Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Three things to watch in Sunday's NASCAR Pure Michigan 400

Three things to watch in Sunday's NASCAR Pure Michigan 400

The Team Penske ace, who is now sixth in Cup standings, has come tantalizingly close to winning a Cup race at MIS, finishing second in the 2012 August event and placing third three times (2011, 2014, and 2016).

Kyle Larson's three career Cup victories all have been on 2-mile tracks.

"We've seen the last two or three weeks that the Toyota cars are pretty dominant", Keselowski said.

Team Penske dominated NASCAR Cup qualifying Friday as its two drivers were fastest and second fastest at the Michigan International Speedway oval that sits just down the road from their tam owner's home base.

Larson said Ganassi is making an exception for Saturday night.

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The Pure Michigan 400 is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports. (198.813mph), Suarez (198.703mph), Logano (198.621mph), Truex Jr.

Earnhardt bounced up to second on his next run with a lap of 199.463mph. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick finished second and third, respectively. Elliott is qualified for the playoffs by points at the moment but is by no means safe as there are a lot of good drivers still searching for their first victory this season.

Kyle Larson is trying for a third straight Cup win at MI after victories this June and last August.

Buried back in 23rd in the point standings, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one opportunity to save a disappointing final season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Keselowski is still looking for his first career win on the two-mile track. But Busch has won six poles this season - twice as many as any other driver.

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According to the latest oddsmakers, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are co-favorites this week, as each has 9/2 odds.

Matt Kenseth is one of the other drivers who is looking for his first win of the season, and has a chance this weekend, as he has three previous wins at MI, along with 14 top-five finishes and 20 top-10 finishes. Joey Logano is a close second and hasn't finished outside the Top 10 at either track since 2012 (10 races).

Looking at the results from both MI and Fontana since the start of 2015, it has been Chase Elliott leading the way as he has yet to finish outside the Top 10 at a two-mile track. They will be starting 12th but continually got better through the weekend and posted the third fastest speed in final practice.

I haven't been on the #88 in awhile as the speed and results just haven't been there. Those that have been in the media center long enough have probably heard me say this and I'll say it again for those that haven't, but any success you have at your home track is right there with having success in the biggest races of the year like Daytona for the 500 and the championship.

A look at the top finishes in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Rochester Hills native. Logano earned the second starting spot with speed of 203.063 miles per hour, just six thousandths of a second behind Keselowski.

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