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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Quicken Loans

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, June 11
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, June 12
6:30 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, June 13
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:00 - 12:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, June 14
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 Quicken Loans 400

Michigan Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
--11:00am: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
--12:58:30pm: Canadian Anthem: MIS' own, Lisa Bascom
--1:00pm: Presentation of Colors: Michigan State Police
--1:00:20pm: Invocation: Father Geoff Rose
--1:01pm: National Anthem: US Army Chorus Quartet
--1:02:05pm: Fly-By: 4 T-34s Mentors from the Hooligan Flight Team
--1:07:30pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Mark Dantonio, Head Coach, Michigan State
--1:16:30pm: Start of the Quicken Loans 400 (200 Laps, 400 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 12, 11:30 am - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, June 13, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, June 13, 12:00 - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, June 12 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS2, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,263,885
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Michigan State University football coach Mark Dantonio
    Command to start engines: Mark Dantonio
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Michigan State Police
    Invocation: Father Geoff Rose
    Canadian National Anthem: Lisa Bascom
    U.S> National Anthem: United States Army Chorus Quartet
    Flyover: 4 T-34s Mentors from the Hooligan Flight Team

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Michigan International Speedway website
    ISC Motorsports
    myMISpeedway.com
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Google+
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • June 2014: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2014: see the Michigan Race Info page

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

  • August 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 141.788mph, 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 2014 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 206.558mph, finished 1st

  • New Track Qualifying Record: #24-Jeff Gordon, August, 206.558mph (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 107.1
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 102.5
    #20-Matt Kenseth 101.3
    #99-Carl Edwards 100.5
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 98.0
    #14-Tony Stewart 95.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 93.6
    #22-Joey Logano 91.8
    #4-Kevin Harvick 90.2
    #41-Kurt Busch 89.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 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)

  • Michigan International Speedway - Notes & Facts - Thursday - 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 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
    (NASCAR)(6-11-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway - Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    46 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    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.
    18 of the 91 (19.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jeff Gordon last season.
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (18) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
    26 of the 91 (28.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 18 from the pole and eight from second-place.
    69 of the 91 (75.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Six of the 91 (6.5%) 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 is 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.
    (NASCAR)(6-12-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway - Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    373 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 274 in more than one.
    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts.
    Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
    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).
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Michigan with eight; followed by Darrell Waltrip with seven and Kevin Harvick with five.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
    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 27.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.615.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 9.714.
    One active driver has posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Michigan International Speedway: J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007).
    Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Michigan International Speedway: Carl Edwards (8/22/2004) and Landon Cassill (6/13/2010).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 1,058 laps led in 44 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).
    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) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    Jamie McMurray leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 24; followed by Casey Mears at 23.
    (NASCAR)(6-13-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway - Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 91 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.
    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 22. Toyota has four wins at Michigan.
    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 91 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)(6-14-2015)

  • 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 & Links

  • Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened race at Michigan: #41-Kurt Busch won the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan and 27th career win. The race was called after 138 laps because of rain.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr finished 2nd, followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #6-Bayne, and #15-Bowyer.
    Rain plagued the race all day. There were 3 red flags that lasted more than 2 hours before the race got to halfway. Another band of heavy rain hit on lap 137 and after another red flag, NASCAR called the race. The race is the first to be shortened because of rain since Daytona in July 2014.
    Pole sitter #5-Kahne finished 15th. #18-Kyle Buch hit the wall on lap 54 and finished 43rd. Harvick had a tire go down late and finished 29th, only second finish outside the top 10 this season.
    Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 576, 15 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
    There were 17 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 116.688mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-14-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kurt Busch won the 47th Annual Quicken Loans 400, his 27th victory in 519 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015. This is Busch's first multi-win season since 2011.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 29 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 32 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 19 races at Michigan International Speedway. This is Truex's 14th top-10 finish in the first 15 races, the first time that has happened since Richard Petty did it in 1969.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 15 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-14-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 506, -70 (5th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 576 (1st)
    3) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 426, -150 (11th)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 561, -15 (2nd)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 520, -56 (3rd)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 508, -68 (4th)
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 480, -96 (6th)
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 456, -120 (8th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 412, -164 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 401, -175 (14th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 464, -112 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 447, -129 (9th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 434, -142 (10th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 421, -155 (12th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 401, -175 (15th)
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 400, -176 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-14-2015)

