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Wrap-up: Michigan, Texas

Sunday, June 10, 2018


The Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Michigan was the site of two NASCAR top-level series races this past weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the XFINITY Series held it's rain-shortened LTi Printing 250 at the 2-mile oval. Scheduled to run 125 laps, it was called an official race after 91 laps when rain took over the track. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers had to wait out a couple hour rain-delay to start the 200-lap FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday. That race reached the end of Stage 2 and made it to lap 133 when, again, heavy rain covered the facility. NASCAR called that race official at that point as well. The Camping World Truck Series also flirted with rain in the area on Friday for their 167-lap PPG 400 at the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, Texas. They were able to get in the full event. Results and upcoming scheduled events for the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford) won the Busch Pole Award for the FireKeepers Casino 400 with a lap of 203.361 mph. This is his 24th pole in 627 MENCS races and his third pole in 35 races at Michigan. It is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2018. Brad Keselowski (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2018 and his seventh in 18 races at MIS. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at MIS and his 11th in 15 races this season. William Byron (14th) was the fastest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
Did not qualify: No one. 39 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.
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Results: Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford) won the rain-shortened FireKeepers Casino 400, his 10th victory in 448 MENCS races. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2018. It is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 25 races at MIS. Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 35 races at MIS and his 12th top-10 finish in 2018. Pole-sitter Kurt Busch led 46 laps and finished the rain-shortened 133 lap race in third place. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 35 races at MIS. Teammates Bowyer, Harvick and Busch gave Stewart-Haas Racing a first ever 1-2-3 finish for the SHR organization. William Byron (13th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
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Standings: Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 75 points over Kevin Harvick.
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Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Joey Logano
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Clint Bowyer
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Kyle Larson
11. Aric Almirola
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Chase Elliott
14. Erik Jones
15. Alex Bowman
16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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Next: Sunday, June 24, Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course in California)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Since rain forced the cancellation of qualifying, the lineup for the LTi Printing 250 at Michigan Int'l Speedway (MIS) was set based on the NASCAR rulebook (owners' points). The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota currently leads the 2018 NXS owners' point standings. Cup regular Kyle Busch will start P1 in the No. 18. The second-ranked car, the Team Penske No. 22 Ford, gives Cup regular Paul Menard a P2 starting spot in the lineup. NXS regulars Elliott Sadler, Cole Custer and Daniel Hemric make up the rest of the top-five on the grid, respectively.
Did Not Qualify: No one. Only 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.
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Results: Cup regular Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Chevrolet Camaro, won the rain-shortened LTi Printing 250, his ninth victory in 138 NXS races and his first in four NXS races at MIS. This is Dillon's first victory and second top-10 NXS finish in 2018. Daniel Hemric (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at MIS and his ninth top-10 finish in 2018. Cole Custer (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at MIS. Tyler Reddick (seventh) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
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Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 41 points over Cole Custer.
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Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Cole Custer
3. Daniel Hemric
4. Tyler Reddick
5. Christopher Bell
6. Justin Allgaier
7. Brandon Jones
8. Ryan Truex
9. Matt Tifft
10. Ryan Reed
11. Austin Cindric
12. Spencer Gallagher
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Next: Sunday, June 17, Iowa 250 Presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval in Newton, IA)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Stewart Friesen (No. 52 We Build America Chevrolet Silverado) won the Pole Award for the PPG 400 with a lap of 185.103 mph. This is his second pole in 33 NCWTS races and his first in three races at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). It is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2018. Todd Gilliland (second), the fastest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender who is making his first series start at TMS, posted his third top-10 start of 2018. Noah Gragson (third) posted his third top-10 start at TMS and his seventh in eight races this season.
Did not qualify: No. 74 Mike Harmon.
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Results: Johnny Sauter (No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado) won the PPG 400, his 21st victory in 229 NCWTS races. This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2018. It is his fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at TMS. Stewart Friesen (second), who started on the pole, led 13 laps and posted his first top-10 finish in three races at TMS. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2018. Justin Haley (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at TMS. Todd Gilliland (sixth) led a race-high 62 laps and was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
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Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 77 points over Noah Gragson.
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Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Noah Gragson
3. Brett Moffitt
4. Grant Enfinger
5. Matt Crafton
6. Ben Rhodes
7. Stewart Friesen
8. Justin Haley
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Next: Saturday, June 16, M&M's 200 at Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval in Newton, IA)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
June 8, ZOMONGO 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway in Brooklyn, MI
Winner: Sheldon Creed -Pole: Brandon Jones -Points Leader: Sheldon Creed
Next: June 15, Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Oregon, WI)
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K&N Pro Series-East
June 2, Memphis 150 at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN
Winner: Ruben Garcia Jr. -Pole: Tyler Ankrum –Points Leader: Tyler Ankrum
Next: June 16, JUSTDRIVE.com 125 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course in Millville, NJ)
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K&N Pro Series-West
June 9, NAPA/Toyota 150 at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, CO
Winner: Derek Thorn -Pole: Derek Kraus -Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: June 23, Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course in California)
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Pinty’s Series
May 20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario
Winner: L.P. Dumoulin -Pole: Kevin Lacroix -Points Leader: L.P. Dumoulin
Next: June 16, Rankin Construction 200 at Jukasa Motor Speedway (0.625-mile oval in Hagersville, Ontario)
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Whelen Modified Tour
June 2 at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts
Winner: Justin Bonsignore -Pole: Justin Bonsignore –Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: June 13, Thompson 125 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (0.625-mile oval in CT)
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Peak Mexico Series
June 10, Sam's Club Grand Prix at Triovalo Internacional de Cajititlan in Jalisco, Mexico
Winner: Irwin Vences -Pole: Ruben Rovelo 
Next: July 8 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (1.25-mile oval in Puebla, Mexico)



Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.
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