THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: DHL 400

    Nextel Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, June 20, 2004 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: FOX 1:00pm/et, green flag 1:30pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, June 23 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, June 24 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, June 25 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond



  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,990,045 (was $4,388,083 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, June 18, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, June 19, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 19, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX tape delay at 6:30pm/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 18, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: or
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, June 18 at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel at 4:00pm/et tape delay with a re-air at 9:30pm/et, live via MRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid).

  • NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).


  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 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
    Seating: 136,000, attendence: 151,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 65mph

  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 June Michigan page


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required: Left - 1,200; Right - 1,200

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6610; Right - D-6812

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 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 - 24 psi; Left Rear - 24 psi;
    Right Front - 44 psi; Right Rear - 41 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Michigan . . . the previous combination had been run at the track since June 2001 . . . these same tire codes have also been run by Nextel Cup teams earlier this season at California, Charlotte and Dover . . . in addition to being run at these four tracks again in the second half of the 2004 season, Goodyear will also bring this combination to Chicagoland 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 . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Comparing what Goodyear has brought to Michigan in the past, this year's right-side compound is only slightly softer than in 2003, while the left-side compound is significantly softer. The overall construction is also softer, continuing on what we've done with the entire 2004 tire lineup. We have traditionally seen two-tire stops at Michigan, based on many of the races coming down to fuel mileage. Even though our compounds are softer this year, we can still expect to see some teams employ a two-tire strategy to gain track position."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Michigan for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(6-13-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Michigan is: $60,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
    Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
    Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
    Talladega: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
    Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
    Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
    Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
    (* won race and bonus)(6-13-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

    Elliot Sadler Gear @ Store.NASCAR.com

  • Newman wins at Michigan: #12-Ryan Newman overcame trash on his grill, falling a lap down while piting to have it removed, got the Lucky Dog pass on the 3rd caution and slowly worked his back up from, took the lead and won the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his first win of 2004, his first since Kansas in Sept 2003. #9-Kasey Kahne, who started 34th and fell a lap behind early with an ill-handling car, fought back and got his 4th runner-up finish of 2004. The rest of the top five were #88-Dale Jarrett [his first top five since he won in Rockingham in Feb 2003], #48-Jimmie Johnson [took over the points lead] and #38-Elliott Sadler [his first ever top 10 at MIS]. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was in the top 10, then lost positions late and finished 21st and lost the points lead. #24-Jeff Gordon lost an engine while leading early in the race. Jimmie Johnson was the highest finishing driver with the Father's Day scheme, so $25,000 goes to his father Gary.
    For results, see:
    Jayski's Michigan Race Awards/Results

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(6-20-2004)

  • Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Michigan:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2220
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2213, -7
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2040, -180
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 1954, -266
    #20-Tony Stewart, 1945, -275
    Standings at Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Michgan and NASCAR.com.(6-20-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - Michigan: #12-Ryan Newman used the free pass to perfection today, coming back from an early overheating pit stop to win the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway.....once again, under caution. Newman's win was his second consecutive at MIS (ending a streak of nine different winners in a row at this track), his first of 2004 (his last win was at Kansas last October), and the 10th of his Cup career (he's tied for 46th on the all-time win list with Donnie Allison & Sterling Marlin). He becomes the 9th different driver to score a victory this season. This was win #55 for Roger Penske (if you add in the three that then partner Michael Kranefuss had with Jeremy Mayfield), and was worth $176,367 from the almost $5M in posted awards for Newman. What we'll never know is if Kasey Kahne could have caught him....though I agree with him and think he would have come up just a little short. For Kahne, this runner-up finish (his 4th of the season) ties his career- best. The last time he was the bridesmaid was at Texas in April.
    #88-Dale Jarrett (3rd) had his best finish since he won at Rockingham in February of 2003. This is his first Top-5 since that event, and brings us to 22 drivers who have scored a Top-5 this season....last year's number was 30.
    #40-Sterling Marlin (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Bristol inMarch.
    #30-Dave Blaney (15th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Texas in March.
    #45-Kyle Petty (18th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Martinsville in April.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
    Michael Waltrip has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the week is Dale Jarrett (+34), followed by Kasey Kahne (+32), and Dave Blaney (+24). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Gordon (-37), followed by Robby Gordon (-28), and Casey Mears (-22). Jeff Gordon in now leading the down side of this category....this was BD #3.
    We have a change at the top of the point standings after this weekend as Jimmie Johnson takes the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr by 7 markers. Jr had held the top spot since we left Martinsville in April....seven races. Kasey Kahne has moved back above the "Stayin' Alive" line, but only by a single point. Teammate Jeremy Mayfield is on the outside lookin' in by 43 points. Brian Vickers (22nd to 19th) made the best move forward today, while Ward Burton (21st to 25th) fell the most spots. We've got a three-way tie for 6th....any other year that might mean sumptin'.(for more and some opinions on the yellow finish, see StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter/Site)(6-20-2004)

