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Jimmie Johnson will be remembered for many things following his final full-time season as a NASCAR Cup Series driver in 2020.  Undoubtedly, tying a NASCAR record with seven Cup Series championships is at the top of that list.  In addition to his on-track prowess, Johnson made physical fitness a huge part of the NASCAR regimen, as evidenced by his affinity for biking and running.  This included his running of the 2019 Boston Marathon, in which he clocked a time of 3:09:07.

That legacy will be honored at Michigan International Speedway, as the nature trail that exists in the Graves Family Campground will permanently be renamed the “Jimmie Johnson Nature Trail.”  The area is one of the main campgrounds on property and it’s where family camping takes place.   For non-race time, Adrian College uses that trail for many of its youth-based programs.

“Fitness is high priority to me and to have this trail in my name means a lot,” Johnson said. “Fans for generations to come will be able to enjoy ‘Pure Michigan’ and experience the race track at the same time. I have always loved the area, fishing close by with my girls and cycling on Saturdays during race weekends. I am very thankful to the folks at Michigan for this thoughtful honor.”

“Jimmie Johnson is emblematic of everything that is great about our sport,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “He won an awful lot in his storied career, and did it with a tremendous amount of class and dignity.  He also was a key figure in incorporating physical fitness into our sport, and changing the way drivers are viewed.  On behalf of everyone at MIS, we wish him and his family all the best in his life after NASCAR.”

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Kevin Harvick may not remember the 1980s Michigan television commercials that ended with the tagline “Yes, Michigan!”

 

But as the NASCAR Cup Series rolls into historic Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, he is thinking “Yes, Michigan!”

 

Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has three wins, seven second-place finishes, 13 top-fives, 19 top-10s, one pole, and he’s led a total of 517 laps in his 38 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan.

 

A closer look reveals his time at Michigan in SHR equipment since 2014 has been really impressive.

 

In his last 12 Cup Series starts at Michigan – all of which have come with SHR – Harvick has two wins and four runner-up finishes and only one finish worse than 14th – 29th in June 2015. And of the 517 total laps Harvick has led at Michigan dating back to his rookie year in 2001, 369, or 71.3 percent, have come with SHR despite only 12, or 31.5 percent, of his 38 Michigan starts being with SHR.

 

He’ll have two chances to add to those totals with a Michigan doubleheader weekend, starting with Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 and concluding with Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400. They are twin 156-lap 312-mile races at the 2-mile oval.

 

Harvick is closing in on 15,000 laps led in his Cup career. At the Homestead-Miami Speedway season finale in 2019, Harvick became just the 11th driver to have led 14,000 laps. He’s know been in front for 14,740 laps and trails 10th-place Kyle Busch, who has led 17,633, and Jimmie Johnson, who is ninth with 18,933 laps led. Harvick has led 10,314 laps as an SHR driver, surpassing the 10,000-lap milestone with the team when he took the lead on lap 37 of the June 7 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 

He’ll race again with Busch Light Apple on his car, as he did in the non-points NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Busch Light Apple is a refreshing, light lager, which combines the crispness of Busch with the light sweetness of apple flavor. It’s like the sound of refreshment meets the taste of the orchard, and is the first flavor innovation in the history of the Busch Light brand.

 

Harvick is hoping to score his fourth career Michigan victory Saturday. And perhaps he’ll score number five on Sunday. For as the late, great Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs once said, “Let’s Play Two.”

 

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Focused on taking advantage of a much needed and welcomed off weekend, Codie Rohrbaugh and his CR7 Motorsports team are feeling recharged ahead of Friday afternoon’s Michigan 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

Approaching the halfway point of the 2020 season, the CR7 Motorsports team has certainly had its fair share of highs and lows, but feeling refreshed and focused on the schedule ahead, Michigan brings an opportunity to put the family-owned team back on the map.

“It felt good to have the break, but we’re ready to get back to the track,” said Rohrbaugh. “It’s no secret that the last month or so haven’t been the kindest to our team, but there will be growing pains when you’re building a team like ours.

“I have the faith in my team and crew chief Doug (George) and I know they believe in me. I’m excited to go back to Michigan International Speedway this week and contend for a solid finish.”

Rohrbaugh made his Irish Hills debut at the two-mile oval last August where after starting 21st, he finished a respectable 17th.

This weekend, Rohrbaugh wants to settle for nothing less than a top-15 effort.

“Michigan is such a fast place, I love it,” Rohrbaugh added. “The track is so wide, and it seems to provide fantastic racing for the Trucks. It’s a relatively short race though, so we have to attentive to moving forward from our starting spot and getting ourselves in a good position for the race.”

When it comes to Michigan, Rohrbaugh can chalk the 100-lap race to a mini-superspeedway race where the draft is critical to making a pass and keeping his competition at bay.

“You race Michigan like a Daytona or Talladega,” he said. “The draft is crucial in a lot of ways. You need to use it to your advantage to make a pass – while also trying to keep your position and so on. It makes the racing exhilarating at times.

“We turned some heads with a third-place finish at Daytona and it sure would be nice to turn heads again as we get closer to the second half.”

For the sixth consecutive race, CR7 Motorsports and their partner Grant County Mulch has again given up their space this weekend race for Joshua Shirk.

The No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado has been designed with a western-theme scheme, personally selected by Shirk. The hood carries a special touch with Shirk displaying a message of his own that he wrote before the accident, “I am a child of God. He saves me. I talk to he.”

On May 17, 2020, eight-year-old Joshua Shirk was kayaking with family in rural West Virginia.

While on the water, the kayak capsized and Shirk became trapped under the water in debris.

When family was finally able to pull him to safety, the young boy had no pulse. Quick work by medical workers at a local hospital were able to revive him but he remained in critical condition.

Shirk was later transported to WVU hospital in Morganton, West Virginia where he has made vast improvements but still needs the love, prayer and support of many.

Over the last five weeks, Shirk has been able to come off a breathing machine and has started intense physical rehabilitations with a focus on working his muscles and standing up with assistance. His progress lately has been exceptional, as his muscles continue to strengthen.

With prayer, love and support working, Rohrbaugh hopes others will now pledge their support alongside his CR7 Motorsports team uniting strength in numbers and the power of prayer.

“Our mission continues to be really important to me,” said Rohrbaugh. “The prayers from everyone are working and I’m so happy that Joshua is making huge strides towards his recovery. I continue to plead when asking the NASCAR community to please support him by offering their thoughts and prayers to Josh and his family. It really means a lot to me.” After 10 races, Rohrbaugh is 22nd in the championship standings.

CR7 Motorsports will also field an entry in Sunday afternoon’s VizCom 200 ARCA Menards Series race at Michigan. Newcomer Jason Kitzmiller will drive the No. 97 Chevrolet and eyes his third career top-10 ARCA finish in just his sixth series start.

CR7 Motorsports has 21 NGOTS starts to their credit with a career-best finish of third at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2020). Additionally, the team owns another top-10 finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in October 2019. An 11th place qualifying effort at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (Oct. 2019) is the team’s best time trials effort to date.

In 20 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions most recently at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).

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The Henry Ford Health System 200 (100 laps| 200 miles) is the 11th of 23 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 38-truck field will take the green flag on Fri., Aug. 7, 2020 shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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Approaching the halfway point of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season, Austin Wayne Self and his AM Racing team seem to be hitting their stride in competition and head to Michigan International Speedway for Friday’s Henry Ford Health System 200 on the heels of a season-best 13th place finish two weeks ago.

Self and crew chief Eddie Troconis will look to deliver their fifth straight top-20 or third top-15 effort in the last five races after delivering 17th and 13th place finishes in the series’ most recent doubleheader weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Showcasing speed in their No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, Self returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan hoping that the team continues to make gains for the final 13 races of the season.

“I feel very confident about the direction of our AM Racing team right now,” said Self who has climbed from 21st to 17th in the championship standings over the past month. “We had steadily made some gains at the race track – but over the last three races, we seem to have found something that is working.

“Not having any practice or qualifying is really tough – especially for a small team like us, but after the last few races I feel like we can go to Michigan this weekend and fight for our first top-10 finish of the year.”

Statistically, the two-mile oval of Michigan has been incredibly kind to the Austin, Tex. native, including last August when Self earned a top-five finish after starting 23rd.

