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"That showed again in the spring when we were able to drive up to third with a vehicle that wasn't as good as a third-place auto (should be)". "We've made some good gains, and it looks like our team has got good speed, so we're hoping to try and turn some things around here and get our third win here in MI".
Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. lead a pack of cars during at Michigan International Speedway. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick finished second and third, respectively. While it appears Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, and Matt Kenseth are comfortable, one bad race can change the whole landscape with the new points system.
Brad Keselowski is doing his best to play NASCAR politics and has fueled a battle of words ahead of the Cup race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Looking at this week's cheatsheet, it is very clear that track position is very important as we see four of the last six winners have started from the pole with some heavy correlation to starting position. We are not in bad shape, but with so many drivers with victories, that puts us pretty much in a box where we have to win. Since crossing the line fourth at the Brickyard 400, the No. 22 Ford has managed 27th- and 24th-place finishes in its last two races.
Kyle Larson is ready for a hectic weekend befitting his status as one of racing's rising stars. Practice will be the determining factor.
Let's now take a look at some of the trends going into this weeks race. This is my home track.
Keselowski has a point, as Toyota drivers do hold the top 2, three of the top 5 and four of the top 9 spots in the championship standings after dominating the last five races and winning four of them.
Kyle Larson comes in as the driver to beat if you are going off the last two races here as he has picked up the checkered flag in both.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will have two practice sessions on Saturday, Aug. 12. His average finish of 13th is seventh best amongst the current drivers. Joey Logano will start second and Ryan Blaney qualified third. 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.