  • The DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 200 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #12-Newman (4)(17 laps led)
    #9-Kahne (34)
    #88-Jarrett (37)(13 laps led-half way)
    #48-Johnson (3)(6 laps led)
    #38-Sadler (22)(12 laps led)
    #40-Marlin (24)(44 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (18)(1 laps led)
    #18-Labonte (12)
    #25-Vickers (2)
    #15-Waltrip (19)($5 off pizza on Monday)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 26 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12):
    #72-Shelmerdine (handling-out)
    #02-Cope (ignition-out)
    #51-Lepage (overheating-out)
    #89-Shepherd (hadnling-out)
    #24-Gordon (engine-out)
    #49-Schrader (engine-out)
    #42-McMurray (engine-out)
    #01-Nemechek (engine-out)
    #37-Bodine (vibration-out)
    #50-Jones (accident-out)
    #5-Labonte (accident-out)
    #0-Burton (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 with 17 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon, 81
    #48-Johnson, 6
    #17-Kenseth, 1
    #10-Riggs, 1
    #2-Wallace, 7
    #88-Jarrett, 13 - halfway
    #77-Gaughan, 13
    #38-Sadler, 12
    #40-Marlin, 44
    #12-Newman, 22

    Cautions: 9 for 33 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 200: #50-P.J. Jones crashed hard in turn three.
    Caution 8 - Laps 193 - 196: #20-Stewart and #16-Biffle, fighting for the 9th position, got together, both spun and tagged the outside wall.
    Caution 7 - Laps 174 - 176: #01-Nemechek lost an engine.
    Caution 6 - Laps 159 - 163: #32-Ricky Craven got into the turn 3 wall and slowed.
    Caution 5 - Laps 150 - 155: Debris on the back stretch.
    Caution 4 - Laps 116 - 120: #42-McMurray lost an engine.
    Caution 3 - Laps 90 - 93: #24-Gordon lost an engine.
    Caution 2 - Laps 34 - 38: Debris [part of a tire] on the backstretch.
    Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: #31-Gordon spun after running into the rear quarter panel of #77-Gaughan, who recovered and went on, Gordon also got into the right side of #97-Busch.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 9: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 8: none, the race was under 10 laps to go
    Caution 7: #10-Riggs, 20th
    Caution 6: #22-Wimmer, 14th
    Caution 5: #99-Burton, 13th
    Caution 4: #9-Kahne, 2nd
    Caution 3: #12-Newman, 1st
    Caution 2: #51-Lepage, 41st
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- with a lap to go #16-Biffle spun along the backstretch but recovered.
    ---- #48-Johnson has no 3rd gear.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. had a flat tire and came into pit during the 8th caution, also most of the tail end of lead lap cars came it to pit.
    ---- #5-Labonte clipped the wall just off turn 2, but drove on.
    ---- #2-Wallace thinks he is dropping a cylinder and during the 6th caution, stopped and the crew had the hood up to check things out and he came back on the track.
    ---- #77-Gaughan is pitting during the 6th caution to get some sheet metal repairs.
    ---- just after the green flag following the 5th caution, #77-Gaughan wapped the wall hard, but drove on.
    ---- pit stops occurring during the 5th caution.
    ---- on lap 128, #99-Burton coasted onto pit road while running 8th, had a right rear tire go down.
    ---- the pit road flag man has never been on camera so much as today.
    ---- some pit notes during the 2nd green flag stops, #30-Blaney's team spilt some fuel on a rear rotor, it caught fire and was put out. #32-Craven ran out of gas and had to be push started and get a shot of Ether.
    ---- green flag pit stops occurring around laps 78-84 range.
    ---- as of lap 60, #41-Mearss is back on the track after getting repaired and losing 9 laps.
    ---- on lap 45, #41-Mears, while running 10th, had to pit as he had a flat tire. He came back on the track and is still having problems, has a broken suspension part on the right front..
    ---- when the green flag came out after caution 2, #16-Biffle was in the pits with the hood up, but came back on the track without losing a lap.
    ---- #31-Gordon is back on the track during the 2nd caution, after the team made repairs to the sheet metal of the car.
    ---- on lap 22, #12-Newman, running 5th at the time, made a pit stop as his car is running hot and had trash on the grill. Got gas, tires and the trash removed.
    ---- as of lap 18, #6-Martin is back on the track and up to speed after the team made repairs to the transmission.
    ---- on the first lap before the caution, #6-Martin slowed down and reported that the transmission went.
    ---- to the back, #30-Blaney who wrecked in qualifying, engine changes by #5-Labonte, #98-Bodine, and #20-Stewart went to the drivers meeting but left early, which is an infraction.

