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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 15, 2014 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Quicken Loans

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 12
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 13
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE
3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 14
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 - 10:20 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, June 15
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 13, 11:00am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, June 14, 9:30 - 10:20am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 14, 12:30 - 1:20pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, June 13 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled 4:40am/et on FS1; 8:00am/et on FS2.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,269,536
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: 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: 72,000 [was 87,000, 108,000 & 137,243]
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Detroit Lions' first-round draft pick Eric Ebron
    Command to start engines: Eric Ebron
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Quicken Loans chief executive officer Bill Emerson
    Invocation: Father Geoff Rose
    National Anthem: Karen Newman "Voice of the Detroit Red Wings"
    Flyover: Hooligan's Flight Team

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

  • June 2013: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2013: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2013 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 139.278mph, started 19th

  • August 2013 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 144.593mph, started 1st

  • 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: Joey Logano, 23 years, 2 months, 24 days, 8/18/2013

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

  • June 2013 Pole Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 202.452mph, finished 8th

  • August 2013 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 203.949mph, finished 1st

  • New Track Qualifying Record: #22-Joey Logano, August 2013, 203.949mph (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: Joey Logano, 23 years, 2 months, 22 days, 8/16/2013

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Michigan:
    #16-Greg Biffle 110.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth 105.6
    #99-Carl Edwards 104.7
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 101.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 97.0
    #14-Tony Stewart 95.9
    #18-Kyle Busch 92.0
    #55-Brian Vickers 91.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon 89.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin 89.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 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 Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    366 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 269 in more than one.
    Four of the 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006.
    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).
    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.
    35 different NSCS drivers have won at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins; Greg Biffle leads all active drivers with four.
    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 34 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.(NASCAR)(6-15-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts.
    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 leads all active drivers with 18.
    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 9.292.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 8.316. Matt Kenseth (9.621) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
    All active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Among the active NSCS Michigan winners Kevin Harvick (19), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) Kyle Busch (13), Jeff Gordon (11), Brian Vickers (11) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 40.
    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).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 954 laps led in 42 starts.
    Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Robin McCall, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. Of the four female drivers to compete at Michigan, Guthrie has the best finish (10th), but Patrick has the best average finish (18th).(NASCAR)(6-14-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
    45 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers 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).
    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).
    17 of the 89 (19.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2013.
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
    25 of the 89 (28%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 16 from the pole and eight from second-place.
    67 of the 89 (75.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Six of the 89 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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.(NASCAR)(6-13-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    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 in 2012.
    There have been 89 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.(NASCAR)(6-12-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    2: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup races Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won this year, significant because it's the first time since his watershed six-victory 2004 season that Earnhardt has been to Victory Lane more than once in the same year.
    3: The finishing position of Kurt Busch in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway, breaking a string of seven straight results of 18th or worse and solidifying his position in the top 30 in the series standings-where Busch will need to be after 26 races to be eligible for the Chase.
    95: The number of laps led by Brad Keselowski on Sunday at Pocono. Keselowski had the dominant car, but a hot dog wrapper struck to his grille elevated his engine temperatures and perhaps cost the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford his second victory of the season.
    0: The number victories recorded by Jimmie Johnson at Michigan International Speedway, the next stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Michigan is one of five active tracks where Johnson hasn't yet posted a win. The others? Chicago, Homestead, Kentucky and Watkins Glen.
    593: The number of laps led by Greg Biffle in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan. Only at Texas and Darlington has Biffle led more laps (733 and 718, respectively). The driver of the #16 Ford, winless so far this year, has been to Victory Lane twice in the last three races and four times overall at the two-mile track.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-10-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins at Michigan: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of 2014, his 1st win at Pocono and his 69th career win. The last five points races have been won by a Hendrick Motorsports driver, the first time a team has won 5 in a row since HMS did it in 2007.
    Pole winner #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by 2-Keselowski, #27-Menard, #5-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., rookie #42-Larson, #22-Logano and #15-Bowyer.
    #4-Harvick, the pole winner, led the most laps with 63.
    #24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 6th and leads #48-Johnson by 15 points.
    #48-Johnson leads the Chase Seeding with three wins, 2nd in points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. is second with 2 wins, 3rd in points then #22-Logano has 2 wins and is 8th in points and #4-Harvick has two wins and is 9th in points.
    There were 25 lead changes among 13 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 143.441mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-15-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 46th Annual Quicken Loans 400, his 69th victory in 450 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Johnson is eighth on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list.
    This is his series-leading third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson now remains winless at only four tracks on the current schedule: Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago and Homestead.
    This is Hendrick Motorsports' fifth consecutive victory, the third time it has accomplished the feat. Hendrick Motorsports twice accomplished the feat in 2007, including a streak of six straight wins.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 27 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 finish in ten races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 15 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-15-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 537
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 522, -15
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 514, -23
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth, 513, -24
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 490, -47
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 462, -75
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 454, -83
    8) #42-Kyle Larson, 454, -83
    9) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins],447, -90
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 446, -91
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 435, -102
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 315, -222 (104 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-15-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 2nd in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    3) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 9th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    7) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 6th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 10th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4th
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 8th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 13th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 15th
    (6-15-2014)

