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This week’s race: Pure Michigan 400

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Points Standings Sprint Cup 1. Jimmie Johnson 808 2. Clint Bowyer 733 3. Carl Edwards 728 4. Kevin Harvick 707 5. Kyle Busch 693 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 670 7. Matt Kenseth 659 8. Brad Keselowski 634 9. Greg Biffle 627 10. Martin Truex Jr. 625 11. Kurt Busch 623 12. Kasey Kahne 622 13. Jeff Gordon 610 14. Ryan Newman 605 15. Jamie McMurray 600 16. Joey Logano 598 17. Tony Stewart 594 18. Aric Almirola 561 19. Paul Menard 559 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 531 Nationwide 1. Austin Dillon 730 2. Sam Hornish Jr. 727 3. Regan Smith 725 4. Elliott Sadler 718 5. Brian Vickers 712 Truck 1. Matt Crafton 429 2. Jeb Burton 377 3. Ryan Blaney 367 4. James Buescher 365 5. Ty Dillon 361

What: 200 laps, or 400 miles.

Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile, banked tri-oval in Brooklyn, Mich.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

TV: ESPN.

Radio: Motor Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Greg Biffle.

Also this week: National Guard 200, Truck Series, Michigan International Speedway, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1. … Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Nationwide Series, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: Jimmie Johnson's eighth-place finish at Watkins Glen, N.Y., locked him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup through at least a wild-card spot.

Who’s Hot/

Who’s Not

HOT

Kyle Busch: Finally won one that got away.

Brad Keselowski: Nationwide victory Saturday, runner-up Sunday.

Martin Truex Jr.: Strong run at Watkins Glen and back among top 10 in points.

Max Papis: Admirable fill-in for Tony Stewart.

Austin Dillon: Still clings to Nationwide points lead.

NOT

Tony Stewart: Chase won't be same without him.

Jeff Gordon: Every time he looks in position make a run, he fumbles.

Marcos Ambrose: Got about everything you can at Watkins Glen other than win.

Denny Hamlin: Chase was never realistic, but he has been a nonfactor of late.

Jim Utter

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