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Michigan?
    #24-Gordon, 38th
    #25-Vickers, 9th
    #48-Johnson, 4th
    #12-Newman, 1st
    #31-Gordon, 33rd
    #77-Gaughan, 16th
    #97-Busch,
    #19-Mayfield,
    #41-Mears, 31st
    #2-Wallace, 22nd

  • To the BACK: #30-Dave Blaney (was to start 39th) wrecked in qualifying, engine changes by the teams of #5-Terry Labonte (31st) and #98-Geoffrey Bodine (42nd), and #20-Stewart (27th) went to the drivers meeting but left early, which is an infraction; so all will fall to the rear of the field for the DHL 400 at Michigan Internationl Speedway before the drop of the green flag.(6-20-2004)

  • First time in modern era: Hendrick Motorsports became the first team in NASCAR's Modern Era (1972 - present) to take the top three qualifying spots for a Cup race when #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole position, #25-Brian Vickers qualified 2nd and #48-Jimmie Johnson qualified 3rd for the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Other teams have qualified first and second, but never first, second, and third.(Chevy Notes and Quotes PR)(6-19-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Michigan International Speedway for the DHL 400 is over. The fastest were:
    #38-Sadler 187.125
    #19-Mayfield 186.340
    #0-Burton 186.263
    #40-Marlin 186.090
    #29-Harvick 186.022
    Pole Sitter, #24-Gordon was 26th fastest at 183.744 [8th fastest average speed]
    Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine, 171.127 and #50-Jones, 175.063
    Most Laps Run: #6-Martin, #2-Wallace, #9-Kahne with 38.
    Best Average Speed [all laps averaged]:
    #48-Johnson 182.880
    #38-Sadler 182.626
    #42-McMurray 182.579
    For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(6-19-2004)

  • First Sat Practice is over at Michigan International Speedway for the DHL 400. The fastest were:
    #19-Mayfield 186.998mph
    #77-Gaughan 186.664
    #25-Vickers 186.181
    #99-Burton186.167
    #0-Burton 186.046
    Most laps run: #9-Kahne 36, #40-Marlin 33
    Best Average Speed [all laps averaged]:
    #6-Martin 184.208
    #25-Vickers 184.054
    #48-Johnson 183.919
    Slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine at 173.419 and #98-G Bodine at 179.029
    No speed listed for #02-Cope.
    For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(6-19-2004)

  • Gordon wins DHL 400 pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole for the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway with an event [not track] qualifying record speed of 190.865mph, his 2nd Budweiser Pole of 2004, 48th of his career and 4th at Michigan. Hendrick Motorsports swept the first three spots as #25-Brian Vickers is on the outside pole and #48-Jimmie Johnson qualified 3rd [#5-Terry Labonte starts 31st]. Rounding out the top five is #12-Ryan Newman and #31-Robby Gordon. #30-Dave Blaney broke loose and backed into the turn two wall and will need to go to a backup car and use a provisional, starting 39th, but will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday. Failing to make the race are #33-Kerry Earnhardt and #00-Carl Long.
    Michigan Qualifying Results/Starting Lineup at:
    Jayski's Semi-Live Michigan Qualifying/Grid Page

