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Joey Logano takes FireKeepers Casino 400

Joey Logano started fast and closed strong Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, dominating the day in marching to his first points-paying win of the season. The Team Penske driver started from the pole, led thirty of the first forty laps and sealed the deal by keeping his Number-22 Ford in front over the final forty-eight trips around the two-mile Irish Hills oval. Logano led 138 of the two hundred laps run Sunday, backing up last month’s victory in the Sprint All-Star Race with his fifteenth career Cup Series win.

The margin of victory was eighty-eight one-hundredths of a second over rookie runner-up Chase Elliott. Kyle Larson came home in third place with Michigan native Brad Keselowski running fourth and regular-season points leader Kevin Harvick completing the top five. With team owner Roger Penske celebrating fifty years in motor sports this season, Sunday’s victory by Logano was the team’s fiftieth with Ford Motor Company … Youth was served on Sunday with the average age of the top three finishers – Logano, Elliott and Larson – just 23 years old, the youngest average age for the top three finishers in a Sprint Cup race in NASCAR’s sixty-eight- year history.

Kurt Busch finished tenth, not only bidding for his second straight win of this season but his second consecutive victory in Michigan’s June race. Although he missed another trip to Victory Lane, Busch did hold onto second place in the regular-season standings and now trails leader Harvick by thirty points heading into an off-weekend. The Sprint Cup Series will then resume June 26 th in Sonoma, California.

Next Stop, Michigan International Speedway

Next stop, Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400, the fifteenth race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series. Kurt Busch is the defending winner and also the most recent Cup Series race winner, breaking into the 2016 win column just four days ago with a victory in the rain-delayed Axalta 400 at Pocono.

If he finishes first again come Sunday, Busch would become the first driver since Denny Hamlin in 2010 and 2011 with back-to- back wins in Michigan’s June race. In recent years, qualifying has become a key part of the weekend at M-I- S. Four of the last five winning drivers have started from the first four rows including three pole winners: Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano.

Miesha Tate Grand Marshal At Michigan

UF C Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will serve as grand marshal for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race on June 12th at Michigan International Speedway. Tate will give the command to start engines for the fifteenth round of the 2016 season. Twenty-seven days later, she will defend her UFC title in Las Vegas against the Number-4- ranked Amanda Nunes.


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