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Race: Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Brooklyn, MI
Title Sponsor: Pure Michigan
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et
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, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham
FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00 am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty and Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, August 19 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
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)
Times are local to the Track
Friday, August 16
10:30 - 11:50 am NCWTS Practice
12:00 - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 - 3:20 pm NCWTS Final Practice
3:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
Saturday, August 17
8:30 - 9:25 am NSCS Practice
9:35 am NCWTS Qualifying
11:00 - 11:55 am NSCS Final Practice
12:30 pm NCWTS Michigan National Guard 200 Race
Sunday, August 18
12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm NSCS Pure Michigan 400 Race
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Friday, August 16, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Saturday, August 17, 8:30 - 9:25 am/et, TV-FoxSports1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 17, 11:00 - 11:55am/et, TV-FoxSports1
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 16 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 9:00pm/et and 4:00am/et.
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: front stretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Front stretch 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]
Grand Marshal: "Million Dollar Rooms" star Carter Oosterhouse & Amy Smart
Command to start engines: Carter Oosterhouse
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient David Balestrino Jr.
Invocation: Father Geoff Rose, Lumen Christi VP, St Francis de Sales HS, Toledo, OH
National Anthem: Lakeshore High School band
Military Flyover: T-34 Mentor, Hooligan's Flight Team
June 2013: see my Michigan Race Info page
August 2012: see my Michigan Race Info page
June 2013 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 139.278mph, started 19th
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 2013 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 202.452mph, finished 8th
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
Top 12 Driver Rating at Michigan:
#16-Greg Biffle................................ 110.0
#20-Matt Kenseth............................ 106.0
#99-Carl Edwards............................ 105.1
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.0
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 97.5
Tony Stewart.............................. 95.9 (injured, will not race)
#18-Kyle Busch................................. 93.1
Brian Vickers.............................. 91.5 (will not race, part time)
#11-Denny Hamlin............................. 91.1
#24-Jeff Gordon................................ 90.7
#5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 89.0
#78-Kurt Busch................................. 87.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 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 International Speedway News & Notes:
• 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 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
• There have been 88 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.
• 365 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 267 in more than one.
• Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Terry Labonte and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with 55 starts each.
• Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
• 44 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).
• 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 13: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
• Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan; led by Ford with 33 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 20.
• 16 of the 88 (18.1%) 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 88 (27.2%) 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 88 (75%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Six of the 88 (6.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup 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.
• 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.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.565.
• Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 8.222. Matt Kenseth (9.429) 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 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.
• Terry Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 55.
• 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 Series 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 88 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.
• 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 Series Coors Light pole at Michigan International Speedway: Jeff Burton (8/18/1996), J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007) and Marcos Ambrose (6/17/2012).
• Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver 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.
• Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Robin McCall, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.(NASCAR)(8-31-2013)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Michigan International Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Logano wins Michigan: #22-Joey Logano won the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2013 and 3rd career win. It is Logano's first win in 44 races, since Pocono in June 2012. Logano also led the most laps with 52 led of 200.
It is the first win for Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon. Logano becomes the youngest Sprint Cup Series race winner at Michigan at 23 years, 2 months, 24 days. The previous youngest winner was Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days on 6/15/2003.
#29-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #78-Busch, #27-Menard, #15-Bowyer, #9-Ambrose, #5-Kahne, #31-Burton, #16-Biffle & #99-Edwards.
Austin Dillon finished 14th in the #14 Chevy. Points leader #48-Johnson, who started from the rear in a backup car, led three laps but lost an engine on lap 54, finishing 40th. Chase drivers #18-Busch & #88-Earnhardt Jr. wrecked, with the #18 finishing 31st and the #88 finishing 36th.
There were 20 lead changes among 13 drivers and 9 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 144.593. 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).(8-18-2013)
Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
#22-Joey Logano won the 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 , his third victory in 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013. His last victory came at Pocono on June 10, 2012, 44 starts ago.
