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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

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

With a speed of 201.523 mph, Jimmie Johnson qualified on the front row for only the second time this season. His other front row start was a pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and he finished 12th.

Equally important, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers advanced to the final round. This is important as an indicator of how well the organization is running this week. This is only the second time this season that HMS put all four in the final round.
Aug 26 - 6:20 PM

Joey Logano won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 with a speed of 201.698 mph. This gives him a sweep of the Michigan International Speedway pole and is significant for another reason. Prior to this weekend, Logano had the record for the fastest pole speed in 2016 and it came in the June FireKeepers Casino 400 on this same track with a speed of 199.557 mph.

Logano hopes to sweep Victory Lane at Michigan this year after winning from the pole in June. If he accomplishes that feat, he will truly have a perfect record on this track. Logano’s other Michigan pole came in 2013 and he won that race as well.
Aug 26 - 6:13 PM

Kyle Busch posted a speed of 200.245 mph and will roll off the grid 16th for the Pure Michigan 400.

Busch has struggled at Michigan in race trim on occasion. He is not a lock for Sunday’s race and should be evaluated on Saturday before committing to an extremely high salary cap.
Aug 26 - 6:07 PM

Martin Truex Jr. had the fastest lap in the first practice session, but was unable to back that up in qualification when it mattered most. His lap of 200.356 was 14th best.

Truex should be fine in race trim, but fantasy owners should wait until Saturday’s sessions are in the books. This could be a blessing in disguise since it should allow Truex to earn positive place-differential points.
Aug 26 - 6:03 PM

Matt Kenseth posted a lap of 200.290 mph and was the first driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will start 13th.

Qualification has been important to Kenseth in his last two Michigan races. He won the 2015 Pure Michigan 400 from the pole, but managed only a 14th this June after starting 19th.
Aug 26 - 5:59 PM

AJ Allmendinger posted a lap of 198.265 mph to become the first driver who failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will roll off the grid 25th on Sunday.

Allmendinger qualified 26th for this same race last year. He lost two laps and finished 28th. This spring, he started 20th but sustained crash damage in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and finished 38th.
Aug 26 - 5:41 PM

Stanton Barrett will pilot the No. 99 XCaliber Ford Mustang this weekend at Road America.

He joins teammates BJ McLeod and Scott Heckert for the Road America 180. Said team owner BJ McLeod: "Scott did an amazing job at Watkins Glen earlier this month and Stanton considers Road America one of his favorite places, so I’m looking forward to leaning on them for advice and letting me know what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. Overall though, start to finish I think it will be a good weekend." This will be Barrett's fourth XFINITY Series start of 2016 and his fifth at the Elkhart Lake, WI road course.
Aug 26 - 4:32 PM

Scott Heckert returns to the No. 15 BJ McLeod Motorsports/Rick Ware Racing Ford Mustang for his third XFINITY Series race this weekend at Road America.

He joins teammates BJ McLeod and Stanton Barrett for the Road America 180. Said team owner BJ McLeod: "Scott did an amazing job at Watkins Glen earlier this month and Stanton considers Road America one of his favorite places, so I’m looking forward to leaning on them for advice and letting me know what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. Overall though, start to finish I think it will be a good weekend."
Aug 26 - 4:20 PM

In two road course races this year, BJ McLeod (No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports Ford Mustang) scored a best finish of 26th at Watkins Glen (N.Y.), and most recently at Mid-Ohio, he climbed from his 38th place qualifying spot to finish 27th in a rain-soaked Mid-Ohio 200.

Running in both the dry and the wet and making lefts and rights for the first time in his Motorsports career, McLeod hopes he can take the finesse he learned earlier this month and apply it to Road America. "Before Watkins Glen, I never really knew what to expect on a road course, but I got fast with every lap I made on both tracks, even in the wet. This weekend, I expect more of the same and I look forward to working with my teammates too."-McLeod Motorsports
Aug 26 - 4:13 PM

Cameron Hayley (No. 13 Ride TV/Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra) led the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session for the Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 186.804 mph. No. 21 Johnny Sauter, No. 88 Matt Crafton, No. 11 Brett Moffitt and No. 41 Ben Rhodes round out the top five of the 31 trucks practicing in this session. Enrique Contreras in the No. 71 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest. Hayley also had the fastest 10-lap average speed (183.068 mph) of the 11 trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session.
Aug 26 - 3:59 PM


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