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- Race: Sunday, June 17, 2007 in Brooklyn, MI
- Title Sponsor/Link: Citizen's Bank
- Track: Michigan International Speedway
- TV: TNT 2:00pm/et
- Allstate Countdown to Green: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with Bill Weber
- NASCAR on TNT Live: TNT - 12:30pm/et - Marc Fein, host
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:10pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air: Thursday, June 21 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, June 21 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, June 22 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)
- Announcers: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty
- Pit Reporters: Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Ralph Sheheen, Lindsay Czarniak
- TNT's Revolving Studio: Marc Fein and Larry McReynolds
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,137,383 (was $5,037,040 in 2006)
- Practice: Friday, June 15, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, June, 16, 10:00 - 10:50am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 16, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED via tape at 7:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, June 15, 12:30am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, June 15 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 8:30pm/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
FRIDAY, June 15
9:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
10:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Craftsman Truck Series Practice
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Rookie Practice
1:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series Final Practice
3:10 p.m. - NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
5:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
5:15 p.m. - Start of ARCA RE/MAX Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)
Saturday, June 16, 2007
9:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
11:05 a.m. - Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying
(Two Laps, All Positions) Impound
1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. NEXTEL Cup Series Final Practice
2:45 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
3:00 p.m. - Start of Craftsman Truck Series Race (100 Laps, 200 Miles)
Sunday, June 17, 2007 (Father’s Day)
8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
1:30 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
2:00 p.m. - Start of Citizens Bank 400, Nextel Series Cup Race (200 Laps, 400 Miles)
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325; Right-side -- 325
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; Right-side -- D-4062
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 40-45 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck Series will be
running the same tire codes this weekend, though the Cup tires will be branded
"Goodyear Eagle," while the Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . .
. this is the fourth major NASCAR track to which Goodyear has brought this
specific combination of left- and right-side tires this season . . . Nextel Cup
and Craftsman Truck teams have previously run this tire setup at California and
Dover during earlier companion weekends . . . truck series teams have also run
this combination at Kansas . . . in addition, this left-side code (D-4078) has
been run with a different right-side code by Cup teams at Texas in April . . .
while this left-side code is new to the Goodyear tire lineup for 2007, this
right-side code (D-4062) was run at Michigan, Dover and Kansas in 2006 . . . as
on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run
inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those
inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
- Carl Edwards wins a Michigan: #99-Carl Edwards won the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway in his 100th career starts. It is Edward's 5th career win and first win since he won at Texas in November 2005, 52 races ago. Tom Giacchi, pit runner for the #99, he can now shave his ZZ Top like beard, Giacchi has not shaved since Edwards last win [has done a little trimming]. Edwards led 63 of the 200 laps. #1-Truex, Jr. was dominant early in the race, but couldn't catch Edwards late and finished 2nd. #20-Stewart was third, followed by #25- Mears, #8- Earnhardt, Jr, #5- Busch, #29- Harvick, , #26-McMurray, #24-Gordon, and #55-Waltrip. #48-Johnson was running in 3rd when he ran out of gas with 7 laps to go. He finished 19th. There were 4 cautions for 19 laps and 11 leaders with 22 lead changes.
Race Results on my Michigan Race Results / Awards page
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page(6-17-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Michigan [15 of 36 races]:
1) #24-Jeff Gordon 2392
2) #11-Denny Hamlin 2128 -264
3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2055 -337
4) #17-Matt Kenseth 2044 -348
5) #31-Jeff Burton 1919 -473
6) #99-Carl Edwards 1905 -487
7) #20-Tony Stewart 1903 -489
8) #29-Kevin Harvick 1794 -598
9) #07-Clint Bowyer 1774 -618
10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1772
11) #5-Kyle Busch 1763 -629
12) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1691 -701
#42-Montoya is 23rd
#9-Kahne is 28th
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points page(6-17-2007)
- Rumblings - Michigan Race Notes: We had a Ford in Victory Lane today, and that's a sight we haven't seen since February. Come to think of it, we hadn't seen one of those back- flips in a while either....
Carl Edwards broke the Chevy twelve race winning streak today at Michigan International Speedway as he took the Citizens Bank 400 by 3.668 seconds...and he was pulling away.
It's the first victory for Edwards since he won at Texas in November of 2005, his 5th career win (he's now tied for 63rd on the all-time win list), and the 97th for Roush Racing (or the first for Roush-Fenway). It was worth $177,850 from the over $5.1M in posted awards.
Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Martinsville in April.
Michael Waltrip (10th) had his best finish since he was 7th here in June of 2005! He's the 37th different driver to score a Top-10 this season....we're closing in on last year's number of 38.
Bill Elliott (11th) had his best finish since he was 11th here in August of 2005.
Paul Menard (12th) had his best finish since he was 7th at Atlanta in March of 2006.
David Reutimann (15th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 22nd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October of 2005.
John Andretti (27th) had his best finish since he was 20th at Homestead in November of 2004 (only six races).
A. J. Allmendinger (31st) tied his career-best finish today. He was 31st at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races. Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
The Rookie Report: Paul Menard (12th) grabs this award for the third time this season. He was followed by David Reutimann (15th), David Ragan (21st), A. J. Allmendinger (31st), and Juan Pablo Montoya (43rd). Another week when all five freshmen made the event.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Tony Stewart (+38), followed by Jamie McMurray (+27), Paul Menard (+26), and David Reutimann (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-33), followed by J. J. Yeley (-27), Joe Nemechek (-25), Brian Vickers (-25), and Greg Biffle (-24).
Michael Waltrip led a lap today for the first time since he led a lap at Talladega Superspeedway last October. Paul Menard led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Homestead last November. We've now had 44 drivers lead a lap this season....last year's number was 48.
Johnny Sauter padded his margin in the race for 35th in Owner Points today. His lead over Scott Riggs is now out to 41 markers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr moves back into the Chase today, while Mark Martin falls out. Jeff Gordon's margin over new second place points man Denny Hamlin is 264.
Casey Mears (23rd to 19th) made the best move forward today, while Tony Raines (24th to 27th) fell the most spots. It wasn't that long ago when Casey Mears was in danger of falling out of an exempt qualifying spot, was it?(Stock Car Fans)(6-17-2007)
- Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway
...Edwards won the Citizens Bank 400, his fifth victory in 100 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races.
...This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2007.
...This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway.
...Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish of 2007 and his third in the top-three in the past three races.
...Tony Stewart (third) posted his 11th top-10 in 17 Michigan races and his fifth in 2007.
...Paul Menard (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
...Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 264 points ahead of Denny Hamlin, who moved into second with his 14th-place finish and tied his career-best points position.
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after the race)
- The Citizens Bank 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)
#99-Edwards-F (12) (63 laps led) +3.668 margin of victory
#1-Truex Jr.-C (8) (54 laps led)
#20-Stewart-C (41) (2 laps led)
#25-Mears-C (13) (1 lap led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr.-C (23) (1 lap led)
#29-Harvick -C (19)
#24-JGordon-C (6) (18 lap led)
#55-Waltrip-T (18) (1 lap led)
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Michigan Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 9 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 55,21,15,7,11,00,07,38,22,48,14
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 6,88,41,31,2,70,45,18,01,13,84,9,10,43,19,66,12,16,96,40,83
- Cars on the track: 41 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (1) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (11 leaders with 22 lead changes):
#1-Truex, Jr. (54)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (1)
- Lap leaders: #18-Yeley - pole; #48-Johnson 1-9; #1-Truex, Jr. 10-36; #11-Hamlin 37; #25-Mears 38; #1-Truex, Jr 39-52; #48-Johnson 53; #1-Truex, Jr 54-63; #48-Johnson 64-69; #15-Menard 70; #24-Gordon 71-88; #48-Johnson 89-108; #2-Busch 109-110; #20-Stewart 111-112; #99-Edwards 113; #1-Truex, Jr 114-115; #8-Earnhardt Jr 116; #48-Johnson 117-130; #99-Edwards 131-157; #1-Truex, Jr. 158; #55-Waltrip 159; #48-Johnson 160-165; #99-Edwards 166-200
Cautions: 4 for 19 laps
Caution 4 - Laps 116 - 120: #96-Raines spun the car in turn 4 after making contact with #19-Sadler while trying to get down to pit road
Caution 3 - Laps 76 - 79: #12-Newman cut across in front of #66-Green on the backstretch and spun. Back in the pack, several drivers checked up and suffered damage, including #83-Vickers & #17-Kenseth, who had to go to the garage.
