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2014 Michigan II: Team Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 13, 2014 - 06:17 AM
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2014 Michigan II: Team Penske NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


THE NEWS AND NOTES

· SIGNIFICANT CIRCUIT: Racing at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is significant on several different fronts for Brad Keselowski. First, he is a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., which makes this his home track and he has yet to earn a Sprint Cup Series victory at MIS. Secondly, Penske Corporation is based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., which makes it a home track for Team Penske too. Finally, with the Detroit being the home to Ford and the Motor City, the race in the Irish Hills is always an important event.

 

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· ENTERTAINING GUESTS AT HOME: The trip to Michigan will start early for Keselowski as he will arrive on Wednesday afternoon to meet with partners at the Oakland Hills Country Club. Then, on Thursday afternoon, he will make an appearance at the Team Penske Sponsorship Summit in downtown Detroit.
· HOLDING STEADY IN THE CHASE: On the heels of a couple of tough finishes, Keselowski and the Miller Lite team know that dedication and effort will see them through and into the Chase. The team is currently ranked second in the Chase Grid Outlook standings as it prepares for NASCAR’s post-season.
· RUNNING THE NUMBERS: In his 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the two-mile MIS track, Keselowski owns three top-three finishes with his best result to date being a second-place finish in the August race during his championship season of 2012.
· CHARITY STARTS AT HOME: Adding more meaning to Keselowski’s homecoming weekend at Michigan, his Checkered Flag Foundation is a presenting sponsor of Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
· PLACE TO BE TO SEE BRAD: On Thursday night, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET Keselowski will appear for Miller Lite at The Pointe Bar & Grill located at 1200 Eagle Point Road in Clarklake, Mich. He will also be at the Ford Display in the MIS Fan Zone on Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m.
· LET KESELOWSKI DISPENSE LITE-HEARTED ADVICE: Fans are invited to tweet to @keselowski using the hashtag #bartenderbrad to receive his fast-paced, Lite and wise counsel on a wide range of topics.
· DEFENDING WINNER: This weekend, Joey Logano enters Michigan International Speedway as the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner at the track. In last season’s August MIS race, Logano earned his third career Sprint Cup Series win and first for Team Penske when he took the lead late in the event. Logano started on the pole and led 51 of the 200 laps for the landmark victory.
· DOUBLE DUTY OF A DIFFERENT SORT: Logano will once again compete as a double duty driver during MIS weekend, but this time it won’t mean flying back and forth between Michigan and Mid-Ohio, as it has in the past. Logano will compete in his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event of the season, driving the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 for his teammate’s team – Brad Keselowski Racing. Logano has competed in five career NCWTS events, including one this year, with a best finish of second. Logano is looking to join an exclusive club and become the 24th driver in NASCAR history to win a race in the NSCS, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NCWTS.
· MICHIGAN MEANS BUSY: Michigan International Speedway race weekends are always busy events for Logano and the team. Logano will have sponsor commitments on both Wednesday and Thursday nights, including the annual Team Penske Sponsor Summit while in Detroit, before heading to the track to begin practice on Friday.
· BETTER THAN AVERAGE AVERAGE: Logano heads into the Michigan weekend boasting an 8.7 average starting position on the season, the second-best in the series behind his teammate Keselowski. The impressive mark represents Logano’s best average starting position to this point in his career – his previous best average was 11.9 in 2012. In 22 races so far this season, Logano has started outside the top 10 on just five occasions, one of which was a rainout.
· THE HOMETOWN SHOWDOWN: Logano will head back to his home state of Connecticut next month to race for a cause at his foundation’s inaugural Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com. The friendly go-karting competition is set for Thursday, September 18th from 3:30-9:00 p.m. ET at On Track Karting in Wallingford, Conn. The night will provide an opportunity for fans to test their racing skills against Logano and other participants in a fun competition. In addition to the on-track racing, the event will host a variety of activities, such as a silent auction, a raffle and plenty of opportunities to interact with Logano.


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