Brooklyn, Mich., is the place as NASCAR descends upon the Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400. It's the first of two races at the track, with the Pure Michigan 400 in August.
Carl Edwards won the pole after posing a speed of 202.452 mph in qualifying. It's the first pole Edwards has won since the 2012 Daytona 500.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the defending champion in Brooklyn. He qualified for 12th, putting him in good position to hang back and pick when he wants to make his move.
Earnhardt will be looking for a good showing as he sits fourth in the Sprint Cup standings.
Here's everything you need to you for the Quicken Loans 400.
When: Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Race Lineup (courtesy of NASCAR.com)
|10||Juan Pablo Montoya||42|
|12||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88|
|13||Martin Truex Jr.||56|
|15||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||17|
Drivers to Watch
Denny Hamlin's only 25th in the standings, but this could be when he gets his season kick-started. Michigan has been pretty kind to Hamlin over the last couple of seasons.
He was the back-to-back winner at this race in 2010 and 2011. Hamlin also finished second at the Carfax 400 in 2010.
Hamlin hasn't had a ton of luck this season, only finishing in the top 10 four times in 2013. With his history at the track, you shouldn't count Hamlin out. He knows how to handle Michigan and qualified right in the middle of the pack. Hamlin shouldn't have any problem moving up the field.
Just as sure as the seasons change, Jimmie Johnson is near the top of the Sprint Cup standings. He's going into the race with a 51-point lead over Carl Edwards. Johnson has won three races this season, which ties him with Matt Kenseth for the lead.
More importantly, Johnson has been extremely consistent. He's finished in the top 10 on nine occasions and in the top five seven times.
While he'll probably put in a good performance, don't expect Johnson to win. He's never won at the Michigan International Speedway in his 22 races there. His best finish was second place at the 2011 Pure Michigan 400.
Carl Edwards has not been spectacular this season. Instead, he goes out and puts in good showings each and every race. Despite only picking up one win in 2013, Edwards is second in the standings.
Michigan is also a track where Edwards has a very good record. He's got two wins, and between June 2005 and June 2011, Edwards finished in the top 10 in 12 of 14 races. It's not a huge surprise he was able to come away with the pole, given how strong he's been this season and his comfort level at Michigan.
If Edwards doesn't walk away with the victory, he'll probably still manage to finish with a high place and possibly make up some ground on Johnson in the standings.
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