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). He starts from the all mighty pole position and posted the second fastest speed in practice #2 and the fastest speed in final practice. Green flag is set for 3:16 p.m. Since crossing the line fourth at the Brickyard 400, the No. 22 Ford has managed 27th- and 24th-place finishes in its last two races. "Watkins Glen we were definitely not very good, I didn't think". Michgian's wide track fits Kyle Larson's style perfectly as he is known to use every inch of a racetrack in search of the fastest groove.
Larson said Ganassi is making an exception for Saturday night.
Kyle Larson is looking to win yet another race at MI. Truex also leads in playoff points, having racked up 34 so far this season, and will be a force to be reckoned with once the Chase starts.
In the beginning of the year it was a question of "when" Chase Elliott would get his first victory, but summer slump has taken him out of the limelight a bit.
(20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 202.577 miles per hour. 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. He also finished third in the spring race of 2016. Kyle Busch was second followed by Earnhardt, Keselowski, Larson, Hamlin, Blaney, Kenseth, Suarez and Truex. Junior has two wins, eight top fives, fifteen top tens and two poles at the big oval. But of all those stats, the only one that matters is wins. Plus a Darlington win would be the storybook finish that NASCAR is looking for. But Busch has won six poles this season - twice as many as any other driver. He has yet to win here in his career but I mentioned above he has finished Top 10 in nine of the last 10 races at MIS including three Top 5's. He will have to give up his 22nd-place spot on the grid. Just before the 10-minute mark, Logano took over the top sport on the speed chart with a lap of 199.734mph. Since his "encumbered" win at Richmond, it has been pretty much a downhill ride.
However, Larson's been in a funk since mid-July with three straight finishes outside of the top 23. Now for the good news.
Bowyer has four top-five finishes in 2017, including back-to-back seconds to round out June. "This is a track that's probably not my best track, even though it's my hometown track".
"As I turned into the corner, the back just turned around and off it went", Johnson said. MI is extra special to Keselowski and he has had five top five finishes and eight top tens here despite not having a victory.
Logano sits in 18th place and 95 points out of playoff contention.
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