Pure Michigan 400 Preview

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Michigan has been known to play naughty and nice. In June, Hendrick Motorsports was on the track’s good side until disaster started to strike towards the conclusion of the race. They went from dominating to having a day to forget in a matter of laps. That was an example of how this two miler can come out and bite. Who’ll be the victim of Michigan’s destruction this weekend? It could be anyone, but keep a close eye on the drivers running towards the front.

The Pure Michigan 400 will go green on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM ET. The race will consist of 200 laps making up the 400 miles. As we saw in June, it’s a survival game to win and complete every lap since many of the dominant cars early in the Quicken Loans 400 found themselves in the garage by the checkered flag. Sun will fill the sky on Sunday with a high of 81 F and only a 10% chance of rain. You can watch the race on ESPN or listen to it on MRN.

Last Augusts’ race featured some wild events. Mark Martin looked to have the car to beat and he’s was proving that until he hit lapped traffic. When Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya were battling to stay on the lead lap, Labonte spun and Martin had just caught them as the leader. Martin had to spin to avoid colliding with one of the lapped cars and when he spun, he slid down pit road and eventually went through the pit wall opening. His car then slid right into an end of a pit wall and ruptured an oil tank. Thankfully, Mark was okay, but his car was not.

Greg Biffle went on to win that race after Jimmie Johnson had an engine let go late in the running. Biffle also won the June race this year so a victory on Sunday will get him his third straight Michigan win.

Watkins Glen proved to be wild last weekend and it had a clear impact on the Chase. Wrecks knocked Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon from the top ten in the standings and it put them back to fighting for their Chase chances. Kahne and Newman now hold the wild cards and one wild card contender before The Glen has snuck into the top ten. That contender is Brad Keselowski who currently sits eighth and in a pretty good position for the Chase. Keselowski has some of his best tracks coming up so if he can do what he always does at those events, he’ll be squared away for the Chase.

We have yet to see a race that hasn’t shaken up the Chase positioning, so that means Michigan will put another twist on the upcoming playoffs. Biffle, Keselowski, and Gordon are among the names of drivers who need a win to either continue or save their Chase hopes. All three have proven to be fast this season so seeing one of them in victory lane won’t be a surprise. If you thought the wildness was left in Watkins Glen, think again because as the Chase nears, the action will undoubtedly pick up.

Event Schedule

12:00-1:30 PM ET (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

3:40 PM ET (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

8:30-9:25 AM ET (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, not televised

11:00-11:55 AM ET (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, (Check your local listings)

1:00 PM ET (Sunday) Sprint Cup Series’ race, the Pure Michigan 400, televised on ESPN

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By Jason Schultz

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu  

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank

Owner
Race
Attempts

1

1

Jamie McMurray

Chevy

Advil

Felix Sabates

16

22

2

2

Brad Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Miller Lite

Roger Penske

8

22

3

5

Kasey Kahne

Chevy

Pepsi Max

Linda Hendrick

13

22

4

7

Dave Blaney

Chevy

TBA

Tommy Baldwin

32

22

5

9

Marcos Ambrose

Ford

DeWalt

Richard Petty

24

22

6

10

Danica Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene Haas

30

22

7

11

Denny Hamlin

Toyota

FedEx Freight

J D Gibbs

25

22

8

13

Casey Mears

Ford

Valvoline NextGen

Bob Germain

26

22

9

14

Austin Dillon (i)

Chevy

Mobil 1 / Bass Pro

Margaret Haas

11

22

10

15

Clint Bowyer

Toyota

5-Hour Energy

Rob Kauffman

2

22

11

16

Greg Biffle

Ford

3M

Jack Roush

9

22

12

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Fifth Third Bank

John Henry

21

22

13

18

Kyle Busch

Toyota

Interstate Batteries

Joe Gibbs

5

22

14

19

Mike Bliss (i)

Toyota

Plinker Tactical

Randy Humphrey

44

20

15

20

Matt Kenseth (PC4)

Toyota

Dollar General

Joe Gibbs

7

22

16

21

Trevor Bayne (i)

Ford

Motorcraft / Quick Lane

Glen Wood

41

8

17

22

Joey Logano

Ford

Shell-Pennzoil

Walter Czarnecki

17

22

18

24

Jeff Gordon (PC5)

Chevy

Standox

Rick Hendrick

14

22

19

27

Paul Menard

Chevy

Menards / Nibco

Richard Childress

20

22

20

29

Kevin Harvick

Chevy

Rheem

Richard Childress

4

22

21

30

David Stremme

Toyota

Widow Wax-Lean 1

Brandon Davis

33

22

22

31

Jeff Burton

Chevy

Cheeries

Richard Childress

22

22

23

32

Timmy Hill #

Ford

TBA

Frank Stoddard

37

22

24

33

Landon Cassill (i)

Chevy

Little Joes Autos

Joe Falk

36

22

25

34

David Ragan

Ford

Taco Bell

Bob Jenkins

29

22

26

35

Josh Wise (i)

Ford

MDS Transport

Jerry Freeze

39

22

27

36

J.J. Yeley

Chevy

TBA

Allan Heinke

35

22

28

38

David Gilliland

Ford

Long John Silver’s

Brad Jenkins

31

22

29

39

Ryan Newman

Chevy

Quicken Loans / PTA

Tony Stewart

15

22

30

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip Ganassi

23

22

31

43

Aric Almirola

Ford

Eckrich

Richard Petty

19

22

32

47

Bobby Labonte (PC6)

Toyota

Kingford Charcoal

Tad Geschickter

28

22

33

48

Jimmie Johnson (PC2)

Chevy

Lowe’s

Jeff Gordon

1

22

34

51

Brendan Gaughan

Chevy

South Point Resort and Casino

James Finch

27

22

35

55

Mark Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s Dream Machine

Michael Waltrip

18

22

36

56

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

Michael Waltrip

10

22

37

78

Kurt Busch (PC3)

Chevy

Furniture Row / Serta

Barney Vissar

12

22

38

83

David Reutimann

Toyota

Burger King / Dr. Pepper

Ron Devine

34

22

39

87

Joe Nemecheck (i)

Toyota

TBA

Andrea Nemechek

40

22

40

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National Guard Youth Foundation

Rick Hendrick

6

22

41

93

Travis Kvapil

Toyota

Burger King / Dr. Pepper

Ron Devine

38

22

42

95

Scott Speed

Ford

Leavine Family Racing

Bob Leavine

43

11

43

98

Johnny Sauter (i)

Ford

Phil Parsons Racing

Phil Parsons

42

19

44

99

Carl Edwards

Ford

Best Buy / Geek Squad

Jack Roush

3

22

 

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