After a controversial race on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s street course, the NASCAR Cup Collection strikes on to the broad open areas of Michigan Worldwide Speedway this weekend.
The 200-lap, 400-mile race is scheduled for 3 pm (ET) Sunday (USA Community). Xfinity drivers are scheduled to race at 3:30 pm (ET) Saturday, additionally on USA.
Solely 4 races stay within the Cup common season as drivers seek for spots within the playoffs. Fourteen drivers have certified by successful races; Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. proceed to take a seat within the fifteenth and sixteenth playoff positions through factors.
Tyler Reddick gained at Indy Sunday and have become the sixth driver with a number of victories this 12 months. Others are Chase Elliott (4), Ross Chastain (two), William Byron (two), Joey Logano (two) and Denny Hamlin (two).
Fords have had a tough 12 months with solely 4 Cup wins, however Ford drivers have gained the previous seven Michigan races. Over the span of the previous eight races at MIS, Fords have led 66 % of the laps.
The Rise of Suarez
Though teammate Ross Chastain has gathered in a lot of the publicity surrounding Trackhouse Racing this 12 months, Daniel Suarez is displaying power because the playoffs method.
Over the previous seven races, starting together with his victory at Sonoma, Suarez has a median end of 9.5. With finishes of thirty second and twenty seventh prior to now two races, Chastain’s common over that seven-race run is 12.1.
Suarez, who sits ninth in playoff factors getting into Sunday’s race, would not have a powerful worksheet at MIS. In 9 profession begins on the quick 2-mile monitor, he has seven finishes of eleventh or worse and has not completed higher than fourth.
Larson: Thriller Man
Kyle Larson, the Cup Collection’ defending champion and a race winner 10 occasions final 12 months, continues to have a complicated season.
Larson’s winless streak has reached 20 races, the longest of his profession with Hendrick Motorsports. He has 11 finishes of twelfth or worse this 12 months and has just one win, that coming within the second race of the season at Fontana, California.
Larson had a calamitous day at Indianapolis Sunday. He sailed at excessive velocity into Flip 1, dropping management of his Chevrolet and crusing into Ty Dillon’s automobile. The impression lifted Larson’s automobile off the bottom. Each vehicles had been closely broken, though neither driver was harm.
Hendrick Motorsports informed NBC Sports activities there was no proof of brake failure on Larson’s automobile.
The excellent news for Larson is that Michigan is considered one of his finest tracks. His three victories there are his most at any monitor. He scored wins at MIS in 2016 and 2017 (twice) and has six top-three runs in his previous 9 Michigan begins.
4 Races To Go
Though the Indianapolis end order was a bit quirky, with some new faces within the prime 5, the playoff image after the weekend go to to Indiana stays a lot the identical.
With races at Michigan, Richmond, Watkins Glen and Daytona remaining on the regular-season schedule, 14 successful drivers have certified for the playoffs. Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. sit within the fifteenth and sixteenth positions, primarily based on factors.
Blaney has misplaced 46 factors to Truex over the previous three races and leads Truex by solely 25 factors. Blaney has completed outdoors the highest 10 in 4 of the previous 5 races as he and Truex have floated across the backside of the certified checklist.
Kevin Harvick stays the primary driver beneath the cutoff line. He misplaced 13 factors to Truex Sunday and is 96 factors behind Truex.
Following Harvick are Arik Almirola, Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace and Austin Dillon.
Harvick has struggled this season however might be a part of the checklist of race winners at Michigan, the place he has gained three of the previous 4 races.
Austin Hill is among the many non-regulars entered in Sunday’s Cup race.
Hill will drive a No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in his Cup debut. Amongst others on the 37-driver checklist are Noah Gragson and JJ Yeley.
Michigan Cup entry checklist
Forty-one drivers are entered for 38 beginning spots in Saturday’s Xfinity race.
Among the many non-regulars are Blaine Perkins, Akinori Ogata, Kaz Grala, Josh Williams and Joe Graf Jr.
Michigan Xfinity entry checklist
This weekend’s schedule and forecast
(All occasions Japanese)
Saturday, Aug. 6
Forecast: Sunshine and clouds blended. Excessive of 88.
9:05 – 9:35 am — Xfinity Collection apply (NBC Sports activities App)
9:35 – 10:30 a.m. — Xfinity Collection qualifying (NBC Sports activities App)
12:35 – 1:20 pm — Cup apply (NBC Sports activities App)
1:20 – 2:30 pm — Cup qualifying (NBC Sports activities App)
3:30 pm — Xfinity race (125 laps, 250 miles; USA Community, Motor Racing Community, SiriusXM NASCAR radio)
Sunday, Aug. 7
Forecast: Combined clouds and solar with scattered thunderstorms. Excessive of 89. There’s a 30 % probability of rain.
3 pm — Cup race (200 laps, 400 miles; USA, Motor Racing Community, SiriusXM NASCAR radio)
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