    MotorSports One
    NASCAR.com.(6-18-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - RAMBLINGS -- MICHIGAN:
    It was a Hendrick Motorsport parade today at Michigan International Speedway....and Jeff Gordon was at the head of the line. Gordon grabbed his second Bud Pole of the season (he nabbed the top-spot at Martinsville in April) this afternoon for Sunday's DHL 400 with a speed of 190.865 (37.723 sec). This is the 4th pole for Gordon at MIS, and the 48th of his career. Hendrick Chevy's took the top three spots...Brian Vickers and last week's winner Jimmie Johnson were the supporting cast today.
    Robby Gordon (5th) has his best starting spot since he started 3rd when we were here last August.
    Kurt Busch (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Martinsville in April.
    STREAKIN....Brian Vickers has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.
    The Trouble Train only contained two cars today....45 on hand, so the early outs go to Kerry Earnhardt & Carl Long.
    Gotta wonder about TV sometimes. Speed TV [Channel] couldn't tear themselves away from an interview with an employee (Michael Waltrip) long enough for us to see Dave Blaney crash on his first qualifying lap. Brother DW was letting 'em know there was trouble, but I guess it just didn't fit their broadcast mode du jour. Funny, I thought it was a qualifying show. How's about that brother stuff. Todd Bodine in on time by .001 over brother Geoffrey....can't get any closer than that! 400 miles here is a mere sprint after what we've had the last couple weeks. This race is often fast and fuelish....wide sweeping turns with multiple grooves makes this a place where you need to hit the setup off the truck, cause chances are you're not gonna get a whole lot of pit stops to improve it.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(6-18-2004)

  • Pole Progression at Michigan: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #49-Ken Schrader, 1st out to qualify, 187.520mph, starts 28th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 2nd out, 188.773, starts 20th
    #01-Joe Nemechek, 3rd out, 189.240, starts 16th
    #0-Ward Burton, 9th out, 189.414, starts 14th
    #97-Kurt Busch, 11th out, 189.833, starts 7th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 12th out, 190.064, starts 4th
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 23rd out, 190.164, starts 3rd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 25th out, 190.865, starts 1st NEW EVENT QUALIFYING RECORD
    (6-18-2004)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 186.548, starts 34th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 188.773, starts 20th
    #22-Scott Wimmer, 187.349, starts 29th
    #25-Brian Vickers, 190.169, starts 2nd
    #77-Brendan Gaughan, 189.868, starts 6th
    (6-18-2004)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #30-Dave Blaney broke loose, spun and tagged the turn two wall with the backend of the car. Blaney didn't complete a lap, walked away from the car, the team had unloaded a backup car out.(6-18-2004)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 190.865, starts 1st
    Dodge: #12-Ryan Newman, 190.064, starts 4th
    Ford: #97-Kurt Busch, 189.833, starts 7th
    Pontiac: none running this week
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(6-18-2004)

  • Friday Practice is over for the SHL 400 at MIS. The fastest were:
    #24-Gordon 190.885
    #01-Nemechek 190.543
    #48-Johnson 190.537
    #19-Mayfield 190.330
    #38-Sadler 190.305
    Most laps run: #20-Stewart, 37; #40-Marlin, 28.
    Top average speeds [all laps averaged]
    #38-Sadler 190.245
    #24-Gordon 189.912
    #01-Nemechek 189.229
    Slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine at 174.461 and #89-Shepherd at 181.269.
    See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(6-18-2004)

  • Qualifying Order linkes are posted. 45 drivers are listed [#80 not listed now]. First driver due out is #49-Ken Schrader. #15-Michael Waltrip is due out last.(6-18-2004)

  • Entry List [UPDATE 2] is up for the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway. There are 45 drivers listed, NASCAR.com amd the MIS site have lists posted, both are the same except NASCAR.com has Jason Jarrett in the #02 Chevy while MIS has Hermie Sadler [who will be in Kentucky running the Busch race]. Other noteables: the #30 has Johnny Sauter listed, #50-P.J. Jones, #23-Dave Blaney, #33-Kerry Earnhardt [one of the Father's Day schemes], #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #51-Kevin Lepage, #00-Carl Long and #98-Larry Gunselman [could end up seeing Geoffrey Bodine there].(6-15-2004)
    UPDATE #02 and #23 off: NASCAR.com now has Derrike Cope listed in Hermie Sadler's #02 car and #23-Blaney has been removed from the entry list.(6-15-2004)
    UPDATE 2 - back to 45: add #37-Todd Bodine to the entry list. So 2 drivers will miss the race. Since 4 teams are not eligible to take a provisional [new team can't use one until AFTER their 4th attempt, not once they make the attempt as others are added]: #00-Long, #37-Bodine, #51-Lepage and #33-Earnhardt. However, if there are spots still open and any of these drivers have not made the field, the team with the most attempts gets in (tiebreaker to owner points standings), since there are less the 43 cars eligible, it is 'assumed' (gasp) that provisonals will not be charged.(6-17-2004)
    UPDATE - 46 drivers: add #89-Morgan Shepherd to the list, bringing the total to 46 drivers entered.(6-18-2004)
    UPDATE - 45 drivers: no #80-Andy Hillenburg listed on the Qualifying Order.(6-18-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes - DHL 400

