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13 August 2017, 05:30 | Darnell Patrick
Keselowski hints at sandbagging, riling up Toyota camp
This week the Monster Energy Cup Series heads back to the fastest track in NASCAR, Michigan International Speedway. Will Chase Elliott, who has been the runner-up in the last three MI races finally break through and win? Michgian's wide track fits Kyle Larson's style perfectly as he is known to use every inch of a racetrack in search of the fastest groove.
Jimmie Johnson pounded the wall hard in final practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway and will have to roll out a backup vehicle.
Larson plans to fly back to MI late Saturday night.
USA TODAY Sports' Brant James looks ahead to some of the top story lines fans should keep an eye on at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway this Sunday. (198.813mph), Suarez (198.703mph), Logano (198.621mph), Truex Jr.
With four wins this season, Martin Truex Jr.is taking the series by storm. 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. He has had success in his career at the track, racking up two wins, eight top-five finishes, and 15 top-10 finishes in 35 races.
Earnhardt bounced up to second on his next run with a lap of 199.463mph. There's a lot of opportunity that arises in those moments. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick finished second and third, respectively.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't having a good final year, but today could help him get on track.
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Two minutes later, the comeback was complete, with super-sub Giroud sending the home fans wild via magnificent header from a Xhaka corner, despite being held by Wes Morgan.
Kyle Busch, the driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, did not take too kindly to Brad Keselowski's recent comments accusing NASCAR's Toyota teams and drivers of sandbagging at MI. His average finish of 13th is seventh best amongst the current drivers.
Matt Kenseth is one of the desperate drivers without a win this season to date and now sitting on the edge of making the playoff cut. Nonetheless, the usual drivers are the favorites again this weekend, according to Las Vegas odds makers.
He has yet to win here in his career but has been very consistent finishing Top 10 in six of his last seven here with three Top 10 finishes.
(24) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 202.429 miles per hour. Just before the 10-minute mark, Logano took over the top sport on the speed chart with a lap of 199.734mph. He also finished ninth here earlier this year, which was his third-best finish of 2017. If he can't get the win this weekend, the next three races prior to the playoffs are pretty good tracks for him as well.
"I get to compete there and come back and go for three in a row here, so it's a cool weekend for me, and I'm really excited for it", he said. Here's a look at the top five storylines heading into the race.
Keselowski is locked into the playoffs, but Logano isn't.
North Korea talk drags stocks lower; gold, yen rise
The dollar index (.DXY), which measures the USA currency against a basket of other major currencies, fell 0.14 percent. Crude oil prices tumbled on the back of the selloff on Wall Street and lingering concerns over global oversupply.
Gold buoyed by North Korea tensions, U.S. inflation data
Against the greenback, the Swiss franc eased about 0.1 percent to 0.9645 per dollar, having surged about 1.1 percent on Wednesday. President Trump says North Korea has "disrespected our country greatly", adding his "fire & fury" warning "wasn't tough enough".
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The far-right demonstration in Charlottesville was held in protest against the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. According to a report from CBS News , at least four people were injured and "at least six people are on the ground".
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The data comes amid tepid inflation that has remained below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target, despite low unemployment. The Dow Jones was down 0.3% in opening trade, declining to 22,016.8 and the wider S&P 500 index dropped 0.48% to 2,463.18.
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Japan is the world's biggest creditor country and there is an assumption investors there will repatriate funds in a crisis. Computer hardware stocks rebounded following recent weakness, with the NYSE Arca Computer Hardware Index climbing by 1.4%.