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Joe Gibbs Racing: 2014 Pure Michigan 400 preview

Matt Kenseth has two Cup Series wins at Michigan International Speedway
Matt Kenseth has two Cup Series wins at Michigan International Speedway
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The Sprint Cup Series visits Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 17th for the Pure Michigan 400 – a track all three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have at least one win at.

Kyle Busch, in the No. 18 Interstate Battery Toyota Camry, has one win – August 2011 – and six top 10 finishes in 19 starts at MIS. On Saturday, Busch will make his 500th national series start in a Toyota in the Camping World Truck Series race, hoping to pick up his first Michigan win in that series. Last season, Busch finished 31st in the August race; in June of this year, he finished a disappointing 41st.

Matt Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, has two wins – June 2002 and August 2006 – and 18 top 10 finishes in 30 starts at Michigan. Kenseth, who hasn’t finished outside the top 20 at MIS since June 2007, finished 14th in the spring race at MIS; last year he picked up finishes of sixth and 15th.

Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota, also has two wins – June 2010 and June 2011 – as well as seven top 10 finishes in 17 starts at MIS. The track has not been kind to him in recent years, as he hasn’t had a top 10 finish there since his last win – last year, he had finishes of 30th and 20th, while in June he finished 29th.

Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 gets underway at 4:40 p.m. ET on Friday, with the race going green Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at

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