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Kyle Larson won the pole for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 95.295 mph.

Impact

The No. 42 Chevrolet has been fast all weekend, and that theme continued in Saturday's pole qualifying session. Larson edged teammate, Jamie McMurray, to claim the top starting spot for Sunday's race at the California road course. It was his third pole of the season, and Larson will be a top contender to win the Toyota Save Mart 350.

Chase Elliott crashed during Happy Hour practice for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon. The team will turn to the backup car for qualifying and Sunday's race.

Impact

Late in final practice Elliott's No. 24 Chevrolet would break loose coming off turn 10 and spin. The momentum would carry the car off the track, across the grass and hard into the concrete barrier. Elliott's car was completely destroyed, although he seemed no worse for the wear. The team will go to the backup car and have very little prep time for Saturday's pole qualifying session.

Kyle Larson was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 94.389 mph.

Impact

The No. 42 Chevrolet got better with each lap in final practice. Larson would eventually push the car to the top of the scoring pylon late in the session. He edged Kyle Busch for the fastest lap of this 12-turn road course. Larson will challenge for his first Sonoma win Sunday afternoon in the Toyota Save Mart 350.

Truex Jr. was fastest in opening practice for the Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 94.587 mph.

Impact

Truex was one of only two drivers to break the 94 mph mark in Friday's opening session. The Furniture Row Racing star edged Denny Hamlin for the fastest lap of the practice at the California road course. Truex is a past winner at this challenging track, and he could contend for the win again in Sunday afternoon's Toyota Save Mart 350.

Team Penske has made plans for crew chief Paul Wolfe not to be at Sonoma this weekend so he can remain in North Carolina for the birth of his second child, a team spokesperson told NBC Sports on Wednesday.

Impact

Keselowski's No. 2 team could be without it's leader this Sunday at the Sonoma road course. Wolfe is imminently expecting the birth of his second child and could remain behind at home if the timing conflicts with this weekend's race. Should Wolfe miss the race, Brian Wilson, who serves as team engineer, would step up and fill the role.

Clint Bowyer slapped the wall and finished 26th in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a disappointing outcome for Bowyer and the No. 14 team. He had raced inside the Top 10 almost all afternoon in the FireKeepers Casino 400. With just 12 laps to go, in the heavy traffic of a late restart, Bowyer would come out on the short end of a tight three-car squeeze and would go careening into the outside wall. He would quickly pit and repair, but the lost track position could not be regained that late in the race. The poor finish would cause Bowyer to slide two spots to 12th-place in the driver point standings.

Jamie McMurray finished fifth in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Chip Ganassi Racing team had a great day at the Michigan oval. Kyle Larson dominated his way to the win, and McMurray followed suit with a strong Top-5 finish. The No. 1 Chevrolet was impressive and McMurray did a good job navigating the storm of the final laps. It was just his second Top-5 finish of the season, but it was his ninth Top 10. The veteran driver advances one spot to seventh in the overall driver standings.

Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star turned in a good performance at the two-mile Michigan oval. Hamlin was a Top-10 driver most of the afternoon in this 400-mile battle. In the closing laps he had the right pit strategy and it paid off with great track position. At the checkered flag Hamlin would earn just his third Top-5 finish of the season. He remains ninth overall in the championship standings after Michigan.

Joey Logano finished third in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was the performance that the No. 22 Ford team needed to break out of their recent funk. Logano still didn't have that great of a car, and he would slip outside the Top 10 and race there most of the afternoon. However, the team would make the car better as the race progressed and Logano would make some good pit stop decisions with his crew chief. In the end it would pay off with the veteran driver racing at the front in the closing laps. The Top-5 finish was his seventh of the season and it snapped a five-race Top-10 drought for the Penske No. 22 team.

Chase Elliott finished second in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It was a tough, gritty performance for Elliott and the No. 24 team. The young driver didn't have the speed to challenge for the win, but he'd race among the Top 10 all afternoon in this 400-mile battle. Elliott would get tangled in a very tight restart with 9 laps to go, but he'd avoid the multi-car crash that would breakout. He'd hang around to grab the brilliant runner-up finish, which was his fifth Top 5 of the season. Elliott grabs one spot in the standings and now sits fifth overall.