  • Entry List Links:
    MIS Website
    NASCAR.com

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


SOME RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • June 2003 Race Winner: #97-Kurt Busch, 131.219mph, started 4th

  • Slowest Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75

  • Event Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, June 2003, 190.365mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • June 2003 Pole Sitter: #18-Bobby Labonte, 190.365, finished 2nd

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/92

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

  • Most Laps Led: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/2/1989 [400 mile race]

  • Most Cautions: 9 - twice, last on 6/15/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/75

  • Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, started 28th, 6/2000

  • Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson; Active driver: 5, Rusty Wallace

  • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson; Current driver: 4, Bobby Labonte

  • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/89

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 7, Dale Jarrett, 8/18/02

  • Most Lead Changes: 65 - 8/16/81

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/84

  • Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/82

  • Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/84

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 8/18/02

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 6/16/74

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 26 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 69 races] 20.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8, 11.6%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8, 11.6%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 47 of 69 - 68.1%
  • Races won from the top 10: 58 of 69 - 84.1%


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Reserved Seats SOLD OUT, some infield tix remain Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all 136,373 reserved seats for Sunday's DHL 400 have been sold. The only tickets remaining are for infield General Admission. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 27 consecutive races dating back to June 1991. General Admission (infield) tickets for the DHL 400 go on sale Sunday morning at the tunnel entrance and at 6:00am/et at Speedway ticket offices. Tickets are still available for both remaining weekends at MIS in 2004. The IRL IndyCar Series returns July 30-August 1 for the Michigan Indy 400, along with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Line-X Spray-On Bedliners 200 and the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series Paramount Insurance 100. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns August 20-22 along with the NASCAR Busch Series for the GFS Marketplace 400 and the Cabela's 250. To purchase tickets, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(6-19-2004)

  • The King named Grand Marshal at MIS: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty, one of racing's most famous fathers, will be Grand Marshal and give the command to fire up the engine of son Kyle, and 42 other competitors prior to Sunday's Father's Day DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS. Additionally, Ray Donahue, Vice President of Sales for DHL will be Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to start the DHL 400. Petty returns as Grand Marshal to a track that he captured four of his 200 career victories, but more importantly two significant milestones during his illustrious career. Michigan International Speedway played host to Petty's 500th consecutive NASCAR start on August 21, 1988. Also, MIS was the site of Petty's 1000th overall NASCAR start on August 16, 1992. Richard isn't the first Petty to act as Grand Marshal for a NASCAR race at MIS, in fact, he's the fourth, as his three daughters Sharon, Lisa and Rebecca gave the command 'Daddy, start your engine' prior to his 1000th start in 1992. Prior to arriving at MIS, Petty will be one of five fathers who will be honored as national father of the year at the National Father's Day Committee's 63rd annual awards on Thursday in New York City.(MIS Site)(6-15-2004)

  • MIS Fan of the Month: Since the start of the MIS Fan of the Month contest in December 2002, over 5,700 fans have registered for the contest at MIS' official website. To nominate yourself or someone else for the MIS Fan of the Month, log on to www.MISpeedway.com. Fans will also be asked to submit a photo of the nominee as well as your most memorable moment photo taken at MIS. Please send photos to misfanofthemonth@MISpeedway.com, or mail them to:
    MIS Fan of the Month
    12626 U.S. Highway 12
    Brooklyn, MI 49230

  • June 9th Declared Jeff Gordon Day: Jeff Gordon has had his share of success at the Michigan International Speedway during his illustrious racing career, including two wins, three poles, and 14 top-five finishes in 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts. But on Wednesday June 9, Gordon will visit Gatorade Victory Lane at MIS once again, but this time he'll receive a declaration by Governor Jennifer Granholm making June 9 "Jeff Gordon Day" in the State of Michigan. The Michigan House of Representatives "Jeff Gordon Day" resolution was sponsored by Rep. Clark Bisbee of Jackson. Gordon and Governor Granholm will visit MIS on Wednesday, June 9 as a part of its Media Day previewing the DHL 400 race weekend. Gordon is also scheduled to take Governor Granholm on a high-speed ride around the two-mile MIS oval in a two-seat Dupont Chevrolet prepared by the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
    Tickets are still available for all Michigan International Speedway events this Father's Day weekend, which includes the ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 on Saturday, June 19, and the June 20, DHL 400 featuring Gordon and the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. To purchase tickets or for more information, log on to www.MISpeedway.com as tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans can also call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9 A.M. through 9 P.M. seven days a week. To see the full PR and House Resolution, see the MIS Site - click here(Michigan International Speedway PR)(6-8-2004)