  • Michigan Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 33rd, 11 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, finished 37th, 10 rookie point
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 39th, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, did not race
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(6-14-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Bowman, 41st
    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: #13-Mears, 13th
    Caution 5: #31-Newman, 18th
    (6-14-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 14, 2015.
    Television (TV): FoxSports1 at 1:00 pm/et; NASCAR Raceday at 11:30am/et; green flag approx. 1:06pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, June, 15 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • 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 #5-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took the second pit stall.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 4th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #24-Gordon, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-12-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Happy hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #24-Gordon 198.604
    #78-Truex, Jr. 198.571
    #18-Busch 198.571
    #42-Larson 198.495
    #4-Harvick 198.358
    slowest: #83-DiBenedetto 190.905 & #23-Yeley 189.603.
    most laps run: #41-Busch, 45 laps.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 30 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #4-Harvick 201.084
    #5-Kahne 200.401
    #42-Larson 199.989
    #18-Busch 199.828
    #78-Truex, Jr 199.795
    slowest: #23-Yeley 191.159 & #32-Bliss 189.974.
    most laps run: #42-Larson, 27 laps.
    notes: Practice started about 30 minutes late, due to fog and track drying.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2015)

  • Kahne wins Michigan pole: #5-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light pole for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 201.992mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 3rd at Michigan and 27th of his career.
    #4-Harvick is on the outside pole followed by #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #21-Blaney, #24-Gordon, #3-Dillon, #48-Johnson, #78-Truex, Jr., and #18-Busch.
    Missing the race was: #62-Gaughan.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Michigan Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(6-12-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 47th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.645 seconds, 201.992 mph.
    This is his 27th pole in 411 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the pole, Kahne ties NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Terry Labonte for 25th on the all-time series pole list.
    This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his third pole in 23 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2015 and his 11th in 29 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth in 15 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-12-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 201.992
    #5-Kahne 201.664
    #24-Gordon 201.123
    #19-Edwards 201.050
    #2-Keselowski 200.865
    the rest of the top 12: 22 21 20 48 78 3;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 11 88 14 42 27 55 10 6 16 33 31 41.
    (6-12-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 201.410
    #5-Kahne 200.507
    #11-Hamlin 200.195
    #22-Logano 199.684
    #19-Edwards 199.645
    the rest of the top 24: 21 14 48 2 20 3 88 41 55 31 27 78 42 33 24 18 16 10 6;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 1 43 13 7 40 9 47 15 17 38 46 51 34 26 98 35 23 32 83 62.
    Drivers who will miss the race: #62-Gaughan.
    (6-12-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 85 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #4-Harvick 202.492
    #22-Logano 201.607
    #78-Truex, Jr 201.157
    #11-Hamlin 200.921
    #24-Gordon 201.781
    slowest: #32-Bliss 190.079 & #62-Gaughan 181.182
    most laps run: #55-Ragan, 15 laps.
    notes: #41-Busch slid up into the outside wall in turn 2. He will have to go to a backup car. There were 2 delays for rain showers.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-12-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2015 at 4:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS2, 4:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • 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 #18-Busch.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #21-Blaney.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Michigan Qualifying Page.(6-12-2015)

