Clint Bowyer brought out the first caution of the race before the first lap was even completed at Michigan International Speedway. He was running 11th at the time. The team believed a flat rear tire caused Bowyer to slide and spin. After a quick tire change, Bowyer was able to get back on track.
David Reutimann hit the wall in Turn 2 on Lap 8, bringing out the second caution of the race. After getting his No. 83 taped up on pit road, he returned to the track with penalties for too many men over the wall and pitting too soon.
The green flag didn't last very long before J.J. Yeley and Austin Dillon made contact in Turn 4 for the third caution in the first 15 laps. Dillon, in Tony Stewart's No. 14, also get a penalty for speeding through pit road.
Jimmie Johnson's back-up car gave the five-time champion some issues on the track. He headed back to the garage after the team suspected issues under the hood that ended up being with his engine. While the No. 48 didn't lose the points lead, it cut into the cushion he had built to be able to miss a race for the birth of his child.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was running 10th when he got into the wall. He saw right-side damage on the Lap 71 incident. Denny Hamlin stayed out under caution to take the lead.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. also saw tire problems, hitting the wall and losing both tires on his right side. Junior had led 20 laps before heading back to the garage area for repairs.
The seventh caution of the day came when Bobby Labonte took a spin into the infield grass with just over 50 laps left to race.
Kyle Busch was running in 19th when he also sustained some damage after hitting the wall in Turn 2. He managed to avoid ensnaring any other cars in the incident. He made a second trip off the track a few laps later, and brought out the ninth caution.
Mark Martin had the lead for the waning laps of the Pure Michigan 400, but a much-needed 10th caution flag never flew, and the No. 55 ran out of fuel. Joey Logano took the lead and held onto it until the checkered flag fell.
It was a big celebration for Joey Logano and the Penske No. 22 team in Victory Lane. Their driver moved from 16th to 13th in the standings and seven points away from taking the second Wild Card spot from Martin Truex Jr.
It was a bad day for team Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson was retired from the race by engine issues and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall after leading 20 laps. Michael Waltrip Racing's Mark Martin also had a disappointing day after he ran out of fuel with the lead and few laps to go. See what Junior, Martin and others had to say after the race below.
The winner, on the other hand, had a much more positive outlook on the race. See what Joey Logano, steering wheel in hand, had to say below.
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