Weekend Preview

Weekend Preview

NASCAR’s top three divisions, along with the ARCA Menards Series, will be in action this weekend with the Motor Racing Network providing live coverage of each event.

The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA will be at Michigan International Speedway while the Xfinity Series will be at Road America.

Schedules: Michigan | Road America

The busy weekend of racing will begin on Friday with the Gander Trucks Henry Ford Health System 200 at 5:30 p.m. ET on MRN. The race will be the 11th of the season and the series is coming off a doubleheader two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway where Matt Crafton and points leader Austin Hill went to Victory Lane.

Hill won at Michigan last season and is one of three drivers in the field that have a win at the 2-mile track, joining Brett Moffitt (2) and Johnny Sauter (1). Moffitt, who currently drives for GMS Racing, saw his last Michigan win come with Hill’s current Hattori Racing Enterprises team in 2018.

“We had a great truck last year and made the most of it, so all of us are confident we can do the same thing this week with Toyota Racing Development and United Rentals on board,” said Hill, who will start fifth. “I’d love to go back-to-back at Michigan, and I know these guys would love to go three-in-a-row.”

See Also: Michigan Race Info and Lineups

The Xfinity Series will kick off Saturday with the running of the Henry 180 (MRN, 11:30 a.m. ET) at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Elkhart Lake, Wis. track. It marks the second road course race of the season and the first of back-to-back in the month of August.

See Also: Road America Race Info and Lineup

Chase Briscoe, who leads the series with five wins, won the inaugural race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last month.

“Road America is going to be good practice for next week at Daytona,” said Briscoe, who will start seventh. “The majority of the field has laps at Road America, but I think only three or four guys have any laps at Daytona. It’s going to be a good warmup.”

Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger were among the drivers that battled Briscoe for the win at Indy. Cindric led 21 laps and Allmendinger, who will be making his sixth start of the season, led two and finished fourth.

“Here we go to Road America, one of the most traditional racetracks we have in the United States,” Allmendinger said. “It’s got long straightaways, fast, tight corners, and hard brake zones. I love everything about the place. I’ve been fortunate enough to win there once, and we had a chance last year.”

See Also: Cindric Leads NXS to Road America

The Cup Series will compete two times in one weekend at the same track for the second time this season. The first race at Michigan will be Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (MRN, 3 p.m. ET).

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Kevin Harvick is the latest winner at Michigan and he joined Denny Hamlin as one of the race winners on the doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway at the end of June.

“We want to get to Victory Lane and have two solid races,” Harvick said. “The races are a little bit shorter so there will be some strategy that will come into play, and putting yourself in a position to get up front and stay up front and do the things you need to do to win the races. That side will be a bit different, but we’re looking forward to hopefully running well.”

MRN’s Sunday live race coverage will begin with the 11th race of the ARCA season, the VizCom 200 at 1 p.m. ET.

Motor Racing Network’s coverage of the second Cup Series race of the weekend – the Consumers Energy 400 – will start Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Each manufacturer – Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota – will be battling for Michigan Heritage Trophy, which has been awarded by MIS since 2013. The award will go to the top-finishing OEM from the weekend. Ford has won the last four Michigan races.

“Michigan is a big weekend for our sport from a manufacturer perspective, but also for Jack and everyone at Roush Fenway, with the parent company Roush Industries in the back yard of MIS,” said Chris Buescher. “Michigan tends to be a track that brings in strategy calls, specifically with fuel mileage, so that will make things interesting in back-to-back events this weekend.”

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