Martin Truex, Kurt Busch form rare tandem alliance late in Michigan NASCAR race

Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. formed an unlikely alliance in the closing laps of the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan.

Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch essentially tried to tandem draft their way into the lead during the closing laps of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Monday but that wasn’t enough to overtake a dominant Joey Logano.

Perhaps it was the byproduct of clean air or maybe Logano was just that dominant. Either way, two unlikely rivals driving a Toyota and Chevrolet were unable to chase down the Team Penske No. 22 Ford.

Well, they were able to run Logano down, but they weren’t able to do anything once they got there.

Throughout the race, Logano seemed untouchable in clean air. With the exception of Kevin Harvick, no other driver seemed fully capable of taking the lead from the No. 22 by himself, which led to Truex and Busch working together over the final 15 laps.

Busch started pushing Truex on the straightaways, hoping to get enough momentum to shove the 2017 champion around the 2018 champion. It just wasn’t enough to break the wall of air everyone encountered behind the leader all afternoon.

“You run into a little bit of dirty air,” Busch said after the race. “You just can’t hold it wide open. You need the third-place guy to push you because the leader is in clean air and wide-open. So you need third place to push you past.

“But then you run into his dirty air and you stall out.”

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