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Younger Cup drivers make presence felt

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) When Kyle Larson was trying to hold off Chase Elliott at Michigan International Speedway last weekend, this much was certain: One of them was going to win a Sprint Cup race for the first time.

The next generation of NASCAR standouts has quite an opportunity over these next couple months. With Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart fading from prominence and Dale Earnhardt Jr. sidelined with concussion problems, a handful of younger drivers have emerged in impressive fashion of late.

The 24-year-old Larson ended up winning at Michigan, with the 20-year-old Elliott coming in second. Ryan Blaney was fourth, equaling the highest finish of the 22-year-old's career.

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NASCAR Schedule
Sprint CupBojangles' Southern 500Sep. 43:20 PT4:20 MT5:20 CT6:20 ET18:20 ET22:20 GMT6:20 北京时间3:20 MST5:20 EST2:20 UAE (+1)5:20 CT0:20 CET19:20 BRT TV: NBC
XFINITYGreat Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaJun. 1310:46 PT11:46 MT12:46 CT1:46 ET13:46 ET17:46 GMT1:46 北京时间10:46 MST12:46 EST21:46 UAE12:46 CT19:46 CET TV: FS1
Camping World TruckChevrolet Silverado 250Sep. 411:46 PT12:46 MT1:46 CT2:46 ET14:46 ET18:46 GMT2:46 北京时间11:46 MST1:46 EST22:46 UAE1:46 CT20:46 CET15:46 BRT TV: FS1

NASCAR Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 K.Harvick 799 2
2 B.Keselowski 774 4
3 C.Edwards 724 2
4 K.Busch 721 1
5 J.Logano 716 1
6 K.Busch 696 4
7 D.Hamlin 691 2
8 M.Truex Jr. 652 1
9 J.Johnson 648 2
10 M.Kenseth 633 2
11 C.Elliott 628 0
12 A.Dillon 622 0
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