NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Quicken Loans 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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


Race: Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Quicken Loans

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: TNT - 12:00pm/et

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

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network  providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 13
6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, June 14
6:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
10:00 am ARCA Racing Series Qualifying
11:30 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
1:10 - 3:25 pm NNS Final Practice
3:35 pm NSCS Qualifying
5:00 pm ARCA Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
5:15 pm ARCA Series Race
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, June 15
8:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:30 - 10:25 am NSCS Practice
10:35 am NNS Qualifying
12:30 - 1:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
1:45 pm NNS Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
2:15 pm NNS Race
4:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, June 16
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
1:00 NSCS Race - Quicken Loans 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, June 14, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, June 15, 9:30 - 10:25 am/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 15, 12:30 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, June 14 at 3:35 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:30pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,246,525
2012: $5,193,706
2011: $5,082,319
2010: $5,129,955
2009: $5,282,675
2008: $5,243,196
2007: $5,137,383
2006: $5,037,040
2005: $4,955,273
2004: $4,990,045
2003: $4,388,083
2002: $3,798,525


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: 84,000 [was 108,000, and 137,243]
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Detroit Red Wings, Niklas Kronwall
    Command to start engines: Niklas Kronwall
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Tyler Clary
    Invocation: Pastor Geoff Rose, Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry at Lumen Christi Catholic HS, Jackson, MI
    National Anthem: Larry Callahan & Selected of God
    Flyover: T-6 from Screm N' Rebels
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Seth Gold, of TruTv's "Hardcore Pawn"

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

  • May 2013: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • September 2012: see my Michigan Race Info page

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

  • August 2012 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 144.662mph, started 13th

  • 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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Mark Martin, started 32nd, 6/14/2009

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

  • August 2012 Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 199.706mph, finished 35th

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

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

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 7 months, 8 days, 8/17/2012

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

  • There are five race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Michigan: 0 for 21 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Kentucky: 0 for 2 with a best finish of 3rd in 7/2011
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 11 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007 and 8/2012
    Chicago: 0 for 11 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Homestead: 0 for 11 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004 & 11/2010
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Michigan:
    #16-Greg Biffle................................ 108.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth............................. 105.5
    #99-Carl Edwards............................ 105.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 97.1
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 95.9
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 94.7
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 93.7
    #18-Kyle Busch................................. 92.9
    Brian Vickers.............................. 91.5
    #78-Kurt Busch.................................. 89.5
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 88.2
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Michigan Facts and Notes #3:
    Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
    43 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with six; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.
    Six drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five; fall 1976 through 1978.
    Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan: Terry Labonte (1983 sweep), Bill Elliott (1984 sweep and 1988 sweep), Bobby Labonte (2003 sweep), and Brian Vickers (fall 2008  2009 sweep).
    16 of the 87 (18.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Brian Vickers in 2009.
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (16) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
    24 of the 87 (27.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 16 from the pole and eight from second-place.
    66 of the 87 (75.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Six of the 87 (6.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.227.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway four times; most recently the spring of 2008 race.
    Three drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light pole at Michigan International Speedway: Jeff Burton (8/18/1996), J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007) and Marcos Ambrose (6/17/2012).
    (NASCAR)(6-13-2013)

  • Michigan Facts and Notes #2:
    34 different NSCS drivers have won at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with seven; followed by Mark Martin with five.
    Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway, including four consecutive by Bill Elliott (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep).
    Roush Fenway Racing has the most wins at Michigan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (three), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan; led by Ford with 32 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 20.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Michigan with eight; followed by Darrell Waltrip with seven.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with 18 each.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31; followed by Bill Elliott with 29.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 8.235. Matt Kenseth (9.556) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    All 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Michigan International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Michigan in his third appearance, the fewest previous starts among the active NSCS winners.
    Kevin Harvick competed at Michigan International Speedway 19 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Among the 16 active NSCS Michigan winners Kevin Harvick (19), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) Kyle Busch (13), Bill Elliott (13), Jeff Gordon (11) and Brian Vickers (11) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway was the June 10, 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd with a MOV of 0.085 second.
    There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2011 (200/203); and fall of 2012 (200/201).
    Four of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006.
    (NASCAR)(6-12-2013)

