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Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America

Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #13 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Great Clips

Race Time: 2:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Friday, June 12th
7:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM-6:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-2:00 PM NXS PRACTICE
2:30 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, June 13th
6:00 AM 2:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:15 AM NXS QUALIFYING
11:45 AM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING - (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 PM NXS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Michigan: #54-Kyle Busch won the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway, for his 1st win of 2015 in his first race back since his Daytona accident. #9-Chase Elliott finished second, followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #1-Elliott Sadler, #88-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano, #98-Aric Almirola, #2-Brian Scott, and #20-Denny Hamlin.
    There were 8 cautions for 26 laps and 13 lead changes among 7 leaders. Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • Michigan XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 24th Annual Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America, his series record 71st victory in 298 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    Busch won in his first start of 2015 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (15th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 25 points over Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-13-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Michigan:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 489
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 464, -25
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 454, -35
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 434, -55
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr. #, 428, -61
    6) #1-Elliott Sadler, 414, -75
    7) #2-Brian Scott, 394, -95
    8) #16-Ryan Reed, 378, -111
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 378, -111
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez #, 369, -120
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-30-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #15-Weller, 30th
    Caution 3: #74-Harmon, 32nd
    Caution 4: #39-Sieg, 17th
    Caution 5: #62-Gaughan, 12th
    Caution 6: #20-Hamlin, 10th
    Caution 7: none, #44-Starr was involved in the caution
    Caution 8: none, #14-Conley was involved in the caution
    (6-13-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Joey Logano on XFINITY pole at Michigan: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 193.637mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Paul Menard, #63-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Kevin Harvick, #7-Regan SMith, #3-Ty Dillon, and #18-Daniel Suarez.
    #22-Logano set a new track record in the first round with a speed of 193.772 mph.
    Did Not Qualify: None.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Michigan starting lineup page (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • Michigan XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America with a lap of 37.183 seconds, 193.637 mph.
    Logano set the track qualifying record with a lap of 37.157 seconds/193.772 mph in the first round.
    This is his 29th pole in 141 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. With the pole, he now holds sole possession of third on the all-time pole list.
    This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2015 and his third in six races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh in 13 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-13-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Chase Elliott fastest in XFINITY practice: #9-Chase Elliott was fastest during the only practice at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 191.215mph. The first scheduled practice was cancelled because of rain. #98-Aric Almirola was second, followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #33-Paul Menard, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #3-Ty Dillon, and #20-Denny Hamlin. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-12-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America at Michigan International Speedway. A few notes:
    Derek White is in the #13;
    Jimmy Weller will drive the #15;
    Jeff Green remains in the #19 for TriStar;
    Denny Hamlin is in the JGR #20;
    Alex Bowman will be in the #25;
    CJ Faison returns to the #26;
    A driver has not been announced for the Gibbs #54;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to the #55 for Viva Motorsports;
    Mario Gosselin is back in the #90.(6-8-2015)
    UPDATE: Kyle Busch will be in the #54.(6-8-2015)
    UPDATE: Martin Roy will be in the #90.(6-9-2015)
    UPDATE: Josh Reaume will drive the #13.(6-10-2015)
    See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4630) at Michigan this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . in Xfinity, teams ran this left-side code (D-4604) at Michigan last June . . . they also ran this left-side at Kansas last October . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code at Michigan, though they have run it earlier this season at Las Vegas and Talladega . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last year, this right-side features a slightly more wear resistant tread compound . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Kyle Busch Returns To The No. 54 After 11 Races Out Of The Seat

    NASCAR XFINITY Series’ winningest driver, Kyle Busch, will return to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 team this weekend and compete in the Great Clips 250 Benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America (FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET) after missing 11 races due to injuries suffered to both of his legs in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

    “I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the 54 Monster Energy Toyota this weekend,” said Kyle Busch. “I can’t say enough about how much Monster Energy, JGR, Toyota and all my guys have helped me and pulled for me to get back into the XFINITY car. This is a continuation of my recovery since Daytona, and we hope to continue to add to my schedule going forward through the rest of the year.” 

    Busch raises the level of competition when he competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He holds the series record in wins (70), poles (43) and top-fives (175).

    Expect Busch to find his groove fairly quickly at Michigan, in seven starts he has one win (2004), six top fives and an average finish of 4.6. Busch won the Coors Light pole for this event last season.

    Will Chris Buescher’s Good Fortune Continue

    Dover International Speedway’s race two weeks ago was quite beneficial for Chris Buescher. Not only did he win the third race of his career and pad his NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead to 15 points over second-place Ty Dillon, but he also qualified for the second round of the Dash 4 Cash program at Indianapolis on July 25. With all this great success so early this season, can he keep it up?

    All signs point to yes, especially this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

    Buescher’s team, Roush Fenway Racing, leads the series in wins at Michigan with five victories (Carl Edwards 2011, 2008; Jeff Burton 1998; and Mark Martin 1995, 1993). The team also holds the all-time lead in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Michigan, with 13.

    Also Buescher has made two starts at the two-mile speedway posting two top 10s and an average finish of 8.5 - his seventh best track in average finish on the active NXS schedule.

    Buescher’s pre-race Loop Data suggests he’ll maintain his recent success this weekend at Michigan. He has a driver rating of 95.6 (15th-best) and an average running position of 8.220 (eighth-best).

    Defending Winner Paul Menard Leads Sprint Cup Contingent Peppering Entry List

    Richard Childress Racing’s Paul Menard returns to the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend at Michigan International Speedway to defend his 2014 victory at the two-mile track. Eight NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are scheduled to compete this weekend. Menard is joined by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola and Kevin Harvick.

