Jun 15, 2011

The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. The Nationwide Series returns to action following an open week, in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on Saturday, and the Sprint Cup Series will run the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday.

Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick’s probation will end Wednesday, June 15, just in time for Michigan. The probation and fines were handed out after Darlington, where on pit road after the race, Harvick stopped his car in front of Busch’s, exited and headed towards Busch. After Harvick took a swing at his window, Busch drove off into the pits, knocking Harvick’s car aside in the process. After being warned by NASCAR early in the race at Pocono last week, Busch and Harvick still don’t seem like they are ready to “play nice.”

Now with probation in the rearview mirror, Harvick and Busch are rolling into Michigan this week ready to “Have at it” again.

Michigan is a track that has had its share of driver confrontations in the past; Jimmy Spencer and Kurt Busch in 2003, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards in 2006 and Ryan Newman and Joey Logano in 2010. Don’t be surprised if Busch and Harvick add their names to the list this week.

Michigan has had seven different drivers go to victory lane in the past seven years in the Sprint Cup series.

Edwards, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Newman have the most wins at Michigan with two. Earnhardt Jr., Harvick, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin each have one victory at Michigan.

Earnhardt Jr.’s winless streak has now reached 107 races, but this weekend he will return to the track where he won his last Sprint Cup series race. Earnhardt has finished inside the top 10 in his last three races and he’s looking to make it four in a row this weekend.

Jeff Gordon goes to Michigan fresh off a win at Pocono, his second win of the season, Gordon will be trying to solidify his position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend. He is currently 11th in point standings, just six points out of 10th but he is one of the drivers in contention for a wild card spot too.

The championship chase is in full gear in the Nationwide Series and the series is back in action this weekend. Two weeks ago Justin Allgaier became the second Nationwide only driver to win a Nationwide race in the 2011 season at Chicagoland. The series resumes with a close points race, with Reed Sorenson leading Elliot Sadler by two points, Ricky Stenhouse in third, six points back and Justin Allgaier is fourth only 11 points out of first.

This weekend at Michigan is sure to bring more “boys have at it” as the Cup Series drivers try to make the Chase and as several Nationwide Series drivers try to put themselves in contention for the championship.