Byron Hopes to Bounce Back at Iowa

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William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Chevrolet, looks on during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Irish Hills 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo – Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Heartbreak summed up William Byron’s Saturday at Michigan International Speedway last week.

The 19-year-old JR Motorsports driver looked on his way his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win when Denny Hamlin passed him on the final lap for the victory. Byron finished second by a miniscule 0.012 seconds. Continue reading

Joey Logano Elated by Third-Place Finish at Michigan

Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Chevrolet, leads Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo – Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Far from being disappointed with his third-place finish in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Joey Logano was positively beaming when he walked into the media center to answer questions after the race.

The reason? After a series of calamities and ill-handling cars over the past month or so, Logano was simply looking for a trouble-free race. On Sunday, he got it—and then some. Continue reading

Denny Hamlin Happy with Fourth-Place Run

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Photo – Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Denny Hamlin feels his fortunes are on an upswing, and he had reason for optimism even before he took the green flag in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

On Saturday afternoon, Hamlin outduel William Byron in a side-by-side race to the finish line to take home the trophy from the Irish Hills 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race. On Sunday, he backed that up with a satisfying fourth-place run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at the two-mile track. Continue reading