  • Michigan Facts and Notes #1:
    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  won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254 mph.
    The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
    The two-mile speedway underwent a repave this season.
    There have been 87 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.
    363 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway; 266 in more than one.
    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 54.
    Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 55.
    Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Michigan International Speedway: Carl Edwards (8/22/2004) and Landon Cassill (6/13/2010).
    Bill Elliott leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 1,004 laps led in 61 starts. Jeff Gordon has led the second-most with 954.
    Three female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Robin McCall and Shawna Robinson. (NASCAR)(6-11-2013)

  • 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

  • Greg Biffle wins Michigan: #16-Greg Biffle won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2013, 4th Michigan win and 19th career win. Biffle led the most laps with 48 of 200 laps
    #29-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #56-Truex Jr, #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer, #99-Edwards (pole sitter), #22-Logano & #31-Burton.
    Points leader #48-Johnson wrecked with three laps left while running 2nd and finished 28th down a lap.
    The win secured Biffle a berth in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race The win for was the 1000th wins for Ford.
    There were 22 lead changes among 13 drivers and 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 139.278mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Michigan Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Michigan Penalty Report (pdf).(6-16-2013)
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Michigan Race and Points Report.(6-16/17-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the 45th Annual Quicken Loans 400, his 19th victory in 381 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is the 1000th victory for Ford Motor Company in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
    This is Biffle's first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 21 races at Michigan International Speedway. He has now won back-to-back race at Michigan.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2013.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 15 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 31 points over #99-Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-16-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 538
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 507, -31
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 489, -49
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 476, -62
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 456, -82
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 452, -86
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 447, -91
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 443, -95
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 430, -108
    10) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 417, -121
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    WC) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 12th in points
    WC) #27-Paul Mernard, 11th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 16th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury], -85 from 20th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    For Official Results & Points, see the Official Michigan Race and Points Report

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #38-Gilliland, 22nd
    Caution 3: #93-Kvapil, 27th
    Caution 4: #34-Ragan, 25th
    Caution 5: #30-Stremme, 29th
    Caution 6: #47-Allmendinger, 19th
    Caution 7: #34-Ragan(2), 25th
    Caution 8: #99-Edwards, 8th
    (6-16-2013)

  • Competition caution scheduled for lap 20, drivers can not take any fuel until then. The track is green from rain over night; plus #30-Stremme will go to the rear of the field before the start of the race as he is in a backup after wrecking early in Saturday's Happy Hour practice

  • Race Coverage of the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, 2013.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; 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: SPEED, Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took the last pit stall 43.
    #5-Kahne, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #78-Busch, who starts 2nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-15-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Unofficial Race Results
    Unoffical Drivers Points
    Unofficial Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    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 - 2013 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Happy Hour (final) practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #78-Busch 197.368
    #5-Kahne 197.066
    #55-Martin 196.073
    #48-Johnson 195.886
    #99-Edwards 195.721
    Slowest: #30-Stremme 185.171 & #87-Nemechek 187.154
    No speed / laps run: #35-Wise, #98-McDowell
    Notes: #30-Stremme wrecked in the practice and the team pulled out the backup car.
    See speeds, laps run, best ten-lap average on the Michigan Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf) page.(6-15-2013)

  • Saturday first practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #78-Busch 200.955
    #99-Edwards 199.595
    #48-Johnson 199.584
    #27-Menard 198.933
    #55-Martin 198.818
    Slowest: #87-Nemechek 187.818 & #19-Bliss 191.944
    Notes: this practice was not being televised. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 12:30-1:30pm/et and be televised on SPEED.
    See speeds, laps run on the Michigan Practice 2 Speeds (pdf) page.(6-15-2013)

  • Edwards wins Michigan pole: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 202.452mph for his 1st pole of 2013 which puts him in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited and 12th pole of his career. Edwards has won twice from the pole in his career. His last pole was for the 2012 Daytona 500.
    #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #5-Kahne, #27-Menard, #43-Almirola, #22-Logano, #33-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch & #42-Montoya. Thirteen drivers went over 200mph. One driver missed the race, #44-Scott Riggs.
    See Michigan qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup, pdf links, notes on the Michigan Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(6-14-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.564 seconds, 202.452 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 316 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the pole, Edwards earns a spot in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best start was second, last August.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th in 15 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-14-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3:35pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 8:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #24-Gordon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #13-Mears.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #5-Kahne, is scheduled to qualify 26th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Michigan Qualifying Page.(6-14-2013)