    Last season’s Michigan race was mostly dominated by Joey Logano (led 43 laps) and Kyle Larson (led 46 laps), but it was Paul Menard who took the lead with five laps to go and drove to victory. Menard has made nine series starts at Michigan posting one win, four top fives and eight top 10s. His average finish at Michigan is 7.7. This weekend will be Menard’s second series start this season in the No. 33 Chevrolet.

    Denny Hamlin will be in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota with crew chief Michael Wheeler this weekend at Michigan. Hamlin has made six series starts this season for JGR, posting one pole (Richmond), one win (Richmond) three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 10.5. Hamlin has made four series starts at Michigan posting one win (2007), one top five and three top 10s.

    Hamlin’s JGR teammate Kyle Busch returns to the series after time off due to injury. Busch has made seven starts at Michigan posting one win (2004), six top fives and an average finish of 4.6. His pre-race Loop Data has him ranked seventh in driver rating (109.6) at Michigan.

    The hottest wheel in the garage will be steered by Joey Logano this weekend at Michigan. Roger Penske has tapped Logano to command the car owner points leading No. 22 Ford with crew chief Greg Erwin. Logano has been nearly unbeatable this season, in his five starts he has posted two poles, three wins (Phoenix, Bristol and Talladega), five top fives and an average finish of 1.4. Logano has made six starts at Michigan posting one win (2012), four top 10s and an average finish of 7.8.    

    Kyle Larson led nearly half this event last season but ultimately finished eighth. This season Larson’s talent continues to flow in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; in four starts he has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 14.5. Larson has made two series career starts at Michigan posting one top five and two top 10s.

    Alex Bowman will be in the Tony Townley owned No. 25 Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan. Bowman hasn’t competed in the NXS this season. He has made one series start at Michigan in 2013 where he started fifth but finished 14th.

    Aric Almirola will be making his sixth start of the season for car owner Fred Biagi in the No. 98 Ford. In five starts this season, Almirola has posted two top 10s. But Almirola will look to improve on his past series performances at Michigan where he has an average finish of 21.0. 

    JR Motorsports will welcome 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Kevin Harvick back to the No. 88 Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan. Harvick has made nine starts at Michigan posting one win (2003), four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 9.0. 

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Chastain Is Chasing Wallace and Suarez

    Two weeks ago Ross Chastain finished 16th at Dover International, Speedway grabbing the highest finishing rookie honors for the second time this season - first was at Daytona (season opener).

    Chastain is currently third in the Sunoco Rookie standings 40 points behind standings leader Darrell Wallace Jr. and 30 points back from second-place Daniel Suarez.

    Chastain’s 2015 season has been filled with peaks and valleys. In 12 starts this season he has posted one top-10 (Daytona), and five top-20 finishes. His average finish in 2015 is 22.0.

    Chastain has made one series start (2014) at Michigan International Speedway; starting 17th and finishing 12th.

    Number Five Please Stand Up

    Not since Michigan native Brad Keselowski won back-to-back races in 2009-2010 has Michigan International Speedway seen a repeat NASCAR XFINITY Series winner. Could we see a fifth different winner this weekend?

    Quite possibly. Only six of the 40 drivers (15%) entered this weekend are previous winners: Kyle Busch (2004), Denny Hamlin (2007), Kevin Harvick (2003), Joey Logano (2012), Paul Menard (2013) and Regan Smith (2014).

    Of the drivers looking for their first win this season, Chase Elliott is the best candidate to get the job done this weekend. In his lone start at Michigan (last season) he started second and finished sixth. His pre-race Loop Data for Michigan has him ranked the highest among championship contenders in average running position (6.168) and driver rating (117.7). 

    Elliott is currently third in series standings 37 points behind standings leader Ty Dillon. In 12 starts this season Elliott has posted a series leading 10 top-10 finishes.

    Armstrong Looks To Continue Standings Climb

    Dakoda Armstrong is ready to return to racing this weekend at Michigan International Speedway to build on his steady improvement in the NASCAR XFINITY series point standings. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver has moved the No. 43 Ford team from 16th to 13th in just the last two races -  Charlotte (+1) and Dover (+2).

    Armstrong heads to Michigan in hopes to keep the momentum going and crack the top 12 in points.  He sits just 17 points back from 12th-place David Starr.

    In 12 starts this season Armstrong has posted six top-20 finishes and an average finish of 21.2. He has made one series start at Michigan last season where he finished 19th.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Danica Patrick Highlights NASCAR XFINITY Series FOX Sports Booth at Michigan: Alongside FOX Sports hosts Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip, a rotation of drivers including Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon have been stepping in and offering their captivating views. Up next, Danica Patrick will try her hand in the booth this weekend in Michigan. Patrick will be the fifth and final driver analyst to join the broadcast team this season. 

    Milestones: Ryan Sieg will attempt to post his 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Michigan. .... Kevin Harvick (174) will attempt to tie Kyle Busch (175) for the all-time series’ lead top five finishes this weekend at Michigan. ... Joey Logano will attempt to post his 75th NASCAR XFINITY Series career top-five finish this weekend. Logano is tied with Joe Nemechek (74) for 16th on the all-time NXS top-five finishes list. ... Joey Logano can become the third driver in series history to lead 700 laps or more in the first 12 races of the season joining Kyle Busch and Sam Ard. Logano has not started all 12 races this season but could accomplish the feat in six starts. Logano currently has 575 laps led and would need to lead all 125 laps at Michigan.

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