This week’s race: Pure Michigan 400
Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
What: 200 laps, or 400 miles.
Where: Michigan International Speedway, a 2-mile, banked tri-oval in Brooklyn, Mich.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday.
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.
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.
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.