It was a marathon day at Michigan International Speedway. With rain showers in the area, the race saw five cautions and four red flags, accounting for 38 of the 138 laps. NASCAR Officials were forced to call the race early due to the rain, after only completing 138 of the scheduled 200 laps. In the end, Sam Hornish Jr. and the No. 9 Medallion Bank Ford team were scored with a 26th-place finish.
Hornish started the race from the 30th position and gained one spot before rain began to fall for the first time, bringing out the caution on Lap 12. As the rain picked up, NASCAR Officials called the field to pit road and brought out the red flag. After an hour, the red flag was lifted, but was brought back out before the field could take the green flag when more rain fell over the track. Hornish restarted 26th after staying out during the caution.
The No. 9 Medallion Bank Ford gained four spots on the restart and was running in the 22nd spot when NASCAR Officials called a Competition Caution on Lap 42. The Medallion Bank Ford had gotten tighter later in the run and needed help on corner entry. Hornish brought the No. 9 Ford to pit road for four tires, chassis, air pressure adjustments and fuel. Just as the field was preparing to go green, more rain hit the area, bringing the red flag out once more.
The field went back to green on Lap 51 with Hornish in the 28th spot. The field saw another quick caution for an accident in Turn Four, this time Hornish restarted 23rd. He had another good restart and was as high as 19th. However, Hornish battled with a loose No. 9 Ford for the next 20 laps before coming to pit road on Lap 80 for a green-flag pit stop for four tires and adjustments.
The Medallion Bank Ford returned to the track, but unfortunately lost a lap to the leaders. As the pit stops continued to cycle through, Hornish reported that the No. 9 Ford was tight in the center and loose on the entry and exit of the corners. The Medallion Bank Ford was running in the 21st spot when debris brought out the caution on Lap 126. It was another four-tire stop with adjustments for the No. 9 Ford. With a handful of teams only making two-tire stops, Hornish restarted in the 29th spot on Lap 130.
Just eight laps later, a storm in the area forced NASCAR Officials to display the red flag once more. As heavy rainfall continued to hit the track, NASCAR Officials deemed the race official with Hornish scored in the 26th position. With the finish, Hornish gained one spot in the Championship Point Standings to 25th.
“What an interesting day,” said Hornish. “It seemed like forever until we were actually able to get some racing in, because every time we would try to get started the rain wasn’t far behind. We weren’t really where we wanted to be all weekend, but it wasn’t for lack of effort for this No. 9 team. Once we were finally able to get a long run in during the race, we were able to get a better understanding of what the car needed, but the big storm hit and ended the race early. I think we were able to build some good notes from the weekend that will help us when we come back here later this summer.”