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2017 FireKeepers Casino 400

The 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 18, 2017 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps on the two-mile (3.2 km) D-shaped oval, it will be the 15th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2017 FireKeepers Casino 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 15 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date June 18, 2017 (2017-06-18)
Location Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 143.369 miles per hour (230.730 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 35.616
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 96
Winner
No. 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network FS1
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1–2) and Buddy Long (3–4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Layout of Michigan International Speedway, the track where the race is held.

The race will be held at Michigan International Speedway, a two-mile (3.2 km) moderate-banked D-shaped speedway located in Brooklyn, Michigan. The track is used primarily for NASCAR events. It is sometimes known as a "sister track" to Texas World Speedway, and was used as the basis of Auto Club Speedway. The track is owned by International Speedway Corporation. Michigan International Speedway is recognized as one of motorsports' premier facilities because of its wide racing surface and high banking (by open-wheel standards; the 18-degree banking is modest by stock car standards).

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne* Roush Fenway Racing Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list
  • Ryan Reed on standby if Bayne is unable to race due to the birth of Ashton and Trevor's second child.

First practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 35.857 seconds and a speed of 200.798 mph (323.153 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 35.857 200.798
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.889 200.619
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 35.914 200.479
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Larson scored the pole for the race with a time of 35.616 and a speed of 202.156 mph (325.339 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 35.790 35.757 35.616
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 35.966 35.703 35.623
3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 36.277 35.823 35.703
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.829 35.727 35.728
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.992 35.819 35.761
6 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 36.044 35.881 35.847
7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 36.205 35.855 35.862
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 35.992 35.887 35.867
9 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.206 35.911 35.869
10 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.200 35.888 35.932
11 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 35.756 35.667 35.963
12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 35.984 35.905 35.991
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.938 35.945
14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 36.158 35.968
15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 36.096 36.052
16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.286 36.114
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.150 36.140
18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.391 36.188
19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.196 36.234
20 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.165 36.266
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.273 36.268
22 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 36.271 36.325
23 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 36.291 36.405
24 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 36.344 36.492
25 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 36.451
26 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 36.459
27 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 36.474
28 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.519
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 36.693
30 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.776
31 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.807
32 23 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota 37.177
33 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 37.408
34 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 37.594
35 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 37.834
36 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 37.895
37 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 36.293 seconds and a speed of 198.385 mph (319.270 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 36.293 198.385
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.375 197.938
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.485 197.341
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 36.474 seconds and a speed of 197.401 mph (317.686 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 36.474 197.401
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.512 197.195
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.537 197.061
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First stageEdit

Kyle Larson led the field to the green flag at 3:20 p.m. There were reports early on of trash bags circulating in the air, with one landing on the front stretch and bringing out a caution on the seventh lap. Due to the timing of the early caution, NASCAR decided to move the scheduled competition caution back five laps from it would've originally flown on lap 20.

Back to green on lap 11, this run was a short 14-lap burst that concluded with the competition caution on lap 25.

Four laps after the lap 30 restart, Martin Truex Jr. passed Larson going into Turn 3 to take the lead and drove on to win the stage on lap 60. Caution flew moments later for the conclusion of the stage. Larson returned to the lead under the caution when he exited pit road first. During this run, Erik Jones was running in the top-10 when he made an unscheduled stop for a loose wheel on lap 41.[15]

Second stageEdit

After going back to green on lap 68, the race settled into a green flag run that lasted the entire length of the stage that was only broken up by green flag stops starting on lap 107. Larson pitted from the lead the following lap, followed by Kyle Busch three laps later, giving the lead to Brad Keselowski. He pitted on lap 113 and the lead cycled back to Larson.

As was the case in the first stage, Truex passed Larson exiting Turn 4 to retake the lead on lap 116, drove on to win the second stage on lap 120 and caution flew for the end of the stage. Unlike the first stage, Truex beat Larson off pit road to maintain the lead.

Final stageEdit

 
Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead in the later stages of the race

The race settled into another green flag run after the restart on lap 128, which was disrupted by Ryan Sieg spinning out, in front of race leader Truex, in Turn 4 with 50 laps to go, bringing out the fifth caution. Busch exited pit road with the race lead. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. restarted from the tail-end of the field for speeding on pit road.