  • SAFER being installed at MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system is currently under way at the two-mile oval. The project began on Monday, May 17, and is scheduled to be completed in time for the June 18-20 DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend at MIS. The SAFER walls will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional SAFER walls with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. From start to finish, it will take approximately three to four weeks to install the system at MIS. Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20, along with the June 19 ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400 weekend, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
    The barriers will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional barriers with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. SAFER wall specifics at the Michigan International Speedway:
    Total length * 8,284 total feet (2738 feet through Turns One and Two, 2,822 through Turns Three & Four, Inside Turn Four 400 feet, Inside wall of backstretch 2,424 ft)
    Height * 40 ½ inches
    Tubes * 5 - 8" x 8" tubes per section.
    Sections * Each SAFER wall section is 28 feet long. Some sections are shorter at the end of the turns.
    Steel * 3/16" guage. 41,409 linear feet of steel tubing (Approximately eight miles). Weight of the steel tubing is approximately 500 tons.
    Styrofoam * 22" * 22 ¼" thick and 40 ½" high. 1,480 pieces of Styrofoam total.
    40,265 sq ft of 2" thick Styrofoam
    The SAFER walls extend 30" from the old wall.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • New Sponsor for Michigan June Race? UPDATE: hearing Sirius Satellite radio will not be the sponsor of the June Cup race at Michian International Speedway with DHL (Worldwidee Shipping) [www.dhl.com] taking over the sponsorship of the Cup race. No word on if Sirius will still sponsor the August Watkins Glen Cup race. Sirius Satellite radio was the sponsor of the #7 Ultra Motorsports team and left after the 2003 season.(4-29-2004)
    UPDATE: Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and DHL company officials jointly announced today that DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, will make its first venture into NASCAR by title sponsoring the DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, June 20, 2004. In a defining moment for the U.S. express delivery market, DHL completed its acquisition of Airborne Express in August 2003, bringing much-needed competition to the US market. Long a market leader in international express delivery and logistics, the company is now focusing on expanding awareness of its services in the United States through a comprehensive brand building and awareness campaign.
    "Sponsoring the DHL 400 affords us the opportunity to build brand awareness of our flexible, innovative and service-oriented products here in the U.S.," said Karen Jones, vice president of brand management for DHL-Americas. "This partnership fits well within our overall campaign to establish DHL as a strong, third competitor in the domestic express and logistics market." As an official sponsor, DHL will have an extensive presence at the Michigan International Speedway in advertising, branding and corporate hospitality. Specifically, the company will have signage throughout the track and advertising space in the official souvenir program, in-field Jumbotron, public address announcements, and customer video e-mail. The agreement also calls for corporate hospitality events at MIS in June and August. "Any time you can bring in a new sponsor to the sport it's certainly a privilege," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We would like to welcome DHL and its highly-respected world-wide brand to MIS and to the great state of Michigan. It speaks volumes about the reach and the influence of MIS and the NASCAR brand."
    The DHL 400 will be the first of two stops for the premier NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series at MIS in 2004, with defending race champion Kurt Busch looking to repeat as DHL 400 champion on June 20. Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010. For more information about DHL, please visit their Web site at www.dhl-usa.com.(MIS PR)(5-15-2004)

  • MIS Prize Winners Announced: David Richmond is one of 28 winners so far in the MIS "Race to Win" contest currently running at www.MISpeedway.com. A pair of tickets to NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience at The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn are given away each day, along with one other daily prize, such as the SIRIUS 400 tickets and pit passes won by Richmond. Richmond, from nearby Onsted, Michigan, has since come back to play nearly every day, which has not only netted him some great prizes, but has become a lot of fun to play. An instant trivia game, along with referring friends, gives fans even more chances to win. MIS "Race to Win" daily prize winner Chuck Churches won two tickets to NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience at The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre in Dearborn. Fans can come back to www.MISpeedway.com each day to win additional prizes, but each daily entry also adds an additional entry for the Grand Prize drawing of $10,000 cash, $10,000 Garage Makeover provided by Gladiator GarageWorks and a VIP day for the GFS Marketplace 400 at on August 22 at MIS. The "Race to Win" contest at www.MISpeedway.com will give MIS fans a chance to instantly win daily prizes along with a daily entry towards the Grand Prize drawing with estimated winnings of over $21,000. The Grand Prize package includes $10,000 cash, a $10,000 garage makeover courtesy of Gladiator GarageWorks and a VIP day at MIS for the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 22. MIS "Race To Win" daily prizes include NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series and IRL IndyCar Series tickets to MIS. Fans can win other prizes such as tickets to see NASCAR 3D: The IMAX experience at The Henry Ford, hats, t-shirts, merchandise and unique gifts, in addition to the Grand Prize. The MIS 'Race to Win' contest ends Sunday, August 1. For tickets and information regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-23-2004)

