It’s Kurt Busch, Brad Keslowski and Kyle Busch at the top of the grid for today’s Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. But the man expected to make his presence felt, Kyle Larson, starts back in the pack at 26th.
The Firekeepers 400 is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Eastern) in Brooklyn, Mich. and will be televised on Fox. Live streaming is available on FOX Sports Go. Live scoring and updates are available at NASCAR’s Race Center.
Site: Brooklyn, Michigan.
Schedule: Sunday, race, 2 p.m., FOX.
Track: Michigan International Speedway (oval, 2 miles).
Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kyle Larson won his second race of 2017.
Last race: Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. picked up his second victory of the season.
Fast facts: Truex let it be known that he’s not ready to cede his title to Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick just yet. Truex’s win at Pocono pushed him into fourth place (Joey Logano is third), and he also has 13 playoff points. … Last weekend was the first time all season that Jimmie Johnson led laps. It took 14 races for Johnson to take first at any point in an event, the longest streak to start a season in his career.
Next race: Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California.
Larson has delivered six top-10 finishes in his last seven races, which qualifies as a hot streak for one of NASCAR’s young guns trying to run with the old guard.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have pretty much had their way at the front of the NASCAR field all season. The trio has won 11 of the 14 races.
Larson has yet to win a race, but has three second-place finishes and shows signs that he could get a checkered flag before the season draws to a close.
Clearly, the 2.0-mile Michigan International Speedway would be a nice place to make that happen, considering Larson is on a three-race winning streak in the rural hills of Michigan.