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MICHIGAN IS WAITING: The Sprint Cup series will be at the Michigan International Speedway on June 17 and early talk is the track is expected to be extremely quick after being repaved.

Jeff Gordon is among those who tested there.

“The track has a lot of grip and I’m anxious to see what happens when we get back there with multiple cars,” Gordon said. “And the temperatures are probably going to be a lot higher too. It’s going to be challenging to maintain the pace that we’re going to be able to run there. But I’ve always love Michigan and I was just happy to know that other than new pavement and a smooth race track, not a lot had changed, which I was happy to hear.”

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LUGNUTS: Country singer Tim McGraw introduced the field Sunday. … Actress and swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, a Charlotte native, served as the honorary race director. Prior to the race, she spent time in victory lane with Danica Patrick. They met while modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated.