Another nice race day at Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Pure Michigan 400. He'd go on to win four more Cup races in 2014 and three in 2015. 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. GPP only as I don't think you have to pay up for the $10K+ drivers this week in cash games. After qualifying 13th on Friday, crew chief Cole Pearn continually made the #78 vehicle better posting the 10th and 2nd fastest speeds in the final two practices on Saturday.
Larson said Ganassi is making an exception for Saturday night.
Expect that trend to change Sunday when the Pure Michigan 400 gets underway at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Ford netted a one-two-three finish in qualifying at the Blue Oval's home track, with Joey Logano (203.063 mph) and Kevin Harvick (202.788 mph) taking second and third place. With Martin Truex Jr. and the #78 team stealing some of Larson and the #42 team's thunder in recent weeks, MI represents a prime opportunity to re-establish themselves as the top team on the circuit. Once again, just like everywhere this season, Truex will be a threat to win and a threat to take home all the playoff points and not share with anyone else.
Earnhardt bounced up to second on his next run with a lap of 199.463mph. 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.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr.is still searching for his first win in the 2017 NASCAR season, and Kasey Kahne would probably love to add at least one more to his resume before he exits Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the year. MI has been very good to Kyle Larson, and he needs that right now after having lost the NASCAR Cup Series points lead to Martin Truex Jr. His average finish of 13th is seventh best amongst the current drivers. He has 50/1 odds to win this race, but it's at a track that he has two wins in his career.More news: United States tells China to fully execute NKorea sanctions
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Through 22 races completed this season, Suarez has accumulated one top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his rookie season in the MENCS. Joey Logano is a close second and hasn't finished outside the Top 10 at either track since 2012 (10 races). The top 19 finishers in round two all finished the round with a qualifying speed over 200.000 miles per hour. He also finished ninth here earlier this year, which was his third-best finish of 2017.
"I get to compete there and come back and go for three in a row here, so it's a cool weekend for me, and I'm really excited for it", he said.
"We've got some really good memories here".
"It would be huge for me (to win at MIS)", said Keselowski after qualifying at Michigan on Friday.
Logano sits in 18th place and 95 points out of playoff contention.