Kyle Larson scored his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Larson became the first driver to score his initial Sprint Cup Series win at Michigan since Dale Jarrett in 1991.
“I was teared-up that whole last few laps because I could just feel it,” Larson said in Victory Lane as he paid tribute to the late Bryan Clauson, who lost his life in a racing accident two weeks ago. “It was finally going to be it. This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We love you guys. We’re going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that’s really cool.
“We had a lot of work to do for that first third of the race, and got it done. Thanks to Target. Thanks to everyone on this team. Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and the pit crew and everybody.”
Larson led twice for 41 laps, including the final 10.
Chase Elliott had the lead until the final restart but lost the top spot to Larson and was forced to settle for second.
Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
Dean Higley really figured out Michigan this year. He won the June race by 5 points and then came back in August and won again by 5 points. It's the first time that Dean has swept a track in any of the three series during his time at Lucky Dog Racing. The win was also his third of the season making it the first time that he's won three races in the Cup series as well. Dean came into the season with 6 wins and now he has 9. He's hoping that he's not done yet. Right now Dean will start at the front of the Chase pack and he's looking to stay there with more good runs like this.
Pure Michigan 400 Top 5 Finishers
1. Dean Higley
2. Ryan Smith
3. Kevin Sullivan
4. Stephen DiCaprio
5. Gwen Demian
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Michael McDowell’s Twitter handle is @Mc_Driver.
After Saturday, he may want to consider changing it -- to something like @Mc_Winner.
McDowell led 24 of the final 25 laps of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville for his first victory in 94 series races.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular finished .534 seconds ahead of his Richard Childress Racing teammate Brendan Gaughan after two late restarts, including a green-while-checkered that pushed the race to 48 laps from its scheduled 45.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole was the top-finishing rookie, third, in his first start at Road America, after starting 12th.
The top three drivers were in Chevrolets.
The victory was the perfect finish to some unfinished business McDowell had at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile racetrack. In 2011, he started from the pole position and led a race-high 30 laps, but ultimately finished 12th. In 2012, he started second and finished second.
Another name is added to the chase contenders as Ray Perrotta throws his hat into the pool after his first win of the season. Ray hadn't won in the series in 2 years after his last visit to victory lane in September 2014 at Richmond. Road America was a track that he won at before also in that season. Maybe that means that Ray will win at Richmond this year too. Ray's win means there are now 15 drivers in the top 25 with wins. Only 12 drivers make the Chase so the bottom three with just one win are going to miss the big show.
Road America 180 Top 5 Finishers
1. Ray Perrotta
2. R.J. Palmer
3. James Dillon
4. Greg Eichele
5. Dean Higley
In five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Brett Moffitt had never led a lap.
But in Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Moffitt picked the perfect time to take the point for the first time.
Powering around Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters and five-time series winner William Byron off the second corner of the final lap at the two-mile track, Moffitt held off Peters by .098 seconds to win a NASCAR national series race for the first time.
Moffitt’s victory, however, left Shane Huffman, Peters’ crew chief, slapping his seat on the pit box in frustration. Peters, who led a race-high 42 laps, could have locked himself into the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase with a victory. Running a limited schedule this season, Moffitt is ineligible for the championship this year.
But Moffitt made no apologies for taking advantage of the opportunity that presented itself when Byron pushed Peters into Turn 3 on the white-flag lap, cut to the inside and slowed both trucks down. Moffitt cruised around the outside off Turn 2 on the final lap and kept Peters behind him.
As the Chase quickly approaches, Shane Burton picked the right time to get his first win of the year. Shane won last year at Michigan in the Xfinity series and used some of that experience to win his 3rd career race in the Truck series. That gives him a chance to make the Chase but he's going to need to get higher in the standings to lock himself in. After Shane's win, there are 11 drivers in the top 25 with one win each. The top 8 make the Chase, Shane is currently the 8th and final member who would make it right now. He was able to gain 7 spots this week to work himself up to 14th place but with 2 races to go, anything can happen.
Careers For Veterans 200 Top 5 Finishers
1. Shane Burton
2. Todd Oliver
3. Robby Stone
4. John Boros
5. Stephen DiCaprio
After coming up short last year to P10 Select, Lucky Dog Racing has their sights set on another championship in the 2016 season. It will be tough since there is more competition this year. For the first time, there will be four teams competing for the championship in LROC XI. P10 Select and MGTNFRL rejoin the series and the Fantasy Sport Site (formerly The Cool Pool) rejoins as well.
The Lucky Dog Racing team will be up to the task since we have a strong team. Cup Series champion Randy Cook & Xfinity Champion Kelly Wolfe return for their 2nd season. Stephen DiCaprio returns for his 4th season and the first time for Lucky Dog Racing since LROC IV. Janet Sebern has raced for The Cool Pool for a couple of seasons, but she makes her debut this year. LDR Owner and Past LROC Champion Lou Demian also returns for his 10th season.
The season will run for 16 races and will start at Daytona.
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