NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pure Michigan 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Pure Michigan

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, August 14
6:00PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 15
7:00AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:20PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:30PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, August 16
7:00AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 - 9:20AM NSCS Practice
11:00 - 11:55AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, August 17
7:00AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00PM NSCS Pure Michigan 400 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, August 15, 12:00 - 1:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, August 16, 8:30 - 9:20am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 16, 11:00 - 11:55am/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, August 15 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 8:30pm/et on FS1; and 3:30am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,266,586
2013: $5,243,575
2012: $5,190,785
2011: $5,079,398
2010: $5,126,880
2009: $5,279,259
2008: $5,239,780
2007: $5,138,579
2006: $5,038,926
2005: $4,912,254
2004: $4,926,541
2003: $4,265,337
2002: $3,880,083


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: 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]
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Olympians Charlie White & Meryl Davis
    Command to start engines: Olympians Charlie White & Meryl Davis
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Lowell Broesamle
    Invocation: Father Geoff Rose
    National Anthem: Kate Collier & Chloe Sprague
    Flyover: T-34 Flight Trainers, Hooligan Flight Team

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

  • June 2014: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2013: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2014 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.441mph, started 7th

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 204.557mph, finished 2nd

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

  • New Track Qualifying Record: #4-Kevin Harvick, June 2014, 204.557mph (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 107.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth 104.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 102.9
    #99-Carl Edwards 102.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 97.5
    #14-Tony Stewart 95.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 91.2
    #18-Kyle Busch 91.1
    #41-Kurt Busch 90.0
    #42-Kyle Larson 89.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Speeds up at Michigan: The sheer numbers were staggering, watching speeds reach the stratosphere in Friday afternoon's Coors Light Pole qualifying at Michigan. The track record at the 2-mile oval fell four times during time trials, climbing from 204, 205 mph and more until #24-Jeff Gordon finally carried the mantle at a blistering 206.558 mph. After clocking the seventh-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history, Gordon knew he had a solid lap but didn't know just how solid until he checked the scoreboard. Of the 43 cars entered in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, 32 of them qualified at better than 200 mph, one of racing's magic numbers that has long made crew members check the calibration of their stopwatches. The laps are the fastest turned in NASCAR's premier series since the pre-restrictor plate era in the mid-1980s at ultra-fast Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. The blazing speeds simmered somewhat Saturday in the Irish Hills as teams changed from qualifying trim to race setups, but 26 of 43 still topped the 200 mph mark in the brisk early morning session.(NASCAR.com)(8-17-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    " 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.
    " 372 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 269 in more than one.
    " 36 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 21.
    " 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 90 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.(NASCAR)(8-17-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    " Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
    " Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
    " 46 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).
    " 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. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26.
    " Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 8.800.
    " Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 9.050 Matt Kenseth (9.767) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10 with more than one start.
    " 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 990 laps led in 43 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).(NASCAR)(8-16-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    " 17 of the 90 (18.8%) 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 90 (27.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 17 from the pole and eight from second-place.
    " 68 of the 90 (75.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Six of the 90 (6.6%) 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.
    " 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).(NASCAR)(8-15-2014)

  • Michigan Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
    " There have been 90 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.
    " 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.(NASCAR)(8-14-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    12: The number of different winners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season. AJ Allmendinger's victory at Watkins Glen eliminated one Chase position available on points, leaving a maximum of four up for grabs, if the next four races produce repeat winners. Those drivers who haven't won yet have reason to be nervous.
    10: The number of top-10 finishes recorded this year by rookie Kyle Larson, who ran fourth in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen. Larson is 10th in the series standings and right in the middle of the fight for a Chase spot.
    10: The number of top-five finishes this season for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the only driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series who has reached double figures in that statistical category. Though Earnhardt finished 11th on Sunday, he took over the series lead from teammate Jeff Gordon, after Gordon had electrical problems with his pole-winning #24 Chevy.
    33: Jimmie Johnson's average finish in the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Johnson's rash of trouble continued Sunday at Watkins Glen, where the six-time champion got the worst of a three-wide predicament with Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth, as the cars negotiated Turn 1. Johnson spun and finished 28th.
    2: The number of drivers who have won back-to-back races in the last 16 years at Michigan International Speedway. Ryan Newman accomplished the feat in 2003-2004, and Greg Biffle did it twice, in 2004-2005 and 2012-2013. Neither driver has won yet this year.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-12-2014)

  • 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

  • Gordon wins at Michigan: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway from the pole for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan, and 91st career win.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #27-Menard, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #15-Boywer, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #48-Jonhson, and #16-Biffle.
    #14-Jeff Burton, filling in for Tony Stewart, suffered electrical issues and finished 37th.
    #24-Gordon (3 wins) takes the points lead back, now 3 over #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #24-Gordon also again leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and now 1st in points followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr. with 3 wins, 2nd in points.
    There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 37 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 141.788mph.
    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).(8-17-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
    Jeff Gordon won the 45th Annual Pure Michigan 400 , his 91st victory in 748 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2014. This is his first three-win season since 2011.
    This is his third victory and 27th top-10 finish in 44 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 28 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 3 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    Assuming they attempt to qualify for the remaining 3 races in the regular season, the following drivers have clinched a spot for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup today: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-17-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 2nd
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 3rd
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 7th
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 4th
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 6th
    7) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch(X), 1 win, 15th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 1 win, 20th
    10) #43-Aric Almirola(X), 1 win, 21st
    11) #47-A.J. Allmendinger(X), 1 win, 22nd
    12) #41-Kurt Busch(X), 1 win, 23rd
    (no wins, in by points)
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 5th
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 10th
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 111th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-17-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins], 816
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 813, -3
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 733, -83
    4) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 714, -102
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 709, -107
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 687, -129
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 686, -130
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 679, -137
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 679, -137
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 672, -144
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    15) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 620, -196
    20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 589, -227
    21) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 556, -260
    22) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 556, -260
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 543, -273 (186 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-17-2014)

  • Michigan Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, 22nd, 11 rookie points
    #26-Whitt, 25th, 10
    #23-Bowman, 26th, 9
    #7-Annett, 40th, 8
    #51-Allgaier, 42nd, 7
    #42-Larson, finished 43rd, 6
    #83-Truex, qualified, but did not race, 1
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (8-17-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 4: #7-Annett, 40th
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose, 12th
    Caution 6: #31-Newman, 11th
    Caution 7: #13-Mears, 17th
    Caution 8: #10-Patrick, 18th
    (8-17-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 17, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN 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: Monday, August 18, 1:00am/et, ESPN2

  • 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 #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 2.
    #99-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 43rd pit stall, the final pit stall.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-15-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Chase Grid Outlook
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List Preliminary 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 Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 200.156
    #42-Larson 199.695
    #2-Keselowski 199.137
    #4-Harvick 198.912
    #16-Biffle 198.835
    slowest: #98-Wise 192.539 & #33-Kennedy 190.380
    notes: Ryan Truex has not returned from the hospital and not been cleared to race yet. The team is making backup plans in case he cannot race tomorrow. Johnny Sauter or Matt Crafton could fill in if needed.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Michigan Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-16-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 203.183
    #41-Busch 203.109
    #24-Gordon 203.069
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 203.017
    #9-Ambrose 202.891
    slowest: #36-Sorenson 196.657 & #66-Nemechek 194.842.
    notes: #83-Truex crashed hard a few minutes into practice. He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. The team will have to go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Michigan Second Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-16-2014)