  • Michigan Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
    #51-Allgaier, 16th, 10
    #7-Annett, 21st, 9
    #26-Whitt, 28th, 8
    #3-Dillon, 30th, 7
    #23-Bowman, 40th, 6
    #83-Truex, DNQ, 1
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (6-15-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: no driver a lap down
    Caution 3: #21-Bayne, 19th
    Caution 4: #5-Kashne, 5th
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 20th
    Caution 6: #12-Montoya, 18th
    Caution 7: none, driver involved in caution, #11
    Caution 8: #10-Patrick, 17th
    (6-15-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2014.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00pm/et; green flag approx. 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: none

  • 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 #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 23, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., 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 #27-Menard, who starts 5th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-14-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Final practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 198.424
    #24-Gordon 198.265
    #4-Harvick 198.238
    #48-Johnson 198.183
    #55-Vickers 197.797
    slowest: #36-Sorenson 191.995 & #33-Stremme 191.327.
    For fastest speeds, laps run go to the Michigan final practice speeds page (pdf).(6-14-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 202.054
    #24-Gordon 201.726
    #4-Harvick 201.556
    #42-Larson 201.489
    #5-Kahne 201.354
    slowest: #33-Stremme 195.238 & #32-Kvapil 192.988.
    notes: #66-Moffitt spun early but didn't hit anything.
    For fastest speeds, laps run go to the Michigan first Saturday practice speeds page (pdf).(6-14-2014)

  • Harvick wins Michigan pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with track record speed of 204.557mph for his 3rd pole of 2014 and 9th of his career. Harvick has won four races from the pole out of eight previous poles. It is the first time since August 2007 that a Chevy was on the pole, by Jeff Gordon.
    The track record speed is the 9th fastest ever and the 22nd time the pole speed was over 200mph.
    #24-Gordon is on the outside pole followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #43-Almirola, #27-Menard, #2-Keselowsi, #48-Johnson, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #55-Vickers, #1-McMurray and #42-Larson.
    #12-Juan Pablo Montoya makes his return to Sprint Cup starting 28th.
    Missing the race were: #83-Truex.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results by round and more on the Michigan Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-13-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 46th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.198 seconds, 204.557 mph.
    Harvick's speed is the fastest pole-winning speed since April of 1987, when Bill Elliott set the all-time qualifying record of 212.809 mph at Talladega Superspeedway
    This is his ninth pole in 481 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and ninth top-10 start in 2014. The third pole is a single-season career high for Harvick.
    This is his first pole in 27 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2014 and his 25th in 43 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his fifth in 15 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-13-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes. No drivers ran faster than the new track record set by #4-Harvick in the 1st round.
    #4-Harvick 202.988
    #2-Keselowski 202.515
    #1-McMurray 201.930
    #55-Vickers 201.794
    #27-Menard 201.760
    the rest of the top 12: 24 22 88 48 41 42 43;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 5 18 15 78 51 16 3 9 20 99 21 31
    (6-13-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 25 minutes. One driver. #4-Harvick, broke the track record of 203.949mph, set by Joey Logano last August.
    #4-Harvick 203.995
    #2-Keselowski 202.634
    #24-Gordon 202.583
    #42-Larson 202.406
    #1-McMurray 202.378
    the rest of the top 24: 5 88 27 3 16 43 18 21 9 31 55 78 48 20 15 99 51 41 22
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 47 14 10 12 11 17 13 38 34 66 44 33 / 7 98 83 36 23 26 32 40
    Driver who will miss the race: #83-Truex.
    (6-13-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 3:30pm/et (usually 5-10 minutes delay)
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: at 4:30am/et on FS1; 8:00am/et on FS2

