Auto racing roundup: Larson nabs pole for MI

Chase Elliott in action during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race Sunday

Chase Elliott in action during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 auto race Sunday

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Another race, another first-time victor. His good friend Ryan Blaney, coming off of his first series victory last week at Pocono, kept up his solid form by qualifying sixth at MI in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.

"It's hard to ignore where I sit on the wins list and not let my competitive spirit kick in and want more", Johnson said.

The races are counting down now for the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr., and others looking to win their first race of the season.

The other top-10 qualifiers were: Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and Chase Elliott. I mean, we ran good in Pocono last week.

Kyle Busch posted the second-fastest single lap in the second practice session for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 197.938 miles per hour. He also has made 12 starts at MI netting two top fives' and seven top 10's. "We'll see what we can do".

"They made some good adjustments for the final round", Larson said of his Chip Ganassi Racing team. Everyone else is more than 100 points behind. Last week Ryan Blaney with minimal place differential value won the race and was around 5% owned in tournaments. It doesn't feel like it, because since he broke through last August at Michigan International Speedway, he has been a contender just about every week.

Joey Logano has 10/1 odds to win today's race. He is a two-time victor at MIS and an average finish of 12.6. "They were pretty fast leading up to MI previous year, but I feel like since MI when we got that win, we have just continued to make them better and had a great offseason".

Having notching the second-fastest speed at the time a few minutes prior, Johnson brought out the red flag a little over the halfway point of the 55-minute session, as his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet became loose and spun across the track and into the grass. Prior to that, she went eight of nine races with no finish better than 22nd, and five races this season with finishes of 30th or worse. Another top finish in Saturday's race could boost him into the top 10 of the 2017 NXS standings. Hes one point behind Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Toyota and teammate of Jones. They will both have a great shot at leading 40+ laps and winning the race and both have shown top speed in practices.

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Jimmie Johnson will start 13th after missing the final round of qualifying.

Ty Dillon ($6,100) - Dillon should be a lock for cash games starting dead last this week. Daniel Suarez will start at the rear of the field after a tire change.

Johnson is now seventh in the standings, but he has three wins.

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