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Michigan race could shake up Playoff bubble.

Michigan race could shake up Playoff bubble.

Cup Race at Michigan International Speedway

The Cup race at Michigan International Speedway has been temporarily stopped during the second stage. As of now, 74 out of 200 laps have been completed. Tyler Reddick is currently leading the race, followed by Alex Bowman who is outside a playoff spot.

McDowell’s Challenge

Michael McDowell finds himself outside the final playoff spot based on the points as they were when the race was stopped on Sunday. Additionally, McDowell’s Ford has sustained damage to the nose, resulting in five pit stops for repairs. The damage has affected the car’s performance, making it slower down the straightaway.

McDowell remains optimistic about the situation, stating that the damage is not extensive, but is still causing drag due to its location. He acknowledges his team’s good fortune with the multiple cautions that have allowed them to make necessary improvements to the car.

Potential Playoff Scenarios

If points were awarded at this point, Ty Gibbs would have a six-point lead over McDowell for the final playoff spot. However, other drivers would be within close range as well. AJ Allmendinger would be 16 points behind Gibbs, Alex Bowman would be 19 points behind, and Daniel Suarez would be 21 points behind.

With 126 laps remaining, there is still ample opportunity for points to shift dramatically, making the outcome uncertain.

McDowell’s Outlook

McDowell understands that he can only control what he can control, and his goal is to leave Michigan with a positive points margin above the cutline. With two road courses and Daytona remaining in the regular season, McDowell is confident in his ability to make up any deficit or strengthen his advantage.

Ty Gibbs’ Surge

Ty Gibbs has been performing exceptionally well in the last two weeks with Joe Gibbs Racing. In the Pocono race, he improved from 19th in the standings to finish fifth, and followed it up with a 15th place finish at Richmond.

During the race at Michigan, Gibbs finished second in the opening stage, earning valuable points. His crew chief, Chris Gayle, made the decision to keep Gibbs on track instead of pitting, provided he remained in the top five.

Gibbs was listed in 11th place when the race was stopped, and Gayle emphasized the importance of maximizing their points to secure the 16th playoff spot with three more races remaining.

Avoiding Pitfalls

Gayle highlighted the potential dangers of tight racing at Michigan, where slight contact between cars could result in significant problems. The team is focused on avoiding situations that would necessitate a must-win scenario later on in the season.


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