  • Gordon wins Michigan pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 206.558mph for his 2nd pole of 2014, 5th at Michigan and 76th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #55-Vickers, #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #27-Menard, #3-Dillon, #1-McMurray, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #16-Biffle, and #31-Newman.
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.(8-15-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 34.857 seconds, 206.558 mph. The previous record was 204.557 mph/35.198 seconds, set by Kevin Harvick in June of 2014.
    This is the seventh-fastest pole winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
    This is the 17th track qualifying record set during the 2014 season.
    This is Gordon's 76th pole in 748 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Gordon is third on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2014. He also won the pole at Watkins Glen, last week.
    This is his sixth pole in 44 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in 12 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth in 23 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-15-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #24-Gordon 205.885
    #4-Harvick 205.620
    #22-Logano 205.491
    #99-Edwards 205.157
    #55-Vickers 205.081
    the rest of the top 12: 1 27 31 2 3 16 17;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 42 10 5 41 51 20 15 9 11 47 43 18
    (8-15-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 25 minutes.
    #99-Edwards 205.169
    #22-Logano 204.866
    #55-Vickers 204.749
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 204.732
    #41-Busch 204.441
    the rest of the top 24: 24 3 2 4 47 5 51 27 9 15 20 10 43 16 18 1 31 42 11;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 88 13 14 21 38 48 83 23 98 34 7 26 37 32 78 36 33 66 40
    Driver who will miss the race: none, only 43 cars entered.
    (8-15-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #22-Logano 204.545
    #99-Edwards 204.111
    #55-Vickers 203.920
    #41-Busch 203.897
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 203.229
    slowest: #66-Nemechek 192.766 & #33-Kennedy 192.457.
    notes: 26 drivers ran over 200mph during the session. #40-Cassill had engine problems and will not practice. Matt Crafton is in the #78 for Martin Truex, Jr. Ryan Blaney is in the #21 for Trevor Bayne, who is at Mid-Ohio for Nationwide practice. Jeff Burton is filling in for #14-Tony Stewart this weekend.
    Qualifying is this afternoon at 4:40pm/et and will be shown on FoxSports1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Michigan First Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-15-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014 at 4:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 8:30pm/et on FS1; 3:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #20-Kenseth.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson.
    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.(8-15-2014)

  • Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Bayne, #33-Kennedy, #37-Blaney, #66-Nemechek.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List

  • 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

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X), 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski(X), 3 wins, 4th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 3 wins, 7th
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 2 wins, 2nd
    5) #22-Joey Logano(X), 2 wins, 5th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 2 wins, 6th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick(X), 2 wins, 8th
    8) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 15th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 20th
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    11) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 23rd
    12) #47-Allmendinger, 1 win, 24th
    (no wins, in by points)
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth, 3rd
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 10th
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 11th
    (X) = clinched a spot in the Chase as long as rest of races are attempted.
    (8-10-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins], 773
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 768, -5
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 703, -70
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [3 wins], 696, -77
    5) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 671, -102
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 658, -115
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 650, -123
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 645, -128
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 645, -128
    10) #42-Kyle Larson, 635, -138
    Other drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    15) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 615, -158
    20) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 552, -221
    22) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 532, -241
    23) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 529, -244
    24) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win], 525, -248 (191 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-10-2014)


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
Speed Eats
Track Stay


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 Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on the Michigan Race Info page - Chassis selection area.

  • 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.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-914. Last Raced: Dover (finished 2nd). Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Loudon backup (not raced)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the same Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #5-Kasey Kahne:Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-888 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Kahne drove this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July and most recently raced it at Pocono Raceway earlier this month, where he started 12th and finished 10th.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Michigan. This chassis raced at Michigan in June where Bowyer finished 10th and Charlotte in May where he finished 17th. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis and finished 12th at Darlington and 15th at Bristol earlier this year.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-908 Last ran Michigan - finished 20th. Backup Chassis :RK-879 Last ran Las Vegas - finished 22nd.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 902 - last raced at Pocono- finished 15th. Backup Chassis: RK- 877 - last raced at Loudon - finished ninth.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-913. Last Raced Dover (finished 8th). Backup Chassis: PRS-844. Last Raced: Kentucky backup (not raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-895 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced once with Gordon securing a record-breaking fifth Brickyard 400 victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 480 in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the Richard Childress Racing team started 29th and finished in the 34th position due to an on-track incident.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 479 in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This chassis was utilized earlier this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Newman qualified fourth and finished 11th.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend's event. This chassis is the same Chevy SS Johnson finished 14th with at Indianapolis last month. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which last saw on-track action at Kansas in May.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 808 finished 26th at Darlington and 42nd at Michigan on June 15. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a fifth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK-927 is a new chassis. Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Pocono in 2014 as the back-up car.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(8-14-2014)


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 Camping World Truck Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . in Sprint Cup, this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Michigan in June . . . Cup teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4558) at Michigan since last season . . . this is the first year for this right-side tire code (D-4586), and these teams have run it at both Michigan and Kansas already . . . 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.


Race / Cup Odds


Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
Michigan Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(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)

Next Race: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Countdown to Race Time: 10/26/2014 ~1:43pm/et

Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA

ESPN, 1:30pm/et
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Qualifying:
Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:40pm/et
FoxSports1 4:30pm/et
Live Radio online at motorracingnetwork.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm/et
FoxSports1 12:00pm/et



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