Knowing that practice and qualifying won’t be in play for Friday’s race, Self hopes that his team can utilize the notes from last year as a starting point to launch with speed and finesse.

“The race at Michigan last year was crazy,” recalled Self. “There was a lot of drafting and blocking, but we had a fast truck. That was helpful. I really feel like that if things can go our way – we can repeat our effort.”  

In four prior Michigan Truck Series starts, Self has never finished worse than 16th and carries an average finish of 11.8 from 2016 to 2019.

He also has two prior starts in the ARCA Menards Series with a third-place result in 2015 and two top-10 finishes overall.

“Michigan is a fun place to race because there’s a lot of room,” Self said. “Restarts are so important because it’s an opportunity to make up ground – but if you can work the draft to your advantage too, it opens the door to pass too.

“Last year’s race was almost like a crapshoot too. If that happens again this year, it could open the door to steal a win and make it into the Playoffs. That would be so big for this team. We’ll just go to the track and fight hard like we always do.”

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In 94 NGROTS races, the 2014 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has two top-fives (second at Daytona 2017, fifth at Michigan 2019) and seven top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.4 during his five years of competition.

The Austin, Texas native is nestled 17th in the championship standings with 13 races remaining.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

For more on AM Racing, please visit AMRacingteam.com, like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. 

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The Henry Ford Health System 200 (100 laps| 200 miles) is the 11th of 23 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 38-truck field will take the green flag on Fri., Aug. 7, 2020 shortly after 6:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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With Michael McDowell and the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team making a push for a playoff position, CarParts.com has extended their relationship with McDowell during his career-setting season. CarParts.com will now be the team's primary partner at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, August 29, and again at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, November 1.  CARDONE will serve as a co-primary partner at Daytona, while Davico will come on board as the co-primary partner at Martinsville-both in partnership with CarParts.com. The races will be televised live on NBC.
 
CarParts.com joined Front Row Motorsports during the return to NASCAR Cup Series racing earlier this season and has been an integral part of McDowell's career-best season. McDowell has seven Top-15 finishes and two Top-10 results to date. His best finish of the season was a seventh-place result at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with CarParts.com as the primary partner. After New Hampshire, McDowell is now 20th in driver points and continues to race for a playoff spot.  
 
"It's been great to have CarParts.com and their partners be a part of our program this season, and to now have them grow their partnership with us even further," said McDowell. "We are having one of our best seasons at Front Row Motorsports, and it's because of companies like CarParts.com who are supporting us and giving us the right parts to be successful, like they do for so many of their customers."
 
With a win at Daytona, McDowell can lock himself into the playoffs. He has six Top-10 and two Top-5 finishes at Daytona International Speedway, and has led 21 laps at the superspeedway.  
 
"We have been strong at most of our races this season," continued McDowell. "But Daytona is a special track for me. I've had my best finishes there, have led the most laps there, and I feel it's our best chance to get into the playoffs. I'd love to do that with CarParts.com on our car.'
 
The company recently made the winning bid of the All-Star bumper that was put up for auction by McDowell and Front Row Motorsports. CarParts.com donated over $20,000 each to Motor Racing Outreach and Victory Junction in honor of McDowell and Bubba Wallace.
 
"It's a great time to continue our relationship with Michael and the Front Row Motorsports team," said Lev Peker, CEO of CarParts.com. "Michael has really connected with our customers and he's been impressive on the track this season. We're thrilled to have CarParts.com on the car again and welcome Cardone and Davico to our race program as well. We wish Michael and the team nothing but the best through this playoff push."
 
For more information about CarParts.com, visit CarParts.com. For more information about CARDONE and Davico, visit www.cardone.com and www.davicomfg.com. 
 
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In the midst of a global pandemic, entertainment venues across the country have worked tirelessly to find creative, innovative ways to reach and engage sports enthusiasts. In partnership with Nexgrill Industries, one of the world’s largest grill manufacturers, Speedway Motorsports led the way with a first-of-its-kind virtual activation to drive brand awareness, engage and encourage fans to tune in to the excitement of NASCAR’s racing.

