NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pure Michian 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2012 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Michigan

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Monday, August 20 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 22 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    NASCAR on TV
    TV Racer


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, August 17

12:30 - 2:00 pm NSCS Practice
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, August 18

8:30 - 9:25 am NSCS Practice
11:00 - 11:55 am NSCS Final Practice

Sunday, August 19

12:30 pm NSCS Drivers Introductions and Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:00 pm NSCS Pure Michigan 400

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 17, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, August 18, 8:30 - 9:25am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 18, 11:10 - 11:55 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, August 17 at 4:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 10:00pm/et & 2:30am/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2012: $5,190,785
2011: $5,079,398
2010: $5,126,880
2009: $5,279,259
2008: $5,239,780
2007: $5,138,579
2006: $5,038,926
2005: $4,912,254
2004: $4,926,541
2003: $4,265,337
2002: $3,880,083


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Seating: 108,000 was 137,243
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Kid Rock
    Command to start engines: Kid Rock
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Detroit Radio Host Paul W. Smith
    Invocation: Jeff Rose, Lumen Christi High School
    National Anthem: Ride Records singer-songwriter Steve Azar
    Military Flyover: 3 unidentified jets

  • Track Websites:
    Michigan International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Michigan International Speedway - Facebook
    Michigan International Speedway - Twitter
    MIS Infield Extravaganza

  • June 2012: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2011: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2012 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 139.144, started 17th

  • August 2011 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 150.898 mph, started 17th

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/1975

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/1992

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 203.241mph, finished 9th

  • August 2011 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 190.345mph, finished 20th

  • New Track Qualifying Record: #9-Marcos Ambrose, June 20125, 203.241mph (after repave 2012)

  • Old Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph (before repave 2012)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 45 years, 6 months, 21 days, 6/16/2002

  • Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995

  • Some drivers can clinch Chase spot after Michigan: UPDATE: Though seemingly a formality, five drivers can mathematically clinch a spot in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Here are the candidates, and the necessary facts and figures for a clinch:
    • #48-Jimmie Johnson: The magic number for this weekend is 145. Any driver 145 points ahead of 11th place leaving Michigan will clinch a top 10 spot, which is of special importance to Johnson. After race No. 26 at Richmond, all 12 Chase drivers will have their points reset to 2,000. But only the top 10 will earn three bonus points for each win during the regular season. Currently Johnson has three wins, equaling nine potential Chase bonus points. Johnson currently sits 124 points ahead of 11th (a maximum of 47 points can be made up in a given race). He could also clinch at least a Wild Card spot by winning on Sunday, regardless of his stature ahead of 11th.
    • #16-Greg Biffle: Biffle can lock up a top-10 spot. Currently owning a 123-point cushion over 11th, Biffle needs to reach the magic number of 145 leaving Michigan.
    • #17-Matt Kenseth: Like his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Kenseth can clinch a top-10 spot by leaving Michigan with a 145-point lead over 11th. He currently sits 122 points ahead of 11th.
    • #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Earnhardt has a tougher task than the aforementioned drivers. His current cushion over 11th is 107 points. He can lock up a top-10 spot by reaching the 145-point magic number.
    • #2-Brad Keselowski: Keselowski has a remote chance of clinching at least a Wild Card spot with a win on Sunday, depending on the finishes of a number of other drivers. (NASCAR)(8-16-2012)
    UPDATE: #16-Greg Biffle now leads 11th place #5-Kahne by 129 points, so no drivers clinched a spot in the Chase at Michigan.

