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The Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway will mark Danica Patrick’s 26th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Sonoma.

Patrick has never started a stock-car event at Sonoma, but competed in seven IZOD IndyCar Series races with three top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place result in 2008. Of note, the IndyCar Series used two different layouts during those seven years, neither of which is the one currently in use by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.-True Speed Communication
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell (No. 95 Chevrolet SS), driving the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro, won the Road America 180, his first victory in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

This is his second top-10 finish in five NXS races at Road America. Brendan Gaughan (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Road America. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016. Brennan Poole (third), making his first start at Road America, was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Elliott Sadler leads the NXS Championship standings by 47 points over Daniel Suarez.
Aug 27 - 8:34 PM

Brett Moffitt (No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra) won the Careers for Veterans 200, his first victory in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races.

This is his third top-10 finish in 2016. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Timothy Peters (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at MIS. Daniel Hemric (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at MIS. William Byron (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie. Byron leads the NCWTS point standings by 36 points over Daniel Hemric.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

Denny Hamlin posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400 with a speed of 197.878 mph.

Hamlin qualified third so there was not much concern about his overall speed. However, he was only 11th-fast in practice one and 17th in the second session.
Aug 27 - 12:18 PM

With 34 minutes remaining in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400, Denny Hamlin spun off turn four and damaged his Toyota slightly in the grass. He will probably not need to go to a backup.

Hamlin had the fastest single lap in this practice session with a speed of 197.878 mph. The new low down force package is going to play havoc with drivers in race trim and this was a great example of why.
Aug 27 - 11:52 AM

John Wes Townley (No. 05 Jive Communications/Zaxby's Chevrolet Silverado) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation with a lap of 183.697 mph.

This is his second pole in 104 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016 and his first pole in four races at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Matt Crafton (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2016 and his eighth in 15 races at MIS. William Byron (third) posted his 11th top-10 start in 14 races this season.
Aug 27 - 11:19 AM

Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott both had top-seven times in the first practice session at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott qualified fifth; Blaney will start seventh. And notably, they had the second (Blaney) and third (Elliott) fastest laps in Saturday morning’s session. Blaney posted a lap of 201.427 mph; Elliott went 201.196 mph.

This is precisely the way they started the year. Both hit hard times during the summer, but last week’s Bristol Motor Speedway reversed their fortune with strong runs before crash damage hurt their efforts.
Aug 27 - 9:41 AM

Tony Stewart posted the fastest single lap in the Saturday morning practice for the Pure Michigan 400. His top speed of 202.122 mph was the first time this week cars went over 202 in a timed session.

The track was cool and had a lot of grip, but the conditions were not a good indication of what drivers will challenge on Sunday. Still, racers all faced the same conditions and Stewart’s speed is a positive for his handicap.
Aug 27 - 9:32 AM

NASCAR Pinty's Series driver Alex Tagliani (No. 18 Chevrolet) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Road America 180.

Driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, he put up a fast lap of 109.866 mph. This is his fourth pole in eight NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. It is his second pole in two NXS races at Road America. Spring Cup driver Michael McDowell (second) posted his fifth top-10 in five NXS races at Road America. Justin Marks (third) posted his third top-10 start at Road America. Erik Jones (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Aug 26 - 8:07 PM

John Wes Townley (No. 05 Jive Communications/Zaxby's Chevrolet Silverado) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice leading up to the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

The average speed of 182.287 mph was best of the four trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 33 Ben Kennedy (181.691 mph), No. 50 Travis Kvapil (174.941 mph) and No. 71 Enrique Contreras (154.579 mph) are the others on this list.
Aug 26 - 7:16 PM

Tyler Reddick (No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers for Veterans Ford F-150) led the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 185.735 mph in this session. No. 11 Brett Moffitt, No. 21 Johnny Sauter, No. 19 Daniel Hemric and No. 98 Rico Abreu round out the top five of the 27 trucks practicing in this session. Enrique Contreras in the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
Aug 26 - 7:12 PM

Chase Elliott posted a lap of 201.303 mph to qualify fifth. Ryan Blaney had a lap of 201.202 mph and will start the Pure Michigan 400 seventh.

Both rookies should run well on Sunday on Michigan International Speedway and both are moderately priced in salary cap games. They should contend for top-10s.
Aug 26 - 6:24 PM




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