- Race: 3:30pm/et, Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Brooklyn, MI
- Length: 125 Laps, 250 miles
- TV: ABC - 3:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $972,992
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch and Shannon Spake
Edwards wins at Michigan: #60-Carl Edwards won the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan InternationalSpeedway. It is his 4th win of the season and the 33rd of his career. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished second, followed by #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Paul Menard, #16-Trevor Bayne, #20-Joey Logano, #32-Mark Martin, #2-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #38-Jason Leffler. There were 3 cautions for 14 laps and 14 lead changes among 8 leaders. The estimated attendace was 38,000. Complete results are posted on the Michigan race results page.(6-18-2011)
Michigan Race Fast Facts:
Carl Edwards won the 20th Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250, his 33rd victory in 226 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Michigan International Speedway.
This is Roush Fenway Racing's fifth series win at Michigan, most all-time.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2011.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Michigan International Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 2 points over Elliott Sadler.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan and their finish
Caution 1: #62-Annett, 19th
Caution 2: #32-Sorenson, 11th
Caution 3: #33-Menard, 4th
Driver standings following Michigan:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 525
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 523 -2
3) #32-Reed Sorenson 521 -4
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 508 -17
5) #88-Aric Almirola 471 -54
6) #38-Jason Leffler 471 -54
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 441 -84
8) #66-Steve Wallace 415 -110
9) #11-Brian Scott 393 -132
10) #62-Michael Annett 371 -154
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(6-18-2011)
Owner Standings following Michigan are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Road America. The locked in teams remain the same after Michigan, with #52 Jimmy Means holding down the final spot.(6-18-2011)
Menard on pole at Michigan: #33-Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole for the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 182.030mph. #12-Sam Hornish will start second. The rest of the top 10: #60-Carl Edwards, #88-Aric Almirola, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #2-Elliott Sadler, #16-Trevor Bayne, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Joey Logano, and #70-David Stremme. Did Not Qualify: #46-Chase Miller, #55-Brett Rowe. The starting lineup is posted on the Michigan starting lineup page.(6-18-2011)
Michigan Qualifying Notes:
Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250 with a lap of 39.554 seconds, 182.030 mph.
This is his third pole in 168 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2011. His previous best start this season was fifth at Texas.
This is his first pole in six races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best start was seventh in 2007.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2011 and his first in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
Carl Edwards (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 15th in 15 races this season.
Almirola fastest in happy hour: #88-Aric Almirola was quickest during happy hour at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 178.121mph. He was followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #32-Mark Martin,#33-Paul Menard, #12-Sam Hornish, #2-Elliott Sadler, #18-Kyle Busch, #16-Trevor Bayne, and #60-Carl Edwards. #25-Chad Finley wrecked during the session. The team does not have a backup car so they have withdrawn. Complete results are posted on the Michigan practice results page.(6-17-2011)
Sadler fastest in first practice: #2-Elliott Sadler was fastest during opening practice at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 178.860mph. #60-Carl Edwards was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #12-Sam Hornish, #33-Paul Menard, #32-Mark Martin, #16-Trevor Bayne, #38-Jason Leffler, and #88-Aric Almirola. Complete results are posted on the Michigan practice results page.(6-17-2011)
Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway. Some notes:
Scott Riggs is in the #03 for R3 Motorsports;
Chad Finley is in the Team Rensi #25;
Mark Martin returns to the Turner #32;
The Go Green Racing #39 is TBA;
Tim Andrews is entered in a third Key Motorsports car, #42;
Chase Miller is in the second Key Motorsports car, #46;
Diamond Waltrip's #99 team is not entered and will give up their locked in position. That locks Jimmy Means' #52 into the race.
UPDATE: Danny Efland will be in the #39.(6-14-2011)
See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Michigan on ABC:
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., this weekend and ABC will have a live telecast of the event on Saturday, June 18. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:46 p.m. Also from MIS, ESPN2 airs coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Reports from Tim Brewer will air from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch and Shannon Spake. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Wallace and Ricky Craven. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(6-13-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, June 16th
1:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, June 17th
6:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM-12:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM-3:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, June 18th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:10 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING – MICHIGAN ROOM
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NNS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Hot Standings Battle Has This Summer Blazing
After a weekend off, the NASCAR Nationwide Series gets back to work at Michigan International Speedway for the Alliance Truck 250 on Saturday, June 18. For the fourth time this season, the top four in the series driver standings are separated by 11 points or less.