  • Facts and Notes Michigan International Speedway:
    Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the "Irish Hills" of Southeastern Michigan. Ground-breaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969.
    The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
    The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave this season.
    There have been 86 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.
    The first race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971  with the race distance being 402 miles. All other races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
    Donnie Allison won the first pole.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.
    There have been 42 different pole winners, led by David Pearson with 10. Mark Martin has five poles.
    34 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 20 drivers have more than one victory at Michigan.
    The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers (August, 2009) was the last driver to win from the pole.
    66 of 86 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 46 from the first four spots.
    The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the June race of 2009.
    The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.
    Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 8.3. Coincidentally, Edwards' first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.2.
    (NASCAR)(8-14-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Michigan International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Biffle wins at Michigan: #16-Greg Biffle won the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of year, 3rd at Michigan and 18th career win.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #5-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Ambrose, #99-Edwards, #15-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #27-Menard, and #56-Truex, Jr.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson took the lead with 10 laps to go, but blew an engine with 6 laps to go and finished 27th.
    Johnson, the points leader coming into the race, fell to 4th in the standings. #16-Biffle takes the points lead by 20 over #17-Kenseth.
    Pole sitter, #55-Martin dominated the race early, but spun on lap 65 after #47-Labonte spun in front of him and #5-Kahne ran into him. Martin slid onto pit road and hit the pit wall at an opening, busting the oil tank and destrying the car. He finished 35th.
    There were 8 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps. There were 26 lead changes among 13 drivers. The average speed was 144.662mph.
    The estimated attendence was 83,000 up over last years 81,000. There were an estimated 82,000 at June's Michigan race.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Michigan Race Results page (pdf). and the official race and points rundown on the Official Race Report.(8-19-2012)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan
    Greg Biffle won the 43rd Annual Pure Michigan 400 , his 18th victory in 353 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's 12th win at Michigan International Speedway, breaking a tie with the Wood Brothers for most all-time at the track.
    This Biffle his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 20 races at Michigan International Speedway. He also won in 2004 and 2005.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his best career finish at his home track.
    Kasey Kahne (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 20 points over Matt Kenseth.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-19-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    1) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 823
    2) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 803, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 801, -22
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 795, -28
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 776, -47
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 763, -60
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 757, -66
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 738, -85
    9) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 728, -95
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 727, -96
    Current wild card Chase drivers:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins, 11th in points]
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-19-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
    Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
    first two would make the chase as wild cards:
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 11th -33 points out of 10th
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 13th -47
    eight other drivers currently in the running for the wild cards:
    #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 14th -58
    #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win] 16th -77
    #9-Marcos Ambrose [1 win] 17th -88
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win] 18th -127
    these drivers have no wins but are in the top-20
    #99-Carl Edwards 12th -38
    #27-Paul Menard 15th -62
    #1-Jamie McMurray 19th -156
    #31-Jeff Burton 20th -161
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    The Chase: The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-19-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol:
    #36 remains in 35th and is now 88 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    33) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 332 +131
    33) #32-Bell/FAS Lane Racing, 324 +123
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 289 +88 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 201, -88 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 181, -108
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 167, -122
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(8-19-2012)

  • Michigan Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Greg Biffle notched his 18th career victory in his 353rd race.
    " This is Greg Biffle's third Michigan victory (first since June 2005) tying Homestead for most career wins at a track.
    " Greg Biffle won for the second time in 2012 becoming the sixth driver with multiple victories this season.
    " This is the xixth multi-win season in Greg Biffle's career.
    " Roush Fenway Racing earned its 128th career victory, 12th at Michigan (most) and third of 2012.
    " Ford scored its fourth victory of 2012 and 32nd at Michigan (most).
    " Brad Keselowski (second) notched his seventh consecutive top-10 finish, the longest streak in his career.
    " Kasey Kahne (third) moved to 33 points out of the top 10 with his 12th top-10 finish of the season.
    " Dale Earnhardt Jr (fourth) scored his 10th top-five of the season and sixth at Michigan.
    " Marcos Ambrose (fifth) has top-10 finishes in the past three races matching his career longest streak. Ambrose finished in the top 10 in both races at Michigan in 2012.
    " Ryan Newman (eighth) posted his sixth consecutive top-11 finish.
    " Paul Menard (ninth) notched his fifth top-10 finish of the season and first since Pocono in June.
    " Jimmie Johnson (27th) scored his worst non restrictor-plate finish of the season after his engine expired on Lap 195.
    (Racing Resources and Services -- Statistics Racing Recall / nascar.com)(8-19-2012)