Combining the collective reach of all eight Speedway Motorsports subsidiary owned venues, the initiative drove brand awareness through a series of “Watch-and-Win” promotions that encouraged fans to predict the winner of one of six NASCAR Cup Series races throughout May and June. Fans who correctly guessed were entered for a chance to win a Nexgrill premium grill and other prizes. The partnership was fueled though Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, e-mail and track websites.

In addition to expanding fan engagement and brand awareness, the unique partnership helped drive NASCAR’s strong television ratings through the summer.

“Speedway Motorsports is proud to work with forward-thinking and passionate partners like Nexgrill who are willing to bring imaginative ideas to life during these challenging times,” said Geoff Ulrich, Senior Vice President of Consumer Strategy at Speedway Motorsports. “Like Speedway Motorsports, Nexgrill puts their fans and consumers at the forefront of decision-making and activations like the ‘Watch-and-Win’ promotion show that they are always working to deliver a first-rate experience to those fans.”

“Nexgrill’s passion is to bring the family and friends together in the backyard, at track or wherever fans are seeking a great grilling experience,” said Jim White, Senior Vice President of Nexgrill. “Our moto – Everyone’s Invited – has been challenged with the need for social distancing, but with creative partners like Speedway Motorsports, we found some innovative ways to engage fans and consumers.

With the unmatched creativity and execution of this inaugural partnership, executives from both Speedway Motorsports and Nexgrill are eager to see what they can do to engage fans during the NASCAR playoffs. Keep you motor running and stay tuned to Nexgrill and Speedway Motorsports, social media channels for future promotions.

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From growing up in the heart of Bayou Country to winning the 17th season of American Idol in 2019, Laine Hardy’s road to a career in music was always clear-cut.  Now he will get to put his talents on display before a national television audience as he performs the virtual National Anthem prior to the running of the NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 9.  The race will start at 4:30 pm and will be televised nationally on NBCSN.

“I can’t believe I’m getting to sing the National anthem before a NASCAR race,” Hardy said.  “Although I can’t be there in person during this time, I’m definitely looking forward to future races and watching the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.  It’s going to be a great race!”

“We are excited to have Laine Hardy perform the National Anthem as part of our historic Cup Series doubleheader weekend,” said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner.  “Laine’s distinct sound is sure to resonate both with our fans and music enthusiasts.”

A native of Livingston, Louisiana (pop. 2,000 – 30 miles east of Baton Rouge), Laine Hardy was six when he picked up his first guitar and later joined his brother playing at local clubs and bars for upwards of six hours a night, inspired by artists ranging from Morgan Wallen to Luke Combs and Elvis Presley to Mark Broussard.  After winning American Idol in 2019, Laine focused on songwriting and touring, headlining shows in Denver, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Lexington and more.  His 2020 “Ground I Grew Up On” virtual tour garnered over 2 million views in April and May.

While Louisiana is home, Nashville is where he was destined to be.  There he met producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett) and the pair went to work on several new sides releasing in 2020.  His latest, “Tiny Town” (Michael Tyler) was released on July 10, and tracks “Ground I Grew Up On” (Brandon Kinney, Josh Thompson, Brett Beavers) and “Let There Be Country” (Jason Afable, Steve Moakler, Tim Nichols) were released April 10 on Hollywood Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings – tell the stories of Laine’s childhood on the bayou where on an average day you would find him fishing, riding his four-wheeler, spending time with his family and dogs, and feasting on jambalaya or his Korean grandmother’s homemade kimichi.  For more information about Laine Hardy, visit LaineHardyMusic.com and join his journey @TheLaineHardy Instagram/Twitter/YouTube/Facebook/Official Web Site.

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Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Hometown Original Heroes Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will race for his 10th and 11th consecutive top-10 finishes during this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

 

“The consistency from this team is incredible,” Almirola said. “If we continue to run up front like this, we’re bound to put ourselves in position to win. It would be great to make the gap even larger between us and the playoff cutoff line, but a win is what we’re after in Michigan.”

 

The last time Almirola raced a doubleheader weekend June 27 and 28 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, he posted solid finishes of third and fifth, respectively. 

 

“Racing doubleheader weekends is obviously tough on the race team because they have to bring a setup they believe will perform twice, but these weekends are also tough on the driver’s physical and mental abilities,” he said. “Typically, we have an entire week to recover before getting back in the car, and now we only have the night to sleep it off. If you finish well, you feel confident about the next day, but if you didn’t have the day you wanted, you have to let it go and come back the next day ready to improve. I’m hoping my physical preparation will pay off again this weekend in Michigan.”

