Few tracks on the NASCAR circuit are as exciting as Michigan International Speedway, and the talented drivers of the Sprint Cup Series have descended on the track with the hope of taking the checkered flag in the 2014 Quicken Loans 400.
Veteran driver Kevin Harvick won the pole with a track-record 204.557 mph lap, but there is a field full of former winners and legitimate contenders who will push the No. 4 car and its team to the limit.
New track record. Big one! Kevin Harvick: 204.557 mph. #NASCAR— NASCAR Stats (@NASCARStats) June 13, 2014
For all the fans who can’t afford to miss a second of the NASCAR action, here is all the vital viewing information, the complete starting lineup and the drivers to watch Sunday.
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
When: Sunday, June 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Steam: TNTDrama.com
Radio: Motor Racing Network
|3||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.|
|16||Martin Truex, Jr.|
|28||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|30||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.|
Drivers to Watch
After stealing a victory from Brad Keselowski at Pocono last Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to go back-to-back with a stellar performance at Michigan this Sunday.
Despite boasting a mediocre average finish of 16.31 at Michigan over the course of his career, Earnhardt has still managed to rack up an impressive two wins, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes.
When asked about his goals for this week’s race at Michigan, Earnhardt Jr. told David Goricki of The Detroit News that his team is aiming for a victory:
I just want to win the next one. We have so much fun winning and going to Victory Lane. Last week was so much fun, from the feeling that you get inside and that you have for several hours after that. It’s like the best feeling ever and we want to do it again this weekend.
I just want to win more races and take care of the car and finish as well as we can, and I think that mentality and making that a reality can win us a championship.
While Earnhardt has mixed feelings about this track, Michigan is the track at which he managed to snap his 143-race losing streak in 2012. For the No. 88 team and all of its sponsors, the hope is that he can repeat that feat this weekend.
Momentum is on Junior’s side after finishing in the top five seven times thus far in 2014, but a win at Michigan would make the clear statement that the veteran driver is looking for much more than just a few wins over the course of the season.
Earnhardt wants the championship.
Predicted Finish: Second
Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 car are already one of the most impressive teams in NASCAR, but the excitement for his run at Michigan only went up exponentially when he added Bleacher Report’s Team Stream as one of his sponsors this week.
Kahne’s primary sponsor, Farmers Insurance, shared an image of the new car:
Even Earnhardt Jr. was impressed by the addition:
The problem for Kahne is that he sits 21st in the points standings. While this year has been a struggle at times, his 20 career starts at Michigan have yielded one win, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes.
The entire No. 5 team could use a great finish to build confidence and momentum moving forward, and a top-five finish this Sunday could be the perfect catalyst for the remainder of the season.
Predicted Finish: Fifth
*Stats via NASCAR.com.