Earnhardt Jr breaks drought with first win in four years

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Dale Earnhardt Jr has taken his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win in four years, winning at Michigan.

Earnhardt Jr’s victory is 143 races in the making, and ironically, his last win came at Michigan in 2008.

Reigning NASCAR champion Tony Stewart finished second, ahead of Matt Kenserth, Greg Biffle, Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Juan Pablo Montoya, who matched his best finish of 2012, taking eighth.

Australian pole-sitter Marcos Ambrose finished ninth, having shown a good turn of speed over the race but lost track position with some strategy calls.

Dale Earnhardt Jr celebrates his win in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

Dale Earnhardt Jr celebrates his win in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

“We will take the top 10 but we had a great car today and we lost a little bit of track position and it hurt us there,” Ambrose said.

“I am proud of my Stanley team. We led some laps and looked good up there. It was a strong day for us, not quite what we wanted, but we will take it and move along to Sonoma.”

Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 10.

The next round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be held at Sonoma.

Results, Michigan

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mtn. Dew / The Dark Knight Rises / National Guard 48/2 200 Running
2 8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 43/1 200 Running
3 6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 42/1 200 Running
4 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Rite Aid / Nexcare 41/1 200 Running
5 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 39/0 200 Running
6 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 39/1 200 Running
7 13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 38/1 200 Running
8 21 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 37/1 200 Running
9 1 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 36/1 200 Running
10 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 34/0 200 Running
11 42 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 33/0 200 Running
12 16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 32/0 200 Running
13 25 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 32/1 200 Running
14 19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 31/1 200 Running
15 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 29/0 200 Running
16 31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Charter 28/0 200 Running
17 15 43 Aric Almirola Ford Medallion Financial 27/0 200 Running
18 32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 26/0 200 Running
19 20 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 25/0 200 Running
20 24 13 Casey Mears Ford Valvoline NextGen 24/0 200 Running
21 33 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 24/1 200 Running
22 18 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell 22/0 200 In Pit
23 38 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 21/0 200 Running
24 22 33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet American Ethanol 0 198 Running
25 36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 20/1 198 Running
26 39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 18/0 197 Running
27 35 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 18/1 197 Running
28 12 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 16/0 197 Running
29 14 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 16/1 195 In Pit
30 26 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 14/0 194 Running
31 40 32 Ken Schrader Ford Federated Auto Parts 13/0 193 Running
32 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 12/0 157 Running
33 4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 11/0 151 In Pit
34 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 10/0 132 In Pit
35 9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 9/0 125 In Pit
36 41 10 Tony Raines Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 8/0 68 In Pit
37 43 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 8/1 67 In Pit
38 27 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 6/0 41 In Pit
39 29 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 35 In Pit
40 37 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 32 In Pit
41 23 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 3/0 27 In Pit
42 30 26 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 2/0 9 Out of Race
43 7 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 0 7 Out of Race

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