  • Entry List for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #47-Allmendinger, #33-Dillon, #44-Riggs, #51-Bobby Labonte, #19-Bliss. #44-Riggs would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional. If qualifying is rained out, the #21-Bayne would miss the race with the least number of race attempts for a team.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 521
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 470, -51
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 452, -69
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 439, -82
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 434, -87
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 418, -103
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 412, -109
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 400, -121
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 398, -123
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 395, -126
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 17th in points
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

Adrian Daily Telegram
Brooklyn Exponent
Daily Oakland Press
Detroit Free Press
Detroit News
Michigan Live


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground
NASCAR WX(Weather)-Man


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Brooklyn - Irish Hills - Chamber of Commerce
Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-841 which last Raced at Kansas and finished sixth. The backup chassis is PRS-847 which has never raced but has been a backup at several races.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For this weekend at Michigan, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793. Kahne finished second with this car at Kansas Speedway in April. Most recently, he led 161 laps and drove it to another runner-up finish in May at Charlotte's 600-mile race. In 18 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway, Kahne has one win, seven top-five finishes, eight top-10s and has led 49 laps. He has two pole positions at the two-mile oval and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Most recently at Michigan, Kahne finished third there in August 2012.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 Stanley team has prepared chassis No. 847 for Michigan. The team competed with this chassis at Texas Motor Speedway where Ambrose started from the fourth position.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-781, which was first used by Patrick in March at Auto Club Speedway, where she started 40th and finished 26th. She then drove this car in April at Kansas, where she started 25th and finished 25th. The last time this car was used was during the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race in May at Charlotte where she finished ninth in the Showdown and 20th in the All-Star race.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735 debuted in 2012 at Indianapolis where Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rd place starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267-lap race. Stewart's milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to action in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. It rallied again, coming from 25th in the field to lead six laps before finishing seventh, beginning a resurgence for Stewart that has seen him climb eight spots in the championship point standings since Charlotte. This weekend's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan will mark the car's fifth career start and second of 2013. Stewart has one win, eight top-threes, 11 top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 224 laps in his 28 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 19.4, his average finish is 11.9, and he has a lap-completion rate of 93.9 percent.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary Chassis No. 758 finished fifth at Kansas and 35th at Fontana (due to a mechanical issue). Backup Chassis No. 724 has not seen action this season. In 14 races Bowyer owns six top-10s. His average start is 18th and finish 17th. He has led 27 laps, including 19 in his last race at MIS. In the last four MIS starts, Bowyer is tied with fellow Toyota driver Matt Kenseth for the most points with 148. He also has the best average finish of any driver (7.5) and is the only driver with four consecutive top-10s. 5-hour ENERGY'S corporate offices are in Farmington Hills, Mich. about 65 miles from Michigan International Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Give Kids a Smile Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-817 which is the same car that Biffle won with in the fall at Michigan last year and it last ran in the All-Star race in May and finished 15th. The backup chassis is RK-803 which last ran in Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning three wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Michigan is Biffle's second-best average finishing track. His average finish is 11.8 from an average starting position of 13.2. Biffle has led a lap in all but six of his 20 starts at Michigan.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Zest Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-814, which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Martinsville finishing 25th after getting caught in an accident early in the race. The backup Chassis RK-811was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012. Stenhouse will make his first career Sprint Cup start this weekend at Michigan.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: For this weekend's race, crew chief Donnie Wingo and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew have prepared Chassis No. 745, which hasn't been raced since 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Since then the car has been completely overhauled and converted to a Generation-6 racer, and Wingo is pleased with the final result. "We've put a lot of work into it," he said, adding that the results of a recent wind-tunnel test indicate the car will be a fast one. The team will need it on the newly repaved Michigan oval, where speeds are expected to be high, even with a winter's worth of aging on the track's asphalt. That aging should make for a good race, according to the veteran crew chief. "I think the groove will get even wider than it was last year," he said. He anticipates his biggest challenge on the pit box will be developing a strategy that will give Bayne track position in the closing laps. "You won't be taking four tires on every stop," he said. "The key is going to be doing what you have to do to have track position at the end of the race." The #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion will carry a special decal this weekend in memory of Cecil Wilson, who passed last week at age 77 after a battle with cancer.