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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Pure Michigan

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, August 13
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 14
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
5:05 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, August 15
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, August 16
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM NSCS RACE

Michigan Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
-- 12:30pm:NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-- 2:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
-- 2:28pm: Canadian Anthem by: MIS' Own, Lisa Bascom
-- 2:30pm: Presentation of Colors: Michigan State Police
-- 2:30pm.: Moment of Silence for Buddy Baker
-- 2:30pm: Invocation by: Fr. Geoff Rose
-- 2:31pm: National Anthem by: Jena Irene
-- 2:33pm: Flyover TOT by: Three (3) Aero L-39 Albatros Aircraft
-- 2:38pm.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines": Michael Harris, Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America - Michigan
-- 2:46pm: Start of the Pure Michigan 400 (200 Laps, 400 Miles) (TV: NBCSN. Radio: MRN/Sirius XM)
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, August 14, 11:00am - 1:15pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, August 15, 8:30 - 9:25am/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 15, 11:30am - 12:25pm/et, TV-CNBC

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, August 14 at 5:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,260,905
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 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: Michael Harris, Executive Director, Michigan Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Command to start engines: Michael Harris, Executive Director, Michigan Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Kyle Oliver, MIS Contest Winner
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: Michigan State Police
    Invocation: Fr. Geoff Rose
    National Anthem: Jena Irene Asciutto, American Idol runner-up
    Flyover: 3 Aero L-39 Albatros Aircraft

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

  • June 2015: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2014: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2015 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 116.688mph, started 24th (rain shortened 138 laps)

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 201.992mph, finished 15th

  • 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...................101.2
    #19-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 (21 total) among active drivers at Michigan Interanational 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)(8-11-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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 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.
    The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
    (NASCAR)(8-13-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
    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 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.
    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).
    18 of the 92 (19.5%) 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 92 (28.2%) 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 92 (75%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 92 (7.6%) 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 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)(8-14-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway Driver Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    377 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 275 in more than one.
    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 45 starts.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.556.
    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).
    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).
    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.
    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.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 9.818.
    Jamie McMurray leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 25; followed by Casey Mears at 24.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 1,058 laps led in 45 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)(8-15-2015)

  • Michigan International Speedway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 92 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.
    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 23. 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).
    Five of the 92 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/14/2015.
    (NASCAR)(8-16-2015)

  • 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

  • Kenseth wins at Michigan: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Michigan and 34th career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 146 of the 200 laps and winning by 1.7 seconds.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #3-Dillon (his career best finish), #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #22-Logano, #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    #18-Busch finished 11th and moved up to 29th in the points standings. He is now 23 points ahead of 31st and remains Chase-eligible.
    #4-Harvick continues to be the points leader, now 48 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 16 lead changes among 8 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 143.455mph.
    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).(8-16-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Matt Kenseth won the 46th Annual Pure Michigan 400, his 34th victory in 567 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, Kenseth takes sole possession of 20th on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his third victory and 20th top-10 finish in 33 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 30 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 48 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-16-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](6th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (29th)
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins] (7th)
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    5) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] (2nd)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (8th)
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (4th)
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (5th)
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](9th)
    11) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](14th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase, except Busch who must remain in the top 30)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +70 ahead of 16th in driver points
    13) #27-Paul Menard, +61
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, +56
    15) #24-Jeff Gordon, +55
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +23
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -23
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -26
    19) #16-Biffle, -63
    (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).(8-16-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 866
    2) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 818, -48
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 784, -82
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 755, -111
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 754, -112
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 752, -114
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 751, -115
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 683, -183
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 670, -196
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 663, -203
    (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).(8-16-2015)

  • 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: #9-Hornish, Jr., 19th
    Caution 5: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 10th
    Caution 6: #43-Almirola, 14th
    Caution 7: #5-Kahne, 15th
    Caution 8: #55-Ragan, 18th
    (8-16-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:30 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown to Green pre-race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 2:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, August 17 at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN [NASCAR 120]

  • 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 #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 23, the first pit stall before the start-finish line, with an opening in front of it.
    #19-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-14-2015)

  • 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 Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #78-Truex, Jr. 191.729
    #22-Logano 191.215
    #19-Edwards 191.189
    #42-Larson 191.027
    #3-Dillon 190.890
    slowest: #32-Wise 184.762 & #33-Kvapil 181.123.
    Notes: #18-Busch spun off turn 4 early in the session and ran through the infield grass, tearing up the front end of the car. He will go to a backup car.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Michigan final practice page (pdf).(8-15-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #4-Harvick 194.784
    #20-Kenseth 194.411
    #42-Larson 194.013
    #18-Busch 193.976
    #48-Johnson 193.934
    slowest: #33-Kvapil 185.883 & #98-Hill 185.014.
    Notes: Late in the practice several cars got on track and ran together to test the aero package for tomorrow's race.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Michigan 2nd practice page (pdf).(8-15-2015)

