standings, Earnhardt took a huge drop, falling to fourth after Watkins Glen. Still, he's only 17 points behind new points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, trails third-ranked Matt Kenseth by 15 points and leads fifth-ranked Brad Keselowski by 25 points.
Kyle Busch 14th, 55 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Stands third in the wild card standings with one win.
Jamie McMurray 20th, 152 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Juan Pablo Montoya 22nd, 181 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Jeff Burton 19th, 152 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Aric Almirola 21st, 169 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.