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Wrapup: Michigan and Gateway

Anthony Ballantoni
Sunday, June 18, 2017

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held its Drivin' for Linemen 200 at the 1.25-mile oval Gateway Motorsports Park (GMP) in Madison, IL on Saturday night. The Michigan International Speedway (MIS) hosted two NASCAR top series events this past weekend. The 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, MI featured the NASCAR XFINITY Series Irish Hills 250 on Saturday and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kyle Larson (No. 42 Cars 3/Target Chevrolet SS) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the FireKeepers Casino 400 with a lap of 202.156 mph. This is his third pole in 126 MENCS races. It is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in seven races at MIS. Martin Truex Jr. (second) earned his 12th top-10 start of 2017 and his seventh in 23 races at MIS. Clint Bowyer (third) earned his fifth top-10 start at MIS and his seventh in 15 races this season. Erik Jones (14th) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.
Did not qualify: No one. Only 37 cars entered for 40 spots in lineup.

Results: Pole-sitter Kyle Larson led a race-high 96 laps and won the 200-lap FireKeepers Casino 400, his third victory in 127 MENCS races. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017. It is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at MIS. Chase Elliott (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at MIS and his ninth top-10 finish in 2017. Joey Logano (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 18 races at MIS. Erik Jones (13th) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Kyle Larson leads the point standings by five points over Martin Truex Jr.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kyle Larson
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Chase Elliott
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Joey Logano
11. Matt Kenseth
12. Clint Bowyer
13. Ryan Blaney
14. Kurt Busch
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16. Erik Jones

Next: Sunday, June 25, Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course in California)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: MENCS regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Irish Hills 250 with a lap of 193.564 mph. This is his 60th pole in 332 NXS races. It is his third pole and third top-10 NXS start in 2017 and his second pole in ten NXS races at MIS. Brad Keselowski (second), another Cup regular, posted his fifth top-10 NXS start of 2017 and his fourth in seven NXS races at MIS. Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at MIS and his fourth in 13 races this season. William Byron (fourth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.
Did not qualify: No one. Only 40 teams entered for 40 starting spots.

Results: MENCS regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota), driving the No. 20 Hisense Toyota, won the Irish Hills 250, his 16th victory in 158 NXS races. This is his first victory and second top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in six NXS races at MIS. William Byron (second), the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender, posted his first top-10 finish at MIS and seventh top-10 finish in 2017. Elliott Sadler (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at MIS. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch spun on the first lap and never led any laps. He finished the 125-lap event in fifth place.
 
Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 21 points over Justin Allgaier.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Justin Allgaier
3. William Byron
4. Daniel Hemric
5. Brennan Poole
6. Ryan Reed
7. Darrell Wallace Jr.
8. Cole Custer
9. Matt Tifft
10. Michael Annett
11. Blake Koch
12. Dakoda Armstrong

Next: Saturday, June 24, American Ethanol E15 250 at Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval in Newton, IA)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Chase Briscoe (No. 29 Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150) won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Drivin' for Linemen 200 with a lap of 136.828 mph. This is his second pole in eight NCWTS races and first at GMP. It is his fifth top-10 start in 2017. John Hunter Nemechek (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his second in four races at GMP. Christopher Bell (third) posted his second top-10 start at GMP and his seventh in eight races this season.
Did not qualify: No one. Only 30 entries for the 32 truck field.

Results: John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Drivin' for Linemen 200, his fourth victory in 61 NCWTS races. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2017. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at GMP. Pole-sitter Chase Briscoe (second), led a race-high 88 laps in the 160 lap event. It was his fourth top-10 finish in 2017. Johnny Sauter (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six races at GMP.

Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 38 points over Christopher Bell.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Christopher Bell
3. Matt Crafton
4. Chase Briscoe
5. Ben Rhodes
6. Grant Enfinger
7. Ryan Truex
8. Kaz Grala

Next: Friday, June 23, M&M’S® 200 at Iowa Speedway (0.875-mile oval in Newton, IA)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East: June 3, Memphis 125 at Memphis Int’l Raceway
Winner: Harrison Burton   -Pole: Chase Purdy    -Points Leader: Harrison Burton
Next: July 1 at Berlin Raceway (0.438-mile oval in Marne, MI)

K&N Pro Series-West: June 10, Toyota 150 at Colorado National Speedway
Winner: Chris Eggleston  -Pole: Chris Eggleston   -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: June 24, Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course in California)

Pinty’s Series: June 17, CRS Express 300 at Autodrome Chaudiere (Vallee-Jonction, Quebec)
* Postponed due to expected rain to Friday, June 23rd
Points Leader: Kevin Lacroix

Whelen Modified Tour: June 14, Thompson 125 at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park
Winner: Ryan Preece  -Pole: Donny Lia    -Points Leader: Timmy Solomito
Next: June 24, Buzz Chew Chevrolet-Cadillac 200 at Riverhead Raceway (0.25-mile oval in New York)

Peak Mexico Series: June 4, Northern Transportation GP at Tri-oval Int'l de Cajititlan
Winner: Ruben Rovelo   -Pole: Salvador de Alba Jr.   -Points Leader: Ruben Rovelo
Next: June 25, Sidral Aga 90 at the Autódromo de León (0.75-mile road course in Leon, Mexico)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series: June 16, Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway
Winner: Brandon Jones   -Pole: Brandon Jones   -Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Next: June 23, Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Oregon, WI)

Southern Modified Racing Series: April 14, Keller Williams Realty 125 at Caraway Speedway
Winner: Tim Brown   -Pole: Brandon Ward  -Points Leader: Brandon Ward
Next: July 1 at Hickory Motor Speedway (0.363-mile oval in Newton, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series: June 17, MTS 125 at Riverhead (NY) Raceway
Winner: Ryan Preece   -Pole: Woody Pitkat  -Points Leader: Ryan Preece
Next: July 1 at Monadnock Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Winchester, NH)