  • Some drivers can clinch Chase spot after Michigan: UPDATE: Though seemingly a formality, five drivers can mathematically clinch a spot in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Here are the candidates, and the necessary facts and figures for a clinch:
    • #48-Jimmie Johnson: The magic number for this weekend is 145. Any driver 145 points ahead of 11th place leaving Michigan will clinch a top 10 spot, which is of special importance to Johnson. After race No. 26 at Richmond, all 12 Chase drivers will have their points reset to 2,000. But only the top 10 will earn three bonus points for each win during the regular season. Currently Johnson has three wins, equaling nine potential Chase bonus points. Johnson currently sits 124 points ahead of 11th (a maximum of 47 points can be made up in a given race). He could also clinch at least a Wild Card spot by winning on Sunday, regardless of his stature ahead of 11th.
    • #16-Greg Biffle: Biffle can lock up a top-10 spot. Currently owning a 123-point cushion over 11th, Biffle needs to reach the magic number of 145 leaving Michigan.
    • #17-Matt Kenseth: Like his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Kenseth can clinch a top-10 spot by leaving Michigan with a 145-point lead over 11th. He currently sits 122 points ahead of 11th.
    • #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Earnhardt has a tougher task than the aforementioned drivers. His current cushion over 11th is 107 points. He can lock up a top-10 spot by reaching the 145-point magic number.
    • #2-Brad Keselowski: Keselowski has a remote chance of clinching at least a Wild Card spot with a win on Sunday, depending on the finishes of a number of other drivers. (NASCAR)(8-16-2012)
    UPDATE: #16-Greg Biffle now leads 11th place #5-Kahne by 129 points, so no drivers clinched a spot in the Chase at Michigan.

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #34-Ragan, 23rd
    Caution 3: #93-Kvapil, 15th
    Caution 4: #10-Reutimann, 21st
    Caution 5: #38-Gilliland, 18th
    Caution 6: #1-McMurray, 14th
    Caution 7: #17-Kenseth, 17th
    Caution 8: #38-Gilliland (2), 18th
    (8-19-2012)

  • Race Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, 2012.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    on ESPN2, Monday, August 20 at 2:00am/et
    on SPEED, Wednesday, August 22 at 12:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice: for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #16-Biffle 198.879
    #48-Johnson 198.222
    #20-Logano 197.960
    #17-Kenseth 197.916
    #55-Martin 197.488
    slowest: #36-Blaney 189.949 & #87-Nemechek 189.733.
    notes: David Reutimann is practicing the #18 for Kyle Busch who has left the track to head to Montreal for the Nationwide race. Dave Blaney practiced teh #10 for Reutimann. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. spunn off turn two late in the practice and hit the wall. He will have to go to a backup car. #51-Busch spun late but did not hit anything.
    See speeds and laps run on the Michigan practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(8-18-2012)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    Biffle 200.362
    #5-Kahne 198.588
    #99-Edwards 198.555
    #55-Martin 198.178
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 198.134
    slowest: #91-Sorenson 185.701 & #19-Leffler 182.992.
    notes: #48-Johnson's team had to change the engine. He will have to go to the rear for the race.
    See speeds and laps run on the Michigan practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-18-2012)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #55-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #99-Edwards took pit stall 23, the first pitstall in behind the start finish line.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 4th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-18-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Pitstalls
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Martin wins pole at Michigan: #55-Mark Martin won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 199.706mph for his 4th pole of 2012, his first Michigan pole and 55th career pole. He is now tied with Bill Elliott for 7th for career poles.
    Martin breaks the track record for oldest pole winner at 53 years, 7 months, 8 days. The old record at MIS was held by Dale Jarrett at 45 years, 6 months, 21 days old, set in June 2002. Harry Gant hold the all-time record for oldest pole winner at 54 years, 7 months, 15 days at Bristol in August 1994.
    #99-Edwards will start 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #21-Bayne, #56-Truex, Jr., #9-Ambrose, #83-Cassill, and #27-Menard.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #91-Sorenson, #30-Stremme, #19-Leffler, #26-Wise, #87-Nemechek, #23-Riggs, #98-Skinner.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #33-Leicht, #37-Yeley.
    See qualifying order, qualifying results, pole progression & starting lineup on the Michigan Qualifying page (pdf).(8-17-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 43rd Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a lap of 36.053 seconds, 199.706 mph.
    This is his 55th pole in 845 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. With the pole, he moves into a tie for seventh with Bill Elliott on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his fourth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in 54 races at Michigan International Speedway. Martin started first in June of 1990 when qualifying was canceled due to inclement weather.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in 17 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 16th in 23 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-17-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 4:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 10:00pm/et & 2:30am/et.