Logano won from the Coors Light Pole. Two of his three career wins have now come from the pole.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Michigan International Speedway.
#29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 26 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2013.
#78-Kurt Busch (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 26 races at Michigan International Speedway.
#48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 41 points over Clint Bowyer.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-18-2013)
2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 813
2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 772, -41
3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 762, -51
4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 749, -64
5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 706, -107
6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 688, -125
7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 679, -134
8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 667, -146
9) #78-Kurt Busch, 665, -148
10) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 663, -150
2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
#24-Jeff Gordon, 14th in points (26pts out of 10th)
#14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 18th [missed 2 race so far], 69pts out of 10th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], 224pts out of 10th
See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-18-2013)
2013 Sprint Cup Chase Wild Card Standings:
[after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
Current Wild Cards:
WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 11th in points (4 points out of 10th)
WC2) #56-Truex Jr. [1 win], 12th in pts (10 out of 10th)
other wild card contenders
#22-Joey Logano [1 win], 13th in pts (17 out of 10th)
#39-Ryan Newman [1 win] 15th in pts (27 out of 10th)
#14-Tony Stewart [1 win] 18th in pts (69 out of 10th)
#24-Jeff Gordon 14th in pts (26 out of 10th)
#1-Jamie McMurray 16th in pts (41 out of 10th)
#27-Paul Menard 17th in pts (64 out of 10th)
#43-Aric Almirola 19th in pts (76 out of 10th)
#31-Jeff Burton 20th in pts (102 out of 10th)
#34-David Ragan [1 win] 26th in pts (243 out of 10th)
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.
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd place finishes, etc)
See wild card standings on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).(8-18-2013)
2013 Sprint Cup OWNER Championship Points Standings:
[after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
(note: owner points are different then drivers points)
1) #48-Hendrick Motorsports [4 wins], 813
2) #15-Michael Waltrip Racing, 772, -41
3) #99-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 762, -51
4) #29-Richard Childress Racing [2 wins], 749, -64
5) #18-Joe Gibbs Racing [3 wins], 706, -107
6) #20-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 688, -125
7) #88-Hendrick Motorsports, 679, -134
8) #2-Penske Racing, 667, -146
9) #78-Furniture Row Racing, 665, -148
10) #16-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 663, -150
WC1) #5-Hendrick Motorsports [2 wins], 11th in OWNER points (4 points out of 10th)
WC2) #56-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 12th in pts (10 out of 10th)
(#56 wins tie breaker with #14 with a 2nd and two 3rds over a 2nd and two 4ths)
WC3) #14-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 13th in pts (10 out of 10th)(3 drivers)
WC4) #22-Penske Racing [1 win], 14th in pts (17 out of 10th)
See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(8-18-2013)
#48-Johnson's engine fails early at Michigan: #48-Jimmie Johnson, sidelined in the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with an engine failure on lap 54, was interviewed after, the transcript:
Q) SOME EARLY PIT STOPS, BUT THEN APPARENTLY AN ENGINE PROBLEM WHAT HAPPENED?
Johnson: "Yeah, we were just putting ourselves in position for later in the race with those early stops. Then we had an issue there with the engine as I came out of the pits and got back up to speed dropped a couple of cylinders. We were trying to get it figured out and see what would happen. On my way into the pits it finally locked up and that's the end of it. Unfortunate day, but I'm happy that we have had such a strong opening part of the season and we have points on our side and some wins on side so we are not in jeopardy of anything going into the Chase."
Q) DO YOU EVER JUST SHAKE YOUR HEAD AND WONDER IF THIS PLACE HAS IT IN FOR YOU?
Johnson: "It does. It's going to make it all the sweeter when we are able to win."
Q) ONCE AGAIN AT MICHIGAN YOUR DAY IS OVER EARLY. I SAW YOU TALKING TO THE ENGINEERS, WHAT DID THEY SAY WENT WRONG?
