Kyle Larson Dominates Cup Race in Michigan, Elliott Comes Home 2nd for 3rd Straight Time at MIS

I called this on Monday, but Kyle Larson dominated Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Michigan International Speedway, leading 96 of the 200 laps en route to his third career victory. Larson, got by Kyle Busch on a late race restart with under 20 laps-to-go, and never looked back, despite two more restarts. The restarts at the end were what showed that Larson is going to be a star in this series as he made everyone else look silly. He used the side draft entering Turn 1…

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Truex/Keselowski Lead Cup Practices, Johnson, Allmendinger to Backup Cars

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had two more opportunities on the Michigan International Speedway to get their cars right before Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN). These were the final two practice sessions of the race weekend on the 2-mile Irish Hills oval. In the first session, Martin Truex Jr. topped the speed charts with a speed of 198.385 mph in his No. 78 Toyota. Truex, qualified for Sunday’s race on the front row, as he qualified second on Friday, missing the pole by just 0.007-seconds. 

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Martin Truex Jr. Looking For Rare Parents Day Sweep

Back on May 13, Martin Truex Jr. took his No. 78 Toyota to victory lane at the Kansas Speedway. The race was the night before Mothers Day. It was a perfect present for his mom this year. Now, Truex is aiming to do a rare feat, sweep the two annual “parents” day weekend races. The Furniture Row Racing driver is looking to win Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN) at the Michigan International Speedway, which would be his third victory of the season. That would tie Jimmie Johnson for…

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Kyle Larson Wins the Pole for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan

The first two Coors Light Pole Awards for Kyle Larson were due to rainouts. This time though, the pole was due to pure speed. Larson, turned a lap of 202.156 mph on Friday afternoon at the Michigan International Speedway, good enough to earn the top starting spot for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN). The lap was turned on the final lap of the third and final round of the qualifying session, besting Martin Truex Jr. by just 0.007-seconds. Larson, was the points leader entering Martinsville and Bristol this season,…

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Jimmie Johnson Signs Contact Extension With Hendrick Through 2020 Cup Season

Last year, Jimmie Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Now, he has at least four more years to chase a record setting eighth one. Johnson, announced on Friday that he’s signed an extension with Hendrick Motorsports and will drive the No. 48 Chevrolet through the 2020 Cup season. The 16-year veteran, has been with HMS his entire Cup career, scoring 83 victories as well, which ranks him in a tie for sixth best all-time. But, even Johnson knows that a three-year extension for a…

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Whenever Penske Expands to a 3rd Car, It Will Be Blaney Not Carl Edwards In It

When Carl Edwards abruptly announced his retirement in January, everyone wondered if this was really it for him. Edwards, 37, looked to still have almost a decade still left in him. He is arguably in better shape than any other driver in the field, was still on top of his game (made the finals at Homestead in November) and driving for a championship contending team in Joe Gibbs Racing. That’s why his shocking announcement that he’d retire came out of left field. Many wondered if he was telling the truth…

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With New Winners, Playoff Bubble Getting Thin, Battles Heating Up

Three of the last time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners have been first timers. With that being said, four of the last six races have seen a first time victor. That means we’ve had 10 different winners through 14 different races in 2017 so far. All with the exception of Joey Logano (Richmond win was encumbered) can use those victories for a playoff berth. With 12 races still to go in the regular season, and that many different winners, it leaves just seven wildcard spots open. Factor that with…

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