  • MIS Contest: Michigan International Speedway recently announced the launch of the MIS ‘Race to Win’ contest, at www.MISpeedway.com. ‘Race to Win’ will give MIS fans a chance to instantly win daily prizes along with a daily entry towards the Grand Prize drawing with estimated winnings of over $21,000. The Grand Prize package includes $10,000 cash, a $10,000 garage makeover courtesy of Gladiator GarageWorks and VIP treatment during the GFS Marketplace 400 August 20-22 at MIS. Fans can log on to www.MISpeedway.com and play Michigan International Speedway’s ‘Race To Win’ every day to instantly win prizes such as tickets to all 2004 events at MIS, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series, ARCA RE/MAX Series, Craftsman Truck Series and IRL IndyCar Series. Additional prizes include tickets to see NASCAR 3D: The IMAX experience at The Henry Ford, hats, t-shirts, merchandise and unique gifts, in addition to the Grand Prize. Racing returns to the high banks of Michigan International Speedway this Father’s Day weekend with the ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200 on Saturday, June 19, and the June 20, SIRIUS 400 featuring the stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. For tickets and information regarding events at MIS, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-8-2004)

  • August MIS Race gets a sponsor: Gordon Food Service (GFS) Marketplace, a premier foodservice distributor with 100 retail stores in the Midwest, will sponsor the August NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, officials at both companies announced recently. Gordon Food Service sponsored the August 2003 GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event won by Ryan Newman. With over 3,000 of the most widely used foodservice items in stock, the stores are a primary supplier to many smaller operators including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Marketplace stores also service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers. The stores are open to the public and require no membership fee. GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products. For more information on the GFS Marketplace, visit their website at www.gfsmarketplace.com. For more information about MIS, or to purchase tickets, visit MIS' official website at www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-4-2004)

  • Football Game at MIS? Michigan State University athletics marketing guru Mark Hollis is at it again... the ES has received word of "discussion" in the Spartan athletic department about possibly holding an NCAA-record attendance at Michigan International Sppedway (MIS) in Brooklyn. The race course, home to NASCAR's Michigan 400 among other races, played host to a track record 136,384 seated persons in 2000 (as printed on the MIS Media Guide downloadable at www.mispeedway.com). The grandstand seating capacity is 136,373. Brooklyn, Mich., home to MIS, is 55 miles from Lansing, 38 miles from Ann Arbor, and 67 miles southwest of Detroit.
    This feat being considered can easily be accomplished, plopping down the field in the middle of MIS and adding another 20,000 or more seats (or bringing in bleachers) around the field. The track is a 2-mile D-shaped oval, with a 3,600-foot frontstretch and a 2,242-foot backstretch... a football field stretches 360 feet, so the main problem of this event would be seating in the grandstands too far away from the playing field that you may as well be watching at home.
    The ES figures the most probable scenario is for a MSU-Michigan game, MSU-Notre Dame, or MSU-Ohio State game at MIS. Most likely it would be scheduled in replace of an MSU home game: in 2005/2007 vs. Michigan or 2006 vs. Notre Dame or Ohio State. Problem with 2005 is MSU will be christening its own newly renovated stadium... The NCAA attendance record was set earlier this year in Ann Arbor, when Michigan hosted Ohio State before 112,118 football fans.
    This comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Michigan Tech will square off on the gridiron against two-time NCAA Division II national champion Grand Valley State at Michigan Stadium next fall to break the D2 attendance mark of 61,000.(The Enlightened Spartan)(12-24-2003)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Michigan International Speedway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • NASCAR Day featured on the #50 at MIS: Arnold Motorsports announced they will feature the NASCAR Day logo on their #50 Dodge this weekend at Michigan International Speedway with driver P.J. Jones. NASCAR Day is an opportunity for the NASCAR community nationwide to unite and celebrate its enthusiasm for the sport while raising money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp for kids, which celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. PJ Jones will again be driving for Arnold Motorsports after a team-best 22nd-place effort at Pocono last weekend.

