Tony Stewart will look to further extend his lead in the Sprint Cup Series standings Sunday when he hits the track in the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart grabbed the win last time out in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway, holding off Carl Edwards and David Reutimann for the title. Jeff Gordon was fourth at Pocono, while Ryan Newman crossed the finish line in fifth place.
Marcos Ambrose, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Montoya, Jeff Burton, and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the day’s Top 10 drivers. Greg Biffle was 11th, Matt Kenseth was 16th, Kyle Busch was 22nd, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 27th, and Kurt Busch was 37th.
Stewart now has a 71-point lead on Gordon at the top of the Sprint Cup driver standings, with Johnson 103 points behind the leader in third place after 14 events. Newman, Kurt Busch, Edwards, Biffle, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton, Reutimann, and Denny Hamlin also hold down spots in the standings’ Top 12.
Earnhardt Jr. won the LifeLock 400 last season, while Edwards took the checkered flag in the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan back in August 2008. Edwards and Kurt Busch both visited victory lane at Michigan during the 2007 campaign.
Martin has four career Michigan wins, most recently in 1998, while Gordon, Kenseth, Biffle, Newman, and Kurt Busch have each won a pair of Cup events on that track. Stewart drove to the win at Michigan in the Kmart 400 back in the 2000 season.
The Sprint Cup Series’ June calendar concludes with the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Infineon on June 21, and the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire on June 28. July events will then be held at Daytona, Chicagoland, and Indianapolis.