Michigan International Speedway’s Pure Michigan 400 is part of a wide-ranging period in NASCAR’s schedule.
Following the three-race, flat track streak from New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s New Hampshire 301 through the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway, NASCAR visited a road course, short track, and now a two-mile course. Next up is the incomparable Darlington Raceway, then another short track of Richmond International Raceway, and the Chase’s kickoff at Chicagoland Speedway.
Despite that, Michigan stands alone in the midst of several wild card races. The road course of Watkins Glen International, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Darlington Raceway were and are unpredictable. Richmond has the added benefit of being both a short track with heavy traffic and a race with something at stake for more than half the field. That makes it incredibly difficult to place-and-hold drivers.
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