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Too Thin: NASCAR Confiscates Splitters From Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski Cars at Michigan

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Sunday’s pre-race inspection at Michigan International Speedway proved interesting for one of NASCAR’s top teams. Team Penske’s No. 2 Miller Lite and No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Fords, driven by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, respectively, both failed pre-race inspection for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 after both cars were found to have splitters that were too …

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Martin Truex Jr. Tops Final 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Practice at Michigan

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Martin Truex Jr. continued a run of strong superspeedway showings on Saturday, topping final practice for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Truex ran a scorching 37.553-second, 191.729-mph lap to top the session for Furniture Row Racing. Last week’s winner Joey Logano ended the session in second with a time of 37.654 seconds. …

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More Grass: Kyle Busch Criticizes Michigan Infield Following Practice Spin

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One thing is certain about Kyle Busch: He isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Busch, who qualified sixth for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, will have to start at the rear of the field after reverting to a backup car following spin early in Saturday’s final practice session. Coming off of turn …

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Kevin Harvick Paces Early 2015 Pure Michigan Practice

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Six days after coming up just short of a victory at Watkins Glen, Kevin Harvick topped Saturday’s early morning practice session at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick averaged 194.784 mph in a 36.964-second lap to lead the session, just .071 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Kenseth (37.035). Kyle Larson (37.111), Kyle Busch (37.118) and Jimmie Johnson …

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O’Donnell: NASCAR Maintains 2015 Rules Package for the Chase, Minimal Schedule Changes for 2016

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NASCAR may be testing low-downforce and high-drag packages in the races leading up to the Chase, but the Chase itself will stick with the original 2015 rules package. NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell confirmed the official rules of the 2015 Chase in a press conference shortly after meeting with teams at Michigan International Speedway. “In …

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Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Dominate 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Qualifying

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If Friday’s qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway was any indication, Joe Gibbs Racing is the team to beat. Matt Kenseth put down a scorching 36.458-second lap to claim the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. “Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and these guys did a great job with …

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Carl Edwards Tops Opening 2015 Pure Michigan 400 Practice

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Looking for his first win since the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards topped the field in their first laps with the new high-drag package at Michigan. Edwards put down a 36.726-second lap to top Friday’s opening practice session for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The Columbia, Missouri, …

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Hot Topic High-Drag Package Amended for Michigan Weekend

Kevin Harvick leads a pack of cars in the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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A “hot” topic issue in NASCAR was addressed Wednesday. A day after Brad Keselowski said he expected this upcoming weekend’s race to be the “toughest race of the year physically,” NASCAR sent teams a bulletin they are mandating the use of a dual outlet duct on the right-side window of race vehicles this weekend at …

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Could ISC Be the Next Track Manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca?

Rumors have been swirling that International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is currently in talks about managing Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Mazda Raceway is a 2.238-mile 11-turn road course located in the state of California. With the potential change, there are some who do not agree, according to Auto Blog. The track, which is currently operated by …

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2015 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Television Ratings Released

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Sprint Cup Series television ratings hit another multi-year low on cable over the weekend at Watkins Glen International. Sunday’s race, according to NBC Sports PR, drew a final rating of 2.5 and averaged four million viewers. The rating turned out to be 13% above the 2015 cable average. According to Sports Media Watch, all Sprint …

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