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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Pure Michigan 400 schedule, TV times

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

TV: ESPN

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.

• Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, Nationwide Series, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2:45 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.



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.

Who’s Hot/

Who’s Not

HOT

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.

NOT

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.

Jim Utter

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