Joey Logano won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 with a speed of 201.698 miles per hour. The 23-year-old is substituting for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who remains sidelined from a concussion sustained when he crashed during the June Michigan race.
The prospective 2017 aerodynamic rules package for NASCAR's premier series will receive what likely will be its final dress rehearsal this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Wisconsin native Paul Menard won this race a year ago, preceded by wins by Brendan Gaughan in 2014 and AJ Allmendinger in 2013.
Three rounds of qualifying are on tap for Friday at Michigan International Speedway, with the field cut to 24 drivers after the first session and 12 after the second.
Everything for the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville NASCAR XFINITY series race and SCCA Pro Trans Am weekend begins on Thursday with test sessions for Trans Am from 9:00 a.m.to 3 p.m. Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and son of International Speedway Corp. Times Printing and Road America expect even greater hauler participation and attendance this year and encourage all fans, residents and businesses along the route to participate in welcoming the return of the NASCAR XFINITY Series teams to Sheboygan County. Series leader William Byron signed a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports last week. The race, which will be the last oval race of the season, will continue from lap 71 with James Hinchcliffe leading.
- Kenseth leads all active drivers with 14 top-five finishes at MI, while Edwards boasts the highest average finishing position with a 9.5.
As the both drivers look to showcase their strength on the longest road course on the schedule, Suarez and Jones will have a final opportunity to capitalize on their road racing prowess and build towards the 2016 NXS Chase for the Championship playoffs.
Casey Mears: A 26.8 average finish tells the story for Mears, who has been frustrated at MI in his last 10 starts there. Yes, the laps led and fastest laps run categories are going to be important, but on the flip side, they don't carry near they do in a 500-mile race or a short track event.
The green flag for the DC Solar 350 - one of the Round of 8 races in the inaugural Truck Series Chase - will drop at 5:30 p.m.
Keselowski has yet to win at his hometown track but does have seven top 10s and a 13.0 average finish in 14 starts at the two-mile speedway.
Holland Speedway: NASCAR Pro Charger Twins, Saturday, 6 p.m. Saturday, race (1 p.m., FS1). Next race: Chevrolet Silverado 250, 2:30 p.m., September 4, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario.