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THE RACE: The GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Nextel Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2006 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 20, 2006 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor/Link: GFS Marketplace

  • Track: Michigan International Speedway

  • TV: TNT 2:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 2:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Green Flag Scheduled: 2:40pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: Thursday, July 24 at 2:30pm/et on Speed Channel

  • Announcers: Bill Weber, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

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

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and XM

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    MRN Radio Booth Announcers: Barney Hall, Joe Moore

    MRN Radio Turn Reporter: Mike Bagley, Dan Hubbard, Dave Moody, Jeff Striegle

    MRN Radio Pit Reporters: Adam Alexander, Danielle Frye, Winston Kelley, Steve Post

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,038,926 (was $4,912,254 in 2005)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Friday Practice: Friday, August 18, 11:35am - 1:00pm/et, TV-none

  • Saturday Practice: Saturday, August 19, 9:00 - 10:00am/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 19, 10:35 - 11:25am/et on TV-TNT via tape at 2:00pm/et

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 18, 10:35am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 18 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et and 2:00am/et on Speed AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

    (the above times in Eastern Time / ET - schedule below is by track location)

  • Nextel CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    Friday, Aug. 18
    8:00 a.m. Gates Open to the Public
    10:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. NASCAR Busch Series Practice
    11:35 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Rookie Practice
    1:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NASCAR Busch Series Final Practice
    3:10 p.m. - Nextel Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    5:15 p.m. - Start of Hantz Group 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)

    Saturday, August 19, 2006
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Final Practice
    11:40 a.m. - NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions) (Impound)
    2:55 p.m. - Start of Carfax 250 NASCAR Busch Series Race (125 Laps, 250 Miles)

    Sunday, August 20, 2006
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    2:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    2:30 p.m. - Start of GFS Marketplace 400 Nextel Cup Series Race (200 Laps, 400 Miles)

    NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    (Information Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services, 1-888-782-8725)


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 625, Right-side -- 625

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4060; Right-side -- D-4062

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: This is the third time that NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will run on this specific set-up of left- and right-side tires in 2006 . . . in addition to earlier running on these tire codes at Michigan, teams ran this set-up at Dover as well . . . Cup teams also ran this left-side code (D-4060) with a different right-side at Chicagoland last month . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run on the same tire codes this weekend . . . as on all NASCAR oval 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.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Michigan for leading the points and winning the race [only #48-Johnson and #17-Kenseth have a shot at it]. 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.
    2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Las Vegas, 3/12/2006, $30,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Talladega, 5/1/2006, $60,000
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, Indianapolis, 8/6/2006, $120,000


Local Newspaper/News Sites that cover the Brooklyn, MI Area:
Adrian Daily Telegram
Brooklyn Exponent
Daily Oakland Press
Detriot Free Press
Detriot News
Holland Sentinel
Michigan Live
Toledo Blade

Weather Forecast Links for the race area:

The Weather Channel - Brooklyn, MI
National Weather Service
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
NASCAR Infield Extravaganza
Michigan Review by ARS Racing
Brooklyn - Irish Hills - Chamber of Commerce
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing

any known are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales

In-Car Audio SIte:
Fans Can Online(NASCAR Online)
looks like this is all that there is out there now....

news and links

  • Kenseth wins at Michigan: #17-Matt Kenseth won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win at the track, 3rd win of 2006 and 13th of his career. Kenseth led the most laps with 87 [of 200] dominating the 2nd half of the race. #24-Jeff Gordon finished 2nd, followed by #20-Tony Stewart, #9-Kasey Kahne, #6-Mark Martin, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.[who led 40 laps], #16-Greg Biffle, #41-Reed Sorenson, #11-Denny Hamlin and #19-Elliott Sadler [in his first race in the #19 and the first top 10 of the year for the team]. #38-David Gilliland lost a tire mid-race and finished 38th in his first run for Robert Yates Racing. Pole sitter #31-Jeff Burton came into the race 4th in points, never led a lap and lost an engine early to finish 42nd, dropping to 9th in points. #2-Kurt Busch wrecked twice, finishing 40th and out of the race and is pretty much out of the chase. #99-Carl Edwards ran strong all day, but something went amiss at the end of the race and he finished 22nd, pretty much ending his shot at the Chase. #9-Kasey Kahne finished 4th and picked up 5 points on 10th place #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 49 points out of 10th and pretty much the only driver not in the top 10 who have a chance to make it in The Chase. There were 11 leaders with 26 lead changes and a record 10 cautions for 36 laps.
    Race Results on my Michigan Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after MIchigan page.(8-20-2006)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Standing after Michigan Glen [23 of 36 races]:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 3365
    #17-Matt Kenseth 3307 -58
    #29-Kevin Harvick 3048 -317
    #6-Mark Martin 2970 -395
    #20-Tony Stewart 2959 -406
    #24-Jeff Gordon 2931 -434
    #5-Kyle Busch 2922 -443
    #11-Denny Hamlin 2920 -445
    #31-Jeff Burton 2916 -449
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2881 -484
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kasey Kahne -49
    #16-Greg Biffle -189
    #99-Carl Edwards -244
    #2-Kurt Busch -279
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-20-2006)

