Former Cup champion Brad Keselowski is seeking an elusive first victory at his home track.
He’ll start second to Kurt Busch at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Brad Keselowski has never won a Cup Series race at Michigan.
For some drivers, that might be no big deal, but Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, about 90 miles from Michigan International Speedway.
“A win here would be like winning the Daytona 500 for me,” Keselowski said. “A home track means a lot to any race car driver.”
It’s a bit surprising that Keselowski hasn’t won at Michigan, considering he gets two chances a year at the Cup level. He finished second in 2012 and has five topfive showings in 17 starts.
He’ll have another chance Sunday, and after qualifying second, he has to be considered a contender.
Keselowski was one of six Ford drivers in the top seven in qualifying, including pole winner Kurt Busch.
Keselowski won the pole at MIS last August and led 105 laps, but he finished 17th. Keselowski has won Xfinity races at Michigan, but he has no victories there at the top level.
“It is your friends and family and there is a lot of notoriety that comes with it. That makes the losses sting more and the wins sweeter,” Keselowski said. “The fact we have been so close and not achieved it is very top of mind every time I come here.”
Keselowski is fifth in the Cup standings this year, the top driver without a victory. His most recent win was at Talladega last season.
“I want to win, I want to win a lot of races. I feel like we have a pretty strong team,” he said.
“We have had two or three races where we had the speed to win. That said, we haven’t been able to execute on those. We have had a number of races we had the speed to run third to fifth and it seems we have executed very well on those weekends and didn’t catch any luck to go with it.”
Kyle Larson has won the last three Cup races at Michigan. He qualified 26th this week, however.
Dillon takes Xfinity Series race shortened by rain
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Austin Dillon won the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
The race was delayed around three hours at the start because of the weather, and there had been a threat of more rain for a while before the race was finally called after 91 of the planned 125 laps. Dillon and Daniel Hemric battled for the lead on a restart on the 89th lap, but the race went under caution again almost immediately because of the weather.
It was the ninth career Xfinity victory for Dillon, and the first in 2018 for this year’s Daytona 500 winner.
Qualifying earlier in the day was canceled because of the weather. Kyle Busch started the race at the front based on owner points.
Vettel takes Canadian pole
MONTREAL — Sebastian Vettel claimed the pole position in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest lap ever on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 2.71-mile track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. It’s Vettel’s fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.
The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco winner Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.
Sauter beats Friesen for Truck Series win
FORT WORTH, Texas — Johnny Sauter held off Stewart Friesen in a three-lap shootout at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night for his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the season and 21st overall.
Sauter, the series points leader, matched his season high for victories in only the eighth event of the season.
The 40-year-old Wisconsin driver won for the fifth time on the 1½-mile oval.
Sauter has won six of the last 11 races and has top-threes in 10 of the last 12.
Friesen, who finished 14th in points as a rookie last season, finished 0.092 back to match his best career finish.
Justin Haley, a 19-year-old, was third to also match his best result.
Rookie Todd Gilliland led for 62 of the 167 laps and finished sixth.
Brad Keselowski would like to perform well Sunday at Michigan, his home track, with friends and family looking on.