This week’s race
Pure Michigan 400
What: 200 laps (400 miles)
Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile slightly banked oval in Brooklyn, Mich.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Motor Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Joey Logano
Also this week: Careers for Veterans 200, Camping World Trucks Series, Michigan International Speedway, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.
Worth mentioning: Dale Earnhardt Jr. took over the points lead in the Sprint Cup Series after his 11th-place finish at Watkins Glen. He holds a five-point lead over Jeff Gordon. Matt Kenseth is third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Joey Logano fifth.
AJ Allmendinger: Introducing the newest Sprint Cup Series race winner.
Marcos Ambrose: Picked up the Nationwide Series victory and runner-up in the Cup race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: No. 1 seed in the Chase and now Cup series points leader.
Carl Edwards: A win and fifth in this season’s two road-course races.
Chase Elliott: The rookie continues to hold tight to the Nationwide Series points lead.
Jimmie Johnson: His summer of discontent continues.
Jeff Gordon: Had so far avoided the car issues this season that plagued him at Watkins Glen.
Trevor Bayne: Be glad there’s not a three-cautions-and-you’re-out rule in NASCAR.