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Jamie McMurray finished ninth in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The No. 1 Chevrolet was strong and McMurray had a good balance between racing hard and conserving fuel. Like a lot of Michigan races this one would come down to fuel efficiency. McMurray would cruise across the finish line with a well-deserved ninth-place finish. It was his 12th Top-10 finish of the season and he remains eighth overall in the driver point standings after Michigan.

Sunday afternoon, Chase Elliott continued his run of success at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott led his teammates in Stage 1, Stage 2 and at the checkered flag, taking home an eighth-place finish in the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS. He has finished inside the Top 10 in all four of his trips to Michigan in the NASCAR Cup Series, hendrickmotorsports.com reports.

Impact

"We fought hard, definitely have some work to do, though, these next couple of weeks," Elliott said. "We'll keep fighting and go on to the next one." The effort failed to measure up to his prior three-consecutive runner-up finishes at the Michigan, oval but it was still a pretty good day for the No. 24 team. Elliott now has 13 Top-10 finishes on the season and sits seventh overall in the championship standings.

Austin Dillon finished seventh in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Dillon was one of a handful of drivers that benefited from alternate pit strategies and the late cautions that marked this Michigan battle. The No. 3 team registered a sub-par 27th-place finish at this oval in June, so Dillon was looking to rebound from that outing. The Richard Childress Racing driver did turn in some great moves on the track as his 39 quality passes for the event demonstrates. It was just Dillon's third Top-10 finish of the season.

Chris Buescher finished sixth in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The JTG Daugherty Racing driver bucked his recent trends on the two-mile ovals with a great performance at Michigan. Buescher started 20th on the grid and had the right pit strategy for this changing-fortunes race. He would turn in only 41 laps inside the Top 15 in this 202-lap event, but those would come in the most important time, near the end of the race. It was Buescher's third Top 10 of the season and he has finished inside the Top 11 in three of the last four races.

Trevor Bayne finished fifth in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Bayne turned in one of his best efforts of the season in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. He would start 21st on the grid, and use his strong Roush Fenway Racing Ford to race towards the front. Good track position and clean air would be paramount late in this race as most Michigan races. Bayne would cross the finish line fifth at the checkered flag for his first Top-5 finish of the season.

Ryan Newman finished fourth in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

Thanks to good pit strategy and improvements the team made to Newman's Chevrolet, the veteran driver worked his way through field. He was in great track position late in this race, and was able to navigate a couple cautions in the final 15 laps to be rewarded with a Top-5 finish. it was Newman's fifth Top 5 of the season, and he moves up one spot to 15th-place in the championship driver standings.

Truex Jr. finished second in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Furniture Row Racing star would see this one slip away on the final restart. Truex led 57 laps for the day, spread throughout this 200-lap event. He would restart on the front row for the green-white-checkered finish, but would lose a one-on-one battle with Kyle Larson over those last 2 laps. The runner-up finish was his 10th Top-5 finish of the season. Truex retains the standings lead after Michigan.

Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

This one played out a bit peculiar. Brad Keselowski dominated much of the race, but varying pit strategies and late accidents would shuffle the order at the front. Larson would pounce when the time was right. The race went into overtime, and on the green-white-checkered restart he took the lead from Martin Truex Jr. with a very aggressive move. Larson would run away over the final 2 laps and nab his third win of the season and third-straight victory at the Michigan oval. He remains second overall the championship standings.

Hornish Jr. won the First Energy Tans Am 100 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing veteran turned in a dominant performance at the Ohio road course Saturday afternoon. Hornish led 61 of the 75, but it would be a wreck-filled stretch run to the finish. The race would go green with just 5 laps to go, and Hornish would hold off Daniel Hemric by just over 1 second to claim the victory. It was his first win of the season and fifth-career series win.

Kyle Busch finished third in the LTi Printing 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

It was a tough day at the track for the owner/driver of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. Busch led a race high 47 laps and he won the first two stages going away. It looked like another truck series victory for Busch was in the making, but it would not be this day. A lap 65-restart would see contact and Busch's truck would suffer damage. He would spend the remainder of the race playing catch up before finally finishing third. It was his third Top-5 finish in just six starts this season.

Hornish Jr. won the pole for the First Energy Tans Am 100 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 96.863 mph.

Impact

The No. 22 Ford team was impressive and Hornish piloted the car to a great lap during qualifying Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The veteran driver beat out Elliot Sadler to capture the pole position for the First Energy Trans Am 100. It was his first pole of the season and ninth of his career. Hornish is a four-time winner in this division of NASCAR, and he'll be aiming for his fifth win in Saturday's race.

