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Mash The Gas: NASCAR Michigan Preview

Mash The Gas: NASCAR Michigan Preview

Brad Keselowski led a 1-2-3 sweep of Fords in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Friday at Michigan International Speedway, a long-running venue of friendly competition among NASCAR's manufacturers. Will Chase Elliott, who has been the runner-up in the last three MI races finally break through and win?

Jimmie Johnson pounded the wall hard in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway and will have to roll out a backup vehicle.

Larson said Ganassi is making an exception for Saturday night. 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. Larson, who has seven runner-up finishes this year to go along with his two wins, has been in a bit of a rut lately, finishing out of the top 20 in his past three races.

USA TODAY Sports' Brant James looks ahead to some of the top story lines fans should keep an eye on at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway this Sunday.

With four wins this season, Martin Truex taking the series by storm. The rest of the top 10 were Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin.

Earlier this season, Logano finished third and Keselowski finished 16th at MI. 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. Ellliott is listed at 10-1 odds this weekend and he will be looking to unseat Kyle Larson to get that elusive first Monster Energy Cup Series victory on Sunday. His average finish of 13th is seventh best amongst the current drivers.

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Buried back in 23rd in the point standings, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has one opportunity to save a disappointing final season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Three of the last six races have seen one driver (Larson, Logano, Kenseth) lead 90 or more laps with the other three races having two or three drivers share the laps led.

Through 22 races completed this season, Suarez has accumulated one top-five and eight top-10 finishes in his rookie season in the MENCS. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five at 202.429 miles per hour. He also finished ninth here earlier this year, which was his third-best finish of 2017. "I probably don't even get on the track until 8:30 or 9 a.m. on Saturday, so the logistics part of it isn't that tricky".

"And like I said in the past, when you run in the top five consistently, you can win any time".

A look at the top finishes in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Rochester Hills native. "It's a special track for me to have any kind of success at", he said.

Logano sits in 18th place and 95 points out of playoff contention.