Kevin Harvick drove the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish after showing dominance in the Auto Club 400.
Jeffrey Earnhardt crashed in the final minutes of the first practice session for the Pure Michigan 400. He will be forced into a backup with no practice for qualification.
Brennan Poole (No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro) makes his Road America NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Saturday.
Rico Abreu (No. 98 Safelite/Curb Records Toyota Tundra), who will be making his 15th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start on Saturday, will also make his track debut at Michigan International Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 on two-mile tracks at the Cup level during his career. The good news is that came earlier this season; the bad news is that it came at Auto Club Speedway.
"Hopefully we’ll get it a little bit better for him before Sunday," Sam Hornish Jr. told reporters in Friday’s practice session, referencing his shaking down the No. 95 car that will be driven by Michael McDowell this Sunday. Battling extremely free conditions, Hornish is unaccustomed to the new low down force package, but hopes to "keep heading in the right direction."
Matt DiBenedetto has earned only two top-30s in five previous starts on two-mile tracks. That came this spring in Auto Club Speedway; his best finish at Michigan International Speedway was 30th in last year’s Pure Michigan 400.
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell, driving the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro, led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Road America 180 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Casey Mears is ready to put his last two Michigan International Speedway races behind him. He experienced an overheating problem last August to finish 42nd and crash damage this June cost him 11 laps. He crossed under the checkers 32nd in the FireKeepers Casino 400.
Cole Whitt has made eight previous starts on the two-mile tracks and he has finished better than he started every time. This spring, he started 36th at both Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway before finishing 26th and 27th respectively.
Thirty-something defines Jeffrey Earnhardt’s two-mile track record. In two previous starts at Auto Club Speedway and Michigan International Speedway, he qualified 39th and 38th respectively before finishing 34th and 37th. And of course, he did this in the No. 32 GO FAS Racing ride.
Kyle Larson finished second in the 2014 Auto Club 400, which was his first NASCAR Cup attempt on a two-mile track. He was eighth in his first Michigan International Speedway race that June. Fast forward to this June’s FireKeepers Casino 400 and he has bracketed his two-mile record with top-fives after finishing third.