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Staff Report, NASCAR Wire ServiceDistributed by The Sports XchangeThe winner, a fresh-faced kid from Connecticut who nonetheless seemingly has been in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series forever. Anthony Miller Womens Jersey . The runner-up, a 20-year-old with a NASCAR Hall of Fame pedigree. Third place, a prodigy with the California cool persona that should one day win him titles.Joey Logano (26), Chase Elliott (20) and Kyle Larson (24) finished 1-2-3 in this seasons first Michigan race, forming the youngest top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.In Sundays Pure Michigan 400 (2 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the same aero package will be in play as the June race. That could bode well for the crop of talented youngsters, which also includes 26-year-old Austin Dillon who finished eighth in June and 22-year-old Ryan Blaney who finished 17th.Though there are few guarantees in NASCAR, a strong run by the driver of the No. 22 Ford feels like the closest to a sure thing at Michigan.Logano owns seven straight top-10 finishes at MIS, including two wins. During that streak, Logano has led the most laps in three races.For his career, Logano claims two wins, four top fives, 10 top 10s and an average finish of 12.8 in the Great Lakes State.Look for first-time winner in final road course race of XFINITY Series seasonOn Monday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Brennan Poole helped unveil a new ticket program that offered free tickets for any kids under the age of 12.It was an exciting start to the week for Poole, who explained the new program to a throng of children who assembled for the kids-only press conference.Now, he looks for an exciting end to the week, this time in Road Americas victory lane with a trophy -- and Chase berth -- in hand.And statistically speaking, it just might happen following Saturdays Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN).Poole looks to become the latest first-time winner at Road America. Over the last six and half seasons (2010-2016) the NASCAR Xfinity Series has seen 20 first-time series winners, and over that time, six (30 percent) have come from two tracks: Road America and Texas Motor Speedway.Road Americas series first-time winners are Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012), AJ Allmendinger (2013) and Brendan Gaughan (2014). This season, the NASCAR XFINITY Series has seen two new first-time winners -- Daniel Suarez at Michigan and Justin Marks at Mid-Ohio.Brennan Poole joins Brandon Jones, Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch and Ryan Sieg as drivers inside the top-12 in points who are still looking for their first NASCAR Xfinity Series career win.With Chase spots dwindling, Hemric may need a winDaniel Hemric has enjoyed a strong sophomore season, scoring top 10s in all but three races this season. The success has launched him to second in the points standings.But if he doesnt win a race -- which he has yet to do -- all that success might mean nothing.With three races remaining prior to the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, chances to lock up a spot are dwindling.There have been six winners, who would each take one of the eight Chase spots. If there are two new winners, that would leave Hemric on the outside looking in, regardless of a potential second-place points finish.So, Saturdays Career for Veterans 200 (1 p.m. ET on FS1) holds even more importance to Hemric, who drives for Michigan native Brad Keselowski.Michigan is a very important race for our entire company, Hemric said. Going off of how I ran at Michigan last year and knowing how the truck needs to feel will play big into how we approach practice. The most important thing is making sure the truck is exactly where it needs to be in the race. You have to get your truck to where its not only fast, but it also drives good; thats the key at Michigan. The guy who can stay in the gas the longest is probably going to be the best.Hemric will go for his first career win at Michigan where he finished seventh last year in his first-ever start there.Race Weekend GuideNASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesRace: Pure Michigan 400Place: Michigan International SpeedwayDate and Time: Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. ETTune-in: NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioDistance: 400 miles (200 laps)What to Watch For: Three races remain until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, leaving winless drivers just three more chances to secure an automatic berth to the playoffs with a victory. ... Michigan native Brad Keselowski looks for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at his home track. ... Alex Bowman will drive the No. 88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is still recovering from concussion-like symptoms.NASCAR Xfinity SeriesRace: Road America 180 Fired Up By JohnsonvillePlace: Road AmericaDate and Time: Saturday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. ETTune-in: NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioDistance: 182.16 miles (45 laps)What to Watch: Only four races are left before the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. ... Road America marks the third and final road course of the season. Joey Logano won the first at Watkins Glen; Justin Marks won the second at Mid-Ohio. ... Richard Childress Racing has won the last two races at Road America, with Brendan Gaughan and Paul Menard.NASCAR Camping World Truck SeriesRace: Careers for Veterans 200Place: Michigan International SpeedwayDate and Time: Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. ETTune-in: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioDistance: 200 miles (100 laps)What to Watch: Ben Kennedy is coming off his first victory, one that locked him into the Chase. ... Series wins leader William Byron looks for his sixth win, a week after announcing that he has signed with Hendrick Motorsports to run in the NASCAR Xfinity Series fulltime in 2017. ... Last years NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Brett Moffitt, is coming off finishes of third (Pocono) and second (Bristol). Roquan Smith Jersey .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Gale Sayers Jersey .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. .J. -- Pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons. Miguel Cotto the promoter has been busy with his promotional company signing young Puerto Rican boxing talent and making a foray into concert promoting.Cotto the future Hall of Fame boxer has been a lot less busy.At 35, Cotto is in the twilight of his career, during which he came out of the 2000 Olympics to become one of the sports biggest and most exciting stars as well as the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four weight divisions (junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight).In recent years, however, Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) has picked his spots to fight. He boxed only once in 2013 (following a 10-month layoff), once in 2014 (when he knocked out Sergio Martinez to win the middleweight crown) and twice in 2015, returning from a year layoff to stop Daniel Geale in a middleweight title defense and then losing a decision and the title to Canelo Alvarez in their huge fight in November 2015.Since then there has been much discussion about Cottos next move. He and promoter Roc Nation Sports talked at length about a fight in the second half of this year. There were negotiations with Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez, also a four-division titleholder, for a major pay-per-view fight, but Marquez is a smaller man and they could not agree on a catch weight acceptable to both fighters.Then there were conversations with HBO about a fight with former junior welterweight titlist and welterweight contender Lamont Peterson on Dec. 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. But nothing was ever finalized with one issue being that the date was too close to the Nov. 19 fight Roc Nation Sports is co-promoting between its other star fighter, Andre Ward, and unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev.So for the first time since his 2001 pro debut, Cotto will go through a calendar year without a ring appearance.We have had several conversations with Roc Nation about where Miguel is at and what he wants to do. Everything is good but with different circumstances he decided not to fight in 2016, Bryan Perez, a Miguel Cotto Promotions executive and Cottos close friend, told ESPN. We had different conversations about fighting in December but we decided not to fight and do it in the first part of 2017, between February or March.According to Perez, Cottos next fight will be the last one of the three-fight deal he signed with Roc Nation Sports in March 2015. While many have speculated that would likely be the final fight of Cottos career -- he has said he is looking ahead to life after the boxing ring -- Perez said it probably wont be.The next fight is the last fight on the agreement we signed in 2015 but Miguel feels healthy and good and wants to continue fighting, Perez said. He has the last word and will decide what to do and what his plan will be but he says he wants to continue to fight and to explore facing the best names out there and getting the best guarantee (in terms of money). He will fight twice in 2017.Although Cotto won the middleweight titlle, he fought below the division limit of 160 in all three of his title fights (155 and 153 twice). Mike Ditka Womens Jersey. The mid-to-low 150s is where he intends to fight next.He will be comfortable fighting below 160, but whatever opportunities pop up and whatever fight is the best guarantee and benefits his career he will consider, Perez said. We will wait to see.Obviously, he is not going to go to welterweight.Perez said Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KOs), 32, of Washington, D.C., remains a possible opponent. Peterson has not fought since last October.Lamont Peterson is a former world champion, a great fighter and it would be a great fight but not a pay-per-view fight. But I think its a fight that could get done, Perez said, adding that even though Peterson is aligned with adviser Al Haymon it would not prevent a deal being made with Roc Nation Sports, which is owned by music star Jay Z, a longtime rival of Haymons.A far more intriguing bout would be against former welterweight and junior welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-2-1, 13 KOs), 33, of Palm Springs, California. Bradley has voiced interest in moving up to face Cotto.Thats one of the fights Tim would like before he is done with his career, Monica Bradley, his wife and manager told ESPN in August when he re-signed with promoter Top Rank.Said Perez: Bradley is a huge fight, a great fight to make. Its a great fight for the fans, a good style fight. Miguel is always willing to fight the best and if Bradley is there and available and we can agree on terms, we are more than happy to put them in the ring.That fight would entail Cottos camp co-promoting with Top Rank, which promoted Cotto for most of his career until he left to sign with Roc Nation Sports after saying he would never leave the company. It was a move that deeply disappointed Top Rank president Todd duBoef, who recruited Cotto out of the Olympics and grew very close to him through the years.We ended our business relationship with Top Rank but if theres a fight we can work on together we will work together, no problem, Perez said. We had a great relationship with Top Rank and we like and respect Bob [Arum] and Todd. I think Bradley would be a huge fight and a great fight.When asked for his view of the possible fight, duBoef was not overly enthusiastic and not anxious to go down that road. But he said he would acquiesce to his fighter.If its a fight that Tim Bradley and Monica want, I would discuss it, duBoef said.Regardless of when Cotto returns, at what weight and against which opponent, he will be back soon training with Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and looking for the biggest fight that can be made.This is the first time he had a layoff like this, Perez said. But at this point in his career its good for him. Hes been moving around in the gym to maintain his condition but its good for him to get the rest. But he is ready to fight again. ' ' '