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This week’s race: Pure Michigan 400

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
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.

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