After 143 races, the winless streak is over….. Earnhardt Jr. wins at Michigan!

[media-credit name=”Dan Sanger” align=”alignright” width=”240″][/media-credit]Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his 143-race winless streak on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in the Quicken Loans 400 in dominating fashion.

“I know you guys have been waiting on that one. I know I have.” Earnhardt Jr. radioed to his crew after winning.

After the cycle of pit stops, on lap 171 Earnhardt Jr. regained the lead by almost 2 seconds and was able to build up a lead of 5.393 seconds in route to his 19th career Sprint Cup series victory.  Earnhardt Jr’s last win was here at Michigan on June 15, 2008.

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“That was a great race. We just had a really good car. Those last 15 laps were the longest laps ever.” Earnhardt said.

Earnhardt Jr. also narrowed the lead in the series standings and now trials Matt Kenseth by four points.

“This [win] was for them. We appreciate their loyalty. We wouldn’t have made it back to victory lane without them.” Earnhardt Jr. added.

Tony Stewart led some near the middle of the race and was “taking no prisoners”. He finished second.

“Dale had the fastest car all day.” Stewart said. “It’s not a national holiday, guys. This morning they were celebrating his fourth anniversary of his last win, so I guess we’re all in a state of mourning now, because he’s broke that string now, so I don’t know what we’re all supposed to think.” Stewart added.

Kenseth finished third, Greg Biffle fourth and teammate Jimmie Johnson finished fifth.

“It was kind of a long day. We were pretty good in the beginning of the race and got shuffled back and it was tough to work traffic today. They got the setup good on the last two runs and had good pit stops and we were able to stand on the gas and work our way up there to third.” Kenseth said.

Biffle ran of front for most of the race and traded the race lead with polesitter Marcos Ambrose but kept having tire issues.

“I am a little disappointed because we couldn’t run the car as hard as we needed to. The right rear kept coming apart on us. I could only run it as hard as I could. I am really excited for Junior. What a great day for him to win on. There has been a lot of pressure on him and I am glad he won.” Biffle said.

Unofficial Race Results
Quicken Loans 400, Michigan Int’l Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/race.php?race=15
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 48
2 8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 43
3 6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 42
4 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 41
5 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39
6 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39
7 13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 38
8 21 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 37
9 1 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 36
10 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 34
11 42 99 Carl Edwards Ford 33
12 16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 32
13 25 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 32
14 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 31
15 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29
16 31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 28
17 15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 27
18 32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 26
19 20 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 25
20 24 13 Casey Mears Ford 24
21 33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 24
22 18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22
23 38 34 David Ragan Ford 21
24 22 33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 0
25 36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 20
26 39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 18
27 35 38 David Gilliland Ford 18
28 12 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 16
29 14 55 Mark Martin Toyota 16
30 26 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 14
31 40 32 Ken Schrader Ford 13
32 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12
33 4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11
34 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 10
35 9 20 Joey Logano Toyota 9
36 41 10 Tony Raines Chevrolet 8
37 43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 8
38 27 98 Michael McDowell Ford 6
39 29 119 Mike Bliss Toyota 0
40 37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 0
41 23 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 3
42 30 26 Josh Wise * Ford 2
43 7 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 0

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