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THE RACE: Next Race: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2011 season

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Race: Sunday, June 19, 2011 in Brooklyn, MI

Title Sponsor: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:18pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: TNT's Countdown to Green - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: TNT, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty

  • Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Chris Neville

  • TNT's Pre-race show: Lindsay Czarniak, Larry McReynolds, Kyle Petty

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV


Radio Coverage


Event Schedule

Friday, June 17th

12:30  1:50 pm NSCS Practice
3:30  4:50 pm NSCS Final Practice

Saturday, June 18th

1:10 pm NSCS Qualifying

Sunday, June 19th

12:30 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
1:00 pm Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 NSCS race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


Purse/Race Awards

2011: $5,082,319
2010: $5,129,955
2009: $5,282,675
2008: $5,243,196
2007: $5,137,383
2006: $5,037,040
2005: $4,955,273
2004: $4,990,045
2003: $4,388,083
2002: $3,798,525


TRACK/RACE NEWS/STATS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Frontstretch 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: 108,000
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Lloyd Carr
    Command to start engines: Lloyd Carr
    Invocation: Pastor Geoff Rose, Lumen Christi High School, Jackson, MI
    National Anthem: Army Chorus A Capella team
    Flyover: Two F-18 Hornets

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

  • August 2010: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2010: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2010 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 156.386, started 7th

  • August 2010 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 144.029 mph, started 8th

  • 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: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

  • June 2010 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 189.984mph, finished 3rd

  • August 2010 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 187.183mph, finished 14th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 45 years, 6 months, 21 days, 6/16/2002

  • Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995

  • There are four race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Michigan: 0 for 18 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Chicago: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    Homestead: 0 for 10 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004 & 11/2010
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.

  • The Numbers for Michigan (all Sprint Cup races)
    0 - fewest cautions (three times, most recent 6/13/99)
    1 - fewest laps led by race winner (Mark Martin, 6/14/09)
    2 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (five times, most recent 6/15/75)
    5 - fewest leaders (five times, most recent 8/12/84)
    6 - races won from outside a top-20 starting position
    6 - wins by Dodge at MIS since manufacturer's return to NASCAR in 2001
    7 - fewest lead changes (8/12/84)
    8 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend at MIS
    9 - most wins (David Pearson)
    10 - most poles (David Pearson)
    10 - most cautions (8/20/06)
    11 - wins by car owner (Wood Brothers, Jack Roush)
    14 - fewest cars running at finish (6/16/74)
    15 - most leaders (6/20/82)
    18 - drivers with more than one win
    20 - drivers with more than one pole at MIS
    24 - wins from the front row; 16 from the pole
    32 - worst starting position for race winner (Mark Martin, 2009)
    33 - different race winners
    37 - most cars on lead lap at finish (6/18/06)
    40 - different pole winners
    41 - most cars running at finish (five times, most recent 6/17/07)
    63 - most caution laps (8/24/75)
    65 - most lead changes (8/16/81)
    120 minutes - approximate amount of time it takes to dry the 2.0-mile track
    162 - laps led by race winner (Rusty Wallace, 8/20/89)
    2011 Caution Update
    3 - number of races extended beyond scheduled distance in 2011
    4 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana and Pocono)
    16 - most cautions this season (Daytona)
    115 - number of cautions in the first 14 races of 2011; includes 51 for accidents, 27 for debris and 19 for spins
    565 of 4,548 - number of laps under caution in 2011
    745.429 of 5,872.000 - miles under caution in the first 14 races
    (Darnell Communications for Dodge Motorsports)(6-16-2011)

  • At Michigan International Speedway:
    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.
    The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
    There have been 83 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.
    Donnie Allison won the first pole.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.
    There have been 40 different pole winners, led by David Pearson, with 10.
    33 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 have more than one victory there.
    The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers was the last driver to win from the pole the fall race of 2009.
    65 of 83 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 46 from the first four spots.
    The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the 2009 June race.
    The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.
    Among active drivers, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.3. Edwards' first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.8.
    There have been 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan.
    96 drivers in NASCAR's three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Michigan.
    There have been eight race winners from Michigan in NASCAR's three national series.(NASCAR)(6-14-2011)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Michigan Track News/Stats/Links page


Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, June 17, 12:30 - 1:55pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, June 17, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: none, qualifying order is set by practice speeds, if rained out, then by points