  • 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 #3-Dillon.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #42-Larson.
    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.(6-13-2014)

  • Friday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 203.332
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 202.943
    #41-Busch 202.680
    #4-Harvick 202.338
    #3-Dillon 201.873
    #12-Montoya, who needs to qualify in the top 36, was 37th fastest.
    slowest: #32-Kvapil 192.349 and #40-Cassill 193.731
    notes: #77-Blaney's entry was withdrawn. Qualifying record is 203.949mph, held by #22-Logano, set in August 2013. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:35pm/et on FoxSports1 (usually a few minutes delayed).
    For fastest speeds, laps run go to the Michigan Friday practice speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2014)

  • 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: #12-Montoya, #21-Bayne, #32-Kvapil, #33-Stremme, #66-Moffitt.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #12-Montoya (47th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #12-Montoya (1)
    UPDATE: #77-Blaney withdrew.
    See the full entry list on Jayski's Michigan Entry List page

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 498
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 482, -16
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 476, -22
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 475, -23
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 448, -50
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 443, -55
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 441, -57
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 420, -78
    9) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 418, -80
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 417, -81
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 403, -95
    27) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 283, -215 (60 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Pocono Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-8-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 wins, 3rd
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2 wins, 4th in points
    3) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 9th
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 5th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 7th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 8th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 27th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    12) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 14th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (6-8-2014)


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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-918, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-840 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time Dillon will race this Chevrolet SS in 2014. Dillon has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, including both 2013 events when he subbed for Tony Stewart in the #14 Chevrolet in August, finishing 14th. He also raced an American Ethanol-sponsored #33 Chevrolet in June, finishing 11th after starting seventh. Dillon finished 24th, after starting 22nd, in June 2012 in a #33 Chevrolet.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 842 in Sunday's event at Michigan. Harvick last raced this car at Kansas in May where he won the pole award, led 36 laps and finished second. Prior to that race, he dominated the event at Phoenix in March with the car, leading 224 of the event's 312 laps before taking the checkered flag for the team's first win of the season. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at MIS. He has earned one win (August 2010) along with five top-five finishes and 10 top 10s. He has an average start of 18.1 and an average finish of 13.8 at MIS.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-863 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Kahne first drove this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and most recently raced it last month at Charlotte, where he started third and finished 14th. In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Kahne has one win, seven top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 63 laps at the two-mile oval. He has started from the pole position twice and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Kahne most recently rallied from a 31st starting position to finish seventh at the Irish Hills track in August 2013.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-839 which was used in May at Charlotte, where Patrick started fourth, but an engine failure caused her to finish 39th. The backup chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in September at Atlanta, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington, Dover and Pocono.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840 debuted in March at Phoenix. It qualified 20th and was en route to a top-10 finish until an ill-timed caution with less than 65 laps remaining left it 16th. The car has since spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start Sunday at Michigan. Stewart has one win, eight top-threes, 12 top-fives, 20 top-10s and has led a total of 224 laps in his 29 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 19.2, his average finish is 11.7, and he has a lap-completion rate of 94.2 percent.

