Previewing the Pure Michigan 400

By Dominic Aragon
August 26, 2016

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make its 24th of 36 stops this Sunday, August 28, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Two practice sessions and qualifying are scheduled for Friday while Saturday will feature second practice and final practice.

Television coverage of the race will be on NBCSN and radio coverage on MRN beginning at 2 P.M. Eastern Time.

Past Winners (Generation-6 era)
In the generation-six era of the Sprint Cup Series, a total of seven races have been run at Michigan International Speedway (2013-present).

The last five Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have produced five different winners and six winners in the last seven races.

Joey Logano is the most recent winner at the track and has won at the speedway twice in the Sprint Cup Series.

Matt Kenseth was the August 2015 winner and is a three-time winner at the facility in the Sprint Cup Series.

Additionally, the last two races at MIS have been won by the pole-sitter and four of the last six races.

The Chase Picture
Three races remain before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Rookie-of-the-year contender Chris Buescher’s fifth-place effort at Bristol Motor Speedway last week pushed the driver inside the top-30 in driver’s standings for the first time this season; a requirement additional to his Pocono victory to be eligible for the Chase.

Buescher enters Michigan with a 13-point lead over 31st in points David Ragan.

“I’m pretty excited to go back to Michigan,” Buescher said in a team release. “We made some big gains in the points at Bristol to get into the top 30, and now we just have to make sure we stay there.

“We've got to play a little defense but also be aggressive at the same time to make sure we're getting everything we can out of each of the next three races before the Chase cut-off.”

Kyle Larson, who held the 16th and final position on the Chase grid, was booted from it after Bristol. Larson, who held a Chase-eligible for four consecutive weeks, now sits 39 points behind 16th Ryan Newman.

The maximum amount of points a driver can make up in one race is 44.

“We had a good race with the Target Chevy earlier in the season, and I’m excited to get back there and race the same package,” Larson said in a team release. “Our team has typically raced pretty competitively at Michigan so we’ll be working hard this weekend to come away with a really good run.”


At time of publication, says the forecast Friday calls for a 10 percent chance of precipitation with a high of 83, a 20 percent chance of precipitation Saturday with a high of 82 and a 40 percent chance of precipitation Sunday with a high of 84. lists Sunday as “Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day.”
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