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THE RACE: Alliance Truck Parts 250

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #13 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Brookln, MI

Title Sponsor: Alliance Truck Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:01pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:30 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 14


Friday, June 15th

11:30 AM-12:20 PM NNS PRACTICE

Saturday, June 16th

3:45 PM NNS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Michigan Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Michigan: Joey Logano, driving the #18 Dollar General Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the Alliance Truck Parts 200 at Michigan International Speedway. #30-James Buescher finished second followed by; #54-Kurt Busch, #88-Cole Whitt, #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., 20-Michael McDowell, #33-Paul Menard, #11-Brian Scott, #22-Brad Keselowski. There were 7 cautions for 26 laps and 14 lead changes among 10 leaders. The estimated attendance was 32,000. Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).(6-16-2012)

  • Michigan Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano won the 21st Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250, his 14th victory in 99 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2012. He matches a career-high win total previously set in 2009.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway.
    This is Toyota's first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Michigan International Speedway
    . James Buescher (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 8 points over Austin Dillon.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-16-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: No Benefactor
    Caution 2: #39-Josh Richards
    Caution 3: #3-Austin Dillon
    Caution 4: #81-Jason Bowles
    Caution 5: #87-Joe Nemechek
    Caution 6: #44-Mike Bliss
    Caution 7: #14-Jeff Green
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-16-2012)

  • Driver standings following Michigan:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler, 488
    2) #3-Austin Dillon, 480 -8
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 461 -27
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr., 443 -45
    5) #88-Cole Whitt, 407 -81
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier, 407 -81
    7) #43-Michael Annett, 396 -92
    8) #44-Mike Bliss, 333 -155
    9) #87-Joe Nemechek, 316 -172
    10) #29-Tayler Malsam 305 -183
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-16-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Michigan are posted (pdf).(6-16-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Dillon on pole at Michigan: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the Alliance Truck Parts 200 at Michigan International Speedway, setting a new track record with a speed of 190.375 mph. #88-Cole Whitt will start second. The rest of the top ten; #18-Joey Logano, #30-James Buescher, #7-Danica Patrick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, #99-Kenny Wallace. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Michigan starting lineup page (pdf).(6-16-2012)

  • Michigan International Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250 with a lap of 37.820 seconds, 190.375 mph, a new track record.
    This is his first pole in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his 12th top-10 start in 2012.
    The fastest 20 drivers had a speed faster than the previous track record of 186.548 mph, set by Greg Biffle in 2007.
    Cole Whitt (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth in 11 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-16-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Logano fastest in happy hour: Joey Logano, driving the #18-Dollar General Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, was quickest during the final practice session for the Alliance Truck Parts 200 at Michigan International Speedway with a top speed of 189.773 mph. #88-Cole Whitt was second, followed by; #11-Brian Scott, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Danica Patrick, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., #38-Brad Sweet, #22-Brad keselowski, #44-Mike Bliss, #33-Paul Menard. See complete results on the Michigan practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(6-15-2012)

  • Dillon fastest in second practice: Once again, #3-Austin Dillon topped the charts during the second practice session for the Alliance Truck Parts 200 at Michigan with a top speed of 190.900 mph. #18-Joey Logano was second, followed by; #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, #30-James Buescher, #54-Kurt Busch, #43-Michael Annett, #7-Danica Patrick, #88-Cole Whitt, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. See complete results on the Michigan practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-15-2012)

  • Dillon fastest in first practice: Austin Dillon, driving the #3 Advocare Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, was fastest during opening practice at Michigan International Speedway with a top speed of 191.494 mph. #7-Danica Patrick was second, followed by: #54-Kurt Busch, #31-Justin Allgaier, #20-Michael McDowell, #88-Cole Whitt, 32-Elliott Sadler, #38-Brad Sweet, #18-Joey Logano, #99-Kenny Wallace. See complete results on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-15-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Alliance Truck Parts 200 at Michigan International Speedway. A few notes:
    Tony Raines will drive the #08 for Randy Hill Racing;
    Eric McClure is listed as driver of the #14.
    Michael McDowell will drive the JGR #20;
    Jamie Dick returns to the #23;
    Paul Menard will drive the RCR #33;
    Josh Richards remains in the Go Green #39;
    Tim Schendel returns to the Jimmy Means #52;
    Kenny Wallace returns to the RAB #99.(6-11-2012)
    UPDATE: Jeff Green will be in the #14 in place of Eric McClure.(6-11-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Angela Cope will drive the #24.(6-13-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Kevin Lepage will return to the TriStar #10.(6-14-2012)
    See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Michigan on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway and the race airs live on ABC on Saturday, June 16. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 4:01 p.m. Also from Michigan, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m.(ESPN)(6-11-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 9 sets for the event (team can have no more than 6 sets at any given time)