  • Qualifying Order for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #36-Blaney, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-17-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Friday practice: for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #48-Johnson 197.450
    #5-Kahne 196.861
    #55-Martin 196.786
    #29-Harvick 196.705
    #55-Martin 196.448
    slowest: #32-Bell 187.018 & #36-Blaney 179.739
    notes: There was an early caution after #51-Busch dropped fluid on the track from a broken oil line. #43-Almirola spun off turn 4 but did not hit anything. #83-Cassill also had what appeared to be an oil leak, bringing out another caution.
    This practice will determine the order for qualifying, which is scheduled for 4:10pm/et Friday and will be aired on SPEED.
    See speeds and laps run on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice in Friday's practice:
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne, 19th fastest overall
    #30-Stremme, 27th
    #91-Sorenson, 28th
    #19-Leffler, 31st
    #87-Nemechek, 32nd
    #23-Riggs, 37th
    #26-Wise, 38th
    #98-Skinner, 39th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race
    #33-Leicht, 42nd
    #37-Yeley, 43rd
    (8-3-2012)

  • The Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #32-TJ Bell is now listed as the driver of the FAS Lane #32. Ken Schrader was originally listed as the driver.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Jason Leffler(i)(45/16)
    #21-Trevor Bayne(i)(37/8)(2011 Race Winner)
    #23-Scott Riggs (44/20)
    #26-Josh Wise (40/22)
    #30-David Stremme (38/22)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/22)
    #37-J.J. Yeley (53/7)
    #87-Joe Nemechek(i)(42/22)
    #91-Reed Sorenson(i)(55/2)
    #98-Mike Skinner (41/22)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,33,30,26,98,87,23,19
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 37,91
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List.(8-13/15-2012)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #36 remains in 35th and is now 82 points ahead of 36th, the #33 team.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    32) #83-Cassill/BK Racing, 332 +131
    33) #32-Schrader/FAS Lane Racing, 313 +112
    34) #10-Reutimann-Patrick/Baldwin, 309 +108
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 283 +82 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #33-Leicht/Childress-Falk, 201, -82 from the top 35
    37) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 161, -122
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 157, -126
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(8-12-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 777
    2) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 776, -1
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 775, -2
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 760, -17
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 733, -44
    6) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 728, -49
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer [1 wins], 719, -58
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 716, -61
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 710, -67
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 693, -84
    Current wild card Chase drivers:
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins, 11th in points]
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win, 13th in points]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-12-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Wild-Card Race:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    A look at the race for the two wild-card positions for the Chase based on wins and being inside the top 20 in points.
    Driver [wins] standings, behind 10th
    first two would make the chase as wild cards:
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins] 11th -40 points out of 10th
    #39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 13th -49
    eight other drivers currently in the running for the wild cards:
    #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 14th -55
    #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win] 15th -59
    #9-Marcos Ambrose [1 win] 17th -93
    #20-Joey Logano [1 win] 18th -106
    these drivers have no wins but are in the top-20
    #99-Carl Edwards 12th -43
    #27-Paul Menard 16th -64
    #31-Jeff Burton 19th -152
    #1-Jamie McMurray 20th -152
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    The Chase: The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-12-2012)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for the Pure Michigan 400: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Michigan International Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? like the #11, #24 or others? those teams do not report what chassis in the race previews or prs.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Mercury team will race Chassis #1208 at Michigan. Chassis #1208 has raced at Las Vegas, finishing eighth; Kansas, finishing 14th; the Coca-Cola 600, finishing 21st and this season at Michigan, finishing 14th.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-826 during Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Brad Keselowski last raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. It has been updated to the current Penske Racing specification.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-729 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Kahne raced this car into the top 10 at Pocono Raceway in June before a cut tire sent him to the garage.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 784 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same Stanley Ford that Ambrose drove to the pole in the June visit to Michigan.
