Where do Chase hopefuls stand for today’s race at Michigan?


Three “regular season” events will be left following today’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, which could deliver another major shake-up for those trying to race their way into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Last week’s race at Watkins Glen proved to be fruitful for Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex, both of whom made moves into the Top 10, while Jeff Gordon’s Chase hopes suffered a critical blow with an early crash. But there’s still some time left to make a comeback.

Here’s where the Chase hopefuls stand as we prepare for an afternoon in the Irish Hills:

8th place: Brad Keselowski (pictured – no wins, +9 points ahead of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 25th, 3rd, 13th, 2nd, 12th.
Reigning Cup champ and Michigan native looking for critical win on home ground.

9th place: Greg Biffle (one win, +2 points ahead of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 15th, 20th, 4th, 1st, 1st.
A third consecutive win at MIS today could put him into the postseason.

10th place: Martin Truex, Jr. (one win)
Last five results at Michigan: 26th, 19th, 12th, 10th, 3rd.
Also finished runner-up in both 2007 Michigan races.

11th place: Kurt Busch (no wins, -2 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 11th, 34th, 30th, 30th, 35th.
After several “misses” at this track, Busch really needs a “hit” today.

12th place: Kasey Kahne (Wild Card; two wins, -3 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 28th, 7th, 33rd, 5th, 38th.
Was strong at MIS in June before mid-race tire failure put him in wall while leading.

13th place: Jeff Gordon (no wins, -15 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 17th, 6th, 6th, 28th, 39th.
Two most recent runs here have ended prematurely with engine issues and crash, respectively.

14th place: Ryan Newman (Wild Card; one win, -20 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 6th, 5th, 15th, 8th, 18th.
Has not won at Michigan since consecutive triumphs in Aug. 2003, June 2004.

15th place: Jamie McMurray (no wins, -25 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 19th, 23rd, 14th, 14th, 33rd.
MIS not one of his traditionally stronger tracks, with one Top-5 in 21 Cup starts.

16th place: Joey Logano (no wins, -27 points out of 10th)
Last five results at Michigan: 18th, 21st, 35th, 31st, 9th.
Today’s pole sitter needs to go for broke to have any shot at a Wild Card.

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

Swoll Stewart injury
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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.