    NASCAR Day

    "I¹m very proud of the car we¹re running this weekend in support of NASCAR Day," said PJ Jones. "We had a good race last weekend and we¹re hoping for the same this weekend to attract attention to this unique program that the entire NASCAR community can get behind. Victory Junction is going to provide seriously ill children with the chance to just be kids as they experience the fun of summer camp. I¹m excited that Arnold Motorsports and I can do our part to help support the Camp by showing our NASCAR spirit to benefit children." Fans can show their NASCAR spirit by donating a minimum of $5 in exchange for the opportunity to wear their favorite NASCAR apparel to work on August 20, the inaugural NASCAR Day. All participants will receive a commemorative NASCAR Day lapel pin. Proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which was established to provide fun and memorable camping experiences to chronically ill children. Fans seeking information, or to sign up for NASCAR Day, should visit www.nascar.com/nascarday or call 1-866-305-4703. For more information on Arnold Motorsports, visit www.arnold-motorsports.com.(Arnold Motorsports PR)(6-17-2004)

  • 8 Straight at MIS: There have been eight different race winners in the past eight Winston Cup races at Michigan which ties Charlotte, New Hampshire and Pocono for the second longest streak of different race winners. Martinsville holds the all-time record for different race winners, with 11 different winners between the spring of 1997 and the fall of 2002.( for more facts)(8-12-2003)
    Make it 9: when #12-Ryan Newman won at Michigan [Aug 2003], he is now the 9th different winner in nine Cup races at Michigan International Speedway. The others: 1999- Bobby Labonte; 2000 - Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace; 2001 - Jeff Gordon and Sterling Marlin; 2002 - Matt Kenseth and Dale Jarrett; 2003 - Kurt Busch and now Ryan Newman.(8-17-2003)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #2-Rusty Wallace Father's Day Michigan - June #2 Paint Scheme Page
    #5-Terry Labonte Father's Day Michigan - June #5 Paint Scheme Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Father's Day Michigan - June #8 Paint Scheme Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Mountain Dew Michigan - June #9 Paint Scheme Page
    #15-Michael Waltrip Father's Day Michigan - June #15 Paint Scheme Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt Michigan - June #17 Paint Scheme Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Father's Day Michigan - June #18 Paint Scheme Page
    #20-Tony Stewart Father's Day Michigan - June #20 Paint Scheme Page
    #25-Brian Vickers Father's Day Michigan - June #25 Paint Scheme Page
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt Father's Day Michigan - June #2004 Cup Paint Scheme Page
    #40-Sterling Marlin Father's Day Michigan - June #40 Paint Scheme Page
    #41-Casey Mears Father's Day Michigan - June #41 Paint Scheme Page
    #42-Jamie McMurray Father's Day Michigan - June #42 Paint Scheme Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Father's Day Michigan - June #45 Paint Scheme Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Father's Day Michigan - June #48 Paint Scheme Page
    #77-Brendan Gaughan Jasper Engines Michigan - June #77 Paint Scheme Page


  • Special Scheme for Kenseth at Michigan: This weekend, the #17 Ford will sport a Carhartt paint scheme, as one of the team’s largest associate sponsors takes over the primary role. Headquartered in nearby Dearborn, Mich., Carhartt (established 110 years ago) manufactures the most rugged, high quality workwear on the market.(Matt Kenseth Site), see an image of the scheme on the #17 Team Paint Schemes page.(6-15-2004)

  • Action Father's Day Promotion at MIS in June on....Father's Day: A Father's Day promotion will run on June 20, 2004 at Michigan Speedway for the NEXTEL Cup Series. This race falls on Father's Day and as part of a recognition program of the inspiration of family and racing. Action has proposed that drivers pay tribute to their Father and the connection they have built through racing. Each car that carries this special package will have a "Happy Father's Day" on the hood along with "Thanks Dad" on the TV panel. The Fathers name will appear on the passenger side above the door. Driver's announced so far include: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. #33-Kerry Earnhardt, #15-Michael Waltrip, #41-Casey Mears, #42-Jamie McMurray and #20-Tony Stewart.(3-22-2004)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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