Pure Michigan 400

NASCAR America: Fans pick Cup’s most memorable restarts of 2017 (video)

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Kyle Larson‘s restart in overtime of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 500 has had fans talking for the last three days — and will likely keep them talking for a long time to come.

To find out how fans judged Larson’s restart vs. other great restarts thus far in 2017, we asked them to vote on the NASCAR America Twitter page.

The results are interesting, to say the least — with at least one big surprise — but you’ll have to view the video above to find out how your fellow fans voted. 

Scan All: Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (video)

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On Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America and in our weekly Scan All feature, we relived the sights and sounds from Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 that saw Kyle Larson take the checkered flag there for the third consecutive race.

In an interesting irony, Larson got probably the best restart of his life to win the race.

But to start the race, it was a whole different story.

“I dropped anchor at the start and got probably the worst start of my life,” Larson said. Catch more of his comments and those of other drivers and teams in this week’s edition of Scan All.

Steve Letarte: Kyle Larson laid foundation for Michigan win earlier in race (video)

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We all know how Kyle Larson made the race-winning move on the final restart of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

But on Tuesday’s NASCAR America, NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte said Larson laid the foundation for the win even earlier in the race.

“While that last restart was very impressive, and without a doubt was the moment that the 42 actually won the race, I think it started way earlier in the race,” Letarte said. “About the 75 percent mark, we had a lot of leaders running on the race track under green and it was pretty stretched out.

“The 78 of Martin Truex Jr., who at this point looked like he had the race under control, came to pit road for four tires. He drew the 2 of Brad Keselowski with him, but not the 42 (Larson). The (42 crew) decided to leave the 42 on the racetrack, stuck with their guns and strategy, and it ended up paying off.

“When the 22 came to pit road and debris from his car created the next-to-last yellow, that was an important point because that’s what the 42 needed. The decision to pit was pretty easy for fuel, but I think the tough decision was how many tires. (Crew chief) Chad Johnston made a very gutsy move, he put four tires and I think that made a big difference.”

 

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones continue Rookie of the Year battle (video)

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The battle for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Cup Series has become a tight race between Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones.

Jones closed the gap between Suarez and himself with Sunday’s third-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Suarez, meanwhile, was involved in a hard wreck with Kasey Kahne that knocked both of them out of the race.

On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, our analysts discussed not only the battle between Suarez and Jones, but also their chances of making the upcoming NASCAR Cup playoffs.

NASCAR America: Kyle Larson’s winning restart at Michigan was all about timing (video)

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Leading up to the final restart of Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Kyle Larson weighed a number of options on what to do when the green flag fell.

He was afraid he might make the wrong choice, but as it turned out, he made the right decision and went on to win his third consecutive Cup race at MIS.

Our panelists on Monday’s edition of NASCAR America talked about what Larson potentially faced and how he was smart and savvy in making his move at the right time — and the rest is history.