Showers at Michigan halt Quicken Loans 400 four times RELATED: Track live weather updates " Leaderboard BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 is being delayed by rain yet again, with the fourth red flag of the afternoon being displayed on Lap 139. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event took the green flag at 1:06 p.m. ET, but showers moved into the area approximately 10 minutes later, bringing out first a yellow flag then the first red flag. The flag moved from red to yellow around 2:30 p.m. ET, but rain returned to the area and the cars were brought back down pit road. A second red flag for weather was displayed at 2:34 p.m. ET. Racing resumed with a green flag at approximately 3:26 p.m. ET following the lengthy delay. But at 3:42 p.m. ET the red flag came out again. At 4:28 p.m. ET, the race went green, ending the third red-flag period, and the track was clear until 5:40 p.m. ET, at which point the red flag was displayed when a large storm moved in. Kurt Busch is the current leader, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. There are 16 of the NASCAR Air Titan dryers on site, plus 10 conventional jet dryers. They began circulating at 10 a.m. ET, shortly after the morning drizzle had stopped. The Quicken Loans 400 (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM) is the 15th of 36 points races on this year's schedule. Sunday's delay marked the fifth time this season inclement weather has impacted a Sprint Cup event. Three of the four were completed on the originally scheduled date. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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SHR driver paces session with best speed of 202.094 mph RELATED: Live weather updates from Michigan " Practice 1 results Rain halted the opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway twice on Friday afternoon, but Kevin Harvick had already established a formidable speed atop the leaderboard that stuck through the remainder of the session. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver paced the field with a best speed of 202.492 mph, achieved in just five laps in prep for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Joey Logano was second in the session at 201.607 mph, followed by last week's winner Martin Truex Jr . (201.157 mph), Denny Hamlin (200.921 mph) and Jeff Gordon (200.781 mph). Clint Bowyer struggled in the session with his new crew chief, Billy Scott, as the No. 15 Toyota came in 27th on the leaderboard at 197.055 mph. With 25 minutes left in the session, Kurt Busch lost control of his No. 41 Chevrolet, sending it into the outside wall. "Went down in there and was a little twitchier when it turned in and then it went full on left," Busch radioed to his team after the hit. "Sorry … it's pretty much ruined." Crew chief Tony Gibson decided to switch to a backup car, which the 2004 Cup champion will test run during Coors Light Pole Qualifying at 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See the top five moments from Sonoma Raceway this past weekend as Kyle Busch gets his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season with his brother, Kurt Busch, finishing right behind him.
Sprint Cup star to work Michigan race, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1 RELATED: TV schedule for June 8-14 " BUY: Patrick gear Q: Danica, you will be making your first appearance in the booth during the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 13 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). You are so accustomed to getting ready to drive, any nerves as you prepare to join the broadcast team on FS1? DANICA PATRICK: "I wouldn't really say I'm nervous. I enjoy trying new things, and I'm looking forward to getting in the booth and sharing my perspective with all the fans watching at home." Q: Fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers -- Clint Bowyer , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Brad Keselowski -- have already joined the broadcast team as guest analysts this year. Any key takeaways from watching those guys? DP: "Those guys have definitely done a great job so far this year, and it's been great to hear their insight each week as I watched the XFINITY races. I think there are definitely a few things I've picked up from watching each of them, and we'll see how well I can put that to use on Saturday." Q: Your teammate, Kevin Harvick , has been in the booth a number of times this year, has he given you any tips? DP: "Kevin and I talked a bit at Dover a couple weeks ago. I went up to the booth while he was there for the XFINITY race just to see what it was like so I know what to expect this weekend. He showed me a few things and gave me a few pointers." Q: You will be joining the booth with another former driver in Michael Waltrip . What can you expect when working with him this weekend? DP: "Michael is always a fun guy to be around so I expect we'll have a good time up in the booth." Q: Is working in television something that may interest you in the future? DP: "One lesson I've learned is to never say never, and it's always good to explore different things to see what you might like doing so we'll see." Q: The NASCAR XFINITY Series is off to a great start, and has been coined "the series where names are made." Are there any young drivers that you are looking forward to watching? DP: "There's definitely a lot of great talent in the XFINITY Series . I watch most of the races, but I wouldn't say there's any one particular driver that I'm focused on watching -- I'm usually more focused on watching how the race as a whole plays out." Q: The race will be run at one of the fastest races on the circuit, Michigan International Speedway . Are there any specific challenges that track presents for NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers? DP: "Michigan is a wide, fast track. There's lots of room to move around and try different lines. I think it's a momentum track, and you have to focus on being smooth. At the end of the day, the car has to handle well. It has to feel good. It has to be a fast car. I think those are the challenges -- getting your car to handle well and being smooth and consistent, lap after lap, at such a fast track." Q: You started your NASCAR career in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (once called the Nationwide Series ). How important was your experience in the series before you made the jump to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ? DP: "Racing in the XFINITY Series was very important to the development of my NASCAR career. Moving over to stock cars from the IndyCar Series was a huge jump for me, and having that time at the XFINITY level really helped prepare me for the move up to the Sprint Cup Series ." Q: Can you give an early assessment of your team's performance throughout this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ? DP: "It's been an interesting year so far. We've had a few tough weekends, and we've also had some races that started out rough, but then we were able to turn things around and ended up finishing pretty well. Daniel (Knost, crew chief) and I are both still relatively green in our current roles and we're still continuing to work on our communication and how we work together as a team." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where your favorite driver will pit on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars The pit stall assignments are out for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Coors Light Pole Award winner Kasey Kahne got first pick of a stall on pit road and the Hendrick Motorsports driver chose the pit stall closest to the exit of pit road. Kahne will have a clear path off pit road to get back out to the 2-mile track. Kevin Harvick (starting second) has the pit stall right behind Kahne, which could make for some interesting races off pit road. Carl Edwards (starting fourth) and Ryan Blaney (starting fifth) have openings in front of them on pit road. Jeff Gordon (starting sixth) chose the pit stall closest to the entrance of pit road. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane for the first time in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race since March, 2014.
Kyle Busch earns his first win of 2015 in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway and is one step closer to making the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup .
Driver will be in the No. 54 seat this weekend at Michigan RELATED: Entry List for Saturday's Michigan race Kyle Busch will return to the XFINITY Series this weekend at Michigan International Speedway , his second start of the season in the series and his first since severe injuries sustained in a crash forced the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to the sidelines. Busch, 30, suffered a broken right leg and left foot when he crashed during the season-opening Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway . Busch’s No. 54 Toyota slid across the track near the entrance to Turn 1 and struck a wall not covered by SAFER barrier head on. The injuries kept Busch out of action for the better part of three months. He returned to his Sprint Cup Series duties last month at Charlotte Motor Speedway , competing in the annual Sprint All-Star Race, a short, non-points event, and has since returned to full-time competition in the series . In a release previewing the team’s MIS effort, Busch said his return was "a continuation of my recovery ... and we hope to continue to add to my schedule going forward through the rest of the year." NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers will be competing in the Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at MIS (FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM, 1:30 p.m. ET). It will be just the second race together for Busch and crew chief Chris Gayle. "My goal in February was and still now is that you have to get to the point where not only do I understand what Kyle is asking for," Gayle said, "but I also show Kyle what I can give him. Then the trust develops and continues to build. ... We are obviously grateful and excited that we have that chance again." In Busch's absence, drivers Denny Hamlin , Erik Jones and Boris Said shared the driving duties in the No. 54 JGR entry. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule