Firekeepers Casino 400 At Michigan International Preview

Firekeepers Casino 400 At Michigan International Preview

The Firekeepers Casino 400 kicks off the last month of races before we enter the 75th NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The 23rd race of the season will take place at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 6, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Who will take home the Michigan Heritage Trophy in the Manufacturers’ Backyard? Find out next Sunday on USA Network, Channel 242 on DIRECTV.


  • Where: Michigan International Speedway
  • When: Sunday, August 6, 2023
  • Start Time: 2:30 pm ET
  • Network: Watch live on USA (Channel 2442 on DIRECTV)


The Firekeepers Casino 400 is sure to heat up, as drivers get closer to the Playoffs deadline. With only two spots left to grab in the final 16, drivers like Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell have to be on their top game.

Any of these drivers could clinch a spot by winning the upcoming race, or by claiming enough points to beat out their peers for a spot.

Located in Brooklyn, Michigan, the 2-mile oval track is the closest NASCAR has to the “Motor City,” AKA Detroit.


For 200 laps, NASCAR Cup Series drivers will compete on the Michigan International Speedway. Referred to by some as “NASCAR’s most entertaining track,” this track has been wowing fans and drivers alike for the last 50 years.

The “D-shaped” oval track sits among 1,400 acres of beautiful hilly landscapes. The scenery may be serene, but the races taking place on the track are anything but. With 18-degree banking and 73-foot-wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway promises an exciting competition. This is especially true toward the end of a race, when the competition is most heated.


At last year’s Firekeepers Casino 400 Firekeepers Casino 400, it was No. 4 Kevin Harvick who took home the Michigan Heritage Trophy. It happened after 65 races without a win. If he can do it again this year, he will secure himself a spot in the 2023 Cup Series Playoffs.

Considering Kevin Harvick has made the Playoffs every year since they changed the rules in 2014, it’s hard to imagine him sitting this year out. It’s also worth noting that last year’s runner-up at Michigan, Bubba Wallace, is also still looking for a Playoff spot.

Will either of them be able to take home the prize? Both have been racing well the last few weeks, but neither have been able to take home a 2023 win, as of yet.


The qualifying race will take place on Saturday August 5 at 1:20 p.m. ET. The Entry List for the race is below: 

Entry # # and Name
1 No. 1 Ross Chastain
2 No. 2 Austin Cindric
3 No. 3 Austin Dillon
4 No. 4 Kevin Harvick
5 No. 5 Kyle Larson
6 No. 6 Brad Keselowski
7 No. 7 Corey Lajoie
8 No. 8 Kyle Busch
9 No. 9 Chase Elliott
10 No. 10 Aric Almirola
11 No. 11 Denny Hamlin
12 No. 12 Ryan Blaney
13 No. 14 Chase Briscoe
14 No. 15 JJ Yeley
15 No. 16 AJ Allmendinger
16 No. 17 Chris Buscher
17 No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.
18 No. 20 Christopher Bell
19 No. 21 Harrison Burton
20 No. 22 Joey Logano
21 No. 23 Bubba Wallace
22 No. 24 William Byron
23 No. 31 Justin Haley
24 No. 34 Michael McDowell
25 No. 38 Todd Gilliland
26 No. 41 Ryan Preece
27 No. 42 Noah Gragson
28 No. 43 Erik Jones
29 No. 45 Tyler Reddick
30 No. 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
31 No. 48 Alex Bowman
32 No. 51 Cole Custer
33 No. 54 Ty Gibbs
34 No. 62 Austin Hill
35 No. 77 Ty Dillon
36 No. 78 Josh Bilicki
37 No. 99 Daniel Suárez


Fans got to experience an exciting race last weekend during the Cook Out 400 at Richmond. After a number of different leaders throughout the 400 laps, Chris Buscher clinched a spot in the Playoffs with a win at Richmond after a final restart with only three laps to go. The day was promising for Team RFK, as member Brad Keselowski also performed well. Combined, the team led 190 laps. 

For the first half of the race, 23XI Racing was out in front, with Tyler Reddick leading the entire first Stage. Reddick’s teammate, Bubba Wallace, also had a strong showing throughout the entire race, leading 80 laps and coming in the top 5 of both stages.

Wallace ended up in 12th place after a pit stop malfunction, but the race gave him some seriously needed points if he wants his score to keep him in the Playoffs. Reddick lost his momentum during Stage 2, leaving him with a 16th place finish.

The regular season Standings for the 2023 Cup Series season is as follows. Racers who have won a Cup Series race in 2023 will be bolded.

Number Driver Regular Season Rank
No. 19 Martin Truex Jr. 1
No. 11 Denny Hamlin 2
No. 24 William Byron 3
No. 20 Christopher Bell 4
No. 8 Kyle Busch 5
No. 4 Kevin Harvick 6
No. 1 Ross Chastain 7
No. 5 Kyle Larson 8
No. 12 Ryan Blaney 9
No. 22 Joey Logano 10
No. 6 Brad Keselowski 11
No. 45 Tyler Reddick 12
No. 17 Chris Buescher 13
No. 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 14
No. 23 Bubba Wallace 15
No. 34 Michael McDowell 16
No. 54 Ty Gibbs 17
No. 16 AJ Allmendinger 18
No. 99 Daniel Suárez 19
No. 9 Chase Elliot 20
No. 48 Alex Bowman 21
No. 2 Austin Cindric 22
No. 31 Justin Haley 23
No. 10 Aric Almirola 24
No. 41 Ryan Preece 25
No. 38 Todd Gilliland 26
No. 7 Corey LaJoie 27
No. 43 Erik Jones 28
No. 3 Austin Dillon 29
No. 21 Harrison Burton 30
No. 14 Chase Briscoe 31
No. 77 Ty Dillon 32
No. 42 Noah Gragson 33
No. 78 BJ McLeod 34


You can catch the race on USA network, channel 242 on DIRECTV. If you can’t watch the race live on August 6, make sure to record it with your DIRECTV DVR so you don’t miss a second of the action.

And if you want to turn NASCAR Sunday into a NASCAR weekend, tune in to the Xfinity Series race, the Cabo Wabo® 250, taking place on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. 


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