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, June 18 at 1:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED; re-air at 8:00pm/et
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Hamlin wins at Michigan: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2011 and 17th win of his career. He took the lead during the final pit stops of the race and held off #17-Matt Kenseth at the checkered flag.
    Kenseth finished second, followed by #18-Busch, #27-Menard, #99-Edwards, #39-Newman, #14-Stewart, #33-Bowyer, #5-Martin, and #83-Vickers. Edwards expanded his point lead to 20. #29-Harvick is now in second after an early spin by #48-Johnson and a 27th place finish.
    There were 21 lead changes among 12 drivers; 5 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 88,000, down from 95,000 last June.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Michigan Race Results/Awards page. (6-19-2011)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Denny Hamlin won the 43rd ANNUAL HELUVA GOOD! SOUR CREAM DIPS 400, his 17th victory in 202 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2011. His last victory came at Texas last November, 16 races ago.
    This is his second consecutive spring race victory and seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 24 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 13 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 20 points over Kevin Harvick.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-19-2011)

  • Michigan Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Denny Hamlin earns his 17th victory in his 202nd race.
    " Denny Hamlin moved into tie for 44th on NASCAR's all-time win list with Kevin Harvick, Marvin Panch and Curtis Turner.
    " Denny Hamlin becomes the 10th different race winner in 15 races in 2011.
    " Denny Hamlin ears his second victory in 11 races at Michigan; he won this race one year ago.
    " Denny Hamlin finished first or second in the past three Michigan races.
    " Denny Hamlin earns his fifth consecutive top-10 finish at Michigan.
    " The past four Michigan races were won from a top-10 starting position.
    " Two drivers in the top-10 scored their best finishes in 2011:Denny Hamlin (first) and Paul Menard (fourth); for Menard, this marked his second-best finish.
    " Landon Cassill (12th) scored his career-best finish; his previous best was 24th.
    " Matt Kenseth (second) scored his third consecutive top-10 finish, extending a streak that began at Kansas.
    " Kyle Busch (third) scored his first top-10 in his past five Michigan races; he finished third at Pocono one week ago.
    " Paul Menard (fourth) posted his best finish and first top-10 in 10 Michigan races.
    " Carl Edwards (fifth) finished 12th or better in the past nine Michigan races, the longest current streak.
    " Carl Edwards scored 11 top-10 finishes in 15 races in 2011, the most of all drivers.(NASCAR.com/Racing Recall)(6-20-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 15 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 532
    2) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 512, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 505, -27
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 503, -29
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 503, -29
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 491, -41
    7) #22-Kurt Busch, 491, -41
    8) #39-Ryan Newman, 456, -76
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 455, -77
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 455, -77
    wild cards
    11) #14-Tony Stewart, 454, -78 [11th in points]
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 438, -94 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 12 pts out of 20th; #78-Smith is 29th, 54 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as they are in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-19-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Infineon:
    No changes this week, but with the #21 team not attempting Infineon, Gordon will be locked in there.
    31) #34-Gilliland/Front Row, 254, +76
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 231, +53
    33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 223, +45
    34) #13-Mears/Germain, 219, +41
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 201, +23 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 178, 23 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 176, -25
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 178, -28
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-19-2011)

  • Penalty Report - Michigan:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #20, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end
    #48, 8, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #7, 26, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #2, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #56, 120, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    #42, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #71, 159, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #36, 160, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #88, 191, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #31, 192, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, tail end
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-19-2011)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #48-Johnson, 27th
    Caution 3: #34-Gilliland, 29th
    Caution 4: #16-Biffle,15th
    Caution 5: #43-Allmendinger, 13th
    (6-19-2011)

  • Pit Road Times
    Michigan International Speedway
    Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics
    Sun, June 19, 2011 @ 04:14 PM Eastern

