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Highs and Lows Clash for Joe Gibbs Racing in Michigan

2016 Phoenix I NXS Erik Jones Daniel Suarez Kyle BUsch racing Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

‘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

2016 Michigan | NXS Daniel Suarez Rey Del Rio Getty Images

(Photo: Rey Del Rio/Getty Images )

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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Bowman Tops Jones for Michigan XFINITY Pole

2016 NASCAR XFINITY Michigan Alex Bowman Pole

(Photo: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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

2016 Pocono I CUP CArl Edwards John Harrelson NKP

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

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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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

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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Erik Jones Leads, Groundhog Steals the Show in Opening NXS Practice

2016 Richmond I NXS Erik Jones car Russell LaBounty NKP

(Photo: Russel LaBounty/NKP)

Typically, when drivers lose track time during a practice session it’s due to rain or a crash. However, in Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series practice at Michigan International Speedway, Erik Jones topped a session cut short by a rogue groundhog. Jones’ 192.092-mph circuit early in the session held as the top time in practice for Saturday’s Menards …

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Chase Elliott Tops Opening Practice at Michigan

2016 Kansas I CUP Chase Elliott Brett Moist NKP

(Photo: Brett Moist /NKP)

Courtesy of a late 201.630 mph lap, rookie Chase Elliott led the way in opening practice at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott’s lap in the closing moments took the top spot from Martin Truex, Jr., who led the way for much of the session despite completing only nine laps. After being the first driver to top 200 …

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OWW: Bowtie Beatdowns and Napa Know How: IndyCar Midseason Review

2016 IndyCar Detroit Sunday Start Chris Owwns

(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Wait, weren’t we just saying Honda was on the verge of a resurgence 10 days ago? Yes. Yes we were. If there’s one thing fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series know, it’s that things pass by in the blink of an eye. That includes cars, and – in the middle of the season – races and stories. …

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