Caution 2 - Laps 69 - 74: #42-Montoya slid up into the wall in turn 2 and pancaked the car
Caution 1 - Laps 53 - 56: Debris
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 4: #7-Gordon, 13th
Caution 3: none as #66-Green was involved in the caution
Caution 2: #01-Martin, 29th
Caution 1: #42-Montoya, 43rd
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Michigan Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason Issued, Lap
1 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 52
2 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 67
3 #40 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 69
4 #99 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 69
5 #17 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 75
6 #8 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 75
7 #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 75
8 #12 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 75
9 #1 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 75
10 #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 114
11 #01 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 115
12 #16 MCI Safety violation 171
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 Statistics)(6-17-2007)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #48-Johnson ran out of gas with 7 laps to go
---- with 20 laps to go, most team think they can make it to the end of the race without stopping for fuel. #48-Johnson could be 2 laps short
---- green flag pit stops continued through lap 160 with several driver who pitted late being borderline on fuel for the remainder of the race
---- #48-Johnson was the first lead lap car to come down for a green flag pit stop on lap 149
---- Several drivers were caught a lap down with the fourth caution came out. Some stayed out and did not pit to remain on the tail end of the lead lap.
---- #11-Hamlin's car fell off the jack during his green flag pit stop
---- Another round of green flag pit stops started on lap 109
---- #17-Kenseth had completed every lap this season before being involved in the third caution and having to go to the garage
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr was off the pace at the restart following the second caution. He hit some debris on the track and had a flat right rear.
---- #99-Edwards was too fast exiting the pits during the second caution and will have to make a pass through penalty
---- #24-Gordon & #18-Yeley only took two tires under the second caution
---- #40-Stremme came into the pits during the first caution under no power. The crew raised the hood to check the plug wires
---- everyone came into pit under the first caution. #1-Truex only took 2 tires.
---- pit stops ended by lap 39 and #1-Truex, Jr reassumed the lead
---- #42-Montoya and #11-Hamlin made slight contact during pit stops. Montoya suffered slight front end damage
---- green flag pit stops started on lap 35 when #13-Nemecheck pitted
---- with the race under green since the start, #1-Truex started lapping cars on lap 28
---- pole sitter #18-Yeley has fallen to 17th position by lap 17
---- on lap 14, #12-Newman dropped to the apron with a flat left rear tire and had to pit under green. he lost 3 laps
---- green flag at 2:17pm/et
---- command to start engines at 2:07pm/et by Bill Hartmann, President & CEO of Citizens Bank
---- Military Flyover: F-16, 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan National Guard, Selfridge ANG Base
---- National Anthem by Army Corp A Cappella Team
---- weather = Mostly sunny with a high of 89°, 10% chance of rain.
---- To The Back : none reported
- Race Coverage of the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 17, 2007.
TV: TNT at 2:00pm/et [scheduled green flag around 2:10pm/et].
Pre-Race: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:30am/et and TNT at 12:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, June 21 at 3:00pm/et and;
Thursday, June 21 at 8:00pm/et on HDNET [high def broadcast]
- Happy Hour practice for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the results:
slowest: #42-Montoya 176.328 & #00-Reutimann 176.276
most laps run: #48-Johnson 38 laps
notes: #8-Earnhart, Jr scraped the wall midway through. #38-Gilliland & #20-Stewart made contact and Stewart hit the wall and suffered some right side damage. All teams repaired the cars.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#83-Vickers, 177.458, [6th fastest], 27 laps run
#29-Harvick, 177.069, [5th], 26 laps
#07-Bowyer, 177.037, [3rd], 25 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-16-2007)
- Saturday's first practice for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the results:
slowest: #00-Reutimann 177.835 & #43-Labonte 177.760
most laps run: #20-Stewart, 43 laps
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#83-Vickers, 180.728, [10th fastest], 19 laps run
#1-Truex, Jr, 180.571, [6th], 26 laps
#16-Biffle, 180.297, [2nd], 14 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-16-2007)
- Yeley Wins Pole at Michigan: #18-J.J. Yeley won the Budweiser Pole for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 187.505mph for his first career pole. #48-Johnson qualified second, just .001 second behind Yeley. They were followed by #5-Busch, #12-Newman, #13-Nemecheck, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #1-Truex, Jr., #31-Burton, and #2-Busch. See the qualifying results and starting lineup on the Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-15-2007)
- Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway: #44-Jarrett, #4-Burton, #36-Mayfield, #49-Bliss, #37-Lepage and #78-KWallace [broke a belt on the car].(6-15-2007)
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #18-Yeley, 187.505, starts 1st
Dodge: #12-Newman, 186.596, starts 4th
Ford: #99-Edwards, 185.648, starts 12th
Toyota: #83-Vickers, 185.600, starts 16th
- Ramblings -- Michigan: It can't get much closer! J. J. Yeley got his first-ever Bud Pole today at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's Citizens Bank 400 with a time of 38.399 sec (187.505 mph)....and that was exactly 1/1000th of a second quicker than Jimmie Johnson. Yeley's first pole came in his 57th start, and he becomes the 7th qualifier for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.
Jimmie Johnson (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Martinsville in April of 2006.
Kyle Busch (3rd) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at Homestead last November.
Joe Nemechek (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Phoenix last November.
Robby Gordon (30th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 23rd at Texas in April....but that grid was set by Owner Points. This is his best starting spot on time since he started 25th at Martinsville the week before.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 4 Top-5 starts in a row. Denny Hamlin has 10 Top-10 starts in the last 11 races.
The Trouble Train had six cars in tow today. The dnq's this week were Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton, Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Bliss, Kevin Lepage, and Kenny Wallace.
This is often a fuel-mileage race, and after what we saw last week there are more than a few teams who've learned how to play that game. You might wanna start saving now so you can give me a couple laps.....Stock Car Fans)(6-16-2007)
- Friday's practice for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the results:
#1-Truex, Jr., 186.741mph
slowest: #36-Mayfield 181.809 & #78-Wallace 180.986
most laps run: #6-Ragan, #20-Stewart, #16-Biffle 22
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#48-Johnson, 185.089 [9th fastest], 7 laps run
#83-Vickers 184.582 [3rd fastest], 9 laps
#07-Bowyer, 184.502 [5th], 8 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(6-15-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Michigan:
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#83-Brian Vickers, 3rd
#22-Dave Blaney, 14th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 17th
#21-Bill Elliott [PC], 21st
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd
#15-Paul Menard, 24th
#00-David Reutimann, 30th
#10-Scott Riggs, 33rd
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#4-Ward Burton, 38th
#49-Mike Bliss, 42nd
#37-Kevin Lepage, 44th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 46th
#36-Jeremy Mayfield, 48th
#78-Kenny Wallace, 49th
- Qualifying Order List for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #4-WBurton is due out first on Friday, June 14 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #22-Blaney. For the Qualifying order, see my Michigan Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-15-2007)
- Entry List for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Driver change: #45 John Andrettin in for Kyle Petty
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (14 attempts/44th in 2007 owners pts)
#4-Ward Burton (13/43)
#10-Scott Riggs (14/36)
#15-Paul Menard (14/39)
#21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ prov to use](14/40)
#22-Dave Blaney (14/37)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (14/45)
#37-Kevin Lepage (14/49)
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](14/41)
#49-Mike Bliss (14/47)
#55-Michael Waltrip (14/48)
#78-Kenny Wallace (14/42)
#83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(14/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendinger (14/47)
#33-Scott Wimmer (2/54)
In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,78,00
missing the race would be : #'s 36,84,49,55,37,4
See the full list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List
- Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Michigan are set:
no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, but 35th and 36th are only 20pts apart
the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
32) #7-Gordon/RGM 1166, +115
33) #88-Rudd/Yates 1127, +76
34) #38-Gilliland/Yates 1123, +75
35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 1071, +20pts ahead of 36th
these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1051, -20pts out of 35th
37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 929, -142
38) #83-Vickers/Red Bull 906, -165
See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2007 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).
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, 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 top 35 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]
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#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) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] 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)
- Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Top-5's, Top-10's: #24-Jeff Gordon leads all drivers after 14 races in 2007 with 12 Top-10 finishes and 10 Top-5 finishes. Two drivers have ran all 14 races in 2007 and have not scored a Top-10 finish: #96-Raines and #14-Marlin. Eights drivers do not have a Top-5: Raines, Marlin, #07-Bowyer, #43-Labonte, #19-Sadler, #40-Stremme, #9-Kahne, #7-Gordon and #88-Rudd.(6-12-2007)
- Did Not Finish Streak and stats: #17-Matt Kenseth and #11-Denny Hamlin have been running at the finish in 44 consecutive races, the longest current streak. Kenseth has also completed every lap  ran in the 2007 season and has a streak of 19 races where he has finished on the lead lap, the 3rd best streak since 1995 [Gordon had 21 in 1998-99 and Johnson 20 last season]. In the 2007 season after 14 races, seven drivers have finished all the races: Kenseth, Hamlin, #07-Bowyer, #29-Harvick, #43-Labonte, #19-Sadler and #42-Montoya. #22-Blaney has the most DNF's [Did Not Finish] with 6 in 12 races run.(6-12-2007)
- June 2006 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 118.788, started 1st
- August 2006 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 135.097mph, started 3rd
- Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)
- Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75
- Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph
- June 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 185.644, finished 1st
- August 2006 Pole Sitter: #31-Jeff Burton, 187.936mph, finished 42nd
- 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: 10 - 8/20/2006
- 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: 29 - Ford
- Races won from starting pos 1: 15 [of 75 races] 20.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 8
- Races won from starting pos 3: 9
- 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: 50 of 75 - 66.7%
- Races won from the top 10: 61 of 75 - 81.3%
- At Michigan International Speedway:
• There have been 75 Nextel Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway – two a year since the first race there in 1969, except 1973 which had one.
• Donnie Allison won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole.
• Cale Yarborough won the first Nextel Cup race.
• There have been 37 different Bud Pole winners; 18 have won more than one.
• There have been 28 different race winners; 16 have more than one victory.
• Ground-breaking was in September 1967 and the track opened as a 2.0-mile oval in 1968.
• The first NASCAR race was held in 1969.
• All Nextel Cup races at Michigan have been scheduled for 400 miles, with the exception of the first two which were 500- and 600-mile events, respectively.
• The track was re-measured to 2.04 mile before the second race in 1970 and then back to 2.0 miles in 1972.
• Wood Brothers/JTG Racing has won 11 races at Michigan – two more than any other car owner.
• There have been nine Bud Pole winners in the last 12 races. Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte (two each) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners there since 2000. Qualifying was canceled once.
• The Bud Pole has been swept six times: Bobby Labonte (2003), Bill Elliott (1988 and 1984), Terry Labonte (1983), David Pearson (1978 and 1979).
• There have been 12 different race winners in the last 16 races. Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman and Dale Jarrett (two each) are the only repeat race winners there since 1998.
• 14 of 75 races have been won by the Bud Pole winner, most recently by Kasey Kahne in this race in 2006.
• The July 2000 race was won from 28th by Tony Stewart – the deepest in the field that a race winner ever started.
• Bill Elliott won four consecutive Michigan races in 1985 and 1986, the longest winning streak in Michigan history.
• Nextel Cup races in Michigan.
Track, Location, Races, Year(s)
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn 75, 1974-Present
Grand River Speedrome, Grand Rapids 2, 1951, 1954
Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit 2, 1951-52
Monroe Speedway, Monroe 1, 1952
- Michigan Active Streaks
• Jeff Gordon has started in the top 10 in five of the last six races.
• Kasey Kahne has started in the top five in three of the last four races.
• Ryan Newman has started in the top five in three of the last four races.
• Greg Biffle has five consecutive top-10 finishes.
• Carl Edwards has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races.
• Matt Kenseth has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races.
• Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races.
- Track Specs:
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet
73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Seating: 137,243, attendence: 153,000.
Grand Marshal: ?
Command to start engines: ?
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: ?
