Burton will be filling in for Tony Stewart following the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr. No one is sure if Stewart will return this season, but all the focus will fall on Burton to see how he carries that team during Stewart’s absence this weekend. Stewart-Haas Racing will be focused on getting Danica Patrick into the Chase now that Stewart is ineligible.
Michigan may be the place where we see a first-time winner. Kyle Larson ran well in June’s Michigan race, and Austin Dillon ran well in practice on Friday. Either of these drivers could pick up their first career victory and win their way into the Chase.
Be sure to tune in to the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday to see all the storylines in the Sprint Cup Series. The race can be seen at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPN.