Halfway at Michigan, Jimmie Johnson leads race and Hendrick Motorsports domination

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BROOKLYN, Mich. – Hendrick Motorsports dominated the first half of Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson led 12 laps at the halfway mark (100 laps) of the 200-lap event on the high-speed, two-mile oval.

HMS teammates Jeff Gordon was third, having led 36 laps.

Seeking his second consecutive win and third race at MIS, Pocono winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was running fifth at the midpoint.

Joey Logano was the top Ford driver, running second at halfway, while pole sitter Kevin Harvick also led 36 laps early on and was scored fourth at halfway.

Sixth through 10th at 100 laps were Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson and Saturday’s winner in the Nationwide Series race, Paul Menard.

Closing in on the halfway point, Kyle Busch suffered a broken left rear hub and was expected to miss about a half-hour of the race until repairs could be made. However, his team was extremely quick and had Busch back on track by Lap 107.

The start of the race was quite unusual, with two wrecks in the first seven laps.

In the first incident, Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers lost control coming off Turn 4 on the first lap and hit the wall, eventually collecting Travis Kvapil, who could not avoid Vickers’ car.

Then, six laps later, Larson lost control and spun, collecting Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. in the process. All three cars suffered minor damage and were able to get back into the race after repairs on their respective rides.

Speculation as to what may have contributed to both wrecks was the track was slippery in the early going.

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Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.