After the first 14 races in 2010, there had been four different driver standings leaders and four different driver standings lead changes; as compared to this season, with the new points system, there have been six different driver standings leaders and seven driver standings lead changes.
On average through the first 14 races this year, six driver championship contenders have finished in the top 10 versus four last year. Also, driver championship contenders have led 457 laps. After 14 events in 2010, series-only drivers led 313 laps through the first 14 races.
Reed Sorenson leads the standings by two points. He has posted five top fives and is tied with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with a series-high 10 top-10 finishes this season. Elliott Sadler is second in the standings, and has posted a series-leading seven top fives, coupled with nine top-10 finishes and a pole this season.
"I love going to Michigan, Sadler said. “It is the manufacturers' backyard, so there are a lot of bragging rights on the line when we head to Michigan. It's a very wide track, with a huge sense of urgency. There are only 125 laps and 250 miles, so you have to qualify good to race good from start to finish.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is third in the standings, six points behind Sorenson; he has posted one win (Iowa), five top fives, 10 top-10 finishes and two poles this season. His season-to-date Driver Rating, 107.6, ranks third in the series – the highest rank and rating of the driver championship contenders. Justin Allgaier is fourth in the driver standings 11 points behind Sorenson; he has posted one win (Chicago), four top-five and eight top-10 finishes this season.
Of the top four in the standings, Justin Allgaier has the best average finish at Michigan with a 5.5.
Michigan Native Brad Keselowski Returns Home For More Success
Hailing from Rochester Hills, Mich., Brad Keselowski, the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion returns to his home track where he’s won the last two races. His consecutive wins have come in two different cars and with two different manufacturers. His 2009 win was in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Last year he won from the pole for Penske Racing in a Dodge Challenger, one of four races for the series’ new car before its full-time introduction this year. He also posted a perfect 150.0 Driver Rating in that race.
“Michigan is a very special place for me, and not just because I have won on it in the past, but obviously because it is my home track,” Keselowski said.
He can join Tony Stewart (Daytona) and 2009 series champion Kyle Busch (Auto Club) as drivers who have won three consecutive races at the same track over the last three seasons (Stewart has won the last four at DIS). A third straight victory also would make Keselowski the series’ all-time wins leader at MIS. He and Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Todd Bodine each have two.
Keselowski has made four series starts at Michigan with an average finish of 6.5 – one of only six active series drivers with an average finish in the top 10. He is ranked first of the drivers entered in the race in the Pre-Race Driver Rating with 109.2.
Roush Fenway Racing’s Hard Work Paying Dividends
Watch for Roush Fenway Racing this weekend. Through 14 races, Carl Edwards has three wins while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one and also has been at the top of the points standings. The duo has combined for six poles. And now, Roush Fenway Racing brings its high-flying season “home” to Michigan.
Racing at Michigan International Speedway always carries special meaning for Jack Roush’s teams, especially since they enjoy so much success there – he leads the series with four owner wins at the track.
Roush has two NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championships, but only one owner title. When Edwards won the driver title in 2007, Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Chevrolet won the owner championship. Since then, the owner title has been a priority for Roush. This week, his No. 60 Ford leads the owner standings by six points over the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It’s the first time the No. 60 has led the owner standings in 43 races.
NASCAR Nationwide Series – Etc.
Mark Martin, the all-time series leader in wins with 49 in 233 starts, has two more races left this season to try and fend off Kyle Busch (48) from matching – and perhaps surpassing – that mark. Saturday at Michigan is one of those events. This is the rubber match of sorts. Martin and Busch have driven in the same race twice this season. Martin won the first (Las Vegas); Busch won the second (Auto Club Speedway). Neither seems to have an edge over the other at Michigan. Martin is tied with four other drivers for the all-time lead in wins with two, but hasn’t won since 1995. Busch won at MIS in his rookie year in 2004, but hasn’t won since. Martin has an average finish of 5.1 in 11 series races at Michigan International Speedway; Busch’s average finish is 5.2 in four races. … Mike Wallace’s countdown to 400 starts is underway. He currently stands at 396 starts.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,325; Right-side -- 1,325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4396; Right-side -- D-4444
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear – 20 psi
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a slightly different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan this weekend . . . while teams in both series will run the same left-side tire code (D-4396), they will run distinct right-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this left-side at Michigan last season . . . they have also run ths right-side code (D-4444) at Dover last month . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last season, this right-side features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other NASCAR speedways . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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