  • Rumblings - Michigan Race Notes: It was Matt Kenseth's day today at Michigan International Speedway as he took the GFS Marketplace 400 by a diminishing 6/10's of a second over Jeff Gordon. Kenseth's win was his third of the season and 13th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied for 46th on the all-time win list with Dick Rathman and Tim Richmond). Win #93 for Roush Racing was worth $221,091 from the over $5M in posted awards.
    Kasey Kahne (4th) had his best finish since he won here in June.
    Travis Kvapil (21st) had his best finish since he was 21st here in June.
    Michael Waltrip (23rd) had his best finish since he was 23rd at Infineon in June.
    Derrike Cope (34th) had his best finish since he was 33rd at Martinsville last October (only six races).
    Hermie Sadler (35th) had his best finish since he was 32nd at Martinsville last October (only seven races).
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 5 Top-10's in a row. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Tony Stewart (+30), followed by Jamie McMurray (+23) and Reed Sorenson (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jeff Burton (-41), followed by Kyle Busch (-28 ), Kurt Busch (-24), and Ryan Newman (-21). Burton was just one off the all-time record... the most you can fall is 42 spots in this game.
    Hermie Sadler led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Talladega in October of 2004. He's the 45th different driver to lead a lap this season....last year's number was 51.
    Elliott Sadler accomplished Job 1 today for Evernham Motorsports. They're back in the Top-35 in Owner Points and will be exempt for next week's event (and we know how just one slip at Bristol in qualifying could mean the end of your weekend). Sterling Marlin and the #14 team are now out and must time in next week. They're just 22 points behind the #45 team of Kyle Petty and may want to consider staying out to get some of those valuable bonus points. Kyle leads Sterling by 15 points in that category....and we're getting to where that can make the difference over whether you race or not.
    Jimmie Johnson's lead (that'll be down to 5 markers plus or minus in three weeks) is down to 58 over Matt Kenseth after today. The top three look safe for the "Chase", but 4th to 11th is separated by only 138 points with three to go. Johnson and Kenseth can clinch next week, btw. Jeff Gordon (9th to 6th) made the best move forward today, while Jeff Burton (4th to 9th) fell the most spots.(Stock Car

  • Michigan Race News and Notes:
    • Matt Kenseth won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, scoring his 13th Nextel Cup victory in his 243rd career start.
    • This was Kenseth’s third victory in 2006. He also won at California and Dover.
    • Kenseth moved into 46th on NASCAR’s all-time winners list tied with Tim Richmond and Dick Rathmann.
    • Kenseth scored his second victory at Michigan International Speedway and 11th victory on a superspeedway. His last victory at Michigan came in June 2002.
    • Kenseth won the race from the third-place starting position.
    • Kenseth scored his 13th top-10 finish in 23 races this season.
    • Kenseth remained second in the point standings, now 475 ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Kenseth led the most laps for the third time in 2006 and the first time since Chicagoland, five races ago.
    • Kenseth led six times for 87 laps including the final 32 laps in the GFS Marketplace 400.
    • This was team owner Jack Roush’s 93rd Nextel Cup victory. Roush has scored nine Nextel Cup victories at Michigan.
    • Jack Roush Racing has won at least one race each season 1997-2006, 10 consecutive years.
    Notebook Items
    • Jeff Gordon (second) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2006. It marked his 19th top-10 finish in 28 races at Michigan International Speedway. This is Gordon’s sixth runner-up finish at Michigan. Gordon climbed from ninth to sixth in the point standings and is 99 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Tony Stewart (third) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at Michigan. Stewart climbed from seventh to fifth in the point standings, 127 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Kasey Kahne (fourth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Michigan. Kahne is now 49 points behind 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr..
    • Mark Martin (fifth) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 27th top-10 finish in 42 races at Michigan International Speedway. Martin climbed from sixth to fourth in the point standings, 138 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne.
    • Kevin Harvick (11th) extended a 35-race streak of running at the finish that began at California last September, the longest current streak. Harvick ended a streak of six straight top-10 finishes that began at Daytona in July.
    • At least one of the Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contenders has scored a top-15 finish in all 23 races this season. Reed Sorenson finished eighth and Denny Hamlin finished ninth, the seventh time in 2006 that two or more rookies finished in the top 10. For Hamlin it marked his 11th top-10 finish in 2006, the most among the rookie contenders.
    • Kyle Busch (39th) ended a streak of eight straight top-15 finishes that began at Michigan in June.
    • Jeff Burton (42nd) ended a streak of 16 straight top-15 finish that began at Texas in April. Burton’s last DNF came at Talladega in October 2005. Burton dropped from fourth to ninth in the point standings and is just 84 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Point leader Jimmie Johnson (13th today) has been ranked among the top 10 for 92 consecutive races. He now leads secondplace Matt Kenseth by just 58 points.
    • The 10 caution periods set the record for the most at Michigan since 1969. The previous record was nine caution periods set in five previous races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-20-2006)

    Michigan Race Rundown

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

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-f (3)(87 laps led) +0.6 seconds lead
    #24-Gordon-c (12)(12 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-c (33)
    #9-Kahne-d (15)
    #6-Martin-f (14)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.-c (17)(40 laps led)
    #16-Biffle-f (6)
    #41-Sorenson-d (28-r)
    #11-Hamlin-c (9-r)
    #19-Sadler-d (2)
    c=chevy; d=dodge; f=ford; r=rookie

    Pit Selections Chart page at

  • Drivers Points after lap 200 of 200 at Michigan
    #48-Johnson 3365
    #17-Kenseth -58
    #29-Harvick -317
    #6-Martin -395
    #20-Stewart -406
    #24-Gordon -434
    #5-Busch -443
    #11-Hamlin -445
    #31-Burton -449
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. -484
    and fighting for 10th
    out of 10th and the chase
    #9-Kahne -49 out of 10th
    #16-Biffle -189
    #99-Edwards -244
    #2-Busch -279 Live Points Standings.

  • Cars on the lead lap: 28 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 14,1,45,96

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 74,00,38,5

  • Cars on the track: 36 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (7) and reason:
    #06-Kluever (accident-out)
    #31-Burton (engine-out)
    #2-Busch (accident-out)
    #49-Lepage (accident-out)
    #18-Yeley (accident-out)
    #88-Jarrett (engine-out)
    #07-Bowyer (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 26 lead changes):
    #31-Burton (pole, no laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (87);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(40);
    #99-Edwards (32);
    #24-Gordon (12);
    #12-Newman (8);
    #26-McMurray (8);
    #07-Bowyer (6);
    #5-Busch (3);
    #00-Sadler (2);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #2-Busch (1);

  • Lap leaders: #31-Burton - pole; #12-Newman 1-8; #17-Kenseth 9-23; #26-McMurray 24-31; #5-Busch 32-34; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 35-43; #45-Petty 44; #00-Sadler 45-46; #99-Edwards 47-48; #24-Gordon 49-51; #99-Edwards 52; #24-Gordon 53-56; #2-Busch 57; #99-Edwards 58-84; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 85-92; #99-Edwards 93-94; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 95-105; #17-Kenseth 106-110; #24-Gordon 111-115; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 116-125; #17-Kenseth 126; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 127-128; #17-Kenseth 129-161; #07-Bowyer 162-164; #17-Kenseth 165; #07-Bowyer 166-168; #17-Kenseth 169-200;

    Cautions: 10 for 36 laps

    new record for cautions 10
    Caution 10 - Laps 161 - 163: #18-Yeley got loose and slapped the turn 3 wall
    Caution 9 - Laps 142 - 144: Debris on the start/finish line on the frontstretch
    Caution 8 - Laps 131 - 134: #2-Busch lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 3 wall
    Caution 7 - Laps 115 - 119: #2-Busch spun off turn 2, didn't hit anything, possible rear tire going down
    Caution 6 - Laps 63 - 65: Debris on the frontstretch
    Caution 5 - Laps 54 - 56: #38-Gilliland smacked the wall after a right tire went down when he made contact with another driver a few laps before and left debris on the track.
    Caution 4 - Laps 43 - 48: #5-Busch brushed the wall in turn 4, then in turn 2, the right front tire went down and he smacked the wall, took the car to the garage.
    Caution 3 - Laps 23 - 25: #29-Harvick was attempting to pass #17-Kenseth in turn 4 and got sideways and slid off turn 4 and thru the front stretch grass.
    Caution 2 - Laps 12 - 14: #43-Labonte, #06-Kluever and #49-Lepage went three wide off turn 2, #43 moved up into the #06, who lost it, slapped the wall and into #49 which came down and into #40-Stremme, sending the #40 spinning into the back stretch inside wall.
    Caution 1 - Laps 6 - 8: #7-Gordon lost a right rear tire and spun around in turn 4 and smacked the wall.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan in the Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    Caution 10: #40-Stremme(3), 28th
    Caution 9: #10-Riggs, 14th
    Caution 8: #12-Newman, 25th
    Caution 7: #32-Kvapil, 21st
    Caution 6: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 5: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
    Caution 4: #40-Stremme(2), back on lead lap, 28th
    Caution 3: #40-Stremme, still down a lap, 28th
    Caution 2: #7-Gordon, 12th
    Caution 1: #48-Johnson, 13th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    PT - Pass through
    TE - Tail end of the longest line
    SG - Stop and Go
    OL - One lap
    ND - NASCAR discretion
    MCI - Must come into pits
    (NASCAR Statisical Services)(8-20-2006)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 198, #07-Bowyer, who was running 3rd at the time, lost an engine and took the car to the garage, ending up 33rd.
    ---- on lap 195, #1-Truex Jr was smoking with both left side tires flat and had to pit, he made has made contact with #21-Schrader.
    ---- #88-Jarrett black flagged for smoking, lap 166 and went to the garage.
    ---- during the 8th caution pit stops, many of the top-10 came in, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in running 2nd and the crew had some trouble on the stop and lost some spots. #17-Kenseth stayed out as the leader.
    ---- many teams coming in to pit during the 7th caution, including leader #24-Gordon and 2nd #99-Edwards, 3rd place #8-Earnhardt Jr. stayed out and took the lead.
    ---- while leading on lap 110, #17-Kenseth. came in for a scheduled green flag pit stop, had some trouble on the left side changing tires and lost some time
    ---- while leading on lap 106, #8-Earnhardt Jr. came in for a scheduled green flag pit stop
    ---- as of lap 106, #38-Gilliland came back on the track after the crew made repairs to the car, he is 52 laps down
    ---- #99-Edwards and #24-Gordon came in on lap 95 to start green flag pit stops for the leaders
    ---- #49-Lepage smacked the wall on lap 93, causing #8-Earnhardt Jr, who was leading to slow and #99-Edwards took the lead/
    ---- during the 6th caution, the top 3 in the top 10 stayed out on the track.
    ---- on lap 15, #31-Burton is reporting something amiss with the engine and headed to pit road to have the crew take a look, went to the garage, possible bad valve, bad engine, out of the race
    ---- #48-Johnson came back in during the 1st caution for the crew to make repairs, many teams in the back [19th and back] came in to make adjustments and top off the fuel, including #14-Marlin who started 5th and fell back to 20th.
    ---- on the first lap. #48-Johnson smacked the wall and cut the tire down and headed to the pits. damage to the right front of the car, down a lap.
    ---- pole sitter #31-Burton fell back a few spots on the restart and was back to to 6th.
    ---- green flag at 2:42pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 2:31pm/et by Gordon Foods Lisa Davan
    ---- To The Back [1]: #38-Gilliland [backup car/was to start 26th]

  • Race Coverage of the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled to run Sunday, August 20, 2006.
    TV: NBC at 2:00pm/et [green flag around 2:40pm/et].
    Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, Speed Channel, 12:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski: on my Jayski's Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Thursday, August 24th at 2:30pm/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the results:
    #31-Burton 184.947
    #9-Kahne 183.486
    #29-Harvick 183.435
    #6-Martin 182.945
    #48-Johnson 182.547
    slowest: #38-Gilliland 176.026 [backup] and #15-Menard 176.874
    most laps run: #6-Martin 28; #20-Stewart 27
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #99-Edwards 180.265 [6th fastest lap], 11 laps run
    #48-Johnson 178.943 [5th], 16 laps
    #16-Biffle 178.852 [7th], 15 laps
    Happy Hour is scheduled to be televised via tape on TNT at 2:00pm/et
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-19-2006)

  • First Saturday's Practice: for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway was delayed due to rain and ran short, the results:
    #16-Biffle 186.047
    #5-Busch 184.691
    #31-Burton 184.568
    #42-Mears 184.393
    #25-Vickers 183.979
    slowest: #74-Cope 173.913 and #45-Petty 174.571
    most laps run: #31-Burton 21; #20-Stewart 20
    no speed listed for: #00-Sadler, #29-Harvick
    incident: #38-Gilliland backed into the wall and the team is getting the backup out.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #2-Busch 181.479 [6th fastest lap], 6 laps run
    #16-Biffle 180.614 [1st], 12 laps
    #99-Edwards 180.609 [11th], 11 laps
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-19-2006)

  • Burton wins pole at Michigan: #31-Jeff Burton won the Budweiser Pole for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 187.936mph for his 4th pole of 2006 and 6th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #19-Elliott Sadler [in the first race in the ride], #17-Matt Kenseth, #12-Ryan Newman and #29-Kevin Harvick. #38-David Gilliland qualified 26th in the first effort in the RYR Ford. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified 17th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #19-Sadler, #55-Waltrip, #32-Kvapil, #74-Cope, #15-Menard, #06-Kluever, #49-Lepage and #00-Sadler. Missing the race were: #4-Wimmer, #34-Skinner, #61-Chaffin, and #78-Wallace. See the qualifying results on my Michigan Qualifying/Starting Grid page.(8-18-2006)

  • Qualifying News and Notes:
    • Jeff Burton won the Nextel Cup Series Bud Pole for the GFS Marketplace 400, lapping Michigan International Speedway in 38.311 seconds at 187.936 mph. Ryan Newman holds the trackqualifying record of 37.069 seconds, 194.232 mph - set June 18, 2005.
    • This is Burton’s sixth career Bud Pole in 426 Nextel Cup Series races.
    • This is Burton’s fourth Bud Pole and 10th top-10 start in 2006. He moved into a tie with Kasey Kahne for the most Bud Poles this season. Greg Biffle (two), Kurt Busch (two), Denny Hamlin (two) and Ryan Newman (two) are the other multiple Bud Pole winners this season.
    • This is Burton’s second Bud Pole, but just his seventh top-10 start, in 26 Nextel Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. He posted his career-first Bud Pole here in this race in 1996.
    • There have been nine different Bud Pole winners in the past 11 Nextel Cup races at Michigan. Bobby Labonte (both 2003) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the 10-race period since August 2001. Qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
    • Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.488 seconds, 187.071 mph – and will join Burton on the front row for the GFS Marketplace 400. Sadler posted his sixth top-10 start in 16 races at Michigan,
    • This is the 40th career Bud Pole for Richard Childress Racing. It is the fourth Bud Pole for RCR in 2006, which ties their career best set by Ricky Rudd in 1983 and Dale Earnhardt in 1990.
    • This is the eighth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006. Dodge has 10 Bud Poles and Ford has four. Qualifying was canceled at Bristol.
    • Matt Kenseth (third) has started from the top-10 in just two of his 15 races at Michigan. He started fifth in August 2004 when qualifying was canceled. This is his first qualifying effort better than 13th.
    • Ryan Newman (fourth) has started from the top-10 in eight of his 11 races at Michigan, including five topfives. This is his 11th top-10 start in 2006 and his fifth straight.
    • Kevin Harvick (fifth) has posted just five top-10 starts in 12 races at Michigan.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-18-2006)

  • Ramblings - Qualifying Notes: Jeff Burton is certainly on a qualifying roll..... Burton continued his hot streak today at Michigan International Speedway as he took the Bud Pole for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 with a time of 38.311 sec (187.936 mph). This is the third top-spot in the last six races for Burton, his 4th of the season (he's tied with Kasey Kahne for most poles now), and the 6th of his Nextel Cup career. Elliott Sadler (2nd) gets off on the right foot with his new employer. This is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Talladega in April.
    Matt Kenseth (3rd) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Texas last November.
    Greg Biffle (6th) has his best starting spot since he grabbed the Bud Pole at Richmond in May.
    Casey Mears (7th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at Richmond in May.
    Sterling Marlin (10th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 9th at Talladega in April.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
    Jeff Burton has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    (Stock Car

  • Friday's Practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    NOTE: there seems to be some confusion. has one set of speeds, NASCAR Media has a different set of speeds, not sure which is correct, but has more laps run by some drivers, so my guess is that is the correct list:
    from site and /Leaderboard:
    #43-Labonte 185.548
    #19-Sadler 185.199 [looks weird]
    #07-Bowyer 184.646
    #11-Hamlin 184.318
    #38-Gilliland 184.247
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. was 8th fastest
    slowest: #45-Petty 175.850 and #96-Raines 177.392
    most laps run: #41-Sorenson 26; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 25
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #19-Sadler 184.636 [2nd fastest lap], only 5 laps run
    #43-Labonte 183.724 [1st], 7 laps
    #21-Schrader 183.402 [7th], 7 laps
    from NASCAR Media:
    #19-Sadler 185.199
    #07-Bowyer 184.696
    #11-Hamlin 184.318
    #38-Gilliland 184.247
    #21-Schrader 184.063
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in Friday's practice at MIS?
    Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #19-Elliott Sadler, 2nd fastest by [1st fastest by NASCAR Media]
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 14th [10th]
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 25th [20th]
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 28th [23rd]
    #15-Paul Menard, 31st [28th]
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 32nd [27th]
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 35th [31st]
    #74-Derrike Cope, 36th [32nd]
    if things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #06-Todd Kluever, 37th [34th]
    #34-Mike Skinner, 42nd [38th]
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 44th [43rd]
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 45th [45th]
    See speeds on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: [Pit Command/Trackside - paid] Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:00pm/et and 2:00am/et on Speed Channel

  • Qualifying Order List for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #25-Brian Vickers is due out first on Friday, August 18th at 3:10pm/et on Speed/MRN/XM, last driver due out is #48-Jimmie Johnson. For the Qualifying order, see my Michigan Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-18-2006)

  • Entry List for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2006 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
    #00-Hermie Sadler
    #06-Todd Kluever
    #4-Scott Wimmer
    #15-Paul Menard
    #19-Elliott Sadler in for Bill Elliott
    #32-Travis Kvapil
    #34-Mike Skinner
    #49-Kevin Lepage
    #55-Michael Waltrip
    #61-Chad Chaffin
    #74-Derrike Cope
    #78-Kenny Wallace
    If qualifying is rained out, the making the race would be: #'s 19,32,4,55,49,61,78,34
    missing the race would be #'s: 74,00,15,06.
    see entry list on Jayski's Michigan Entry List Page.

  • The Top 35 Owners Points is set for Michigan:
    no changes, but the #19 closes up a bit to 35th
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis +126 points ahead of 36th
    32) #40-Stremme/Felix Sabates +99
    33) #21-Schrader/Wood Bros +82
    34) #45-Petty/Petty +39
    35) #14-Marlin/Nelson Bowers +16
    these drivers/teams are out of the Top 35 and would need to get in the races via speed only
    36) #19-Sadler/Evernham -16 points behind 35th
    37) #32-Kvapil/Cal Wells -157
    38) #4-Wimmer/Larry McClure -229
    Current owners [NOT drivers points] points are used for the remainder of the season, the points and positions will fluctuate each week and settle as the season progresses.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-13-2006)

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 seaspn, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

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

  • for race results and current drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's - 2006 Nextel Cup Race Results 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

  • 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).


  • Heading to Michigan:
    • Four races remain in the “Race to the Chase.” Eleventh-place Kasey Kahne trails 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the point standings by just 54 points.
    • Five of the top-10 drivers are separated by 30 points or less.
    • 207 points separate fourth to 11th in the standings.
    • Seven drivers in the top-13 changed point’s positions at Watkins Glen International.
    • Mark Martin has scored four victories, 15 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes and has the best overall record among active drivers at Michigan.
    • A Dodge has won four of the last six races at Michigan.
    • Stewart leads all drivers posting four straight top-five starts in the last four races at Watkins Glen.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four front-row starts in the last five races at Michigan.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 12 straight top-15 finishes at Michigan, the longest current streak.
    • Ryan Newman has posted six straight top-15 finishes at Michigan.
    • Carl Edwards has posted top-10 finishes in all four of his races at Michigan.
    • Greg Biflle has posted four top-10 finishes in the last four races at Michigan.
    • Mark Martin has posted 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan, tied with Cale Yarborough for second all-time at the Irish Hills track behind Bill Elliott (29).
    • Brian Vickers leads all active drivers with a 8.2 starting average in five races at Michigan.
    • Carl Edwards has a 5.25 finishing average in his four races at Michigan, leading all active drivers.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-13-2006)

  • Who's Hot - Michigan:
    • Jimmie Johnson has scored a top-15 finish in 19 of the 22 races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Matt Kenseth has posted 11 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks second in the point standings. After 22 races one year ago, he ranked 16th.
    • Jeff Burton has posted 16 straight top-15 finishes, a streak that began at Texas in April.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne have each won four races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
    • Kevin Harvick has scored six straight top-10 finishes.
    • Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to score 17 top-10 finishes in the first 22 races of 2006, four more than any other driver.
    • Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 12 of the last 13 races. He has scored four straight top-10 finishes.
    • Kyle Busch has scored eight straight top-15 finishes.
    • Tony Stewart has scored three straight top-10 finishes.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-15-2006)

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

  • August 2005 Race Winner: #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 141.551mph, started 11th

  • June 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 118.788, started 1st

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

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

  • August 2005 Pole Sitter: #01-Joe Nemechek, 191.530mph, finished 8th

  • June 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 185.644, finished 1st

  • 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 Cautions: 9 - five times, last on 6/18/2006

  • 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

  • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson

  • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/1989

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 6, Jeremy Mayfield, 8/21/2005

  • 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: 37, 6/18/2006 [rained out lap 129]

  • 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: 28 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 15 [of 74 races] 20.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8, 10.8%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8, 10.8%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • 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: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 49 of 74 - 66.2%
  • Races won from the top 10: 60 of 74 - 81.1%

    ... Michigan International Speedway has hosted a NASCAR race in August every year since 1969, except for one. In 1973, a nationwide gas shortage resulted in the scheduling of just one race, in June. The GFS Marketplace 400 will mark a milestone for the Nextel Cup Series at MIS, as it will be the 75th Nextel Cup Series race at MIS.
    ... MIS knows variety. There have been 13 different winners in the last 15 Nextel Cup Series races at MIS. The winners include: 2006-Kasey Kahne; 2005-Jeremy Mayfield, Greg Biffle; 2004-Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman; 2003-Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch; 2002-Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth; 2001-Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon; 2000-Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart; 1999-Bobby Labonte (August).
    ... The pole position has been the most productive starting position at MIS in Nextel Cup Series competition, yielding 15 race winners in 74 total races. Kasey Kahne is the most recent polesitter-turned-winner, as he won the 3M Performance 400 in June. The fourth position has been nearly as productive, with twelve drivers claiming victory from the outside of the second row in MIS history.
    ... The MIS record for Cup race speed was set in June 1999 by Dale Jarrett, when he flew through the 400-mile event at 173.997 mph. The MIS Cup qualifying record is held by Ryan Newman, who turned in a 194.232 mph lap in June 2005.
    ... A driver has swept both races at MIS in the same year on seven different occasions: Bobby Allison in 1971, David Pearson in 1972 and 1976, Cale Yarborough in 1983, Bill Elliott in 1985 and 1986 and Bobby Labonte in 1995. Can Kasey Kahne repeat his June success and become the eighth?
    ... After qualifying first for June's 3M Performance 400, Kasey Kahne will aim for the Michigan pole sweep this weekend. Bobby Labonte captured both poles at MIS in 2003, becoming the first driver to sweep the Nextel Cup Series poles at MIS since Bill Elliott in 1988. Previously, David Pearson swept both Nextel Cup poles in 1974, 1977, and 1978, while Bill Elliott took two in 1984, 1985 and 1988. Bobby's brother, Terry Labonte, delivered the double in 1983.
    ... The winner of the August event at MIS has gone on to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship five times since the track's first NASCAR race in 1969. The list includes David Pearson (1969), Richard Petty (1975, 1979), Rusty Wallace (1989), and most recently Jeff Gordon (1998).
    ... No rookie has ever won a Nextel Cup race at MIS.
    ... In August 1981, there were nine caution flags during the race, which set an MIS record. Since then, the record has been tied in four of MIS's last seven races. The yellow flag came out nine times in June 2003, June 2004, August 2004, and most recently in the rain-shortened 3M Performance 400 just two months ago.
    ... Ford and Dodge have combined to win the last 10 Nextel Cup races at MIS. Since Jeff Gordon's June Cup victory for Chevrolet in 2001, Ford and Dodge have each been represented with the checkered flag five times.
    COOL CUP FACTS: Just five NASCAR Cup races have been held on August 20 at MIS, and if history is any indication, look for Bobby Labonte in Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon. David Pearson won the first two in 1972 and 1978, and Rusty Wallace took August 20 victories in 1989 and 2000. Where does Labonte fit in? As an August 20 winner in 1995, he appears primed to become the third two-time "On August 20" winner in MIS history.
    Both Sunday races at MIS in 2006 have featured a pole winner taking the checkered flag for his fourth victory of the season. Kasey Kahne's June victory followed wins at Atlanta, Texas, and Charlotte, and Helio Castroneves's July IRL IndyCar Series victory came after wins at St. Petersburg, Motegi, and Texas.
    Of the drivers who have started in each of the last five Cup races at MIS without a win, Jeff Burton has the highest average finish at 14.6. Jimmie Johnson follows closely behind at 15.8 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 16.
    Of the 36 August races in MIS history, 28 have been won by a driver who finished in the top 10 in the June race of that year. The average June finish for an August winner is 8.97.(MIS PR)(8-12-2006)

  • Michigan Nuggets:
    • Ryan Newman is expected to make his 175th Nextel Cup start at Michigan.
    • Brian Vickers is expected to make his 100th Nextel Cup start at Michigan.
    • Scott Wimmer is expected to make his 100th Nextel Cup start at Michigan.
    Starting Up Front is not Important at Michigan
    Three of the last four races at Michigan have been won from starting positions outside the top-10. However, five of the last eight have been won from a top-10 starting position. Kasey Kahne won the June Michigan race from the Bud Pole and became the 15th driver to do so. Kahne became the first driver to win from the Bud Pole at Michigan since Jeff Gordon in June 2001.
    Michigan Pole Winners
    There have been eight different Bud Pole winners in the last 10 races at Michigan. Only Bobby Labonte (both races in 2003) repeated as the Bud Pole winner during the period. Qualifying was rained out in August 2004.
    Michigan Streaks
    • Jeff Gordon has posted five straight top-10 starts at Michigan, the longest current streak. Four of the five were frontrow starts.
    • Kasey Kahne has started fourth or better in his last three races at Michigan.
    • Ryan Newman posted top-15 starts in his first nine races at Michigan. His streak ended with a 42nd-place start there in June.
    Recent Dominance at Michigan
    • Matt Kenseth leads all drivers scoring top-15 finishes in the last 12 straight races at Michigan, the longest current streak.
    • Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards have both scored top 10 finishes in each of the last four races at Michigan.
    • Ryan Newman has scored top-15 finishes in his last six races at Michigan.
    Owner Wins at Michigan
    The Wood Brothers have scored 11 wins at Michigan, the most of any car owner. Their last Michigan victory was scored by Dale Jarrett in August 1991 when Jarrett scored his career-first Nextel Cup victory, 30 Michigan races ago. The Wood Brothers were very strong in the early history of Michigan scoring nine of their 11 victories in the first 15 races held there: David Pearson (seven) and Cale Yarborough (two).
    Owners “Two-Step” at Michigan
    Roger Penske-owned cars won two consecutive races at Michigan in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004 (both by Ryan Newman). Jack Roush Racing teams won the next two races (both by Greg Biffle). Evernham Motorsportsowned cars have won the last two races at Michigan (Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne).
    Leading The Way at Michigan
    Cale Yarborough led 1,308 laps in 36 races at Michigan, the most of all drivers. Bill Elliott led 1,004 in 54 races and ranks second in laps led there. Mark Martin ranks third among all drivers with 882 laps led in 41 races at Michigan - the most among active drivers.
    Would you Believe?
    A Chevrolet has won only one of the last 15 races at Michigan. Ford scored seven wins during the last 15 races there while Dodge scored five and Pontiac had two.
    Michigan Standouts
    • Ricky Rudd had 58 career starts at Michigan, more than any other driver.
    • Kyle Petty leads all full-time drivers with 50 starts at Michigan.
    • David Pearson scored 10 Bud Poles at Michigan, leading all drivers.
    • Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte lead all active drivers, each with four Bud Poles at Michigan.
    • David Pearson leads all drivers with nine victories at Michigan.
    • Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin lead all active drivers each with four victories at Michigan.
    • Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 21 top-five finishes at Michigan.
    • Mark Martin and Dale Jarrett lead all full time, active drivers each with 15 top-five finishes at Michigan.
    • Mark Martin has scored 26 top-10 finishes at Michigan, the most among full time, active drivers.
    • Brian Vickers leads all active drivers with an 8.2 starting average in five races at Michigan.
    • Carl Edwards has a 5.25 finishing average in his four races at Michigan, the best of all active drivers.
    Season Nuggets
    • Any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 571 points following Michigan is guaranteed a spot in the 2006 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
    • Only one driver that ranked in the top-10 after Race No. 22 in 2005 failed to make the Chase. Jamie McMurray was ninth and finished 12th. He was overtaken by Matt Kenseth who ranked 16th at this point one year ago and finished seventh.
    • After 22 races in 2006, five drivers are within the 400-point window. One year ago there were also five drivers within the 400-point window.
    • In 2005 six of the top-14 drivers were separated by eight points or less with twelfth and 11th tied and 11th to 10th separated by just three points.
    • After 22 races in 2006, five of the top-10 drivers are separated by 30 points or less.
    • Fourth-place Jeff Burton is 207 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne.
    • Current point leader Jimmie Johnson has scored 17 top-10 finishes in 22 races in 2006. That is four more top-10 finishes than any other driver.
    • Kevin Harvick has outscored all drivers in the last 10 races earning 1,492 points. He outscored current point leader Jimmie Johnson (1,380) by 127 points during the 10-race period. Johnson ranks fifth in points earned in the last 10 races.
    • Denny Hamlin, currently eighth in points, ranks fourth in points (1,420) earned in the last 10 races.
    • Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rank 13th, 14th and 15th respectively in points earned in the last 10 races.
    • All 22 victories in 2006 have been scored by drivers ranked in the top-13 in the point standings. Jeff Burton (fourth) and Mark Martin (sixth) remain the only two drivers yet to score a victory in 2006.
    • Tony Stewart (seventh) and Greg Biffle (13th) have each earned 95 lap leader bonus points, 55 more than point leader Jimmie Johnson who has 40.
    • NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year contender Denny Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in 10 of the 22 races in 2006 (45 percent). In fact, Hamlin has scored 13 top-10s in 29 career races - also 45 percent. Hamlin has scored top-10 finishes in the last four races and 12 top-15 finishes in the last 13. He has been the highest finishing rookie in 12 of the 22 races in 2006 (55 percent).
    • NASCAR Raybestos Rookie-of-the Year contender Denny Hamlin has posted top-10 starts in the last six races, the longest current streak. Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch each have posted four straight top-10 starts.
    • After winning only three races in all of 2005, Dodge has won five of the 22 races in 2006. Chevrolet has 14 victories while Ford has just three. One year ago Ford had nine victories at this point of the season.
    • Four of the top-six in driver points have been running at the finish in every race in 2006: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.
    • Kevin Harvick has climbed from 10th to third in the point standings since Sonoma.
    • Tony Stewart has climbed from 11th to seventh in the point standings since Loudon.
    • Jeff Gordon has posted four DNFs. That is the most DNFs of any driver ranked in among the top 24.
    • At least one rookie has scored a top-15 finish in every race this season.
    • Fourteen of the top-25 drivers changed point positions at Watkins Glen.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-15-2006)


  • 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: 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: 137,243, attendence: 153,000.

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: ?
    Command to start engines: ?
    Wave the green flag/honorary starter: ?
    National Anthem: Danielle Peck
    Military Flyover: 107th Fighter Squadron of the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard

  • Track Homepage:

  • June 2005 Michigan Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2005 Michigan Race Info / Rundown Page

  • June 2006 Michigan Race Info / Rundown Page
  • Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship at MIS: The winner of Celebrity chef Mario Batali's the Tailgate of a Lifetime Tailgating Championship will be selected during the finals at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 19. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to MIS to compete for the championship title, the winner will also go home with $10,000 cash and a tailgating prize pack from Lifetime. In 2006, The Tailgate of a Lifetime will play host to a projected 50,000 NASCAR fans! Following the NASCAR Busch Series Carfax 250, all race ticket holders will be invited to the Michigan International Speedway Watertower field where all will be invited to take place a massive tailgating celebration and concert performance. More info at PR)(8-16-2006)

  • Peck to sing National Anthem prior to Cup race at MIS: Aspiring country sensation Danielle Peck has opened for stars like Toby Keith and Brad Paisley and performed the national anthem for the NFL. Now, she will bring her talents to the Nextel Cup Series and open the GFS Marketplace 400 before the largest single-day sporting crowd in the state of Michigan. Born and raised in nearby Coshocton, Ohio, Peck will perform The Star-Spangled Banner on Sunday, August 20 at Michigan International Speedway prior to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400.(MIS PR)(8-16-2006)

  • Tix still available for Michigan events: Tickets to all remaining events during the 2006 MIS season delivered by Domino's Pizza, including the ARCA Series Hantz Group 200 on August 18, the Busch Series Carfax 250 on August 19, and the Nextel Cup Series GFS Marketplace 400 on August 20, are currently on sale at MIS's official website, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(8-16-2006)

  • MIS Sellout streak over: After selling out 30 straight Nextel Cup races, Michigan International Speedway came up just short at yesterday's 3M Performance 400 and ended that streak. Without releasing exact figures, MIS officials said the race sold slightly fewer than the 137,243 permanent seats it has available. Additional fans view the race from the infield, bringing yesterday's crowd to an estimated 150,000.(Todelo Blade)(6-19-2006)

  • Michigan Governor announces road improvement plans for MIS: Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced $18.5 million will be spent over the next three years in road projects to improve safety and access to Michigan International Speedway (MIS), including $7.5 million in accelerated projects. The announcement is the result of an agreement between the Granholm Administration, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), MIS, and local lawmakers, in cooperation with the Michigan State Police. The projects will create more than 60 new jobs. The accelerated projects will center along US-127 and US-12 and will coordinate with scheduled race weekends at MIS over the next three summers, with construction beginning as early as fall 2006. The accelerated projects will be paid for with a combination of federal safety dollars and Transportation Economic Development funding. All planning and design for these US-127 corridor improvements will begin in 2006 with construction scheduled to be completed in advance of the 2009 race season.(MIS PR)(6-8-2006)

  • MIS President to step down after 2006: W. Brett Shelton, President of Michigan International Speedway will step down from his position at the end of the 2006 racing season at MIS. Roger A. Curtis, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for California Speedway, has been named as Shelton's replacement and will move to MIS to begin working on the transition immediately. "My wife Elisabeth, our son Blake and I have enjoyed our five, going on six seasons at MIS immensely which made this a difficult decision," said Shelton, who is planning to move his family back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. "The fans at MIS are arguably the best in racing and we have a tremendous seasoned staff which should make the transition much easier. I've had a chance to work with Roger Curtis for a number of years during our time with ISC and I think he'll be a great fit for MIS." Curtis, 39, a Terre Haute, Indiana native, brings over 15 years of Motorsports experience to MIS and is looking forward to returning to his Midwest roots.(MIS PR)(5-13-2006)

  • Carfax to sponsor MIS Busch race: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway (MIS) announced that Carfax will be the title sponsor of the August 19 "Carfax 250" NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. As the first NASCAR sponsorship of any kind for Carfax, the company is looking to make a lasting impression on the millions of racing fans around the country. Consumers can celebrate the company's entrance into the sport through an online sweepstakes Carfax launched recently called Picking Up the Pace. The two-part sweepstakes features grand prize drawings for two fun-filled race weekends at MIS and a ride in the official pace car during each race. For the chance to be a winner and part of racing history simply log on to and fill in the entry form. This year will mark the first of three years Carfax is sponsoring the NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS. Tickets are available now for the both Nextel Cup and Busch Series races by calling the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by logging on to PR)(4-30-2006)

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


  • #100 for Wimmer and Vickers: #4-Scott Wimmer and #25-Brian Vickers are scheduled to make their 100th starts in Nextel Cup this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.(8-15-2006)

  • Kluever going for 2nd Cup start, this time at MIS: Todd Kluever will be attempting his second Nextel Cup Series start this weekend in the GFS 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kluever will compete in both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series races in his #06 3M Ford Fusion. Kluever’s first Nextel Cup start came at Chicagoland Speedway last month resulting in a 41st-place finish. Kluever ran the entire race, but a NASCAR penalty from hitting the commitment cone on pit road during a green-flag pit stop cost him two laps which he could never recover.(Roush Racing PR)(8-15-2006)

  • Bobby Allison and Shop Rat at MIS: not sure what this is about, but NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison is scheduled to appear at a press conference on Friday, August 18th at Michigan International Speedway "to talk about Shop Rat".(, but the site mentions it has something to do with charity.(8-11-2006)

  • See the 2006 Team Chart and the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
#07-Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel’s Downhome Punch #07 Schemes Page
#5-Kyle Busch Delphi #5 Schemes Page
#12-Ryan Newman Alltel "Fastap" #12 Schemes Page
#18-J.J. Yeley Husqvarna #18 Schemes Page
#38-David Gilliland M&M's Dark #38 Schemes Page
#43-Bobby Labonte Fruity Cheerios #43 Schemes Page
#45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
#55-Michael Waltrip Dominos #55 Schemes Page

  • Fruity Cheerios Scheme on the #43 at Michigan: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Fruity Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge head to the two-mile Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400. Labonte will be racing the colorful Fruity Cheerios paint scheme this weekend.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing PR)(8-16-2006)

  • Downhome Punch at MIS for Bowyer: Clint Bowyer’s #07 Chevy will feature a Jack Daniel’s Downhome Punch paint scheme this weekend at MIS. John Carlson of Grove City, Ohio is the lucky winner of the Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails “Chose Your Favorite Car” sweepstakes. In addition to a Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails Racing Party Pack, Carlson will attend this weekend’s race at MIS as a guest of Jack Daniel’s and meet Bowyer on Sunday morning prior to the race.(RCR PR) see an image of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(8-16-2006)

  • Petty Brings New Colors to Michigan: This weekend, Kyle Petty and the #45 Marathon American Spirit Oil Dodge team will head to the two-mile Michigan International Speedway, located in the city of Brooklyn, for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400. Petty will debut the Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil scheme for the first time this season. It's a "home" race for the brand because Marathon has a regional office located in nearby Findlay, Ohio. Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil will be the primary sponsor for three more races this season and an associate on both cars [#43 and #45] the rest of the year.(Petty Racing/Moore Consulting Group PR) see an image of the scheme on my #45 Team Schemes page.(8-16-2006)

  • Domino's to be primary sponsor for Waltrip at Michigan: Domino’s Pizza appear as the primary Nextel Cup Series team sponsor of racing veteran, #55-Michael Waltrip August 18-20 at Michigan International Speedway. Waltrip will be the first driver to compete in a Domino’s Pizza Nextel Cup car [since the late 1980's] when he takes the wheel of the #55 Domino’s Pizza vehicle next Friday [in practrice and qualifying]. As part of its 2006 motorsports program, Domino’s Pizza has been, and will continue to be an associate sponsor of Waltrip’s #55 Nextel Cup Series team. Waltrip previously carried the Domino’s Pizza banner as his primary sponsor of his #99 Busch Series team twice in 2005 and once in 2004. Domino’s partnerships extend to Michigan International Speedway, branded “MIS Delivered by Domino’s Pizza” and will feature fan entertainment, displays, signage, product sampling and guest hospitality throughout the race weekend. More information on the Company can be found on the web at's/Clear!Blue PR), see an image of the car on my #55 Team Schemes page.(8-13-2006)

  • Marathon sponsorship to Petty's: been told that the #51 Competitive Edge Motorsports team has ceased operations and have confirmed that Marathon Petroleum Company will become major associate sponsor with Petty Enterprises with the #45 Dodge of Kyle Petty being most involved in the sponsorship as an associate sponsor at most races and primary sponsor of the #45 for a few races with the #43 Dodge of Bobby Labonte featuring the Marathon Petroleum Company logo at some races.(8-1-2006)
    UPDATE: Marathon Petroleum Company announced that the company's sponsorship in the Nextel Cup series is being moved to a new race team. The new sponsorship will begin with the Allstate 400 race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. “Marathon is proud to move our sponsorship to the #45 Petty Enterprises team, with driver Kyle Petty,” said Mary Ellen Peters, senior vice president, Marketing. “The team is owned by Richard Petty, the man known as the ‘King of NASCAR.' We believe this move provides a continued presence for Marathon in all of the remaining races this season.” In addition to the Brickyard assosiate sponsorship [Tire KIngdom is the primary at Indy], the #45 car will carry the Marathon Brand as the primary sponsor for four races: Michigan, Bristol, Richmond, and Atlanta. Marathon also will be an associate sponsor on the car for this season's remaining races. “We're grateful that Competitive Edge Motorsports is allowing Marathon Oil to transfer their sponsorship,” said Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. “We are looking forward to developing a strong partnership with Marathon , starting this weekend at one of the biggest events of the season.”(Petty Racing PR)(8-3-2006)

  • Husqvarna on the #18: The #18 Chevy of J.J. Yeley will be carrying special colors this weekend, featuring a blue and white Husqvarna paint scheme. Sunday’s race will be the second of three events this season in which Yeley will be sponsored by Husqvarna, the Official Lawn and Garden Equipment of NASCAR. The company’s final race of the year will be the Aug. 20 GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see images of the car on my #18 Team Schemes page.(6-9-2006)

  • Domino's sticks with Waltrip: Domino's Pizza is going the distance with two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip as they extend their partnership into the 2006 NASCAR racing season. Domino's will have an associate sponsorship throughout the 2006 racing season on Waltrip's #55 NAPA Dodge. Additionally, Domino's will be a primary sponsor on Waltrip's #55 Dodge during one Nextel Cup Series race [supposedly Michigan in August]. The agreement also provides Domino's the opportunity to continue featuring Waltrip in NASCAR-themed commercials and promotions.(Domino's PR), see an image of the scheme on my #55 Team Schemes page.(1-11-2006)

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


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