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NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway – Athlon Sports

NASCAR Starting Lineup for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway – Athlon Sports
11 Aug
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hops back onto oval tracks with the Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 11. Just four regular-season races remain before the playoffs as NASCAR shifts to the mecca of America car manufacturing outside Detroit.

This two-mile oval uses the sport’s lower-horsepower handling package — and it shows. The pole-winning speed, while up significantly from June, was still 12 MPH slower than what Kevin Harvick ran to earn the pole here last season.

Team Penske dominated the June race at Michigan, won by Joey Logano, and they’ve come out swinging once again. All three Penske cars qualified within the top eight with Brad Keselowski sitting on the pole.

Only 38 cars and two unchartered teams showed up to qualify this weekend. That left two open spots on the 40-car grid; all drivers were guaranteed to make the race.

1. Brad Keselowski

2. Kevin Harvick

3. William Byron

4. Alex Bowman

5. Clint Bowyer

6. Chase Elliott

7. Ryan Blaney

8. Joey Logano

9. Paul Menard

10. Jimmie Johnson

11. Daniel Suarez

12. Aric Almirola

13. Kurt Busch

14. Denny Hamlin

15. Martin Truex Jr.

16. Erik Jones

17. Kyle Larson

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

19. Matt Tifft

20. Ryan Newman

21. Ty Dillon

22. Kyle Busch

23. Michael McDowell

24. David Ragan

25. Chris Buescher

26. Bubba Wallace

27. Matt DiBenedetto

28. Landon Cassill (i)

29. Ryan Preece

30. Ross Chastain (i)

31. Corey Lajoie

32. Quin Houff

33. Austin Theriault

34. Cody Ware (i)

35. Reed Sorenson

36. Spencer Boyd (i)

37. Austin Dillon

38. Daniel Hemric

(i) – Ineligible to collect Cup Series points

Failed To Qualify

None

QUALIFYING NOTES

  • Keselowski earned the 16th pole of his Cup Series career and second of the season. It’s also the Michigan native’s second career pole at his hometown track.
  • Kevin Harvick (second) has five top-five qualifying efforts in the last seven races.
  • William Byron (third) was the fastest Chevrolet. It’s his 10th top-three qualifying run of the year.
  • Denny Hamlin (14th) was the fastest Toyota.
  • Matt Tifft (19th) was the fastest rookie in the field. It’s also the second-best qualifying run of his career (18th at Talladega in April).
  • Quin Houff (32nd) moves to Premium Motorsports this week for a start in their unchartered car. He typically runs a limited schedule in Spire Motorsports’ No. 77.
  • Austin Theriault (33rd) will run his third race for RWR this season and first since Pocono.
  • Spencer Boyd (36th) will make his Cup Series debut in a third car fielded by Rick Ware Racing. It’s a one-race deal with sponsorship from CHELLE CORPORATION.
  • Austin Dillon (37th) and Daniel Hemric (38th) had their qualifying times disallowed when NASCAR found unapproved alternators in their Chevrolets. The teams were also docked 10 driver and owner points.

NASCAR RACE BREAKDOWN

Race: Consumers Energy 400

Track: Michigan International Speedway (Brooklyn, Mich.)

Date: Sunday, August 11

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: NBCSN

Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 200 laps (400 miles)

Stage 1: 60 Laps

Stage 2: 60 Laps

Final Stage: 80 Laps

PRE-MICHIGAN NEWS

Ryan Blaney gives his outlook on the upcoming NASCAR playoffs before Mike Neff and Dustin Albino preview the upcoming race at Michigan in the Frontstretch Podcast.

Source: https://athlonsports.com/nascar/starting-lineup-sundays-consumers-energy-400-michigan-international-speedway-nascar-2019

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