  • Kenseth wins Michigan pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 197.488mph for his 3rd pole of 2015, 1st at Michigan and 16th of his career.
    #11-Hamlin is on the outside pole followed by #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, and #15-Bowyer.
    It is the first ever 1-2-3 start for Joe Gibbs Racing.
    Missing the race was: #62-Sorenson.
    See the starting Lineup, qualifying results by round, pole progression and more on Jayski.com's Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-14-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 46th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a lap of 36.458 seconds, 197.488 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 567 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ties NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Curtis Turner for 45th on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his third pole and 13th top-10 start in 2015. He matches a career-high in poles (2011 and 2013).
    This is his first pole in 33 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best Michigan start was second in August of 2011.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2015 and his ninth in 20 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 13th in 23 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-14-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after all 44 drivers have made an attempt.
    #20-Kenseth 195.988
    #19-Edwards 195.881
    #18-Busch 195.631
    #11-Hamlin 195.535
    #14-Stewart 195.122
    the rest of the top 12: 4 3 22 48 5 88 15;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 55 2 9 41 31 1 21 16 24 78 10 27 6 47 17 51 26 43 40 83 7 42 35 38 23 24 46 13 62 32 33 98.
    Driver who will miss the race: #62-Sorenson.
    (8-14-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2015 at 5:05pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over after 145 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #19-Edwards 196.046
    #4-Harvick 194.858
    #3-Dillon 194.679
    #14-Stewart 194.610
    #11-Hamlin 194.133
    slowest: #62-Sorenson 180.225 & #23-Yeley 178.138.
    most laps run: #41-Busch, 42 laps
    Notes: Matt Crafton is practicing the #43 for Aric Almirola. Almirola is ill, but plans to qualify the car.
    Qualifying is scheduled for today at 5:05pm/et on NBCSN.
    See fastest practice speeds, laps run on the Michigan 1st practice page (pdf).(8-14-2015)

  • Superspeedway qualifying format to be used at Indy, Michigan: NASCAR officials told NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series teams on Wednesday that it plans to use the superspeedway qualifying format at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend and Michigan International Speedway next month. Beginning in May at Talladega Superspeedway, there were two rounds of qualifying with drivers turning one timed lap. The top 12 advanced to the final round. Each driver took a warm-up lap, the timed lap and a cool-down lap before returning to pit road. Last weekend, the format was scheduled to be run by the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, but rain forced the field to be set per the rule book by practice speeds.
    Based on first practice speeds at Michigan, vehicles will line up on pit road for the first round, slowest to fastest -- rather than nose in or nose out in a pit stall -- and NASCAR will release drivers at a predetermined interval. The sanctioning body reserves the right to have more than one vehicle on track at a time. It's likely that two vehicles will be on track at the same time, but the second vehicle won't impede or help the one it follows on track. Following each lap, NASCAR will impound vehicles, and there will be a 10-minute break between rounds. Only during that break may teams make adjustments, and they will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down unit at that time. The final round qualifying order will be set from slowest to fastest speeds in the first round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in that second session.(NASCAR.com)(7-15/26-2015)

  • Qualifying Order for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #23-Yeley.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #19-Edwards.
    NASCAR is using the superspeedway qualfiying format this weekend at Michigan, so qualifying order is based on Friday practice speeds, with the slowest driver going out first and the fastest driver out last.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-14-2015)

  • Only a new winner can clinch Chase spot at Michigan: In the blink of an eye, playoff spots vanished at Watkins Glen. That's exactly what happened when Joey Logano won his second race of the season. In addition, Kevin Harvick's strong finish (combined with Jamie McMurray's subpar one) guaranteed that the regular season points leader will have at least one win. Those two events all led to this: Aside from Kyle Busch, all drivers with at least one win have locked up a spot in the Chase, assuming they start the remaining races in the regular season. In all, 10 spots are spoken for. Six are still up for grabs (and if Kyle Busch stays in the top 30, five). And with 11 different winners, and only four regular season races remaining, it also means that at least one winless driver will earn a Chase spot. But it won't happen this weekend. The only driver who can clinch a Chase spot on Sunday at Michigan will be the winner of the race, as long as he or she has also clinched a top 30 spot (a clinching driver needs to have a win and a 145-point lead over 31st in order to lock up a spot).(NASCAR)(8-14-2015)

  • Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney, #32-Wise, #33-Kvapil, #62-Sorenson, #98-Hill.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Sorenson (46th).
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #21-Blaney (10 attempts)
    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 Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](4th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (30th)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    4) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins] (2nd)
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins] (7th)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (8th)
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (5th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (6th)
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](10th)
    11) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](15th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase, except Busch who must remain in the top 30)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +73 ahead of 16th in driver points
    13) #27-Paul Menard, +60
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, +58
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, +51
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +50
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -50
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -51
    19) #16-Biffle, -80
    (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).(8-9-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Watkins Glen, race 22 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 823
    2) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 781, -42
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 750, -73
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 747, -76
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 719, -104
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 714, -109
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 659, -164
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 659, -164
    9) #1-Jamie McMurray, 635, -188
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 631, -192
    (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).

    (8-9-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 6 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; Right Front -- 57 psi;
    Left Rear - 26 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck 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 . . . they added this right-side code at Michigan this past June . . . they also ran this right-side earlier this season at Las Vegas, Talladega and Kansas . . . 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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