Johnson: "The engine broke there. I guess when we came in for a green flag pit stop something started then and made it a few more laps and didn't really notice anything off. Then it finally dropped a cylinder or two down the backstretch. Definitely an unfortunate thing but we had plenty of speed in the car and I think we were going to be a factor with this Kobalt Tools Chevrolet."
Q) WERE YOU GUYS MAYBE TRYING SOMETHING NEW FOR THE CHASE?
Johnson: "Not that I am aware of. You know, this track is hard on engines and these guys will figure out what went on there. Days like today, I am thankful for the big point's lead that we have and the bonus points we have been able to accumulate to get us to this position for the Chase. It happens and I hope to get all this stuff out of the way now although I hate losing momentum going into the Chase. It's nice to roll in there hot and I think we had a chance to win today. We will dust ourselves off and go again next week."
Q) CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT DID YOU FEEL?
Johnson: "Coming down the back straightaway I felt it drop a couple of cylinders and knew we were in trouble. So brought it to pit road and unfortunately it finally broke all the way and locked up. It would be nice to have salvaged something and maybe pulled the down cylinder parts out you know the valve train parts out and get back out on the track, but the engine didn't live long enough once it broke. These things break pretty quick and that was the end of it."
Q) IS THAT THE ENGINE THAT YOU HAD IN THE PRIMARY CAR?
Johnson: "I am not 100% sure, but Jamie Little (ESPN Anchor) just said that it was a new engine and it wasn't the one in the primary, but I don't know for sure."
Q) ARE YOU AT ALL WORRIED THAT AS GOOD AS A SEASON YOU ARE HAVING LIKE WEIRD THINGS KEEP HAPPENING TO YOU EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THAT COULD CARRY OVER INTO THE CHASE AT ALL?
Johnson: "When I look back most of it is self-inflicted. Even though it's an engine failure we will be able to trace back why and what. Human hands are on these things assembling them and it could be in that or it could have been a simple part failure. The bulk of the stuff has been human error. I'm not overly concerned. I hate having momentum not work in our favor late in the regular season. I think we would have had a very strong race today if not a win. That momentum is key rolling into the Chase. That is the biggest downfall to me."(Team Chevy)(8-18-2013)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
Caution 1: no driver down a lap
Caution 2: no driver down a lap
Caution 3: #83-Reutimann, 38th
Caution 4: #47-Labonte, 35th
Caution 5: #55-Martin, 27th
Caution 6: #10-Patrick, 23rd
Caution 7: #1-McMurray, 22nd
Caution 8: #17-Stenhouse Jr, 19th
Caution 9: #30-Stremme, 26th
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., this weekend and ESPN will have a live telecast of the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 18. NASCAR Countdown airs at noon with the race's green flag at 1:16pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.(8-16-2013)
Race Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, 2013.
Television (TV): ESPN 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: ESPN2, Sunday, August 19 at 1:00am/et
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 #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took pit stall 23, the first pit stall in front of it.
#48-Johnson, 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 #55-Martin, starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-17-2013)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
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
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 and notes:
#48-Johnson 199.457 (but wrecked, to a backup car, which was 18th fastest)
slowest: #87-Nemecehk 189.399 & #33-Cassill 192.750
no speed: #98-Sauter, #35-Wise.
notes: #48-Johnson wrecked late in practice and had to pull out the backup car, with 8 minutes left in practice, Johnson was able to get the backup car out for some practice. The backup car ran the 18th fastest lap.