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    39 6 Ryan Newman 200 03:43.4 223.423 37.237
    47 6 Bobby Labonte 200 03:57.8 237.755 39.626
    11 7 Denny Hamlin 200 04:06.8 246.764 35.252
    27 7 Paul Menard 200 04:08.2 248.188 35.455
    22 7 Kurt Busch 200 04:09.9 249.883 35.698
    99 7 Carl Edwards 200 04:10.9 250.861 35.837
    18 7 Kyle Busch 200 04:12.8 252.812 36.116
    83 7 Brian Vickers 200 04:15.1 255.057 36.437
    1 7 Jamie McMurray 200 04:15.1 255.117 36.445
    14 7 Tony Stewart 200 04:15.2 255.239 36.463
    5 7 Mark Martin 200 04:15.7 255.679 36.526
    9 7 Marcos Ambrose 200 04:17.0 256.962 36.709
    20 7 Joey Logano 200 04:22.0 261.995 37.428
    24 7 Jeff Gordon 200 04:28.2 268.176 38.311
    29 7 Kevin Harvick 200 04:32.7 272.689 38.956
    17 8 Matt Kenseth 200 04:38.3 278.289 34.786
    33 7 Clint Bowyer 200 04:44.0 283.969 40.567
    21 7 Trevor Bayne(i) 200 04:45.7 285.745 40.821
    16 8 Greg Biffle 200 04:59.3 299.349 37.419
    51 7 Landon Cassill(i) 200 05:03.4 303.435 43.348
    43 8 A J Allmendinger 200 05:05.8 305.752 38.219
    6 8 David Ragan 200 05:17.6 317.576 39.697
    31 7 Jeff Burton 200 06:20.6 380.617 54.374
    2 7 Brad Keselowski 200 07:14.1 434.094 62.013
    88 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 200 07:19.6 439.64 54.955
    32 7 Mike Bliss(i) 199 04:44.8 284.836 40.691
    34 7 David Gilliland 199 04:47.9 287.862 41.123
    38 7 Travis Kvapil(i) 199 04:52.4 292.367 41.767
    56 8 Martin Truex Jr. 199 04:55.6 295.592 36.949
    4 7 Kasey Kahne 199 05:11.4 311.422 44.489
    42 6 Juan Pablo Montoya 199 05:12.3 312.254 52.042
    48 8 Jimmie Johnson 199 08:06.9 486.877 60.86
    78 9 Regan Smith 199 08:22.5 502.504 55.834
    36 9 Dave Blaney 198 07:30.3 450.329 50.037
    0 8 David Reutimann 180 18:33.3 1,113.26 139.157
    71 5 Andy Lally # 155 03:21.2 201.156 40.231
    7 3 Robby Gordon 80 02:49.4 169.425 56.475
    13 2 Casey Mears 51 01:52.1 112.073 56.037
    46 2 J J Yeley 47 01:58.2 118.226 59.113
    87 2 Joe Nemechek(i) 44 01:25.9 85.891 42.946
    30 2 David Stremme 39 01:02.3 62.324 31.162
    81 2 Scott Riggs(i) 30 00:52.3 52.293 26.147
    66 1 Michael McDowell 28 00:33.8 33.84 33.84

    * Includes time spent in the garage
    (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

  • Race Coverage of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 19, 2011.
    Television (TV): TNT at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #00-Reutimann took pit stall 43, the final pit stall.
    #17-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 38th pit stall, the last stall with an opening in front of it.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-18-2011)

  • 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

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2011 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, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kurt Busch wins Michigan pole: #22-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 188.699mph. It is his 3rd pole of the season (and third in a row) and the 15th of his career. It is Penske Racing's 4th pole in a row. #00-Reutimann starts 2nd followed by #17-Kenseth, #83-Vickers, #78-Smith, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #4-Kahne, #27-Menard and #11-Hamlin
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #38-Kvapil, #87-Nemechek, #30-Stremme, #46-Yeley, #71-Lally, #7-Gordon, #66-McDowell, #81-Riggs.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #37-Raines, #92-Keselowski, #60-Skinner.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Michigan Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(6-18-2011)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 43rd ANNUAL HELUVA GOOD! SOUR CREAM DIPS 400 with a lap of 38.156 seconds, 188.699 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 379 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third consecutive pole and eighth top-10 start in 2011.
    The last time a driver won three consecutive poles was Brian Vickers in 2009 (Note: Two qualifying sessions were canceled during the streak. The last driver to win three poles in three races was Ryan Newman in 2007.)
    This is Penske Racing's fourth consecutive pole. Brad Keselowski won the pole at Charlotte.
    This is his second pole in 21 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    David Reutimann (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2011 and his fourth in nine races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his fourth in 15 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-18-2011)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 1:00 pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) via nascar.com only
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Michigan Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Qualifying Order for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers are now mixed in with the top-35 drivers, slowest by fastest in first practice.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #92-Keselowski, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #6-Ragan, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Michigan Qualifying Page.(6-17-2011)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #30-Stremme 185.428
    #46-Yeley 185.095
    #38-Kvapil 184.867
    #48-Johnson 184.516
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 184.417
    slowest: #60-Skinner 180.950 & #13-Mears 180.288
    notes: #20-Logano lost an engine during the session. #31-Burton got loose and was hit in the rear by #6-Ragan. Niether car suffered serious damage. Logano practiced #11-Hamlin's car late in the session for some additional practice time while his crew changed the engine in his car.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(6-17-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 1st
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 2nd
    #38-Travis Kvapil 3rd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 7th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 10th
    #66-Michael McDowell, 11th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 15thth
    #71-Andy Lally, 29thth
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 38thth
    #37-Tony Raines, 41st
    #60-Mike Skinner, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • 1st Friday practice for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #6-Ragan 186.601
    #43-Allmendinger 186.591
    #29-Harvick 186.519
    #00-Reutimann 186.461
    #4-Kahne 186.249
    slowest: #32-Bliss 179.614 & #92-Keselowski 178.838.
    This session will set the qualifying order for Saturday's qualifying, with slowest out first and fastest out last, all cars, the field is not separated by top-35 in owners points anymore.
    See speeds, average speeds, laps run on the Michigan Practice Speeds Page. (6-17-2011)

  • Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 33rd
    #30-David Stremme, 34th
    #7-Robby Gordon, 35th
    #81-Scott Riggs, 37th
    #71-Andy Lally, 38th
    #38-Travis Kvapil 39th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #60-Mike Skinner, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #37-Tony Raines, 43rd
    #66-Michael McDowell, 44th
    #92-Brian Keselowski, 46th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • The Entry List for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #50-T.J. Bell has withdrawn.
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #7-Robby Gordon (36/14)
    #30-David Stremme (44/5)
    #37-Tony Raines (39/14)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (38/14)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/14)
    #60-Mike Skinner (43/14)
    #66-Michael McDowell (41/14)
    #71-Andy Lally (37/14)
    #81-Scott Riggs (50/5)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/14)
    #92-Brian Kesekowski (48/6)
    In the event that all practices and qualifying are all rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 7,71,38,37,46,66,87,60
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 92,30,81
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List.(6-13/17-2011)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    No changes this week.
    31) #51-Cassill/Phoenix, 224, +53
    32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 221, +50
    33) #13-Mears/Germain, 212, +41
    34) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 210, +39
    35) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 173, +2 points ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #7-RGordon/RGM, 171, 2 points out of top 35
    37) #71-Lally/TRG, 168, -5
    38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 160, -13
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(6-12-2011)

  • 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Pocono, race 14 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 492
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 486, -6
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 482, -10
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 481, -11
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 467, -25
    6) #22-Kurt Busch, 457, -35
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 448, -44
    8) #33-Clint Bowyer, 419, -73
    9) #14-Tony Stewart, 417, -75
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 417, -75
    wild cards
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon [2 wins], 411, -81 [11th in points]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 408, -84 [12th in points]
    Two race winners are not inside the top-20: #2-Keselowski is 22nd, 13 pts out of 20th; and #78-Smith is 27th, 47 pts out of 20th
    NOTE: wild cards are drivers not in the chase with a win as long as in the top-20 in points, then if no wins by drivers points
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(6-12-2011)

  • NEW 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures: (as of June 10, 2011)
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) Qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book. Set by top-35 practice speeds, then go-or-go homers. If all practices and qualifying are cancelled, then set by top 35 owners points, then race attempts


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#11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
#16-Greg Biffle Red Cross / 3M #16 Team Schemes Page
#18-Kyle Busch Snickers #18 Team Schemes Page
#24-Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger #24 Team Schemes Page
#27-Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints not...yet
#38-Travis Kvapil Fellowship of Christian Athletes #24 Team Schemes Page
#39-Ryan Newman Army Strong 246 years #39 Team Schemes Page
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya Cars 2 (the movie) not...yet
#47-Bobby Labonte RainEater #47 Team Schemes Page
#48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools #48 Team Schemes Page
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
#92-Brian Keselowski Melling #92 Team Schemes Page

Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery


Some Chassis Selections by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Michigan: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Michigan for the Sprint Cup Series Race:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1104 to Michigan this weekend. This chassis was last used at Charlotte for both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. McMurray ran well with this chassis in the 600, leading several laps before losing an engine.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will race chassis PRS-755 during Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan. This is a new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-744 Last ran All-Star race - finished eighth; Backup: RK-695 Last ran Phoenix in 2010 as the #99 - finished first
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 743 for the 400-mile event at Michigan. This DEWALT Ford was run previously this season at California and Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-564: This car debuted at Texas in November 2009, where it delivered a strong performance by qualifying fourth and finishing sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway marked the car's second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps before two separate on-track incidents with Juan Pablo Montoya relegated it to a 22nd-place finish. It saw action during the offseason when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas Jan. 19-20. Chassis No. 14-564 returned to competition in February at Auto Club where in the second race of the 2010 campaign, it started 16th and finished ninth. It returned to Texas in April for its fourth career start, where it qualified on the pole and led five times for 74 laps before a late-race accident relegated it to an undeserved 32nd-place finish. It was repaired and fitted with a new body for the series' June stop at Michigan, where it qualified 17th and finished a solid fifth. It sat idle until it returned to Michigan for the series' August visit to the 2-mile oval, qualifying fourth and leading three times for 36 laps before finishing sixth. The October race at Fontana marked Chassis No. 14-564's seventh career start and second at Fontana, and there it delivered Stewart's 39th career Sprint Cup win and his first at Fontana. The same car returned to action in November at Texas, where it qualified 11th and 500 miles later finished 11th. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-564 got its first start of 2011 and the ninth of its career at Fontana. It again proved strong, qualifying fifth and leading four times for 11 laps. In the waning laps, however, it dropped from third to 13th after a late-race restart. Its most recent start came in May at Charlotte in the non-points All-Star Race, where it started sixth and finished fourth.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-741 (last raced at Charlotte)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 311: This is a brand new chassis that is slated to see action for the first time in Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #303 to Michigan this weekend. The team originally brought this chassis to Martinsville, but it was not raced following a practice incident. The team rebuilt the car and will race it for the first time on Sunday. The back-up chassis is #275 that Logano did drive in the Martinsville race and went on to finish in the 13th position.
    #22-Kurt Busch & his Steve Addington-led #22 Penske Racing Team will be racing their "PRS-754" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Michigan. This chassis debuted in the June 5 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. Busch won the pole and dominated the race -- leading four times for 152 of the 267 laps - before the outcome was determined by fuel mileage.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 326 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy was a brand new addition to the RCR fleet for the 2011 season and was last seen in competition on track at Bristol Motor Speedway where Menard brought home a fifth-place result after starting from the fourth position. This car also saw paces this year during the non-points Sprint Showdown at Charlotte where Menard started third and finished 11th.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will race chassis No. 299 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. The team utilized this race car twice in 2010 and twice this year. Last season, Harvick recorded finishes of second at Las Vegas (2/28) and 19th at Michigan (6/13) in this car. So far this year he's driven chassis No. 299 to a win at Auto Club Speedway (3/28) and a 10th-place finish at Dover (5/15).
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 288 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. A former #29 racer, teammate Kevin Harvick raced this chassis eight times in 2010, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes. The top-five runs included second-place finishes at Auto Club Speedway (2/21) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (7/25) and Harvick's win at Michigan (8/15). Most recently, this RCR entry competed at Pocono Raceway last weekend where Harvick scored a fifth-place finish.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 350 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy, built new for 2011, has now seen action twice this season - the first being a runner-up finish at Texas in April and the most recent coming two weeks ago in the Coca-Cola 600 when Bowyer brought home a 15th-place effort.
    #36-Dave Blaney: will pilot the #78 chassis this weekend at Michigan. TBR previously ran the chassis at Kansas, Richmond, Martinsville and Phoenix. Blaney drove the #78 chassis to TBR's best finish of 13th at Richmond earlier this season.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie will bring chassis #1015 to Michigan. This chassis was used earlier this year at Charlotte along with Michigan last season.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 710 for this weekend's event at Michigan. This Best Buy Ford has been run previously this season at Bristol and Dover.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: finished 28th in primary chassis No. 659 at Charlotte in May. Backup chassis No. 623 crossed the finish line 16th at Las Vegas in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-739; Last outing: Dover in May - finished 7th
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(6-16-2011)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side -- 1,325; Right-side -- 1,325

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

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4396; Right-side -- D-4444

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear  20 psi
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 36-40 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a slightly different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan this weekend . . . while teams in both series will run the same left-side tire code (D-4396), they will run distinct right-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams ran this left-side at Michigan last season . . . they have also run ths right-side code (D-4444) at Dover last month . . . compared to what was run at Michigan last season, this right-side features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other NASCAR speedways . . . 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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