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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Quicken Loans 400 at a glance

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio, entering his ninth season as head coach of the Spartans, will serve as grand marshal for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio, entering his ninth season as head coach of the Spartans, will serve as grand marshal for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. AP

This week’s race

What: 200 laps (400 miles)

Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile slightly banked, paved oval in Brooklyn, Mich.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Fox Sports 1

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson

Also this week: Great Clips 250, Xfinity Series, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

▪  Drivin’ for Linemen 200, Camping World Truck Series, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Ill., 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio will serve as grand marshal for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan. Dantonio is entering his ninth season as head coach of the Spartans.

Who’s Hot/

Who’s Not

HOT

Martin Truex Jr.: There is not a more popular win in the NASCAR garage right now.

Kyle Larson: Second consecutive top-10 finish. Perhaps he has turned the corner.

Ty Dillon: Finished 18th in his third Cup race this season and even beat his older brother, Austin.

Matt Crafton: Another victory in hand as he marches to his third consecutive Truck series title.

Daniel Suarez: It seems less a question of when he will reach Victory Lane but in which series will it occur?

Trevor Bayne: It was an ARCA race, but Bayne will take any victory he can this season.

NOT

Danica Patrick: Had a good run going at Pocono then wrecked twice in the last 30 laps.

Roush Fenway Racing: Pocono was not kind to the three-car team. Best finish was Greg Biffle in 12th.

Jim Utter

Standings

Cup

1. Kevin Harvick559

2. Martin Truex Jr.520

3. Jimmie Johnson481

4. Joey Logano480

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.465

6. Brad Keselowski441

7. Jamie McMurray427

8. Kasey Kahne417

9. Matt Kenseth415

10. Jeff Gordon411

11. Paul Menard385

12. Kurt Busch379

13. Denny Hamlin379

14. Aric Almirola379

15. Ryan Newman374

16. Carl Edwards368

17. Clint Bowyer354

18. Greg Biffle343

19. Kyle Larson333

20. Danica Patrick328

21. Casey Mears308

22. AJ Allmendinger300

23. David Ragan290

24. Austin Dillon290

25. David Gilliland260

26. Sam Hornish Jr.255

27. Tony Stewart253

28. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.243

29. Justin Allgaier234

30. Trevor Bayne228

31. Cole Whitt227

32. Brett Moffitt204

33. Alex Bowman192

34. Michael Annett162

35. Josh Wise144

Xfinity

1. Chris Buescher448

2. Ty Dillon433

3. Chase Elliott411

4. Regan Smith401

5. Darrell Wallace Jr.399

6. Elliott Sadler375

7. Brian Scott358

8. Ryan Reed353

9. Brendan Gaughan346

10. Daniel Suarez345

Truck

1. Matt Crafton305

2. Tyler Reddick280

3. Erik Jones273

4. Johnny Sauter257

5. John Wes Townley227

6. Cameron Hayley215

7. Daniel Hemric211

8. Spencer Gallagher209

9. Timothy Peters207

10. Justin Boston205

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