Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway NASCAR Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

This week NASCAR is at the Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. This speedway is one of the fastest nonrestrictor plate Sprint Cup Series tracks. Michigan is known for some wide open racing on a two mile wide track.

The racing with the new Generation Six Sprint Cup cars is so fast, Joey Logano set a new track record on his way to earning the Coors Light Pole Award.  The No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford will start the race from the front; which is good because track position and clean air is a big benefit.

Greg Biffle won the last two races here and is hoping to make that three in a row. He has his work cut out for him because he qualified his No. 16 3M Ford sixteenth. Biffle will be on a quest in the beginning of this race to get to the front and to that clean air that Logano will have. Since they both have Roush Racing power in their Fords, all is not lost.

Jamie McMurray blew an engine in the first practice. His team changed it but due to NASCAR’s one engine rule he will give up his 29th starting position and start the race in the back. Jimmie Johnson hit the wall in turn 3 in final practice. The No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy team brought out a backup car and they will also start the race from the back.

There is only a 10% chance of rain at Michigan International Speedway with a forecast for near perfect temperatures for racing. It should be a very pretty day for racing in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

If you can’t get to Michigan International Speedway to watch the race it will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, August 18th at 12 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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