Later that year, Junior pulled away from Jeff Gordon - who was at that point the two-time defending Cup champion - for a win in a Busch Series race at MI.
Here are three things to know about the race.
Elliott and Kenseth are among the drivers battling for the last three open spots in the 16-car field for The Chase, which begins September 17 at Chicagoland Speedway. He must break into the top 16 over the next three weeks to earn a postseason berth.
"We know the guy's an awesome talent". We all feel that.More news: Liverpool boss Klopp makes worrying admission about Philippe Coutinho
"I think as a team we've been getting better and better", he said. Denny Hamlin is the only one of the group that has won a race recently showing you the consistency of this group. "We've got to have him win here Sunday in MI, too, in the NASCAR race. So, with the grill open and tires on low pressure and all that, especially these morning sessions with overcast clouds you just run so hard that when something happens, it's gone".
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AmericaJR's Jason Rzucidlo report from the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. He has four wins this season, including a win in the I Love New TYork 355 at the Glen last week, and is at the top of the standings, leading Kyle Busch by 116 points.
Chip Ganassi Racing voiced its concerns about Larson racing twice in one weekend but ultimately gave the 25-year-old the OK to do it.
"I think it's been a progressive improvement in my team and myself as well", Suarez said.More news: English-fluent new Foreign Minister Kono makes global debut at ASEAN gathering
I haven't been on the #88 in awhile as the speed and results just haven't been there. It's not that stressful either. "I know my fans really appreciate it - all my sprint vehicle fans and NASCAR fans, so Chip is a hero today and this weekend, so I appreciate it".
The bad luck and bad finishes just seems to keep piling up on Joey Logano this season. He has never won at MI. Which driver, if any, took it too far? "It's been a fun track", Earnhardt Jr. said. Elliott is qualified for the playoffs by points at the moment but is by no means safe as there are a lot of good drivers still searching for their first victory this season.
"We've got some really good memories here".
Logano sits in 18th place and 95 points out of playoff contention. Logano has three top ten finishes in the thirteen races since Richmond and has an average finish this season of 16th, his worst since 2012.
"We'll try to be better this time", he said. Larson and Kevin Harvick have started first three times. "We just put our heads down and went to work".More news: Chances for Rain, Storms Continue into the Weekend
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