August 22, 2005
Jeremy Mayfield Wins at Michigan(Filed under: Race Recap)
While some folks don't like gas mileage races, I love seeing things mixed up for a change. It all came down to gas mileage on Sunday at Michigan, which seems appropriate when gas prices rose to record $2.55 nationwide. Jeremy Mayfield stretched his mileage and stole a victory with an otherwise so-so car.
With no cautions in the last 51 laps most of the field had to make late pit stops for gas, leaving Mayfield and second-place Scott Riggs out there stretching their mileage. Matt Kenseth finished third and had stopped with 19 laps to go, but didn't have enough time to catch Mayfield. After the victory Mayfield had enough gas left for a victory lap and burnout, where he blew both rear tires and had to walk to victory lane.
While Michigan is usually ruled by Roush Racing, and though a Roush car didn't win, they were in contention all day, with four cars finishing in the top 10 and all in the top 20. Series leader Tony Stewart finished fifth and locked himself into the Chase for the Championship.
Posted by kevin at August 22, 2005 8:30 PM
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