  • 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: #21-Blaney, #32-Bliss, #33-Ty Dillon.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Gaughan
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Michigan Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 481, -78 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 559 (1st)
    3) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 5202, -39 (2nd)
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 480, -79 (4th)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 465, -94 (5th)
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 441, -118 (6th)
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 415, -144 (9th)
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 379, -180 (12th)
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 379, -180 (13th)
    10) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 368, -191 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 427, -132 (7th in driver points)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 417, -142 (8th)
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon, 411, -148 (10th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 385, -174 (11th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 379, -180 (14th)
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 374, -185 (15th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-7-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

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WEATHER

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Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground
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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 507 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This Chevrolet SS was built new for the 2015 season and been utilized twice so far in 2015, with Dillon earning a 22nd-place finish at Kansas Speedway in May and a 20th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-858: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-858 in the Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-858 made its debut April 7 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where the car started third and finished 42nd after a mechanical problem. Chassis No. 4-858 made its second appearance in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Harvick started 11th and led 100 laps en route to a runner-up finish. In its final appearance of 2014, it started and finished third and led 104 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Chassis No. 4-858 won its first start of 2015, when it started 18th and led 142 laps en route to the win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In its most recent appearance, Harvick started sixth, led 53 laps and finished second at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in May.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-710: This car debuted in April 2012 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The July race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon marked Chassis No. 14-710's second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded the No. 14 team, and they labored to a 12th place finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in April. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with interim driver Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the track's Sept. 7 Sprint Cup race. The testing paid off as Martin scored a top-10 after starting 16th. Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in October for its third start of 2013, its second with Martin and seventh overall, qualifying 21st and finishing 36th after an accident on lap 204 sent it to the garage for repairs. The car underwent a massive overhaul under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston for the 2014 season. It made its first start of 2014 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where with Stewart back in the driver's seat, it qualified 10th and recovered from a midrace spin that dropped it to last in the 43-car field to finish fifth. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte was Chassis No. 14-710's ninth career start, and it had a quiet, but solid outing, finishing 13th. The car didn't race again until April 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where in its first start of 2015, it qualified 11th and finished 24th. Michigan marks Chassis No. 710's 11th career start.
    #27-Paul Menard: Chassis No. 508 has been selected for the Richard Childress Racing team to use in this weekend's Quicken Loans 400. This Chevrolet SS has seen action twice this season at Texas Motor Speedway (Start: 8 / Finish: 41) and Kansas Speedway (Start: 22 / Finish: 18).
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 511 in the Quicken Loans 400. This Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Start: 19/Finish: 6).
    #32-Mike Bliss: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR 815 to serve as the primary car for this weekends Quicken Loans 400. This chassis last ran at Kansas Speedway on May 9th with Joey Gase behind the wheel. Chassis GGR 289 will serve as the backup car.
    #33-TyDillon: will pilot chassis No. 512 for this weekend's Quicken Loan's 400. This brand new chassis prepared by Richard Childress Racing will see track action for the first time during the practice session on Friday morning.
    #41-Kurt Busch: Chassis No. 837: Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 837 in Sunday's Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Formerly a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick, Chassis No. 837 debuted in May 2014 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, where Patrick had one of the best outings of her career as she started ninth and finished seventh. Its next event was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Patrick started 10th and finished 21st. Chassis No. 837 was then tested Aug. 25 and 26 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois before being used at the same racetrack for September's race, in which Patrick started 18th and finished 19th. Chassis No. 837 saw its first laps of 2015 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where Busch qualified the car on the pole and led six times for 65 laps en route to earning a third-place finish. It was most recently raced last month at Kansas, where Busch started and finished eighth.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: Chassis 501: "We raced this car at Fontana (Auto Club Speedway) and at Charlotte (Motor Speedway)," crew chief Brian Burns said.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 9 sets for the race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4630

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.60 in. (2,225 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4630) at Michigan this weekend, they will run distinct left-side codes . . . in Sprint Cup, teams have run this left-side code (D-4558) at Michigan since 2013 . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code at Michigan, though they have run it earlier this season at Las Vegas, Talladega and Kansas . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last year, this right-side features a minor increase in tread gage (thickness) . . . 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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