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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman will start in the back at MIS; Rain threatens start time; WITH VIDEO

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A few drivers will be playing catchup in today's race at Michigan International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards all will have new engines and will start in the back as a result. All three are fast cars, so they won't stay that far back for long.
But since the Nationwide guys called this a one-groove track yesterday, it will be difficult for them to get to the front. If any of them can win from the back, it will be an amazing run.

Rain, rain go away
There is a shower headed toward MIS, which may affect the start time of the race. It's not a huge one, and it could slow down before it reaches the track, but we won't know how bad it is until we see it. Let's hope it's just a wrinkle, but be prepared for a late start.

Biffle should contend
My pick to win the race: Greg Biffle. He ran the fastest lap in practice on the old tire, and the fastest lap in practice on the new tire. He is fast at Michigan on a regular basis.

My dark horse: Austin Dillon -- who ran well in Nationwide and has run well in Trucks here in the past. He would win in his 2nd Cup start if he wins; matching Jamie McMurray's record.

Trip around the track
I got a trip around the track at MIS Sunday morning in the pace truck. If you've ever wondered what it looks like, check out the video I shot.

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