    #10-David Reutimann: will pilot chassis No. 356, purchased from Richard Childress Racing in the off-season. The Florida native last drove this chassis at Pocono Raceway. He also drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway this season. He had his best showing in the chassis at Kentucky Speedway where he drove from the 38th starting spot to a 23rd-place finish. His best qualifying effort was at Kansas Speedway where he qualified in the 16th spot.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-706: This car debuted in spectacular fashion in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., as Stewart took Chassis No. 14-706 from its ninth-place starting spot to lead twice for 42 laps en route to the win in the rain-shortened race. Prior to Fontana, the car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel. It is a clone to Chassis No. 14-640, which won round three at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 14-706's second start, in April at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., was a bit quieter than its debut race. It started 23rd and gained 10 spots to finish 13th. Its third start came in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' longest race  the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. There, Stewart qualified 21st and finished 25th as Chassis No. 14-706 proved to be a handful throughout the 400-lap contest. The car redeemed itself in its fourth and most recent start in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where Stewart qualified eighth, led 18 laps
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 727 has raced three times in 2012. It started 11th and finished 13 at Fontana, started 26th and finished 11th at Darlington and started 13th and finished seventh with a lap lead at first Michigan. Backup chassis No. 721 has served backup duty at multiple races, but has not raced. It served as the backup at Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Kansas, Darlington, All-Star, Charlotte, both races at Pocono and Michigan. Chassis No. 721 tested Pocono on June 6 and Michigan on June 14.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary: RK-817: Last ran Indianapolis - finished third; Backup: RK-786: Last ran Homestead - finished 35th
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-787 (last run in the All-Star race)
    #22-Sam Hornish, Jr.: and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing No. 22 Team will be utilizing their "PRS-825" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger this weekend at Michigan. This is the same car that AJ Allmendinger raced in the May 27 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The car was credited with an 11th-place start and 33rd-place finish after a broken hub spoiled a potentially strong run. The "PRS-819" chassis will serve as the backup Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for this weekend. This was the car that AJ Allmendinger drove to a second-place finish in the April Martinsville race.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 397 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2012 competition, this No. 27 Chevrolet was utilized for the first time at MIS in June, where Menard started from the 18th position and finished 22nd.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 381 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Pure Michigan 400. Harvick drove this Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in July and a 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April of 2011. It was also driven earlier this season by Brendan Gaughan at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March as a No. 33 RCR Sprint Cup Series entry.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 367 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend. This No. 31 Chevrolet, built new for the 2012 season, has been utilized twice this year at Kansas Speedway in April (started-12th, finished-22nd) and Pocono Raceway in June (started-20th, finished-15th).
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-733: It's been two starts and two top-10 finishes for Chassis No. 39-733 since making its debut at IndianapolisMotor Speedway in July. At Indianapolis, Newman and his team overcame an ill-handling racecar and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took Chassis No. 39-733 to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway the following weekend. There, Newman ran in the top-10 for most of the rain-shortened race and finished sixth. Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn will mark the third start in four weeks for Chassis No. 39-733.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will return to Michigan with Chassis #1209 after finishing eighth with this chassis earlier this season. Chassis #1209 also raced at Fontana, Calif. finishing 17th.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The team has prepared chassis No. 783 for the Michigan race. This Eckrich Ford was last on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson:: Chassis No. 720 serves as the primary for Johnson at Michigan. Chassis No. 669 serves as the backup.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to Victory Lane at Michigan in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-739 Last ran Las Vegas, finished fifth
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-17-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400

  • Set limits: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race

  • Tire Code: Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4560

  • 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: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . Sprint Cup teams will be on a new combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this tire set-up was confirmed at a Goodyear test at Michigan on July 30 . . . a total of 27 Sprint Cup teams participated in that test (along with two Camping World Truck teams) . . . compared to what was run at Michigan in June, this left-side tire (D-4558) combines the updated construction that teams ran in practice with the compound they ran in the race, while this right-side tire (D-4560) features just a slight reduction to the gage (tread thickness) from the tire teams ran throughout the weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

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The chart was removed from here as it was also posted on the Paint Schemes Gallery page, makes no sense to post the same info in two spots


Race / Cup Odds

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Pure Michian 400 Preview by Micah Roberts
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World Sports Exchange:
Pure Michian 400
2012 Sprint Cup Championship

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Pure Michian 400

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)

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