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: mispeedway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Raceway
- June 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- MIS Improvement Projects Approved: Michigan International Speedway's continued commitment to race fans took another important step with the approval of several capital improvement projects for the 2007 summer racing season. Although MIS has yearly goals, its primary goal of providing the best possible experience to the race fan is ongoing. With previous announcements regarding grandstand replacements in Turn One and revised outbound traffic patterns, MIS will also make a number of smaller improvements for 2007. Some of the capital improvement projects for 2007 include the design of new scoreboards for future installation, installing showers for the Northwoods/Northfield campground, additional paved tram routes, a larger Nextel Vision screen in turns one and two, pedestrian directional signage on the MIS property, two new jet-dryers and in-depth research for a new site plan, which will lay the groundwork for future improvements. Several other fan enhancement projects have already been announced and are currently underway. Grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are being replaced. The new grandstands offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of MIS' two-mile oval. The new seats are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands and will allow fans to have more leg room. All of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also 10 rows higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS - including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern. Traffic patterns for Nextel Cup Series race days are also being improved. The refined patterns will make traffic flow out the speedway faster following Nextel Cup races. MIS is in the process of enhancing tram stops and will purchase additional trams for guests with disabilities. Tickets for all MIS races, including the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(5-11-2007)
- Citizens Bank to sponsor June race at MIS: One of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan will take center stage at Michigan International Speedway on June 17 for the running of the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on Father's Day weekend. The strategic alliance between MIS and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of Citizens Republic Bancorp (NASDAQ:CRBC), also makes Citizens Bank the "Official Bank of Michigan International Speedway" in 2007. Citizens Bank will have in-market, promotional rights and benefits for the June Nextel Cup Series weekend, as well as premium signage around the MIS property during the campaign.
More information about Citizens Republic Bancorp is available at www.citizensbanking.com. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log on to www.MISpeedway.com, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-16-2007)
- MIS Refines Outbound Traffic Plan: In a continuing commitment to improve the fan experience at Michigan International Speedway, track officials, together with the Michigan Department of Transportation and surrounding townships, have made changes to the speedway's outbound traffic pattern. These outbound traffic initiatives are some of the most significant improvements at Michigan International Speedway in the track's 39-year history. MDOT and MIS studied the traffic patterns extensively over the past six months to come up with the revised post-race traffic plan. More than 150,000 guests in about 40,000 vehicles travel to the racetrack for a Nextel Cup Series race, so Curtis stressed the importance of strong partnerships with MDOT, the Michigan State Police, POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company, and township law enforcement agencies to manage race-day traffic for each race weekend. Finally, the track's operations staff and parking supervisors coordinate it all with the help of countless volunteer groups and GameDay Management Group, a traffic control company that has supervised traffic control for events such as the Daytona 500 and Detroit's Super Bowl XL in 2006.
Following the speedway's Nextel Cup Series races on Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19, outbound traffic will be routed as follows: A one-way pattern will occur on M-50 North from Brooklyn to Napoleon; The two-lane outbound pattern on US-12 East will extend from MIS to M-52. A modified version of this traffic pattern on a smaller scale was tested following the August 2006 NEXTEL Cup race with immediate results. Curtis said he received several e-mails and phone calls from race fans after that race who said they noticed a significant decrease in the time it took to travel back to their homes. The traffic initiatives are another step in Michigan International
Speedway's commitment to the fans. Several other fan enhancement projects for 2007 are under way at MIS. Tickets for all the speedway's races, including the Nextel Cup Series Michigan 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(1-30-2007)
- MIS Projects Begin: Michigan International Speedway's fan enhancement projects, which were announced by the track in October, are beginning to take shape with the replacing of new grandstands in Turn One. The old grandstands have been removed and concrete foundations for the new seating are being poured. Southern Bleacher Company has begun the project and is contracting much of the work to various businesses from throughout the Midwest and State of Michigan. Two existing grandstands in Turn One are being replaced with new, fan friendly grandstands. The new grandstands will offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of the two-mile oval. Seats in the new grandstands are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands, and will allow fans to have more leg room. In addition, all of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS - including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern.
