Qualifying on tap today
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Qualifying is taking place today at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Michigan 400. It was announced on Thursday that Tony Stewart will not race this weekend in the wake of last week’s accident which took the life of a dirt track racer. His plans for the rest of the season are uncertain. Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevy this week.
In response to the accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr., NASCAR has added a rule telling drivers to not approach the track or moving vehicles after accidents. NASCAR Vice President Robin Pemberton says the new rule merely formalizes reminders that take place during drivers’ meetings.
The winner of the Michigan 400 a year ago was Joey Logano.
Race winners get first priority for the 16-driver Chase as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings and attempted to qualify for every race. With four regular season races left, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski top the series with three victories each.