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

Impact

It was a complete performance for the No. 42 CGR team. Larson dominated the day and led a race-high 96 laps. His biggest competition came in the form of Martin Truex Jr. for most of the day. Larson would pass Kyle Busch with 15 laps to go, and hang on through a couple late restarts to secure the win. It was his second victory of the season, and Larson reclaims the championship standings lead from Martin Truex Jr.

Denny Hamlin won the Irish Hills 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

It was a thrilling finish to a great race Saturday at MIS. Hamlin would pass William Byron on the final lap and hold off the No. 9 Chevrolet by 12 one-thousands of a second at the line to claim the win. It was the closest finish ever in a Michigan Xfinity Series event. As for Hamlin, it was his first victory of the season and his second-career win at the Michigan oval.

AJ Allmendinger tangled with the outside wall during Happy Hour practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon. The team will go to the backup car for Sunday's race.

Impact

The struggles of the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing team continued Saturday at the two-mile Michigan oval. With just seconds left in final practice, Allmendinger lost control and got hard into the outside wall. The rear-end damage suffered was bad enough to forget repairs. The team will roll out the backup car and prepare it for Sunday's race. Allmendinger will have to start from the rear of the field as a result.

Brad Keselowski was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 197.401 mph.

Impact

The Penske Racing star found some extra speed in final practice and climbed to the top of the leader board. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford edged Kyle Busch for the fastest lap of the final session. The veteran driver will be a Top-5 threat in Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Irish Hills 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 193.564 mph.

Impact

Busch piloted the No. 18 Toyota to the pole position in Saturday's pole qualifying session. He edged Brad Keselowski to take the top starting spot for Saturday afternoon's race. The Joe Gibbs Racing star will be a top contender to win the Irish Hills 250.

Jimmie Johnson spun and crashed in Saturday's first practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will have to go to the backup car for Sunday's race.

Impact

The No. 48 Chevrolet had shown it's speed in this practice. Johnson was third fastest before disaster struck. He lost control and spun into the infield grass coming off turn 4. The infield diversion caused enough damage to the car to retire it for the weekend. The Hendrick Motorsports star will go to the backup car for Sunday's 400-mile race, and as a result he'll have to now start from the rear of the field.

Truex Jr. was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He turned a fast lap of 198.385 mph.

Impact

That makes two strong practice sessions for the Furniture Row Racing star. Truex beat out Kyle Busch for the fastest lap of the session. The No. 78 Toyota is very fast and Truex will have a great car for Sunday's 400-mile race. He'll be a top contender to win at the two-mile Michigan oval.

Brad Keselowski was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Irish Hills 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway Friday. He turned a fast lap of 193.149 mph.

Impact

Speeds picked up in final practice Friday afternoon at MIS. Keselowski also picked up the pace and put the No. 22 Ford atop the scoring pylon. He edged Elliott Sadler for the fastest lap of the session. Keselowski should crack the Top 5 in Saturday afternoon's 250-mile race at Michigan International Speedway.

Kyle Larson won the pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 202.156 mph.

Impact

Larson beat out Martin Truex Jr. in the final round of knockout qualifying to grab the pole position at Michigan. It was the fastest qualifying lap at the Michigan oval since the 2014 season. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet won at the similar oval in Fontana earlier this season, so he should contend for the win in Sunday's 400-mile race.

Hendrick Motorsports and defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson have agreed to a three-year extension that will keep one of the most accomplished drivers in history behind the wheel through 2020, Hendrick Motorsports PR reports.

Impact

Not only did Johnson re-up for three more years, but his huge primary sponsor, Lowe's, signed on through 2018. The seven-time champion has made it clear that he wants to stay in the No. 48 Chevrolet through to the very end of his career. Johnson wants to win more races and more championships under the Hendrick Motorsports banner.