With only four races remaining before NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series changes gears for the playoffs, drivers return to Michigan International Speedway for the second time this season to compete in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.
Team Penske will look to break its two-month winless streak and rebound from last weekend after Joey Logano fell from atop the Cup Series standings. Logano won on this track back in June in dominating fashion, leading a track-record 163 of 203 laps. His teammate, Brad Keselowski, will also be in prime position to capture the checkered flag at his home track, as the No. 2 car starts from pole position.
New Cup Series leader Kyle Busch can always be counted on for a competitive drive, but the No. 18 Toyota typically struggles at Michigan. A Toyota has won on this track just four times over the last 20 years, and Busch has only a lone victory at the track (2011). His average finish at Michigan is 17.9.
Nine drivers have qualified for the playoffs by way of winning a race, leaving just seven spots up for grabs. Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman sit 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively, in the standings, and they have all won at Michigan in the past.
Sporting News is tracking live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Consumers Energy 400. Follow along below.
NASCAR at Michigan: Live updates, highlights from Consumers Energy 400
The race is scheduled for 3:16 p.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time.
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