With solely 4 races remaining sooner than NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series changes gears for the playoffs, drivers return to Michigan International Speedway for the second time this season to compete in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.
Team Penske will look to interrupt its two-month winless streak and rebound from the ultimate weekend after Joey Logano fell from atop the Cup Series standings. Logano obtained on this observe once more in June in dominating development, most important a track-record 163 of 203 laps. His teammate, Brad Keselowski, might also be in a chief place to grab the checkered flag at his dwelling observe as a result of the No. 2 automotive begins from pole place.
New Cup Series chief Kyle Busch can on a regular basis be counted on for an aggressive drive, nevertheless, the No. 18 Toyota often struggles at Michigan. A Toyota has obtained on this observe merely 4 situations over the previous 20 years, and Busch has solely a lone victory at the observe (2011). His widespread finish at Michigan is 17.9.
Nine drivers have licensed for the playoffs via profitable a race, leaving merely seven spots up for grabs. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, and Ryan Newman sit 15th, 16th, and 17th, respectively, inside the standings, they often have all obtained at Michigan thus far.
Sporting News is monitoring reside lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Consumers Energy 400. Follow alongside underneath.
NASCAR at Michigan: Live updates, highlights from Consumers Energy 400
Lap leaders: Brad Keselowski (20)
3:32 p.m.: Johnson if off pit road, nevertheless, he’s already two laps behind Brad Keselowski on Lap 20.
3:30 p.m.: Johnson makes it pit road with plenty of accidents and a flat tire, nevertheless, the race stays inexperienced. Not what the No. 48 wanted as he sits 16th inside the standings…
3:28 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson is precise gradual coming down the backstretch. Looks to be smoke on the inside.
3:23 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. is flying. He started from the rear, and easily 5 laps in, he’s as a lot as 16th.
3:20 p.m.: Green flag!
3:11 p.m.: Cars are rolling. A quick breakdown of as we converse race underneath: