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Kyle Larson holds off Chase Elliott to capture FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan


Talk about bookending: Kyle Larson started the race weekend by being fastest in practice, then qualified No. 1 and went on to win Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Larson has now won the last two Cup races at MIS, having scored his first career Cup win there last August.

Sunday’s win is the third career win for Larson, who won earlier this year at Fontana. That means Larson has won the last three races at NASCAR’s two 2-mile speedways.

Larson led a race-high 96 of 200 laps. The win also put him back into first place in the NASCAR Cup standings, overtaking Martin Truex Jr. Larson now leads Truex by five points.

“For us to withstand a few restarts there at the end with some tough competitors was pretty important,” Larson said in victory lane to FS1. “Cool to win it and a great Father’s Day present for myself, too.”

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For the third consecutive race at MIS, Chase Elliott finished runner-up.

“From where we started the day to where we ended up, I was real proud of our effort,” Elliott told FS1. “I’m happy we could have a solid day, put ourselves into position … had a couple opportunities to get the lead, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. We’ll move on … and try to get ’em next week.”

Joey Logano finished third, his best finish since his April 30 win at Richmond. In five races between Richmond and Michigan, Logano hadn’t finished higher than 21st.

Denny Hamlin finished fourth, followed by Larson’s teammate, Jamie McMurray. Sixth through 10th were Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson

Truex won both Stage 1 and 2, giving him 10 stage wins for the season. Kyle Busch is second with four stage wins.

HOW LARSON WON: On the final restart with five laps to go, Larson bumped fenders with Denny Hamlin going into Turn 1, regained the lead and then sailed away to victory lane. He also had the most dominant car of the day, leading almost half of the race.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Joey Logano broke his five-race run of poor performances with a third-place finish. Likewise for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished ninth to earn his third top-10 finish of the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Danica Patrick finished last in the 37-car field, but it was not her fault. She was involved in a late-race crash after Bubba Wallace ran into the rear of Daniel Suarez, who slammed into Patrick. Her Ford hit hard on the inside wall.

NOTABLE: Ryan Sieg finished 33rd in his first NASCAR Cup race. … Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 19th in his second career Cup race. … Trevor Bayne finished 17th and made a quick getaway as his wife is expected to give birth to the couple’s second child on Monday.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “We’ve been so close to so many other wins. This is our second Cup win of the year, but we’ve had (five) second-place finishes. All in all a good season so far and we’ll continue to keep building on what we’ve got.” – Race winner Kyle Larson.

WHAT’S NEXT: The series goes west June 25 at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, the first of two road-course races.

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Brad Keselowski, Elliott Sadler fastest in final Xfinity practice at Michigan

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Brad Keselowski topped the speed charts for Friday’s second and final Xfinity Series practice for Saturday’s Irish Hills 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup regular and Michigan native made it around his home track with a best lap of 193.149 mph. Just a tick behind was Elliott Sadler (193.086 mph).

Third- through fifth-fastest were Brandon Jones (191.108), Ryan Sieg (190.713) and Denny Hamlin (189.763).

Sixth- through 10th-fastest were Matt Tifft (189.608 mph), Kyle Busch (189.534), Paul Menard (189.061), Daniel Hemric (188.788) and Ryan Reed (188.768).

A total of 39 drivers took laps in the session.

Click here for a full field rundown of Friday’s second and final Xfinity practice.

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Alon Day to drive No. 23 for BK Racing at Sonoma

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Alon Day will become the first driver from Israel to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series when he drives the No. 23 for BK Racing next weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

“Being the first Israeli who is going to race in NASCAR’s highest series is a dream come true,” Day said in a statement.

The 25-year-old from Tel Aviv is coming off a victory last week in a NASCAR Whelen Euro race in England.

“I like giving new drivers an opportunity, and Alon is a great road course driver,” team owner Ron Devine said in a statement. “He has been successful in other series around the world and deserves a shot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.”

Day will be the fourth different driver in the No. 23 car this season. Joey Gase drove the car in the Daytona 500. Gray Gaulding drove the car in the next 13 races. Ryan Sieg is driving the car this weekend in Michigan.

EarthWater Limited will be the sponsor at Sonoma.

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BK Racing announces crew chief change

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BK Racing announced Wednesday that Randy Cox will move from being the crew chief on the No. 83 team to the same role with the No. 23 team.

The team also announced that Doug George will be crew chief for the No. 83 team.

Ryan Sieg will drive the No. 23 Toyota this weekend in place of Gray Gaulding.

Ryan Sieg to replace Gray Gaulding for BK Racing in Michigan Cup race

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NASCAR Cup rookie Gray Gaulding will not compete in Sunday’s FireKeeper’s Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Gaulding tweeted Tuesday morning that Ryan Sieg will fill his position in the No. 23 Dr. Pepper Toyota of BK Racing:

The 19-year-old Gaulding has started 13 of the first 14 races of the 2017 season for BK Racing. His best starting spot was 25th at Texas, while his best finish has been 20th at Talladega. He finished 29th in Sunday’s race at Pocono.

The team has not announced whether Sieg replacing Gaulding for the Michigan race will be a one-race situation or whether Sieg will run additional events in the No. 23.

Sieg added this tweet:

Sieg made his debut for BK Racing at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago in the No. 83 Toyota, replacing Corey LaJoie that weekend. Sieg qualified 34th and finished 26th.