Race Weekend Central

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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Kyle Busch Blows Engine Early in Michigan

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Circling lap 54 during Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the day was done for Kyle Busch, who suffered a fire-breathing engine failure down the backstretch. Shortly following a lap-51 restart, Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota appeared to break loose in turn two before losing a number of positions. After Casey Mears took …

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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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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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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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Chase Elliott Tops Opening Practice at Michigan

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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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Chip Ganassi Labels NASCAR’s Lug Nut Policy “Silly”

With the one-race suspension of team crew chief Chad Johnston, Chip Ganassi, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates said that the “whole lug nut thing is a silly thing” while calling into SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Wednesday evening. His remarks came hours after NASCAR suspended Johnston, a veteran crew chief, for lug nuts …

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Kyle Larson’s Crew Chief Suspended for Lug Nut Violation

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Another lug nut penalty was issued this week following the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono. Chad Johnston, who crew chiefs the No. 42 car of Kyle Larson, was hit with a P3 penalty for failing to have all lug nuts properly installed on the car following the race. He was suspended for the …

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Entry List: FireKeepers Casino 400

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Following the rain-delayed Monday Pocono race, the Sprint Cup Series will face a short race week as it prepares for this weekend’s action at Michigan International Speedway. There are 40 cars entered, meaning all will make Sunday’s field, barring any entry list changes. All drivers who competed at Pocono Raceway last weekend will again complete the …

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Kurt Busch Relishes First Triumph of 2016 at Pocono Raceway

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Kurt Busch entered Pocono Raceway determined to win at the Tricky Triangle for the first time since 2007. Things are a lot different for the 2004 Cup Series champion since that August day. Busch is no longer driving the Blue Deuce. Instead, he’s walking around with his head held high, showcasing the gradient black and red colors …

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