NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Pure Michigan 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, August 28, 2016 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Pure Michigan

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race: NBCSN - 1:00 pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 2:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, August 29 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, August 25
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, August 26
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, August 27
6:30 AM - 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, August 28
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NSCS RACE

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

  • Michigan Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, August 28: (eastern time)
    12:00 pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    1:30:00 pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    1:58:15 pm: Canadian Anthem by MIS' Own, Lisa Bascom
    2:00:00 pm: Presentation of Colors Michigan State Police
    2:00:20 pm: Invocation by Fr. Geoff Rose
    2:01:00 pm: National Anthem by US Army A Capella Chorus
    2:02:10 pm: Flyover: (2) F-16s, 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard
    2:07:10 pm: Command to Start Engines by Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings Head Coach
    followed by another flyover by Breitling Jet Team
    2:15:40 pm: Start (green flag) of the Pure Michigan 400
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, August 26, 12:00 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
    Saturday, August 27, 8:30 - 9:25 pm/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 27, 11:30 am - 12:50 pm/et, TV-CNBC

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, August 26 at 5:15 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: front stretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet Frontstretch Length: 3,600 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
    Seating Capacity: 71,000 [down from 84,000(2012), 108,000(2011) and 137,243(2006)]
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill
    Command to start engines: Jeff Blashill
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: co-founder of Slow Roll Detroit, Jason Hall
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Actor Jake Short
    Color Guard: Michigan State Police
    Invocation: Fr. Geoff Rose
    Canadian National Anthem: Lisa Bascom of MIS
    USA National Anthem: United States Army Chorus Quartet
    Flyover #1: two F-16s, 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard
    Flyover #2: Breitling Jet Team (after command to start engines)

  • June 2016: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • August 2015: see the Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2016 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 134.241mph, started 1st

  • August 2015 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 143.455mph, 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 2016 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 199.557mph, finished 1st

  • August 2015 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 197.488mph, 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:
    Chase Elliott............................. 123.8
    Matt Kenseth............................ 102.7
    Carl Edwards............................ 101.3
    Greg Biffle................................ 100.6
    Jimmie Johnson.......................... 99.2
    Joey Logano............................... 96.7
    Tony Stewart.............................. 93.8
    Kevin Harvick.............................. 92.7
    Brad Keselowski......................... 92.4
    Kurt Busch.................................. 90.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (23 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 Track Notes & 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 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)

  • Michigan Pole Notes & Facts:
    Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
    47 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with three.
    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.
    20 of the 94 (21.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the last two races have been won from the pole - Matt Kenseth (Aug. 2015) and Joey Logano (June 2016).
    The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
    28 of the 94 (29.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 20 from the pole and eight from second-place.
    56 of the 94 (59.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-five starting position.
    71 of the 94 (75.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 94 (7.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.724. 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)

  • Michigan Driver Notes & Facts:
    381 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 280 in more than one.
    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 33.
    A total of 38 drivers have made their first series start at Michigan International Speedway.
    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).
    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; followed by Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth with three each.
    Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway, including four consecutive by Bill Elliott (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep).
    Greg Biffle (2004-2005 and 2012-2013) and Ryan Newman (2003-2004) are the only two active drivers to win consecutive series races at Michigan.
    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.
    Among the active NSCS Michigan winners Kevin Harvick (19), Kyle Busch (13) 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 six.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 14.
    Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 21.
    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 9.500.
    Jamie McMurray leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 27; followed by Casey Mears at 26.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 650 laps led in 29 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)

  • Michigan Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 94 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan; led by Ford with 35 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 23, Mercury (12), Dodge (nine), Toyota (five), Buick (four) Pontiac (four) and Oldsmobile (two).
    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).
    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 94 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)

  • Lap Leaders after 23 races:
    Driver, Laps Led
    1) #18-Kyle Busch, 1,242
    2) #78-Martin Truex Jr, 990
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 957
    4) #19-Carl Edwards, 741
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth, 469
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 373
    7) #22-Joey Logano, 327
    8) #41-Kurt Busch, 234
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 229
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 202
    34 drivers have led at least one lap
    Through August 21

