NASCAR weekend schedule at Michigan, Gateway: Friday’s practice through Sunday’s Sprint Cup race

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Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 could ultimately be a pivotal race for a number of Sprint Cup drivers and teams.

Not only is it the 15th race of the season, it’s the last race before a weekend off.

Teams that have struggled to date will likely use Michigan to get a baseline for potential changes before the series reconvenes at Sonoma, Calif., in two weeks.

With Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Pocono, there are six spots remaining to fill out the 16-driver field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

That’s why Michigan is so important to drivers who have yet to visit win this season, including Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and several others.

In addition to the Sprint Cup Series, the Xfinity Series is also in action at Michigan, while the Camping World Truck Series will compete Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis.

Here’s how the weekend shapes up (all times listed are Eastern):

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
6:30 am – 7 pm
– Sprint Cup garage open
10 am – 6:30 pm – Xfinity garage open
11:30 am – 12:55 pm – Sprint Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, Motor Racing Network)
1 pm – Qualifying inspection begins
1 pm – 2 pm – Xfinity practice (Fox Sports 1)
2:30 pm – 3:55 pm – Final Xfinity practice (Fox Sports 1)
4:15 pm – Sprint Cup qualifying (Fox Sports 2, MRN)

SATURDAY, June 13 
6 am – Xfinity garage open
7:30 am – 4 pm – Sprint Cup garage open
9 am – 9:55 am – Sprint Cup practice (Fox Sports 1, MRN)
10:15 am – Xfinity qualifying (Fox Sports 1)
11:45 am – Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting
12 pm – 12:55 pm – Sprint Cup final practice (Fox Sports 1, MRN)
1 pm – Xfinity driver introductions
1:30 pm – Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America (125 laps, 250 miles) (Fox Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

SUNDAY, JUNE 14
7 am – Sprint Cup garage open
11 am – Driver/crew chief meeting
12:30 pm – Driver introductions
1 pm – Quicken Loans 400 race (200 laps, 400 miles) (Fox Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JUNE 12
2 pm – 6 pm – Truck garage open

SATURDAY, June 13
9 am
– Truck garage open
10:30 am – 1 pm – Truck final practice (No TV or radio)
5:45 pm – Truck qualifying (Fox Sports 2)
7:15 pm – Driver/crew chief meeting
8 pm – Truck driver introductions
8:30 pm – American Ethanol Presents the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 (160 laps, 200 miles) (Fox Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

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