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Michigan International Speedway. It's a new chassis for the 2014 season and finished 17th at Charlotte in May. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis finished 15th at Bristol and 12th at Darlington earlier this year. Bowyer has one top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Average start 18.4 and average finish 15.4.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 M Military Salute team will run chassis RK-908 last ran at Chrlotte, finishing 21st. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran Las Vegas, finishing 22nd. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning four wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Michigan is Biffle's second-best average finishing track. His average finish is 11.2 from an average starting position of 13.6. Biffle has led a lap in all but six of his 22 starts at Michigan.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK-882 at Michigan, which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Kansas where they finished 22nd. The backup Chassis RK- 888, which is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season, 2nd. Stenhouse has two career Sprint Cup starts at MIS with an average starting position of 18.5 and average finishing position of 17.5.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview. Busch has one win, four top-fives and six top-10s, and has led a total of 169 laps in 18 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average Michigan finish is 16.5.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview. In 29 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.6 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series. He's completed 5,572 of 5,695 (97.8 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 284 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins (2002 & 2006), 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at MIS.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-917 for Michigan, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced three times previously with finishes of 13th at Fontana, seventh at Darlington and seventh at Charlotte. Gordon has two wins (1998 and 2001) in 42 Cup starts at Michigan. Gordon's five pole positions, 18 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s are tops among active drivers at the Irish Hills track.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the third and eighth positions, respectively. Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finish of fourth occurred in 2011 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,964 of 3,010 laps attempted (98.5 percent) at the two-mile track.
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 462 on Sunday at Michigan. Chassis No. 462 has been utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (Auto Club - 20th and Kansas - 11th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Michigan, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 97 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 12th. In the last six races at the two-mile oval, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 845 in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan. Built new for 2014, Chassis 845 started 23rd and finished 26th in March at Las Vegas. The chassis also started 13th and finished 31st at Darlington in April.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: New Charter Chevrolet SS: "I think the main thing that comes to mind is having a brand new race car for the first time this year beside the superspeedway races," Allmendinger said. "That is something that hopefully makes a difference. I feel like on the bigger tracks we haven't been way off, but we have not been where we need to be either so hopefully that will help a little bit."
    "We have high hopes for Michigan International Speedway and we should unload with a competitive car," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We feel like we have a good baseline setup because we ran really good at California (Auto Club Speedway) and we also have a brand new #47 Charter Chevrolet SS that we are rolling out this week. We feel like we will have a little more to showcase this weekend. Also, we were able to get a little rest this week and spend some time with our family after being on the road for nearly two weeks going from Dover International Speedway to Sonoma Raceway to Pocono Raceway."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-797 for this weekend's 400-mile race at Michigan. Johnson last drove this chassis to Victory Lane in May's 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 24 starts at Michigan, Johnson has four top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 586 laps around the two-mile track. He is the only active driver in the Sprint Cup Series to have a career average starting position (8.9) inside the top 10 at the two-mile oval.
    #55-Brian Vickers: 808 finished 26th at Darlington and tested at Kentucky & Pocono. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas. Vickers won the pole at MIS for the fall race in 2008 and both poles in 2009. He won the 2009 fall race. The backup chassis is 779, which has not raced.
    #66-Brett Moffitt: will drive Chassis No. 796 at Michigan. Jeff Burton finished 17th in this chassis at Las Vegas.. Chassis No. 779 will serve as the backup. It has not raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. Earnhardt premiered this chassis in the 600-mile event at Charlotte last month. In 29 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded two wins, two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 97.5 percent of all laps he's attempted (5,554 laps of 5,695 total) and led 347 laps at the two-mile oval.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal Ford team will unload primary chassis RK-897 which was last run this season at Kansas, qualifying fourth and finishing in sixth. The backup chassis RK-904, no info given. Edwards has four career wins at Michigan. Two came in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008 and 2011. The remaining two were Sprint Cup Series starts in 2007 and 2008. Edwards has 19 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan with an average start of 19.9 and an average finish of 8.3. Edwards has finished in the top-five nine times and in the top-ten 15 times.
    (reported from team PR's / websites)(6-12-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4586

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.48 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 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 -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . in Sprint Cup, teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4558) they ran twice at this track last season . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4586) at Michigan, though they did run it earlier this season at Kansas . . . compared to what was run in 2013, this right-side tire features just a slight compound change . . . another change from last year is an increase of two psi (LF), four psi (LR) and six psi (RF & RR) in the minimum recommended air pressure in all four tires . . . Goodyear tested at Michigan on April 10-11 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Clint Bowyer, No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Ryan Newman and No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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