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Larson wins Michigan: #42-Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Michigan and FIRST career win. Larson led a race high 41 of 200 laps to win his first race.
    The victory came in Larson's 99th start in the series, long after most observers expected Larson to record his first win. It also broke a 99-race drought for Chip Ganassi Racing, dating to Jamie McMurray's victory at Talladega in October 2013. It was also the first win for car #42 since Juan Pablo Montoya won Watkins Glen in August 2010.
    #24-Elliott (ties his career best finish) finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #21-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #19-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin and #22-Logano.
    #14-Tony Stewart clinched a position in the top 30 in the standings and therefore a berth in the Chase with his 21st-place finish.
    #34-Chris Buescher lost a cylinder early in the race, finished 35th, and held onto a seven-point lead over #23-David Ragan for the 30th spot in the standings.
    Buescher must remain in the top 30 after the next two races to parlay his Pocono victory into a Chase berth.
    The win marked the first time a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs has reached Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    It is the first time in NASCAR history that first time winners in each of the three National series on the same weekend: Larson at Michigan in the Cup series. Michael McDowell at Road America in the XFINITY Series and Brian Moffitt winning the Michigan Truck Series race.
    There were 20 lead changes among 13 drivers and 4 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 162.730 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-28-2016)

  • Brad Keselowski's car fails postrace inspection at MIS: #2-Brad Keselowski, who finished 3rd, had his car fail postrace measurements following the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The typical penalty for the violation has been a 15-point deduction for the driver and a $25,000 fine to the crew chief, but NASCAR won't comment on potential penalties until they are announced, which typically is the Wednesday following a race. The 15-point penalty is insignificant to Keselowski, who sits second in the standings by 50 points and whose four wins this year have him locked into NASCAR's postseason Chase for the Sprint Cup. The #2 Ford failed the inspection station that measures tire camber, axle housing, alignment, rocker panels and the main frame rail. All cars go through that inspection station prior to the race. The top-five cars plus any other cars chosen by NASCAR also go through it after the race.(ESPN)(8-28-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
    #42-Kyle Larson won the 47th Annual Pure Michigan 400 , his first victory in 99 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his third top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Larson is the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    With the victory, Larson now cliches a spot in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    Chip Ganassi Racing ends a wins drought of 99 races, extending back to Jamie McMurray's win on October 20, 2013 at Talladega.
    #24-Chase Elliott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 6th
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 1st
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 3rd
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    8) #41-Busch [1], 4th
    9) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #42-Larson [1], 15th
    12) #14-Stewart [1], 26th
    13) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by points standings
    14) #24-Elliott, 11th in points, 27 pts ahead of 17th
    15) #3-Dillon, 12th, +21
    16) #1-McMurray, 13th, +15
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #31-Newman, 14th, -15 out of 16th
    18) #5-Kahne, 16th, -52
    19) #6-Bayne, 17th, -58
    20) #21-Blaney, 18th, -71pts
    (8-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2 wins], 799
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 774, -25
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 724, -75
    4) #41-Busch [1], 721, -78
    5) #22-Logano [1], 716, -83
    6) #18-Busch [4], 696, -103
    7) #11-Hamlin [2], 691, -108
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 652, -147
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 648, -151
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 633, -166
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #30-Wise, 38th
    Caution 2: #32-Earnhardt, 37th
    Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 11th
    Caution 4: #27-Menard, 18th
    (8-28-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 2:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Live updates on JAYSKI.com Twitter
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, August 29 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (41,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson, Jr. took pit stall 40, the final pit stall.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 23rd pit stall, the first stall with an opening in front of it (not counting #1 stall).
    The final pit stall (40th) was taken by #48-Johnson, starts 2nd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after about 25 minutes of practice before lightning ended it, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 197.878
    #24-Elliott 197.786
    #48-Johnson 197.694
    #5-Kahne 197.455
    #2-Keselowski 197.412
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 9 drivers) #42-Larson 196.346
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 186.960 & #98-Whitt 188.403
    no speed: #55-Sorenson
    most laps run: #42-Larson, 22; #1-McMurray, 21.
    notes: #11-Hamlin got loose and spun off turn 4, going thru the infield grass, doing some damage to the car, but the team plans to fix the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Michigan Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(8-27-2016)

