Race Weekend Central

Opinions on Downforce Package Lean Positive After Michigan

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As Joey Logano crossed the start-finish line to complete lap 200 of the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the first test of a new lower-downforce package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series came to a close. The package, implemented for Michigan and the July 9 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, included a reduction …

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Tony Stewart Finds Consistency, Hates Restarts After Seventh in Michigan

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(Photo: Josh Hedges/Getty Images )

With a rules package aimed toward giving the drivers more control of their outcomes, Tony Stewart shined for the first time in his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Michigan International Speedway. In his seventh race since returning from a back injury at Richmond International Raceway, Stewart rode a consistent weekend to a seventh-place …

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Joey Logano Scores First Win of 2016 in Ford’s Backyard

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Looking for a win to join teammate Brad Keselowski in the Chase, Joey Logano finished a complete weekend at Michigan International Speedway with a Coors Light Pole Award and a victory in Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400. Logano led the way for much of the day, pacing the field for 139 of the race’s 200 laps …

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Early Incidents Eliminates Earnhardt, Allmendinger in Michigan

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The afternoons of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger’s at Michigan International Speedway ended up being short ones. The duo was eliminated early on Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 as a result of damage suffered in a lap 61 incident with rookie Chris Buescher. Running three-wide through turns one and two, Buescher lost control of his No. 34 Ford on …

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Highs and Lows Clash for Joe Gibbs Racing in Michigan

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‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” reads the opening to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. For Joe Gibbs Racing‘s NASCAR XFINITY Series program, no statement could be truer after a hot Saturday in the Irish Hills. On one side, second-year NXS driver Daniel Suarez overcame an early speeding …

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Suarez Passes Busch for First XFINITY Series Victory in Michigan

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After multiple close calls, Daniel Suarez finally earned his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Michigan International Raceway in his 48th start. And here’s the kicker – Suarez passed the best in the business to do it. Suarez overcame an early speeding penalty and made his way around Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch …

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Austin Dillon Leads Happy Hour at MIS

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The final practice session of the weekend at Michigan International Speedway has come to a close with Austin Dillon atop the charts. Dillon’s 194.301 mph lap early in the session held through the hour to top the final practice for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at MIS. Now in his third year in the NASCAR Sprint …

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Bowman Tops Jones for Michigan XFINITY Pole

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Alex Bowman topped Erik Jones in the final moments of NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying to cap off an impressive qualifying session for JR Motorsports with his first-career pole at Michigan International Speedway. Driving the team’s No. 88 Chevrolet, Bowman knocked Jones (191.535 mph) off the top spot as the final qualifier for Saturday’s Menards 250 …

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Edwards, Busch Lead Second Michigan Cup Practice for Joe Gibbs Racing

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Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch led the way as teams attempted to dial their race setups in during Saturday’s second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Raceway. Edwards’ 197.770 mph circuit proved the fastest on the session, with Busch following in second with a 197.737 mph lap. Team Penske and its affiliates at …

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Carlos Munoz Claims First Verizon P1 Award With Flyer in Texas

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Carlos Munoz may not yet have an Indianapolis 500 victory to his name, but the Columbian scored an important first in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway – his first pole. Munoz maneuvered his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda around the 1.455-mile Texas oval with a two-lap qualifying average of 217.137 mph to …

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Logano Surges to FireKeepers Casino 400 Pole

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In Ford’s backyard, it’ll be Joey Logano – in a blue oval – leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the green flag in the Irish Hills of Michigan. Logano topped the final round of NSCS qualifying with a 199.557 mph lap to top Coors Light Pole Qualifying for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan …

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Logano Paces Second Michigan XFINITY Practice

Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford has suffered a fair share of performance issues thus far in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. However, if Friday’s second practice at Michigan International Speedway is any sign, the team may be getting things back on track. An early 191.826 mph lap from Joey Logano topped the session for …

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