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NASCAR Heads to Michigan

Tyler Reddick survived an intense overtime battle with Ross Chastain to win on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week as the Cup series heads to Michigan this weekend for the Casino 400.

 

Reddick’s victory was his second this month, both on road courses, his second this season and the second of his career. 

 

Chastain was later penalized for taking a shortcut through a turn on the course and finished 27th. 

 

Reddick is the sixth multiple winner this season. He’s leaving Richard Childress Racing after the 2023 season to join Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan at 23XI Racing. 

 

Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are the non-winners that would qualify for the playoffs now on points, with four more chances to ensure their spot. Kevin Harvick would be the first one out of the 16-driver playoffs field without a victory of his. 

 

Chase Elliott’s string of five top-two finishes ended, but he still leads Blaney by 125 points and Chastain by 129.

 

Blaney won after starting third last year.

 

Practice and qualifying is at 12:30 on Saturday with the green flag dropping shortly after 2 pm on Sunday.

 

AJ Allmendinger overcame an early 25-second pit stop and won on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his third victory this season last week in the XFinity Series as the circuit also heads to Michigan.

 

All three of Allmendinger’s victories this year have come on road courses. He led 42 of 62 laps despite the long pit stop that dropped him from first to 13th on lap 19. 

Allmendinger has 17 top-10 finishes in 20 races and remains the points leader, by 17 over Justin Allgaier and 30 over Ty Gibbs. 

 

The top six in the standings have all won more than once, and the top seven are the only series regulars to have taken a checkered flag this season.

 

Allmendinger will look defend his win last year after starting second.

 

Practice and qualifying is at 8 am on Saturday morning with the green flag dropping shortly after 2:30 pm on Saturday. 

 

The Camping World Truck Series returns next weekend at Richmond. 

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