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Large crowds head to Southern Michigan for Pure Michigan 400

Aug 19th, 2013 - State News

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Logano and Kevin Harvick both breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 400-mile, 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano was able to hold off Harvick.

Logano entered the weekend in 16th place in the points standings. After winning the pole Friday, he took Sunday's race by 1 second over Harvick, who is safely near the top of the standings.

There are three races left before the Chase.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson lasted less than 60 laps before engine trouble knocked him out.

Jimmie Johnson's exit was only the beginning. It was another rough day for Hendrick Motorsports in Michigan.

Johnson, NASCAR's Sprint Cup points leader, was knocked out Sunday after 54 laps when he blew his engine, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car was damaged when he slammed into the wall on the135th lap. Johnson finished 40th, and Earnhardt was 36th.

Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon did complete all 200 laps, with Kahne finishing seventh and Gordon 17th — but Gordon slipped to 14th place in the standings, and he could be on the outside looking in during the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

During the Cup race at MIS in June, all four Hendrick drivers failed to crack the top 25.

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