  • 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 and notes:
    #14-Stewart 202.122
    #21-Blaney 201.427
    #24-Elliott 201.196
    #41-Busch 201.089
    #42-Larson 200.932
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 11 drivers) #18-Busch 199.713
    slowest: #32-Earnhardt 188.843 & #55-Sorenson 189.788
    most laps run: #88-Bowman, 38; #24-Elliott, 33.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Michigan Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-27-2016)

  • Logano wins Michigan pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 201.698mph for his 3rd pole of 2016, 3rd at Michigan and 17th of his career. Logano has won three races from the pole in his career in 16 tries, including both times he won the pole at Michigan. Logano won from the pole in June at Michigan, leading 138 of 200 laps.
    #48-Johnson will start 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #24-Elliott, #88-Alex Bowman, #21-Blaney, #1-McMurray, #19-Edwards, #31-Newman, #5-Kahne and #42-Larson.
    #42-Larson was quickest in the second round with a speed of 201.879mph, starts 12th.
    #48-Johnson was fastest in the first round at 201.134, starts 2nd.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Michigan qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Michigan Starting Lineup page (pdf).(8-26-2016)

  • Michigan International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 47th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a lap of 35.697 seconds, 201.698 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 279 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 18th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his third pole in 16 races at Michigan International Speedway. Logano won the race after winning his previous two Michigan poles. Two drivers have won three or more Michigan races from the pole: NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson (four) and Bill Elliott (three).
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2016 and his 20th in 30 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 22nd in 24 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-26-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #42-Larson 201.879
    #24-Elliott 201.726
    #1-McMurray 201.556
    #11-Hamlin 201.112
    #48-Johnson 201.061
    the rest of the top 12: 4 21 22 88 19 5 31;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 20 78 14 18 3 2 41 27 34 16 10 6
    (8-26-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #48-Johnson 201.134
    #11-Hamlin 200.764
    #42-Larson 200.647
    #27-Menard 200.429
    #24-Elliott 200.273
    the rest of the top 24: 88 78 22 20 41 1 19 21 5 4 18 14 31 16 2 3 34 10 6;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 47 43 15 13 17 44 7 23 38 83 95 46 98 30 55 32
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, as 40 cars were entered for 40 spots
    (8-26-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #17-Stenhouse Jr.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #4-Harvick.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Michigan Qualifying Order Page (pdf).

  • Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #78-Truex Jr. 201.545
    #48-Johnson 201.134
    #22-Logano 200.966
    #21-Blaney 200.775
    #42-Larson 200.730
    #88-Bowman was 14th fastest
    most laps run: #14-Stewart, 29; #88-Bowman, 24.
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 187.818 & #98-Whitt 188.957
    notes: practice was aired on NBCSN.
    late in practice, #32-Earnhardt got into the wall, the team will go to a backup car for qualifying.
    qualifying is scheduled for 5:15pm/et, also on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Michigan Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-26-2016)

  • Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Alex Bowman, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Michigan Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 23 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 6th in driver points
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 2nd
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    8) #41-Busch [1], 3rd
    9) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
    12) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    13) #3-Dillon, 11th in drivers points, 55 ahead of 17th
    14) #24-Elliott, 12th, +47
    15) #1-McMurray, 13th, +42
    16) #31-Newman, 14th, +35
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #6-Bayne, 15th, -35 out of 16th
    18) #42-Larson, 16th, -39
    19) #5-Kahne, 17th, -39
    20) #47-Allmendinger, 18th, -58pts
    (8-21-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 23 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2], 762
    2) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 735, -27
    3) #41-Busch [1], 692, -70
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 689, -73
    5) #22-Logano [1], 684, -78
    6) #18-Busch, [4], 674, -88
    7) #11-Hamlin, 659, -103
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 630, -132
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 612, -150
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 604, -158
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 8 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4702; Right-side -- D-4704

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.54 in. (2,249 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear - 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 57 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 at Michigan this weekend, they will run distinct left-side tires . . . in Sprint Cup, this is the same tire set-up teams ran at this track in June . . . this right-side tire code (D-4704) incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . 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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