A Rainy Friday at the Michigan International Speedway

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    BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 11: Ryan Newman drives the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 11, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

    I love coming to Michigan with TNT’s Sprint Cup series. The 2-miler can lead to some fuel-mileage racing that isn’t always fireworks on the track, but I always enjoy being up in this part of the country.

    The Irish Hills are cool. I passed a bar this morning with a sign outside that said “NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs welcome” -- so friendly here.

    Practice is going on right now, so it sounds like the hum of bees outside as the cars go around, but actually, as I’m saying that, the skies open and practice ends early.

    We’ll see if we get qualifying in.

    I’m in the TV compound going over our show for Sunday and getting ready to go to the infield to do a quick interview with Matt Kenseth after practice.

    Earlier today we did our “driver motorcoach meeting,” where we bring a driver into Larry McReynolds' coach.

    Today it was Ryan Newman, who is really one of the funniest guys in the garage. He talked about the track and he had a lot of interesting perspectives on how “respect” among drivers on the racetrack isn’t always at its best.

    More on the "dropping the gloves" edict that NASCAR enforced later. For now, I have to run inside the garage.