Brad Keselowski was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 200.865 mph.

Impact

Speeds were a bit down in this low key final practice at the Michigan oval. Keselowski showed the way in his No. 2 Ford by beating out Martin Truex Jr. for the fastest lap of the hour-long session. The Penske Racing star is looking like a contender to win Sunday's 400-mile battle at Michigan.

Hornish Jr. was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the First Energy Tans Am 100 Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday morning. He turned a fast lap of 94.857 mph.

Impact

Hornish swept both practice sessions Saturday at the Mid-Ohio road course in the No. 22 Penske Ford. The veteran driver has had a rough go in his couple of Xfinity Series starts this season. However, his road racing skills should help him rebound Saturday at Mid-Ohio. Hornish should challenge the Top 5 in the First Energy Trans Am 100.

Kyle Larson was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He turned a fast lap of 202.532 mph.

Impact

The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team found some speed they were missing in pole qualifying. Larson topped Saturday morning's session by edging out Brad Keselowski for the fastest lap. He has won the last two Michigan races, and is a top contender to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Brad Keselowski won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 203.097 mph.

Impact

The Penske Fords jumped up and dominated this qualifying session. Keselowski edged his teammate, Joey Logano, in the final round of knockout qualifying to capture the pole position. It was his second pole of the season and the 14th of his Cup Series career. Keselowski will be a Top 5 threat in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Ryan Blaney was fastest in opening practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 203.591 mph.

Impact

The Wood Brothers Racing driver flexed his Ford's muscles and took the top of the leader board after one hour of practice at MIS. Blaney beat out Kyle Busch for the fastest lap of this session. The driver of the No. 21 Ford has a fast car and Top-10 potential for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Josh Wise has 156 career starts in NASCAR's premier series, recording a Top-10 finish at Talladega Superspeedway in 2015 for Phil Parsons Racing. However, last season did not go as planned for Wise, fighting and clawing just to qualify for 28 events for The Motorsports Group. It turned out 2016 was the California native's last full year as a stock car driver. Wise has retired from racing, frontstretch.com reports.

Impact

Wise has taken on a driver coaching position with Chip Ganassi Racing. He has been mentoring and instructing with the team's development drivers, Brennan Poole and Tyler Reddick. Wise made well over 300 combined starts among NASCAR's top three touring divisions and claimed nine Top-10 finishes in those starts.

AJ Allmendinger drove the No. 47 Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in Sunday's I Love New York 355k at Watkins Glen International.

Impact

The speed and handling weren't quite right with the team's No. 47 Chevrolet, but Allmendinger still made the most of it. Despite leading no laps he would race from the back to the front on a couple occasions. The veteran driver would have a front row seat in the bus stop when Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch tangled and spun off course, but he'd avoid the accident. Like many drivers, Allmendinger spent the waning laps conserving fuel and trying to maintain track position. The strategy paid off with his fifth Top 10 of the season. Allmendinger moves up one spot to 26th-place in the series point standings.

Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team took a gamble on winning at Watkins Glen but came a couple of laps short on fuel. The young driver was leading with three laps to go when the engine in his No. 21 Fusion began sputtering, so he ducked on to pit road for a splash of fuel. Nonetheless, he was able to score an eighth-place finish, his best-ever result on a road course in NASCAR's elite series, woodbrothersracing.com reports.

Impact

The No. 21 Ford team would chose to swing for the fences going for their second win of the season Sunday at Watkins Glen, however, they would come up short. Blaney's machine had plenty of speed, but the gamble the team took on fuel mileage didn't quite work out. He would have to pit for a splash of gas late and see his chances of winning fade. Still, Blaney racked up his eighth Top 10 of the season and remains 12th overall in the championship driver standings.

Kyle Busch dominated the early stages of the I Love New York 355k at Watkins Glen International, but would run into problems and rally back to finish seventh at the New York road course, kylebusch.com reports.

Impact

Busch looked well on his way to winning Sunday afternoon at the Glen. He would lead the first 20 laps and take the win in stage one. However, he had a problem after the first pit stop when a loose lug nut fell between the wheel and caliper. It would cause a terrible loose handling condition and Busch would be forced to pit again to fix the problem. The Joe Gibbs Racing star would spend most of stage two racing from the back toward the front, but the real setback would be contact between Brad Keselowski and Busch in the inner loop on lap 45 that would send the No. 18 Toyota spinning off course. The final 45 laps would see Busch labor from 33rd-place to finish seventh. It was a tough blow on a day when Busch had the most dominant car in the field.