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side  650; Right-side  650

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4554; Right-side -- D-4528

  • Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 22 psi;
    Right Front -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Due to the track re-surfacing, Goodyear has brought a new tire combination to Michigan this week . . . teams in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series did run this right-side tire code (D-4528) at Las Vegas earlier this season . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Michigan on April 3-4 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya. . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last year, there are both compound and construction changes on both the left- and right-side tires . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Three's A Charm: Sadler, Stenhouse And Dillon All Chasing The Title
    A championship battle among the top three in the standings has broken out and with 12 races in the books, only 14 points separate the trio. Nothing fires up the competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series like fresh pavement and high speeds, and this week the series heads north for the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on a freshly repaved MIS.
    RCR's Elliott Sadler is 12 points ahead of second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 14 points up on third-place Austin Dillon heading into the weekend.  Sadler's consistency has been the key to his success: He has rallied off two poles, two wins, six top fives and a series-leading 10 top-10 finishes. 
    Sadler will be a force to be reckoned with at Michigan. He has made seven starts at the 2-mile speedway, posting four top 10s, including a seventh-place performance in last season's event. 
    Stenhouse, on the other hand, must rebound. He has posted two consecutive finishes outside the top 25, resulting in the loss of the standings lead to Sadler. But Michigan could be the perfect remedy for Stenhouse. Jack Roush, his team owner, bases his Roush Industries in Livonia, Mich., making this a "home" race. He was arguably the strongest car in this race last year before being overtaken by his teammate and 2007 series champion Carl Edwards on Lap 116 of the 125-lap event. He finished 13th in his MIS Nationwide debut in 2010.
    Let's not forget Dillon has crashed the party as well. Dillon, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, is just two points behind Stenhouse, and though he has yet to post his first series win, he has six top fives and nine top 10s this season. Dillon will pull double duty this weekend, making his second career NSCS start for RCR in the No. 33 American Ethanol Chevrolet. Dillon won the pole and finished fifth as a NASCAR Camping World Truck rookie at Michigan in 2010.
    While Sadler and Dillon have more momentum heading into this weekend key NASCAR pre-race Loop Data categories point to Stenhouse as the driver to watch. Stenhouse is ranked third in the series in Driver Rating with a 108.8. He leads the series in Average Running Position at Michigan with a 7.076.  

    Logano Can Give Toyota First Series Win At Michigan
    With Kyle Busch primarily focusing his NNS efforts on his Kyle Busch Motorsport's No. 54 Toyota, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, has assumed the position of JGR's NNS patriarch. It's a role in which Logano seems quite comfortable.     
    Logano looks to build on his series-leading four wins  three in his last four races  Saturday at Michigan. He'll also try to increase the lead of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series owner standings, which currently is 34 points over Sadler's No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Logano comes in savoring his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory last Sunday at Pocono.
     A win by Logano  or any other Toyota driver in the field  would be a big one. Toyota has yet to win at Michigan in the NNS. Different manufacturers have been represented by the last three winners. He was sixth in this race last year, running in the No. 20 JGR Toyota. 

    Little Gator Bites Back
    Although he finished a career-best third in the 2011 NNS standings, Justin Allgaier was disappointed with his overall season. He felt, in his first year with Turner Motorsports, that he'd be a serious challenger for the championship. He did lead the points for three weeks and won his second career race. But Allgaier never truly got untracked.
    Through the first nine races of 2012, it seemed as though momentum was still eluding Allgaier. He started with a 33rd-place finish at Daytona and, though he recorded four top-10 finishes in the next eight races to climb into the top 10 in the points, he couldn't find the consistency needed to move in the standings.
    But the pendulum may finally be swinging in Allgaier's favor. He finished sixth at Iowa, his best result since last fall at Atlanta when he also was sixth. He followed that up with an eighth-place run at Charlotte and two weeks ago at Dover, logged his first top-five finish since last July, when he was fourth at Nashville. This is the first time since 2010 he has put together three consecutive top 10s. At Michigan, he's got an average finish of 8.0 with one top five.
    Allgaier headed to Macon Speedway in Macon, Ill., on Tuesday night for NASCAR Night of Stars 2 to pilot his No. 31 BRANDT dirt modified car.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
     NNS teams return to action this week at MIS, the first of what will be a 16-race stretch in the schedule. The teams will receive extended practice time on Michigan's new surface. Three practices are scheduled on Friday, the first from 8:30-9:50 a.m. EDT. Qualifying order will be based off the last two practice sessions. & Brad Keselowski, the 2010 series champion, returns to the series at MIS for the first time since Charlotte, where he won his first race of the year. A native of Rochester Hills, Mich., he's won two of the last three races at his home track. & Brad Sweet's entry in the No. 38 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet marks the first time he'll have run consecutive races in his NNS career. Sweet comes off his first career World of Outlaws win for Kasey Kahne Racing, last June 8 in the Clay County Cup in Spencer, Iowa.

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