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Clint Bowyer used a two-tire stop to gain track position, and then held on through a white-knuckle restart to win a rain-shortened race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. The afternoon's race was originally delayed more than two hours by rain, but the competitors were able to complete the first two stages to make the running official. It was Bowyer who made the right decision in the pits to come out to battle with teammate Kevin Harvick on the final restart. The pair fought hard, but Harvick relented, giving Bowyer the lead until the skies opened. It was a dominant day from the entire Stewart-Haas Racing team, with three drivers sweeping the top finishing positions.
The series takes one week off before heading out West to tackle the first road course event of the season at Sonoma Raceway. Kevin Harvick is the defending winner there, and the rest of the garage will need that extra weekend to gain some ground on the Ford teams that have dominated the season so far.
Clint Bowyer –Bowyer and team played the strategy game to perfection Sunday in Michigan, staying out long enough to be holding the top spot when rain hit the track and ended the afternoon's proceedings. That call gave him his second win of the season and capped off an impressive afternoon from Stewart-Haas Racing. However, it wasn't all strategy. Bowyer impressively held off teammate Harvick to hold that spot on the final restart, and that was what got