 

Almirola is on a string of nine consecutive top-10 finishes, and it is the longest top-10 streak of his career. He finished fifth June 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, third June 22 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, third June 27 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, fifth June 28 at Pocono, third July 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, eighth July 12 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, 10th July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, sixth July 23 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and seventh last sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

 

In Almirola’s 15 previous starts at the 2-mile Michigan oval, he has one top-10 and three laps led. He has two starts in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Michigan, winning in June 2010 after leading seven laps for his second win in the series that season. Additionally, the Tampa native made three Michigan starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of eighth in June 2015 while piloting the No. 98 DenBeste Water Solutions Ford.

 

The No. 10 Ford driver sits eighth in the driver standings for his career-best points position after 20 races. In his first two seasons at SHR in 2018 and 2019, Almirola was ninth and 11th in the standings, respectively, after 20 races.

 

Almirola has career totals of two wins, two poles, 23 top-five finishes, 73 top-10s and 792 laps led in 336 starts. He has led a total of 255 laps this year at seven different venues.

 

Almirola continues to provide fans with content from his documentary series Beyond the 10, where they can get VIP, behind-the-scenes access by subscribing to his YouTube channel. Episodes showcase never-before-seen footage of the Smithfield driver at the racetrack, on family trips, and “A Day in the Life” during the week, as well as all that goes into a NASCAR Cup Series driver’s season. Click here to subscribe on YouTube and watch the latest episode.

 

Almirola and his longtime partner Smithfield Foods have collaborated to honor frontline hometown heroes by showcasing a special paint scheme on the No. 10 Ford this weekend. Smithfield looks to honor those who are putting their own health and safety at risk in a selfless act to protect and nourish others around them. The Smithfield “Hometown Original Heroes” program provides the opportunity for fans to share the stories of their own “Hometown Hero.” Be it a nurse, doctor, food worker, public servant or anyone who is on the frontlines each and every day, Smithfield and Almirola want to hear their stories and give.

 

To nominate a hometown hero, visit www.SmithfieldHometownHeroes.com and submit a one-minute video nominating the “Hometown Hero.” Ten heroes will be chosen to have their stories told and will have their names riding onboard the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang at a race during the NASCAR playoffs this fall. The heroes will also receive a VIP race day experience and full-year supply of Smithfield “Hometown Original” bacon.

 

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For Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 96 Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR) in the NASCAR Cup Series, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn will forever be the place where winning on the national stage began.

 

The 28-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico, who’s in his fourth full Cup Series campaign and first with the single-car GBR team, made history on the lightning-fast, 2-mile Michigan oval in the June 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series race with his next-to-last-lap pass of then-Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota teammate Kyle Busch, then driving away for the first win by a Mexican-born driver in a NASCAR national series event.

 

The victory prompted an emotional celebration by Suárez and his team, and led Busch to declare in his postrace commentary, “Student beat teacher today.” It also springboarded Suárez’s run to that year’s Xfinity Series championship as he went on to win twice more in dominating fashion – in October at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and from the pole in November’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway – in becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series title.

 

Suárez returns to the Irish Hills of Michigan this weekend for a pair of Cup Series races that make up the second of three Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders on the 2020 schedule. He and his relatively young, single-car team posted finishes of 28th and 26th in the previous doubleheader June 27 and 28 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and look to take another step forward in their development effort with a pair of stronger outings this weekend. They’re coming off last Sunday’s 26th-place finish on the mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon that fell one spot short of their seventh top-25 of the season.

 

Last year’s two visits to Michigan netted Suárez’s best finishes in six previous Cup Series outings at the track. He drove his Stewart-Haas Racing entry to a pair of top-fives – fourth in the June race and fifth in the August race.

 

It will be that pair of solid Cup Series finishes last year, and that memory of a lifetime prompted by his historic Xfinity Series victory in 2016, that will no doubt be riding along with Suárez in spirit as he and his GBR teammates navigate their way through this weekend’s pair of 312-mile races – Saturday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 and Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.

 

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