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Chevy notes ahead of today's race at Michigan Speedway

A total of 19 Team Chevy Camaro ZL1 drivers will start the FireKeepers 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Michigan International Speedway. The 200-lap/400-mile contest around the 2-mile venue is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m., ET. Live coverage will be available on FOX, MRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com.

 

CHEVROLET DRIVERS STARTING IN THE TOP-15:

  • Ryan Newman, No. 31 Okuma Camaro ZL1, will start 11th
  • Chase Elliott, No. 24 Mountain Dew/Little Caesars Camaro ZL1, will start 13th
  • William Byron, No. 24 Liberty University Camaro ZL1, will start 14th 


TEAM CHEVY IN MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES COMPETITION:

  • Chevrolet has won 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 776 wins and 695 poles in MENCS competition

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:

  • Chevrolet drivers have won 26 of 97 races at Michigan International Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are: 
    • Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s for Pros Camaro ZL1, has made one trip to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway (’14)
    • Kasey Kahne, No. 95 Camaro ZL1, has one victory at Michigan International Speedway (’06)
    • Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro ZL1, earned his first career victory at Michigan International Speedway in 2016 and followed that up with a season sweep at the 2-mile venue in 2017 giving him three career victories at MIS
    • Ryan Newman, No. 31 Camaro ZL1, has two trophies from Michigan International Speedway (’03 & ’04)
  • A Chevrolet driver has won five of the last eight races at Michigan International Speedway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Michigan International Speedway 27 times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 177 top-five and 356 top-10 finishes at Michigan International Speedway
  • A Chevrolet has led 7,122 laps (37.0% of possible 19,233 laps) at Michigan International Speedway

    -- Courtesy of Chevy Racing

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Brad Keselowski had plenty to say Friday at MIS, a track where he is seeking his first Cup victory

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Brad Keselowski, a native of Rochester Hills, has never been shy about expressing his thoughts … no matter what the folks in charge may think.

When Goodyear announced the tire they were bringing to Michigan in the wake of a tire test Keselowski had participated in, he wasn’t happy with the choice, and asked for his name to be taken off the press release.

And when the topic comes to the package run at the All-Star race (which provided some great, tight racing) being expanded to other tracks this year and beyond, he definitely was not on board.


Speaking Friday at Michigan International Speedway, a track where Keselowski is still seeking his elusive first Cup win, the 2012 Cup champion didn’t hold back on his thoughts.

Regarding the tire controversy, Keselowski reiterated Friday what he had indicated in the tweet earlier this week: That he is not happy with the choice and doesn’t want to be seen as endorsing it.

“I like Greg Stucker and Goodyear a lot but I didn’t like my name on the press release because I felt it was an endorsement to something that I didn’t endorse. I didn’t endorse the decision to bring this tire here and I didn’t want my name attached to that,” he said.


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MIS offers fans lots of entertainment options this weekend

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Michigan International Speedway has a full weekend of entertainment planned.

Fans can check out www.mispeedway.com/entertainment for all the entertainment options that are planned for the June race week at MIS. Guests will want to arrive extra early this season to take advantage of all the options that are available.

Before the drivers are introduced for the FireKeepers Casino 400, Mike Green will entertain the crowd. The comedian has toured the United States performing stand up and making people laugh at every stop. On June 10 he will be live on the pre-race stage at Michigan International Speedway.

Guests will want to be in their seat early to see the human cannon ball before the FireKeepers Casino 400. Don't miss David "The Bullet" Smith AGT, the World's Most Accomplished human cannonball, as he flies through the air above the tri-oval. Smith has been featured on America's Got Talent and is a Guinness World Record holder.

 

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Martin Truex Jr. is looking to follow up his Pocono win with an MIS victory on Sunday.

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Defending NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t grabbed the headlines as much as Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick, but he’s arguably on part with those two in terms of being the title favorite.

In my view he’s the most impressive driver of the year, considering his Furniture Row Racing team is down to one car this season -- the last time I can remember a one-car team running this well? Perhaps Alan Kulwicki.

By comparison, Harvick and Busch are part of powerhouse four-car teams.

It’s true that Truex has the support of Toyota and a close affiliation with mighty Joe Gibbs Racing, but I don’t think that diminishes what he is doing in 2018. If Truex can repeat as champion in 2018, it will be one of the most impressive runs in recent years.

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Xfinity driver Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for a substance abuse violation.

Fresh off an Xfinity win at Talladega, Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

 

Per the announcement: "On May 1, Gallagher was found to have violated Section 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2018 NASCAR rule book.

Gallagher has agreed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program."

 

Gallagher's spot in the Dash for Cash program at Dover will be taken over by Ryan Sieg.

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Coming off a successful 2017 in the Truck Series, Chase Briscoe moves on to Xfinity series and sports cars for 2018

Chase Briscoe, a member of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program, will have a busy 2018.
He’s coming off a 2017 where he won one race and sat on four poles in the Truck series. He was also Truck Series Rookie of the Year. In 2018 he’ll vary things up, racing both on ovals and road courses.

On the XFINITY side of things, Briscoe will compete in 12 races for Roush Fenway in the No. 60 car, along with opportunities for other teams. The road course portion will see Briscoe compete in a Mustang in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, as well as select Mustang events in the Trans-Am TA2 class.

“If you want a championship driver you have to train the young driver and that’s what our program is all about.  It’s about developing him and developing his skills,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.  “Chase is taking a step up to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but we’re also going to pair him up with the best in the business and he’s going to understand what it means to go out and road race.”

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Dan Gurney won the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside A.J. Foyt, and is credited with starting the tradition of spraying champagne after a victory.

One of the best racers of all time, capable of winning in every vehicle he competed in, has passed at the age of 86.
Dan Gurney drove in NASCAR for the Wood Brothers, raced at Le Mans, and much more. In 16 Cup series starts, he earned five wins and three poles. He earned four Formula 1 victories, 7 Champ Car wins. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside fellow legend A.J. Foyt in 1967 (the only all-American team to ever win the race). In short, he did it all.
He is also credited with inventing the tradition of spraying champagne after a race victory, a tradition that continues today in Formula 1 and other motorsports.

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The accolades keep piling up for Martin Truex Jr. in the wake of his first Cup series title.

NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. has been named Colorado’s 2017 Sportsperson of the Year, the top honor awarded annually by Mile High Sports.
The Furniture Row Racing driver, who graces the cover in the recent issue of Mile High Sports Magazine, was also named Colorado’s “Fan Favorite” Athlete of the Year in a fan vote conducted at MileHighSports.com.
The Denver-based Furniture Row Racing also was cited for excellence, claiming the Mile High Sports honor as Colorado’s Team of the Year. Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing team president, was a finalist in the Executive of the Year category.

Truex, who had eight wins in 2017 and led in virtually every major statistical category as the driver of the No. 78 Toyota Camry, captured the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a dramatic victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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