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-857 which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-844 which has never races but has been a backup at several races.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 427 at Michigan International Speedway. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable. Menard has 13 starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of ninth and best finish of fourth both came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,564 of 2,610 laps attempted (98.2 percent) at the Brooklyn, Mich., track, leading 14 of them.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: and the #29 Budweiser team will utilize Chassis No. 378 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable. Harvick has raced this car twice in 2013 and earned a 13th-place finish at Auto Club Speedway and an 11th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick has made 24 starts at Michigan. In those events he has scored one win (August 2010), three top fives and eight top-10 finishes. He's completed 99.1 percent of the laps run at the track in NSCS competition since 2001 (4,660 of 4,701) and holds an average starting position of 18.1 and an average finish of 14.8 at the 2-mile track.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. This weekend's 400-mile event marks Burton's 39th start at the two-mile facility and 670th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered four top-five and nine top-10 finishes at the track, along with two pole awards in 1996 and 2006. He has also led 76 laps at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based race track.
    #33-Austin Dillon will pilot chassis No. 418 in the Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This former #27 entry was driven by teammate Paul Menard to a 13th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and a 17th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April before it was converted to the black and green colors of American Ethanol. Dillon competed in last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. He posted lap times consistent with the top 10 competitors and ran in the top 15 before a broken radio caused him to fall one lap down to the race leader and finish 24th.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-760 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn in this weekend's Quicken Loans 400. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-760 made laps in January at Charlotte while participating in the final test for NASCAR's sixth-generation Sprint Cup car. It saw its first laps of racing competition in March at Las Vegas, where ill handling and an expired engine relegated Newman to a 38th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-760 was outfitted with aerodynamic updates and was tested last month in a wind tunnel. In 23 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Newman has two wins, five top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Newman, a 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., also has led 97 laps, has an average starting position of 11.4 and an average finish of 17.7 at the 2-mile oval.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Eckrich / Operation Homefrond team has prepared chassis No. 843 for Michigan. Most recently, Almirola drove this chassis to a seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Almirola has six starts at the Michigan track over all three NASCAR premier series. He and crew chief Todd Parrott are no strangers to Victory Lane at the two-mile oval. Almirola won the truck series race in 2010, while Parrott has three Cup series wins there. Parrott knows how to get around the Michigan track. In his 29 starts as a crew chief, he has an average finish of 12.8 and 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 784 at Michigan, this chassis last ran at Charlotte in the All-Star race and won. Also finished 3rd at Kansas and 12th at Auto Club Speedway in 2013. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup and won two races in 2012.
    #55-Mark Martin: is running Chassis 776 which has not raced in 2013. In 54 starts, Martin owns five victories and 18 top-five finishes. He's led 965 laps and won two poles. He won the pole for the August race. Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Martin with 54.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-716. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a seventh-place finish at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in May. Notably, this is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane in Michigan last June. In 27 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded two wins, two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 99.2 percent of all laps he's attempted (5,252 laps of 5,295 total) and led 293 laps. Earnhardt's two career pole positions at Michigan are tied for first as career-bests for the 38-year-old driver. He also has captured two career poles at Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK  854 which is a new chassis for the 2013 season. Backup chassis RK  826 last ran in Texas. Edwards will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. In his previous 17 starts, Edwards has two wins, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. His average start at Michigan is 21.1, his average finish is 8.2. He has completed 99 percent of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only four times in his previous 17 starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10. Fastenal returns to the track with supplier brands Widia, Walter Meier, ITW and Weiler on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-13-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

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

    Number of Tires: Left-side  1,200; Right-side  1,300

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4560

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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 both NASCAR series in action at Michigan this weekend will run the same right-side tire code (D-4560), though they will run different left-side codes . . . the Sprint Cup Series' left-side code is D-4558 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at Michigan last August . . . this is also the same tire set-up Cup teams have run at the last two races at Kansas  April 2013 and October 2012 . . . 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.


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