This is just the first of several projects that MIS is doing to enhance the race fans' experience for 2007. Along with the new Turn One seating, MIS has also announced plans for enhanced tram stops and additional trams for disabled guests, as well as RV camping along pit road. A new parking lot for Skylounge Suite holders is also being constructed next to the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza. Deposits for the 2007 season are being accepted until Friday, Dec. 15 by calling the MIS ticket office at 1-800-354-1010. Deposits can be redeemed starting Jan. 3, 2007. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(12-4-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Michigan International Raceway
- Fishing logo on the #5 at MIS: The #5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevy of Kyle Busch will have a special decal on the rear bumper this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Sponsor Kellogg's has an affiliation with the FLW Outdoors Bass Pro Fishing Series. The bumper will feature the FLW Outdoors logo in anticipation of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Chevy Open event scheduled to take place July 12-15 in Detroit. Busch will also drive the #51 Chevy Silverado for Billy Ballew Motorsports in Saturday's running of the Michigan 200 Truck Series race.(HMS PR)(6-14-2007)
- Hornish to attempt MIS ARCA race: Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #27 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will attempt to qualify for his first ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday. Hornish has never raced a stock car at Michigan, but he was the fastest during the one-day ARCA test on May 29. He posted a lap time of 30.09 seconds, 184.190 mph, a mere eight-tenths of a second slower than the qualifying record set in 2004. Hornish will return to MIS for the IndyCar and Busch Series races in August. If he qualifies for the NBS event, Hornish will be the first driver to compete in all three events in a single season at his home track.(Penske Racing)(6-12-2007)
- Elliott to the #21? UPDATE 2 confirmed/details: hearing 1988 Nextel Cup Champ, Bill Elliott, will drive the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Ford for six races, not sure if that will start after the Nextel Open, which Jon Wood is scheduled to run or for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 27th. Why Elliott? Bill Elliott, being a past champ, has 6 past champions provisional's to use. #44-Dale Jarrett is out of past champ provisional's and needs to qualify for the race as his team is out of the top-35 in owners points and a guaranteed starting spot. So is the #21 Wood Brothers/JTG Ford team, driven by Ken Schrader [27 races] and rookie Jon Wood [11 races].(5-16-2007)
UPDATE: Bill Elliott and the Wood Brothers racing team are giving long-time Ford fans something to celebrate next week in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Elliott has agreed to come out of his semi-retirement to drive the Wood's famous #21 Ford. Elliott, who had his greatest racing success driving a #9 Ford, will be back behind the blue oval logo for the first time since he drove his own #94 in 2000. The #21, which has been driven this season by Ken Schrader and Jon Wood, is outside the top 35 in owner points, but Elliott has a past-champion's provisional at his disposal if he fails to qualify on speed. "That will allow is to spend time getting the car ready for the race instead of worrying about qualifying," Elliott said. "And it means a lot to me to drive that car." Elliott has also filed an entry for the following week at Dover.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(5-17-2007)
UPDATE 2: Bill Elliott has agreed to a race-to-race deal to drive the #21 Little Debbie/Motorcraft/Air Force/Ore-Ida Ford Fusion,
starting with the Coca-Cola 600 event weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott has over 30 years of Cup racing experience, with 756 starts and 44 wins, 175 top-fives, 320 top-tens at the series’ top level. He also has 55 pole positions to his credit. Jon Wood is slated to drive the #21 Motorcraft Ford this weekend in the Nextel Open event. Elliott said, "I was pretty honored to get a call from the Wood Brothers to drive the 21 car. I’ve seen them struggle the last few weeks, being outside the top-35, and it breaks my heart to see them miss races. I hope I can get in the car, get us qualified well every week and see what we can make up in the points battle along the way. Eddie and Len and, in fact, Glen and Leonard, have always been very close and dear friends of mine and I’m very glad to be able to help them out.” Regular driver, Ken Schrader: “I see the need for it at this time. I want to see this team move forward as quickly as possible and I think the plan we have in place will allow that to happen. Down the road, we can reevaluate where we stand. I’ll look forward to being back in the seat soon.”(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing PR)(5-17-2007)
- McCumbee, Andretti named to Drive #45 Dodge: Petty Enterprises announced that Chad McCumbee and John Andretti will drive the #45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/Tire Kingdom Dodge this summer. The duo will be filling the seat of full time driver Kyle Petty. Petty, with permission from primary and associate sponsors will step out of the car in a five race hiatus to join TNT during their six-race broadcast schedule. Petty will return to the car during the road course event at the Infineon Raceway and provide in-car race analysis. Petty will complete the season after the July 15 event at the Chicagoland Speedway in the #45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/Tire Kingdom Dodge. McCumbee, 22, will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut at Pocono Raceway on June 10 during the Pocono 500. Veteran
driver John Andretti will race the remaining four open races for Petty. McCumbee, currently in his second year in the Craftsman Truck Series, will have plenty of seat time before heading into Pocono. McCumbee will be assigned to various testing duties for Petty Enterprises including testing next week at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. McCumbee continues his duties for Green Light Racing.(Moore Consulting Group/Petty Racing)(5-2-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
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RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
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'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)