Back to green with 46 to go, everyone was on the razor's edge of making it to the end on fuel (with a fuel run at Michigan falling roughly between 40-45 laps). That dilemma went out the window, however, when debris in Turn 2 brought out the sixth caution with 21 to go.[16] Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted after the race it was "a shame that so many drivers and teams day was ruined by the results of another 'debris' caution towards the end of the race today."[17]

Busch failed to fend off Larson on the restart with 15 to go and lost the lead to him going into Turn 1.[18] Caution flew the following lap when Clint Bowyer tagged the wall in Turn 2.[19] After the race, Bowyer said he was "sitting there seventh with 20 laps to go reeling them in thinking this was our day, and then a debris caution forces a restart (referencing the proceeding debris caution)." He added that restarts are realistically "the only times you can pass, so everyone was racing hard, and I got into the wall. It killed our day.”[20]

On the following restart with 10 to go, a domino-effect stack-up rounding Turns 1 and 2 resulted in Danica Patrick being hit exiting Turn 2, sliding down the apron and slamming the inside wall on the backstretch, therefore bringing out the eighth and final caution.

Restarting with five to go, Denny Hamlin, who restarted aside Larson, lost the spot to Chase Elliott and third to Joey Logano.[21] Larson held off Elliott in the closing laps to score the victory.[22]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 9
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 4
8 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 2
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 60

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 3
9 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 80

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 57
2 10 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 40
3 7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 36
4 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 44
5 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 32
6 2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 200 51
7 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 47
8 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 29
9 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 28
10 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 28
11 9 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 39
12 15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 28
13 14 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 200 24
14 11 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 28
15 19 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 22
16 12 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 200 22
17 27 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 20
18 25 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 200 19
19 26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (i) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 0
20 37 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 200 17
21 16 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 16
22 30 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 15
23 22 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 200 14
24 20 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 13
25 6 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 16
26 3 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 22
27 18 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 199 10
28 28 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 199 9
29 29 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 198 8
30 32 83 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 197 7
31 33 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 197 6
32 36 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 196 5
33 31 23 Ryan Sieg (i) BK Racing Toyota 196 0
34 34 15 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 195 3
35 35 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 195 2
36 24 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 194 1
37 23 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 190 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 4 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 34
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 47 minutes and 24 seconds
  • Average speed: 143.369 miles per hour (230.730 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox NASCAR televised the race in the United States on FS1 for the third consecutive year. Mike Joy was the lap-by-lap announcer, while three-time Michigan winner, Jeff Gordon and two-time winner Darrell Waltrip were the color commentators. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum reported from pit lane during the race.

FS1 Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Chris Neville
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

Radio coverage of the race was broadcast by Motor Racing Network (MRN) and simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and five-time Michigan winner Rusty Wallace announced the race in the booth while the field is racing on the front stretch. Dave Moody called the race from a billboard outside of turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley called the race from a platform outside of turn 3 when the field was racing through turns 3 and 4. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post reported from pit lane during the race.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Buddy Long
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Michigan International Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ "FireKeepers Casino 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. June 18, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ Spencer, Lee (June 16, 2017). "Larson tops opening Michigan Cup practice with 200mph lap". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ Trister, Noah (June 16, 2017). "Larson, Truex take top 2 spots in Michigan qualifying". Associated Press. Brooklyn, Michigan: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ Spencer, Lee (June 17, 2017). "Truex tops second Michigan practice, Johnson spins". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ Spencer, Lee (June 17, 2017). "Keselowski leads final Michigan practice, Allmendinger crashes". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ Desormeau, Taylor (June 18, 2017). "Michigan 21-year-old fights back from early issue in first MIS start". MLive.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Advance Publications. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ Sipple, George (June 18, 2017). "Kyle Larson outlasts Chase Elliott at Michigan again". USA Today. Brooklyn, Michigan: Gannett Company. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  17. ^ Stewart, Tony [@@TonyStewart] (June 18, 2017). "It's a shame that so many drivers and teams day was ruined by the results of another "debris" caution towards the end of the race today" (Tweet). Retrieved June 22, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  18. ^ Goricki, David (June 18, 2017). "Kyle Larson vaults to points lead with MIS victory". The Detroit News. Brooklyn, Michigan: Digital First Media. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ Bearden, Aaron (June 18, 2017). "Stewart, Bowyer frustrated after Michigan "debris" caution leads to crashes". KickinTheTires.net. Brooklyn, Michigan: Kickin' The Tires. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  20. ^ Spencer, Lee (June 18, 2017). "Bowyer gets bitten by late-race cautions at Michigan". Motorsport.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: Motorsport Network. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ Spencer, Reid (June 18, 2017). "Kyle Larson fends off restart challengers for Michigan win". NASCAR.com. Brooklyn, Michigan: NASCAR Wire Service. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  22. ^ Trister, Noah (June 18, 2017). "Larson outlasts Elliott at Michigan again". Associated Press. Brooklyn, Michigan: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 


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