Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying

"So, yeah, it's an exciting weekend, and hopefully we can keep it going".

The Smith/Hylton junction, in its third year, doesn't have a win-at-all-costs attitude.

"We just weren't really where we needed to be", Keselowski said. Busch and teammates are getting closer and closer to getting wins. Two names that were barely on the radar screen in 2014 now are headlining NASCAR every time we race. "We've been very reliable". But for what it's worth, five of the past seven MI winners have come from the first four rows on the grid, including four victories by pole-sitters. "We're hoping that in the next couple of weeks we could take that next step".

In the meantime, his objective is to drive the red, No. 48 Ford competitively but not foolishly. "I think ... any contract I sign right now with my age is probably going to raise questions", Johnson said before qualifying. "So I've really got to thank him a ton". We saw speeds through turn 1 of over 200 miles per hour at Pocono, but they will be more than 210 miles per hour at MI. The team immediately opted for a backup auto, and maybe that's a good thing. He runs what he's got. Hamlin said. "The biggest thing is, you try to minimize how many spots you love versus how much you gain". I also have available my Race by Race Trends sheet you can view as well.

That leaves Elliott with a little extra pressure entering MI this weekend, a track where he ran second twice previous year.

An extra engine and the resources to purchase additional tires would help, too, Jones added. "Our race cars have been a lot faster", Larson said. "We'd do a lot better". Now's your chance to get DFSR PRO, which will give you access to our NBA optimizer, NBA Player Lab and our basic National Hockey League projections!

He's winless in 56 career Cup races, but he's fifth in points this season.

For the 23-year-old, his recent success doesn't change who he is. It was his second ARCA victory in as many years at MIS. Kyle Busch passed Larson for second on Lap 118.

That opened the door for Larson, enough for him to earn his second win of the season easily.

Larson also was first in qualifying in his No. 42 Chevrolet.

Clint Bowyer matched his best qualifying effort of the season and will start third on Sunday. It will be the third consecutive front-row start for Truex.

"I got loose into Turn 3 and fought it for a long time and unfortunately came around", Johnson said of the accident. Then he hinted that handling is an issue. "Feels like a win, just to stop the bleeding".

"We made the most possible out of our vehicle", he said. "I don't have any framework now on a timeline". "I thought we had it there, but Kyle went out late and beat us". Last race: Brad Keselowski won for the first time in five series starts in 2017. The Rochester Hills native went 193.149 miles per hour in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford. Elliott Sadler trails Allgaier 409-408.

While it rained heavily four hours before the race, a bit in the early afternoon and seemed to threaten until about 90 minutes before the green flag, at 3:16 p.m., weather predictions were favorable for race time, even Saturday night.

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