See fastest speeds, laps run, best top-10 lap average and more on the Michigan Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2013)
Johnson wrecks in Michigan Happy Hour practice, to backup car: 21 minutes into happy hour (final) practice for the Pure Michigan Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, #48-Jimmie Johnson (scheduled to start 3rd) got loose in turn 3, spun and nosed into the outside wall. His comment: "That was definitely part of it. I'm a little puzzled as to why I spun out going in because I've had great entry stability even on that run I had great entry stability. I got a little close to the No. 27 but then again it's not like I was right on him. To me it felt like I lost downforce just from the traffic scenario. I'm not really sure either way we have a torn up car and we will have to work hard to get this one ready to go. Hopefully make a couple of laps here before this session is up and take it from there."(Team Chevy)(8-17-2013)
1st Saturday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is being run, after 47 of 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #87-Nemecehk 190.406 & #33-Cassill 192.983
See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Michigan Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2013)
Logano wins Michigan pole: #22-Joey Logano won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 203.949mph for his 1st pole of 2013, which puts him in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited and his 6th career pole.
Logano becomes the youngest Michigan pole winner at 23 years, 2 months, 22 days. The old record was held by Jeff Gordon from June 18, 1995 when he was 23 years, 10 months, 14 days old. See the list for all the tracks on my Young-Old Driver records page.
Three drivers ran faster the old track record of 203.321mph, set in June 2012 by Marcos Ambrose.
#78-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #48-Johnson, #55-Martin, #31-Burton, #42-Montoya, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski and #18-Busch.
Missing the race was: #19-Scott Riggs.
See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, links to pdfs and more on the Michigan Lineup & Qualifying Page.(8-16-2013)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
#22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 35.303 seconds, 203.949 mph. The previous record was 203.241 mph set by Marcos Ambrose in June of 2012.
Logano's lap was the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
This is the 13th track qualifying record set by the Gen-6 race car in 2013.
This is his sixth pole in 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013. With the pole, Logano is locked into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited.
This is his first pole in ten races at Michigan International Speedway.
#78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 26 races at Michigan International Speedway.
#48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 16th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 13th in 23 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-16-2013)
13 qualifying track records has been set so far 2013
after 20 qualifying session, 3 were cancelled due to rain:
1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012
12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013, was 127.020 from August 2012
13) Michigan, #22-Joey Logano, 203.949, August 16, 2013; was 203.241mph from June 2012
Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED, 3:30pm/et
Radio: MRN, 3:30pm/et
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 9:00pm/et and 4:00am/et on SPEED
Qualifying Order for the Pure Michigan 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 #47-Labonte.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #9-Ambrose.
Fastest in Friday practice, #48-Johnson, is scheduled to qualify 35th.
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.(8-16-2013)
Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 100 (10 added due to a few red flags) scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#48-Johnson 203.355 (faster the track record)
(Twenty drivers were over 200 mph)
slowest: #87-Nemechek 190.345 & #19-Riggs 191.795
Notes: Track record is 203.241mph, set in June 2012 by #9-Ambrose. Halfway thru practice, #1-McMurray lost an engine, the team will change engines and the #1 will start at the rear of the field on Sunday. #9-Ambrose had a loose oil line 8 minutes into practice, but the track was cleaned and practice continued. No serious damage to the #9.
In the event that qualifying is cancelled, this practice would set the lineup, top 36 by speed, then by race attempts and then set by speed.
See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Michigan Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(8-16-2013)
Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #14-Austin Dillon, #21-Bayne, #32-Hill, #51-Gaughan, #95-Speed, #98-Sauter. #19-Bliss would have 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.
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 Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 808
2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 733, -75
3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 728, -80
4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 707, -101
5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 693, -115
6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 670, -138
7) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 659, -149
8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 634, -174
9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 627, -181
10) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 625, -183
WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (3 out of 10th)
WC2) #39-Newman [1 win], 14th in points (20 out of 10th)
2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
#24-Jeff Gordon, 13th in points (15 out of 10th)
#14-Tony Stewart [1 win], [missed 1 race so far], 17th in points
#11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury], -117 out of 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).(8-11-2013)
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 Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:
Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race
Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,200, Right-side - 1,250
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 earlier this season and in August last season . . . this is also the same tire set-up that 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.
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)
Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, May 8, 2015, 2:30 pm/et
TV: FoxSports1 (FS1) 2:30pm/et