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Kevin Harvick drove the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish after showing dominance in the Auto Club 400.

The California native started the 200-lap event from the 14th position and quickly settled into the top five by lap 23. He remained a fixture in the top five until he began to lose grip in the red and black machine, causing him to lose track position during late-race restarts. With the top-15 finish, Harvick moved up two positions, to 15th, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.-Richard Childress Racing
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 07:28:00 PM

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.

Only 40 cars are entered, so Earnhardt is not in jeopardy of missing the show. He will almost certainly line up last, however, and likely gain positions only by attrition.
Aug 26 - 1:25 PM

Brennan Poole (No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro) makes his Road America NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Saturday.

He has scored top-10 finishes in both XFINITY Series road-course races at Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He remains seventh in the XFINITY Series driver's standings with two top-five and 11 top-ten finishes in 2016.-Chip Ganassi Racing
Aug 26 - 1:20 PM

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.

Off-Weekend Success... On Sunday, August 21, Abreu competed at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, SD in his No. 24 Abreu Vineyards 410 Winged Sprint Car, and won. Starting third, Abreu wasted no time taking the lead on the opening lap of the 35 lap Dollar Loan Center Winged Sprint Car A Feature, and then held on en route to a Rock & Roll Gold Cup victory worth $50,000.-ThorSport Racing
Aug 26 - 1:16 PM

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.

Stenhouse’s average finish on this track type is 21st and Stenhouse has finished below that mark in his last three Michigan International Speedway starts. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for this week’s Pure Michigan 400 dark horse.
Aug 26 - 1:10 PM

"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."

With 20 minutes remaining in the first practice, Hornish was 34th on the speed chart. The No. 95 Circle Sport/Leavine Family team will start near the back based on qualification speeds, but McDowell should be able to earn place-differential points.
Aug 26 - 1:05 PM

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.

DiBenedetto is coming off a solid run at Bristol Motor Speedway last week with a 21st-place finish. He will continue to be better on driver’s tracks than down force courses like Michigan, but this is a good week to evaluate the No. 83 BK Racing team.
Aug 26 - 1:00 PM

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.

The lap of 108.847 mph lap was the best of the 31 cars completing laps in this session. No. 18 Owen Kelly, No. 22 Alex Tagliani, No. 42 Justin Marks and No. 62 Brendan Gaughan are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. John Jackson in the No. 40 Dodge was the slowest.
Aug 26 - 12:00 PM

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.

The last time Mears had an incident free race at Michigan, he finished 13th in the June 2015 Quicken Loans 400. The previous fall, he was 17th in the Pure Michigan 400 so he is a good fantasy value—but only if he can stay out of trouble.
Aug 25 - 4:01 PM

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.

Last August, Whitt moved up to 27th from a 35th-place qualification effort in the 2015 edition of the Pure Michigan 400. He has also been running at the end of all eight races and on the lead lap in four. Whitt is liable to fly under the radar this week, which makes him even more valuable.
Aug 25 - 3:44 PM

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.

Winning one’s league is not always about successfully predicting winners. A fantasy player needs to know about everyone in the field and determine how their success or failure in a race will impact the big picture.
Aug 25 - 3:07 PM

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.

In between, Larson had five results outside the top 10 on this track type with only one top-15. He should be considered a provisional good value, but fantasy owners do not want to make a commitment until practice and qualification for the Pure Michigan 400 is in the books.
Aug 25 - 2:39 PM




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