Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks on SIRIUS XM about what to expect from NASCAR’s new rules package that will be implemented at Kentucky Speedway.
Championship contenders Kligerman, Coulter, Dillon, and Peters comment on their Kentucky runs along with Brian Scott.
NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer, Steve O’Donnell, discusses the possibility of running the Kentucky race package at Darlington.
NASCAR Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Development Officer, Steve O’Donnell, announces a new rules package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway in July.
Ray Evernham and Jimmy Makar explain how the Kentucky rules package will change the balance of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars and urge fans to be cautiously optimistic as NASCAR develops the package.
NASCAR.com’s Marty Snider and Chris Rice talk about Kyle Busch’s win at Sonoma Raceway and the intensity being turned up at Daytona International Speedway as drivers look to lock themselves in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Buescher thanks his team and sponsors after celebrating his Kentucky 201 win.
Kevin Harvick will also start from the front row in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 RELATED: Full qualifying results " See the 43-car lineup BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick had his sights set on a clean sweep of knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway —until Kasey Kahne had other ideas late in Friday’s final round. Kahne sped around the two-mile track in 35.645 seconds ( 201 .992 mph) to knock Harvick off the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick, who posted a 201 .613 mph lap in the final session, had topped the charts in the first two rounds, matching Kahne's pole-winning time in the second. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kahne's first of the season and the 27th of his career—but his first since the October 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway . Brad Keselowski ( 201 .449 mph) qualified third, followed by Carl Edwards ( 201 .067 mph) and Ryan Blaney ( 201 .056 mph), who is running a partial schedule in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford. With a 2012 repaving project having narrowed the racing groove at Michigan, Kahne underscored the value of starting up front—and staying there. "It's going to be really important," said Kahne, who also gets the benefit of selecting pit stall No. 1., closest to the exit from pit road. "The track is going to change a lot, though, come Sunday, with all the racing going on this weekend and then our practices (on Saturday). "The track will be a lot different Sunday. So, there will be some passing for sure, but it's not going to be easy. So track position will play a big role in being there at the end of the race." Harvick remains the only driver to sweep all three rounds of qualifying at a single track, a feat he accomplished last year at Michigan and Indianapolis, but he fell .067 seconds of doing so for a third time. "I don't know that I got everything out of it (the final lap), but the rounds were within seven hundredths (of a second) of each other, " Harvick said. "The guys were doing a great job, and Kasey just got a little bit better lap there than we did." With possible rain in the forecast, Blaney was nervous as qualifying approached, but not because of the competition. If rain had washed out time trials, the Wood Brothers Racing car would not have made the field, based on fewest qualifying attempts this season—a product of a limited schedule. "It was funny the way it played out," Blaney said. "It looked like two cells coming at us (on the radar), and a small slit in the middle of them, and we passed right through that slit. That was just kind of lucky for us. "Like I said, it would have stung knowing how good of a car we had in practice if qualifying rained out. We're fortunate to get it in, and it's a bonus to have a good race car." Brendan Gaughan , who unlike Blaney would have benefited from a rainout, failed to make the 43-car field.
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
Kevin Harvick leads earlier Saturday session RELATED: Practice 3 results Jeff Gordon topped the leaderboard in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 198.604 mph. Gordon, who is the most recent race winner at Michigan, edged Kyle Busch (198.571 mph), with Martin Truex Jr . (198.571 mph), Kyle Larson (198.495 mph) and Kevin Harvick (198.358 mph) rounding out the top five. Harvick led the first two practice sessions, including the one early Saturday that was delayed by weather conditions. Denny Hamlin spun in Turn 4 and brought out the red flag with about 35 minutes left in practice. Hamlin suffered damage to the right-front fender of his No. 11 Toyota when his tire blew. Hamlin was forced to go to a backup car. ( UPDATE: Hamlin's crew repaired his primary car and didn't go to a backup.) Just outside of the top five was Dale Earnhardt Jr ., followed by Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski and Hamlin. Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 is set for 1 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM. Harvick tops second practice session Practice 2 results The fog in the Irish Hills couldn't put a damper on Kevin Harvick 's speed in the second of three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet posted a lap of 201 .084 mph to pace practice on Saturday morning at Michigan International Speedway in a session that started 30 minutes late because of foggy, damp conditions at the track. Coors Light Pole Award winner Kasey Kahne finished second to Harvick, who also led Friday's opening round of practice. Kahne, who was the only other driver to top 200 mph, was followed by Kyle Larson , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . to round out the top five. Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson was 10th at 198.769 mph. The caution flag came out less than 10 minutes into the session because of debris in Turns 1 and 2. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule