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THE RACE: The 3M Performance 400

Nextel Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 19, 2007 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor: 3M

  • Track: Michigan International Speedway

  • TV: ESPN 2:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:15pm/et

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

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Tuesday, August 21 at 8:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 23 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 23 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, August 24 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • 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: $5,138,579 (was $5,038,926 in 2006)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et TV-SPEED; and Saturday, August 18, 10:00 - 10:50am/et TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 18, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-SPEED

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 17, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, August 17 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 12:00am/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    FRIDAY, August 17
    10:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    1:10 p.m. -2:15 p.m. Busch Series Practice
    2:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m. Busch Series Rookie Practice
    3:10 p.m. - Nextel Cup Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
    4:45 p.m. -5:45 p.m. Busch Series Final Practice

    Saturday, August 18, 2007
    9:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Nextel Cup Series Practice
    11:10 a.m. - Busch Series Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)(Impound)
    1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Nextel Cup Series Final Practice
    3:00 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    3:30 p.m. - Start of CARFAX 250 Busch Series Race (125 Laps, 250 Miles)

    Sunday, August 19, 2007
    8:00 a.m. - Gates Open to the Public
    1:30 p.m. - Pre-Race Activities & Driver Introductions
    2:00 p.m. - Start of 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series Race (200 Laps, 400 Miles)

    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4078; 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 40-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought to the NASCAR Nextel Cup/Craftsman Truck Series weekend in June . . . this is a popular set-up in the 2007 tire lineup, being run at many major NASCAR tracks -- Michigan, California, Dover, Kansas and Kentucky (Busch and Craftsman Truck only) . . . in addition, this left-side code (D-4078) is run with a different right-side at Chicagoland, Texas and Homestead this season . . . while the left-side code is new this season, 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.


Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Brooklyn, MI Area:
Adrian Daily Telegram
Brooklyn Exponent
Daily Oakland Press
Detroit Free Press
Detroit News
Michigan Live
Toledo Blade

The Weather Channel - Brooklyn, MI
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
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 I know of 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 - Racing Feed Locations

news and links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Michigan: #2-Kurt Busch won the twice rained-delayed 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win in 2007 and 17th of his career. There was a Green-White-Checkered finish, but 2nd place, #1-Truex Jr. could not catch Busch and held on to 2nd. The rest of the top-10 were #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #22-Blaney, #99-Edwards, #83-Vickers, #43-Labonte and #20-Stewart. #24-Gordon was in the top five before he and #17-Kenseth got together, sending Gordon spinning off turn 4 and losing a lap, finishing 27th. Gordon now leads #11-Hamlin by 276 pts. #11-Hamlin is the 2nd driver to clinch a spot in the Chase. #8-Earnhardt Jr. finished 12th and moves up to 13th in the drivers pts, but loses ground to #2-Busch who is in the final Chase spot [12th] now has a 163 pt lead with three races to go before the race starts at New Hampshire. There were 8 cautions for 36 laps and 10 drivers led the race with 18 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Michigan Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(8-21-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Michigan [23 of 36 races]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 3471
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin 3195 -276
    3) #17-Matt Kenseth 3117 -354
    4) #20-Tony Stewart 3073 -398
    5) #99-Carl Edwards 2970 -501
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 2959 -512
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 2927 -544
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 2881 -590
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 2779 -692
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 2773 -698
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 2757 -714 [33 pts ahead of 12th]
    12) #2-Kurt Busch 2724 -747
    some other notables:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 13th 163 pts behind 12th and the Chase
    #12-Newman is 14th
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(8-21-2007)

  • Rumblings - Michigan: We wrapped up Michigan Speedweeks today, and Kurt Busch brought down the curtain. Busch captured the 3M Performance 406 today in dominating style. Leading 92 of the 203 circuits (surviving a G/W/C to boot) it was his second win of the season (he took Pocono two weeks ago) and 17th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now tied for 39th on the all-time win list with Curtis Turner, Marvin Panch, and Dale Earnhardt Jr). Win #60 for Roger Penske (that's counting the three for Michael Kranefuss) was worth $190,108. It sure was appropriate that we should go overtime since it seems like we were in the Irish Hills for a month, huh?
    Martin Truex Jr (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up when we were here in June.
    Dave Blaney (6th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Richmond last September.
    Brian Vickers (8th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Bobby Labonte (9th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Phoenix in April.
    David Reutimann (23rd) had his best finish since he was 15th when we were here in June.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dale Earnhardt Jr (+27), followed by Tony Stewart (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Mark Martin (-32), followed by Michael Waltrip (-29), Kasey Kahne (-28), Elliott Sadler (-27), Jeff Gordon (-26), and John Andretti (-21).
    Ward Burton led a lap today for the first time since he led one lap at Talladega in October of 2004! He's the 48th driver to lead a lap this season....the same number as last year.
    No changes in the "Chase" Runners today as Kurt Busch now leads Dale Earnhardt Jr by 163 markers.....that makes his Magic Number 8 vs Little E. If Busch runs 8th or better the last three events, then Earnhardt can run for that vaunted 13th spot. Casey Mears and Bobby Labonte were the only multiple position advancers today, while Mark Martin fell three spots.(Stockcarfans.com)(8-21-2007)

  • Michigan Fast Facts:
    .. Kurt Busch won the 3M Performance 400, his 17th victory in 243 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. Busch moved into a tie with Marvin Panch, Curtis Turner and Dale Earnhardt Jr., for 39th on the all-time wins list.
    .. This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 2007 and his second in four Michigan races.
    .. Jimmie Johnson (third) posted 14th top-10 in 2006, including 12 top-fives. It is his fifth top 10 in 12 races at Michigan.
    .. Jeff Gordon continues to lead the 2007 point standings. He has led the point standings since Bristol and is now 276 points ahead of Denny Hamlin.
    .. Hamlin joined Gordon, who clinched at Watkins Glen, as the only drivers locked into the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup. Matt Kenseth can lock in a Chase position by starting next week at Bristol.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-21-2007)


    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
    after 203 of 203 laps:

    car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
    #2-Busch-D (15)(92 laps led)
    #1-Truex Jr.-C (14/back)
    #48-Johnson-C (7)(15 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth-F (21)(31 laps led)
    #11-Hamlin-C (8)
    #22-Blaney-T (17)
    #99-Edwards-F (13)
    #83-Vickers-T (18)(11 laps led)
    #43-Labonte-D (4)
    #20-Stewart-C (35)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Michigan Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 20 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 40,66,00,7,18,42,24,38,70,26

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 9,19,88,96,21,10,49,41,15,55,45

  • Cars on the track: 41 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (2) and reason:
    #08-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #01-Martin (oil leak-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 18 lead changes):
    #2-Busch (92);
    #17-Kenseth (31);
    #24-Gordon (25, pole);
    #16-Biffle (20);
    #48-Johnson (15);
    #83-Vickers (11);
    #4-Burton (4);
    #7-Gordon (2);
    #12-Newman (2);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);

  • Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-12; #16-Biffle 13-32; #7-Gordon 33-34; #24-Gordon 35-47; #48-Johnson 48-62; #83-Vickers 63-65; #17-Kenseth 66; #83-Vickers 67-73; #17-Kenseth 74-88; #83-Vickers 89; #17-Kenseth 90-100; #2-Busch 101-103; #17-Kenseth 104-107; #2-Busch 108-129; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 130; #4-Burton 131-134; #2-Busch 135-168; #12-Newman 169-170; #2-Busch 171-203;

    Cautions: 8 for 37 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 200 - 201: #16-Biffle and #5-Busch made contact in turn 2, with the #16 spinning out
    Caution 7 - Laps 191 - 193: #17-Kenseth got into the rear of #24-Gordon in turn 4, spinning the #24, Gordon then got stuck in the muddy grass on the front stretch
    Caution 6 - Laps 177 - 180: Debris on the track, maybe the shark fin from the #12, which was shown falling off
    Caution 5 - Laps 95 - 99: #55-Waltrip spun off turn 2, didn't hit anything, everyone missed the #55 until the #08-Nemechek clipped the left front of the #55.
    Caution 4 - Laps 89 - 92: #01-Martin is smoking heavily, Martin doesn't think it is an engine problem
    Caution 3 - Laps 32 - 34: Competition caution so teams can check tires and setups after sitting since Saturday
    Caution 2 - Laps 15 - 17: #42-Montoya spun in turn 4, but hit nothing, #08-Nemechek and #45-McCumbee also spun
    RED FLAG during 1st caution, as of 10:26am/et to 10:58am/et due to fog before the start
    Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 12: Competition started the race under green-yellow

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 8: no lucky dog when 10 laps or less are left
    Caution 7: #12-Newman, 16th
    Caution 6: #43-Labonte, 9th
    Caution 5: #70-Sauter, 29th
    Caution 4: #66-Green, 22nd
    Caution 3: no driver a lap or more down that is on the track
    Caution 2: no driver a lap or more down
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down

    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 14
    2 #41 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 89
    3 #01 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 89
    4 #08 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 94
    5 #15 TE Safety violation 167
    6 #41 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 178
    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)(8-21-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- during the 6th caution, leader #2-Busch did not pit, of the top 10, all but #24-Gordon and #22-Blaney did not pit, of the top 10, the following did pit: #'s 48,11,17,5,83,8 and 99
    ---- after leading 2 laps, #12-Newman made his pit stop on lap 171, the team took much longer to fix the shark fin over the #24 team
    ---- on his green flag stop, lap 168, #8-Earnhardt Jr. overshot his pit stall and had to get pushed back, #2-Busch came in on lap 169 and had a perfect pit stop. #15-Menards came in smoking heavily, looks similar to the #01 problem, Menard bailed out one he got to the pits
    ---- green flag pit stops are starting on lap 165, #24-Gordon's team made the repairs.
    ---- on lap 164, ESPN2 reported that #12-Newman and #24-Gordon has some problem and NASCAR is asking each team to look at it during the next pit stop, something to do with 'Shark Fins', whcih are of the left side of the back window and are missing
    ---- on lap 128-129, 2nd place #24-Gordon came in to pit, along with #17-Kenseth, then leader #2-Busch came in, #8-Earnhardt Jr. stayed out a lap to lead and get 5 bonus pts, then came in on lap 131 with #4-Burton taking the lead for a few laps, then made a pit stop with the lead cycling back to #2-Busch.
    ---- green flag pit stops starting around lap 125, #83-Vickers and #26-McMurray among some lead lap cars in
    ---- as of lap 100, #45-McCumbee is back on the track after going out early, he is 67 laps down
    ---- during the 4th caution, the #41 Sorenson team changed carbs, going 2 laps down
    ---- on lap 73 the leader, #83-Vickers made his scheduled green flag pit stop along with #12-Newman and #07-Bowyer, so all the pit stops were under green things have cycled out with #17-Kenseth taking over the lead on lap 74.
    ---- #5-Busch had some problems on his pitstop with a few crew members falling down, no injuries reported
    ---- around lap 68, drivers are starting to make scheduled green flag pit stops, starting with #99-Edwards and #16-Biffle, next lap #24-Gordon, #17-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin
    ---- on lap 51, #25-Mears made an unscheduled pit stop with a vibration; also #19-Sadler made a pit stop, no word why
    ---- on lap 45, #7-Gordon came in for his pit stop, the crew is not happy as they expected Gordon to come in during the 3rd caution, while Gordon led a lap, he is now a lap down
    ---- on lap 37, #55-Waltrip slid a bit, almost smacked the wall, thinking he had a tire going down, made an unscheduled pit stop, losing a lap, the team reported there is no problems with the tires
    ---- all the drivers came in during the competition caution, 2 tire stop for #24-Gordon and came out 2nd leading, #16-Biffle came in leading and came out 4th after a problem during the pit stop. #7-Gordon stayed out on the track and didn't pit
    ---- Competition caution is planned for lap 30
    ---- green flag thrown at 11:02am/et
    ---- cars are back on the track as of 10:58am/et
    ---- at 10:52am/et, NASCAR instructed the drivers to get back in their cars
    ---- at 10:42am/et, the drivers were allowed to get out of the cars
    ---- on lap 10, NASCAR brought the cars to pit road, as the fog is too heavy for the spotters and NASCAR officials to see the cars all the way around the track
    ---- wow, it is foggy, spotters are reporting they can't see the cars all the way around the track and on TV you can see the visibilty is not too good.
    ---- green/yellow flag at 10:12am/et, yes #24-Gordon gets 5 bonus points for leading under a green-yellow, which is the race is officially started, but no passing
    ---- command to start engines at 10:01am/et by U.S. Army sergeant Michelle Huerth
    ---- To The Back [4]: #31-Burton [engine change/was to start 19th]; #8-Earnhardt Jr. [transmission change/39th]; #1-Truex Jr. [engine change/was to start 14th]; #26-McMurray [transmission change/36th]

  • RAIN at MIS - postponed until TUESDAY: Consistent rain, drizzle and mist on Monday, August 20 at Michigan International Speedway has caused the postponed the race once again and is now scheduled for Tuesday, August 21st at 10:00am and be aired live on ESPN2 and MRN/Sirius
    the forecast for Tuesday is as follows: Cloudy with a few showers. High 77F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%; for Wednesday, August 22, the forecast is for late afternoon thinderstorms, with a high of 85°F, precip 40%
    To keep up with the weather in Brooklyn, MI, see weather.com and/or raceweather.net.(8-19/20-2007)

  • MIS TV Coverage on ESPN2: ESPN2 To Have Live Coverage of Tuesday Morning Nextel Cup Race at Michigan. The Nextel Cup Series will be in action Tuesday morning and ESPN2 will have live coverage of the rain-delayed event from Michigan International Speedway beginning at 10:00am/et. The 400-mile race was postponed due to inclement weather on its original Sunday date and was rained out again Monday at the 2-mile oval in Brooklyn, Mich. Dr. Jerry Punch will anchor ESPN2’s NASCAR coverage from Michigan, joined in the booth by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree for analysis. Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro will report from the pits.
    RE-AIR: the race will also re-air on ESPN Classic at 8:00pm/et, Tueday, August 21.(ESPN PR)(8-20-2007)

  • To The Back [4]: #31-Burton [engine change/was to start 19th]; #8-Earnhardt Jr. [transmission change/39th]; #1-Truex Jr. [engine change/14th]; #26-McMurray [transmission change/36th]

  • Race Coverage of the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is re-scheduled for Monday, August 20, 2007.
    TV: ESPN2 in Hi-Def at TBDpm/et [scheduled green flag around TBD pm/et].
    Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Raceday, SPEED, 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski: on my Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Thursday, August 23 at 3:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 23 at 8:00pm/et & 12:00am/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 187.359
    #11-Hamlin 186.911
    #07-Bowyer 186.780
    #38-Gilliand 185.902
    #16-Biffle 185.735
    slowest: #08-Nemecchek 179.502 and #96-Raines 180.392
    most lap run: #48-Johnson & #31-Burton 43
    incidents: #1-Truex Jr. has a loose oil line late in the session and the team is considering changing engines. #15-Menard slowed on the track in a puff of smoke, ended up being a loose oil line. #8-Earnhardt's team changed transmissions, so he will go to the back on Sunday.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #2-Busch 180.515 [24th fastest lap], 28 laps run
    #29-Harvick 180.399 [10th], 26 laps
    #24-Gordon 180.175 [7th], 39 laps
    For all the speeds, see my Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2007)

  • Saturday's first practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the results:
    #99-Edwards 188.413
    #16-Biffle 188.009
    #1-Truex Jr. 187.442
    #17-Kenseth 187.203
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 187.169
    slowest #70-Sauter 179.605 & #08-Nemechek 180.203
    most laps run: #38-Gilliand 35; #15-Menard 34
    incidents: #8-Earnhardt Jr. had a transmission problem, the team hopes to make repairs without changing the trans and get out for Happy Hour practice
    For all the speeds, see my Practice Speeds Page.(8-18-2007)

  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Michigan: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 189.026mph for his 6th pole of the season and 62nd of his career. Gordon went out last and took the pole from #16-Biffle, who had just gone out and took the pole from #9-Kahne [who starts 3rd], #43-Labonte starts 4th, followed by: #19-Sadler, #5-Busch, #48-Johnson, #07-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin and #01-Martin. The eight go-or-go homers who made the race were: #55-Waltrip [starts 11th], #00-Reutimann, #49-Andretti, #22-Blaney, #83-Vickers, #4-Burton, #08-Nemechek [first start for this team] and #10-Riggs. See the qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Pocono Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-17-2007)

  • Five do not qualify [DNQ] for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway: #78-Wimmer [22 team attempts/42rd in OWNERS pts], #84-Allmendinger [22/46]; #37-Lepage [22/47]; #36-Mayfield [22/42]; #44-Jarrett [22/40].(8-17-2007)

  • Ramblings - Michigan Qualifying Notes: Jeff Gordon drew the final qualifying spot (and that usually means cooler temps and quicker times) and captured the Bud Pole for Sunday's 3M Performance 400 with a time of 38.090 (189.026 mph). He welcomed back crew chief Steve Letarte with his sixth Bud Pole of the season and 62nd of his Nextel Cup career. Greg Biffle (2nd) drew the second to last spot today, resulting in his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Darlington in May.
    Kasey Kahne (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Bristol in March.
    Bobby Labonte (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Dover in June.
    Elliott Sadler (5th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    Michael Waltrip (11th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at the Brickyard in August of 2005
    David Reutimann (12th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 14th three times earlier this season....at Talladega, Richmond, and Darlington.
    Brian Vickers (18th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 16th when we were here in June.
    David Gilliland (24th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 20th when we were here two months ago.
    STREAKIN....Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races. Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(Stock Car Fans)(8-17-2007)

  • Michigan Qualifying Facts:
    .. Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the 3M Performance 400 with a lap of 38.090 seconds, 189.026 mph.
    .. This is his 62nd Bud Pole in 496 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his sixth Bud Pole and 15th top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Gordon’s fifth Bud Pole and 20th top-10 start in 30 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    .. Greg Biffle posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 38.159 seconds, 188.684 mph, as the final two cars to go out took the top two positions. It is his fourth top-10 start in 2007 and his third in 10 races at Michigan.
    .. Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 12th top-10 start in 2007 and his fourth in eight Michigan races.
    .. Michael Waltrip (11th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Waltrip posted his best qualifying effort since he started third at Indianapolis in August 2005.
    .. David Reutimann (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-17-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 17, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #29-Harvick is due out first on Friday, August 17 at 3:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #24-Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Michigan Qualifying Results/Order Page.(8-17-2007)

  • Friday's practice for the 3M Performace 400 at Michigan International Speed is over, results:
    #9-Kahne 187.544
    #48-Johnson 187.529
    #40-Stremme 187.173
    #5-Busch 186.926
    #17-Kenseth 186.533
    slowest: #37-Lepage 181.603 & #45-McCumbee 181.804
    most laps run: #6-Ragan & #20-Stewart 25
    incidents: #31-Burton lost an engine early in practice; #42-Montoya picked up a trash bad on the front of the car, then it caught on the side of the car
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 186.414 [2nd fastest lap], 7 laps run
    #24-Gordon 184.925 [16th], 6 laps
    #40-Stremme 184.887 [3rd, 9 laps
    For all the speeds, see my Practice Speeds Page.(8-17-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Michigan
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #83-Brian Vickers, 13th fastest
    #00-David Reutimann, 18th
    #22-Dave Blaney, 22nd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 26th
    #4-Ward Burton, 31st
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 32nd
    #49-John Andretti, 34th
    #78-Scott Wimmer, 35th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 37th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 40th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 41st
    #08-Joe Nemechek, 46th
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 48th
    For all the speeds, see my Practice Speeds Page.(8-17-2007)

  • Entry List for the 3M Performace 400 at Michigan International Speed is posted, 48 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:
    Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-David Reutimann (22/39)
    #08-Joe Nemechek (1/59)
    #4-Ward Burton (21/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (22/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (22/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (22/42)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (22/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](22/40)
    #49-John Andretti (22/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (22/44)
    #78-Scott Wimmer (22/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](22/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (22/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,22,10,00,36,78,55
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 49,84,37,4 [one less race attempt], 08
    See the full list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan are set:
    #22 out and #21 now in the top 35. The #21 is now 37 points ahead of the #22
    33) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 1,729 134 ahead of 36th
    34) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,729 +134
    35) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1,632 +37
    these teams and drivers must qualify by seed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,595 1,511, -37 behind 3th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,505, -127
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(8-12-2007)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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)


  • August 2006 Race Winner: #17-Matt Kenseth, 135.097mph, started 3rd

  • June 2007 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 148.072, started 12th

  • 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

  • August 2006 Pole Sitter: #31-Jeff Burton, 187.936mph, finished 42nd

  • June 2007 Pole Sitter: #18-J.J. Yeley, 187.505, finished 28th

  • 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, four times, last on 6/17/2007

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

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 30 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 15 [of 76 races] 19.7%
  • 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: 2
  • 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 76 - 65.8%
  • Races won from the top 10: 61 of 76 - 80.3%

  • Closest margin of victory: 2001, Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd - 0.085 seconds

  • Greatest margin of victory: 1989, Rutty Wallace ovrer Morgan Shepherd - 15.71seconds

  • At Michigan International Speedway:
    • Michigan International Speedway is located on 1,400-plus acres in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan. Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
    • There have been 76 Nextel Cup races at Michigan International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.
    • The first Michigan race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04-miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971 – with the race distance being 402 miles. All other Michigan races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
    • Donnie Allison won the first Bud Pole.
    • The first Nextel Cup race was in 1969, won by Cale Yarborough.
    • There have been 38 different Bud Pole winners at Michigan. Eighteen drivers have more than one.
    • There have been 29 different race winners, led by David Pearson (nine). Sixteen drivers have more than one victory.
    • The race winner has started from the pole 15 times, the most productive starting position.
    • Sixty-two of 76 races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 47 from the first four spots. However, four of the past seven winners have started outside the top 10.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 28th by Tony Stewart in 2001.
    • The Wood Brothers have won 11 races at Michigan – more than any other car owner. Their last victory was in 1991 with Dale Jarrett as the driver.
    • There have been 10 different pole winners in the past 12 Michigan races. Bobby Labonte swept the pole at MIS in 2003 and qualifying was canceled in August 2004.
    • There have been 14 different race winners in the past 16 races at Michigan. Only Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman have repeated as race winners there since August 1999. Both won back-to-back races.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-14-2007)


  • 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.
    Opened: 1968

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: U.S. Army sergeant Michelle Huerth
    Command to start engines: U.S. Army sergeant Michelle Huerth
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: Jimmie Vaughan
    Military Flyover: ?

  • Track Homepage: mispeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Speedway

  • June 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • August 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • MIS to offer insurance in 2008: In the future, auto racing fans who miss a race due to rain will have a chance to get their money back. Rain forced the postponement of Sunday's 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The race was rescheduled for noon today, and tickets for the race will be honored whenever the race is run. But there will be no refunds for fans who may not be able to return on the second -- or third -- race day due to weather. Starting next season, race fans will have an option. Ticket insurance will be offered by World Access, which announced a deal Aug. 8 with MIS owner International Speedway Corp. The insurance company will cover refunds for postponements due to weather as well as for fans who are unable to attend a race due to other unforeseen situations, including medical issues, traffic accidents, jury duty and loss of employment. "Something like this is perfect for a rain date," said Sammie Lukaskiewicz, director of communications for MIS. "The unfortunate part about motorsports is that we can't put a dome over it." Pricing has not been announced for the insurance, but in a deal that the insurance company made with Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., the insurance plan cost 5% of the price of the ticket with a minimum of $6.25. The rainout Sunday was the first for a NASCAR Nextel Cup race at MIS since 1977.(Michigan Live)(8-20-2007)

  • MIS seeks improvements: Officials at Michigan International Speedway plan to ask their parent company for a number of significant infrastructural changes to the speedway. Before that, they may need help from Cambridge Township officials. MIS controller Dan DuBois outlined a five-point plan for proposed improvements to the nearly 40-year-old facility during the regular township board meeting held last Wednesday. DuBois told township officials that the speedway now qualifies for an industrial facilities tax abatement and would like to create an IFT zone at MIS. A tax abatement saves a company nearly half of the new taxes on improvements for a determined amount of years. A bill introduced by Michigan Sen. Jason Allen on April 17, 2007, to revise the eligibility criteria for granting a property tax abatement under the law that authorizes these for industrial facilities to also allow granting a tax break to a "qualified logistical and distribution center" that administers catastrophe response for private corporations and governmental entities, including education and training, communications and data support, delivery of food, water, and safety equipment, and aviation support. The bill would allow a tax break for a particular firm considering locating a business like this at the Pellston regional airport. An amendment offered by State Rep. Mike Simpson on May 8 also authorized a business tax break for the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The bill was signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm later in the month. DuBois said the speedway would like to update facilities under a proposed plan to be considered by International Speedway Corporation in the neighborhood of $25 to $40 million. The tax abatement -- if approved by the Cambridge board -- could save the speedway $300,000 to $500,000 dollars per year. A "normal" tax abatement -- according to Cambridge Clerk Rick Richardson -- is for 12 years. The speedway controller said that MIS would like to replace seats in two grandstands near Turn 1 with wider ones that include backs; would like to replace three scoring towers; plans to expand camping at the Graves Farm by more than 330 sites; would make improvements to signage on the property; and replace the public address system. DuBois said the speedway is also "considering" redoing the garage area in 2010. "Our plan is to build up the infrastructure to increase the number of fans," DuBois said. "Obviously we are competing with 11 other tracks for funding . . . an IFT [agreement] could help our case." On a $25 million project, the speedway would save $300,000 according to DuBois. The township board would have to approve a specified area for an IFT district. The township board authorized a public hearing to be held on September 12 at 6:45 p.m., prior to its regular monthly meeting.(The Exponent)(8-18-2007)

  • Headliners to Highlight Innovation, Car Care and Performance at MIS: Amazing cars, celebrities and a ‘who’s who’ of NASCAR personalities will attend this year’s 3M Car Care Auto Fair at Michigan International Speedway on August 18-19. Special guests schedule to appear include: Jimmie Vaughan, Jack Roush, Ray Evernham, Courtney Hansen, Larry McReynolds, Robin Pemberton and Sam Memmolo, along with NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, Matt Kenseth, J.J. Yeley and Todd Kluever. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair is free to race fans and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the track’s main grandstand. Top 3M Car Care product experts will be on hand both days to address customer questions on car restoration, maintenance and performance.(PR)(8-14-2007)

  • Blues Musician Jimmie Vaughan to perform National Anthem at MIS: Famous contemporary blues musician and classic car enthusiast Jimmie Vaughan steps to the stage as he mixes his two passions – music and cars – during the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Vaughan will perform during the 3M Car Care Auto Fair on Saturday, August 18 and perform the National Anthem prior to the 3M Performance 400 on Sunday, August 19. Vaughan’s distinct style as a musician, songwriter and bandleader has made him a living legend. In addition to his four solo albums since 1990, Vaughan has recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Don Henley [his late great brother Stevie Ray Vaughan] and countless others. Vaughan is currently on tour opening for Bob Dylan. His upcoming album with Omar Kent Dykes, titled “On The Jimmy Reed Highway,” will be available in stores August 21. In addition to performing the National Anthem for the 3M Performance 400, Vaughan will appear Saturday at the 3M Car Care Auto Fair held in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza behind the main grandstand during the 3M Performance 400 race weekend at MIS. The 3M Car Care Auto Fair is free to race fans and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.(MIS PR)(8-11-2007)

  • 3M Donates Tickets To USO For MIS: 3M, title sponsor of the upcoming Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway, and the USO are helping Michigan’s military families enjoy the race weekend. 3M Performance 400 race tickets will be distributed for free to military personnel and their families at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, on Saturday, August 11 at 4:00pm during a Mobile USO base visit. During the event military personnel and their families may tour the Mobile USO and use the vehicle’s many amenities. For more than 66 years, the USO has served our troops in traditional USO centers as well as on the road, providing morale boosting programs and services to troops and their families. In 2006, the USO took these programs and services to a higher level, with three new Mobile USOs. The Mobile USO program is designed to bring a “home away from home” directly to service members stationed in remote and isolated areas throughout the United States. The Mobile USO is a four-wheel drive vehicle equipped with the comforts of a “brick and mortar” USO center. It features lounge areas and internal and external entertainment capabilities, gaming consoles, computer work stations with Internet connectivity and cafes. For more information on the USO and its programs and services, please visit www.uso.org.(MIS PR)(8-10-2007)

  • Hudson Hornet featured of MIS Trophy: The winner of the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) August 19 will hoist a trophy that honors the racing history of the region and celebrates the modern popularity of the sport. The 3M Performance 400 race trophy features a Detroit-built NASCAR legend – the 1951 Hudson Hornet – cast in a modern glass and chrome design. The classic design features a 1951 Hudson Hornet placed in front of a glass checkered flag backdrop featuring the 3M Performance 400 logo above the word “Champion.” The trophy revolves around a layered chrome base. Its modern glass design was inspired by the flash and excitement of the present-day sport and the growing popularity of NASCAR racing. The Hudson Hornet was built in Detroit by Hudson Motor Car Company from 1951 to 1954. It became popular in the NASCAR Grand National series in 1951 because of its light weight and low center or gravity. Nicknamed “The Fabulous Hudson Hornet,” the car dominated the Grand National Series and helped Herb Thomas become the first ever two-time series champion. For tickets to the 3M Performance 400, visit www.mispeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-9-2007)

  • Smash Mouth concert at MIS: Michigan International Speedway will host a special post-race concert featuring the pop/rock band Smash Mouth following the CARFAX 250 Busch Series event Saturday, Aug. 18. The concert will be presented by the SPEED Channel. Fans that have purchased tickets to the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race may use their ticket stubs for gate admission to the post-race concert outside Turns One and Two. With the purchase of a $50 ticket for the CARFAX 250, with children 12 and under admitted free, fans will be in store for an event filled day with two Nextel Cup Series practices, Busch Series qualifying, the CARFAX 250, and a concert by the hit music group Smash Mouth. Tickets for the remainder of the 2007 race season at MIS, including the Firestone Indy 400 IndyCar Series race on Aug. 5, the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18, and the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Aug. 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-8-2007)

  • MIS releases 2008 dates: NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, now known as the Nextel Cup Series, will return to Michigan International Speedway for two race weekends in 2008. America's premier motorsports series with the country's biggest names in auto racing will celebrate 40 seasons of racing at MIS next year on June 15 and Aug. 17. Michigan International Speedway will not host the IndyCar Series in 2008 due to the inability to secure a viable date. Race fans may see the IndyCar Series race at MIS on Aug. 5. The high-speed action of the Firestone Indy 400 is held on the series' only two-mile oval and is known for its thrilling and close finishes and wide racing groove. Tickets are also on sale for the upcoming NASCAR weekend - the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Aug. 19 and the CARFAX 250 Busch Series race on Aug. 18. The speedway made significant changes to enhance the fan experience at Michigan International Speedway this season, including the refining of outbound traffic patterns and replacement of grandstands in Turn One with bigger, wider seats with seatbacks. The speedway is looking into other projects that will keep NASCAR racing, as well as other potential events, at the speedway in the future. For tickets to any events or for information about camping or fan hospitality for 2007, please call the track's ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or log onto the speedway's official Web site, MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(7- 17-2007)

  • Traffic Egress out of MIS shows much improvement: Race fans at Michigan International Speedway for this past weekend's Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 event should have noticed some significant improvements to their race-day traffic. Track President Roger Curtis said changes in the traffic patterns and road improvements around the track dramatically reduced egress time out of the facility. Curtis estimates parking lots for the 1,400-acre facility were moving freely or cleared in about two hours following the Citizens Bank 400 on Sunday - a significant change from the four to five hours it has been known to take. "I'm proud to say that we made huge strides to improve the total race experience for our fans - from the moment they left their homes to the moment they returned after the race and everything in between," Curtis said. "I knew, having been to MIS many times as a race fan, the track had a reputation for traffic. Along with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the surroundings townships, we have made improving that element of the fans' experience a priority." About 150,000 guests in nearly 40,000 vehicles traveled to MIS for the Nextel Cup Series Citizens Bank 400. MIS staff worked closely with Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation; POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company; and area county and township law enforcement to manage race-day traffic and parking for the race. The track's parking supervisors and operations staff coordinated it all with the help of countless volunteer groups. Curtis also credits the State of Michigan and its 2006 allocation of $18.5 million in safety and access improvements along U.S. 127 and U.S. 12, the key corridors that surround MIS. The state's three-year plan includes directional signage to MIS along the state highways and interstates near the track, enabling race fans to navigate their way safely to the speedway. Curtis and guest services staff at Michigan International speedway have already received e-mails and phone messages from ticket holders shortly following the race who were surprised by how well traffic moved. Tickets are available for the Busch Series CARFAX 250 on August 18 and the Nextel Cup Series 3M Performance 400 on August 19 by calling the official MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 or by visiting MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-22-2007)

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


  • #08 team gets associate sponsor for MIS: The #08 EM Motorsports team with driver Joe Nemechek will have a special hood graphic on the #08 Dodge for qualifying at Michigan, a yellow diamond shape with "Fans on Board" (like the Baby on Board signs). This is a fan message that they are on board with "Front Row Joe" Nemechek. Precision Gear, based in Taylor, Michigan is coming on the #08 Dodge as an associate sponsor for Michigan and likely beyond. More info on the team and fan effort at 08team.com.(EM Motorsports), see an image of the hood on my #08 Team Schemes page.(8-17-2007)

  • Petty breaks hand: McCumbee to Drive at Michigan Austin Petty co-hosted "The Morning Drive" today on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio with Marty Snider. During the show, Austin revealed that his father, Kyle, injured his hand this weekend at Watkins Glen.
    Austin Petty: "I'm not going to disclose all the information but there was an incident between his fist and a wall and a broken bone."
    Marty Snider: "Is he OK? [Is] everything alright?"
    Austin Petty: "I think so. I think they may have to do a little surgery on it on Tuesday. I don't know the full details."
    Marty Snider: "He'll be OK to race at Michigan though, right?"
    Austin Petty: "That's what I'm hearing."
    "The Morning Drive" airs every weekday (7 - 11am/et) exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128.
    Tony Stewart Live, which Stewart hosts with pit road reporter Matt Yocum, will air live tonight, August 13, from 8:00-10:00pm/et exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128. Stewart will talk about his third victory of the season live tonight.(8-13-2007)
    MORE: Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Wells Fargo/Marathon/Tire Kingdom Dodge suffered a broken hand as a result of hitting the butt of his hand on a door inside the hauler after a lap 69 incident in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen at the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International road course. Petty was treated and released in the infield care center during Sunday's event. Petty flew back to his home in North Carolina where he was treated by a doctor who determined that the hand was broken.(Moore Consulting Group PR)(8-13-2007)
    UPDATE: Chad McCumbee will substitute for Kyle Petty in the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge for Sunday’s 3M Performance 400 at the Michigan. Petty completed a successful surgery on his hand on Tuesday in North Carolina. Petty is expected to return to the driver’s seat for next week’s Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.(Petty PR)(8-15-2007)

  • Kenny Wallace out of #78 ride UPDATE 3 Kenny speaks: hearing Kenny Wallace and the #78 Furniture Row team have parted ways effective immediately, no word who will drive the car at Michigan this weekend.(8-14-2007)
    UPDATE: Furniture Row Racing, a Denver-based Nextel Cup Series racing team, announced today that Kenny Wallace is stepping down as the driver of car #78. Officials for the team have stated that Wallace will remain with the team as a consultant and will be called upon to run races as needed, but that he will also be available to drive for another team. Joe Garone, Team Manager for Furniture Row Racing, said: "Kenny has been the perfect driver for us as we have looked to his veteran experience during our first year-and-half in the Cup Series. His personality has brought much positive exposure to the team and to Furniture Row Companies, the team¹s owner and sponsor. This has included winning the fan vote to participate in this year¹s All-Star Challenge events." Looking at the remainder of this season, officials for Furniture Row Racing have said that they will be intensifying efforts to fine tune their performance in preparation for next season¹s run. Wallace added: "I've enjoyed my run as the primary driver for Furniture Row despite all the challenges of a new team. I look forward to helping them as they move forward in building a program that will be competitive for many years to come."(Furniture Row Racing PR)
    UPDATE 2: been told that Scott Wimmer will drive the #78 at Michigan and hearing that Sterling Marlin will drive at Bristol, no word who will drive for the rest of the season.(8-14-2007)
    UPDATE 3: Kenny Wallace has a statement posted on his website - kennywallace.com: "I want all my fans to know that I am going to give them a very personal retrospective of the way I feel about not driving the #78 any more. Two years a ago I was asked to come to Denver, CO and visit the Furniture Row shop. When I arrived, there was not even a Cup car ready to race, so from that standpoint I am proud that I was able to bring the Furniture Row race team to where it is today. I have a lot of confidence in my ability and the #78 team has a lot of confidence in their ability. We have got to a point in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season that I can sense the aggravation for the teams outside the top 35 in points. I truly want everybody to know that although I know it hurts a lot of my fans, that I am relieved. The week-to-week pressure of trying to make the race is very grinding, and I also felt that if the team feels like there is a change to be made, it was fine with me. I really, really feel this way. I am not lying! Like I always remind everybody I am a racecar driver to go to these races and not be able to compete was very, very hard on me. I will take time to let everyone know in the NASCAR circuit that I would like to drive in either the NASCAR Busch Series, Nextel Cup Series or even the Craftsman Truck Series. I would also like to let everybody know that while I wait for another NASCAR ride you can probably find me at your local dirt track racing. I really want everybody to know that our team manager, Joe Garrone, and our team owner, Barney Visser, have been really good to me and that the decision to try another driver was based upon more or so the crew members within the team this is what I was told by Joe Garrone. Joe is a good guy and has always been very supportive of me. I want to thank my personal sponsors JEG'S, Bank of America, and everybody at Speed TV. I will end like this: Never fold your tent. For a face-to-face interview, I will be on NASCAR Raceday this Sunday. Please watch."(kennywallace.com)(8-15-2007)

  • Andretti to run #49 at MIS UPDATE and the rest of season: John Andretti will take over as driver of the #49 BAM Racing Dodge next weekend at Michigan. Andretti is replacing Mike Bliss, a team spokesman confirmed Saturday.(SceneDaily.com)(8-12-2007)
    UPDATE: In an ongoing effort to increase the competitive level of the #49 team, BAM Racing announced today that John Andretti will drive the Paralyzed Veterans Dodge for the remainder of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series season beginning at Michigan International Speedway. Andretti has two wins, 13 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes along with four pole positions in series competition. Throughout his career, he has an average starting position of 22.3 and an average finish of 24.3. Previously this year, Andretti raced for Petty Enterprises in several events. "We have made significant changes across the board in the past weeks to improve our overall program," said team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "With the pressures of qualifying on time, and our commitment to our sponsors, we felt that an immediate change was necessary. We have every confidence in the team we have assembled and are committed to racing each and every week."(BAM Racing PR)(8-13-2007)

  • Nemechek to attempt MIS in the #08: EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced that Joe Nemechek will be in the #08 Dodger at Michigan International Speedway in August, Nemechek's second effort for EM Motorsports which plan to enter the #08 in a number of races remaining on the 2007 schedule, while preparing for a full schedule in 2008. Discussions are under way with potential sponsors.(Race Week Media/08 Team PR)(8-9-2007)

  • See 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
    #00-David Reutimann Domino's Pizza #00 Schemes Page
    #01-Mark Martin U.S. Army/'57 Chevy #01 Schemes Page
    #08-Joe Nemecehk Fans on Board #08 Schemes Page
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. BassPro Shops/'57 Chevy #1 Schemes Page
    #4-Ward Burton State Water Heaters/'57 Chevy #4 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Mapei/Menards #7 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser/'57 Chevy #8 Schemes Page
    #10-Scott Riggs Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper
    Speckman Automotive
    #10 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menard's/'57 Chevy #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M #16 Schemes Page
    #18-J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries/'57 Chevy #16 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon DuPont/'57 Chevy #24 Schemes Page
    #25-Casey Mears GMAC/National Guard/'57 Chevy #25 Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools #26 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty American Spirit Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/'57 Chevy #48 Schemes Page
    #78-Scott Wimmer Furniture Row/'57 Chevy #78 Schemes Page
    #96-Tony Raines DLP TV/'57 Chevy #96 Schemes Page

  • Domino's Pizza back on the #00: Domino's Pizza returns to the hood of David Reutimann's #00 Toyoya for a homecoming this weekend, as Domino's headquarters is based out of nearby Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition to gracing the hood of the #00 Dominos.com Camry, Domino's will also carry a special paint scheme on Reutimann’s #99 Busch Series entry. Both Reutimann and team owner Waltrip will visit Domino's World Resource Center (corporate headquarters) on Thursday to speak with employees.(Toyota PR)(8-15-2007)

  • #25 to run the '57 Chevy scheme at MIS: This weekend Casey Mears' #25 National Guard/GMAC Chevy will feature a special paint scheme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Chevrolet, one of the most recognizable cars in American motoring history. The scheme will include decals replicating the iconic 1957 car design. In addition to the '57 Chevy paint scheme, Mears #25 Chevy will also recognize Sundance Chevrolet of Grand Ledge, Mich., on its deck lid this weekend. As a co-primary sponsor on the #25 Chevy, GMAC recognizes outstanding GM dealerships throughout the NASCAR season.(Hendrick Motorsports PR), approx 10-12 Chevy's are scheduled to run the '57 Scheme.(8-15-2007)

  • Speckman Automotive featured on the #10 at MIS: After receiving over 2,500 entries from member parts stores all across the United States, Speckman Automotive was selected as the featured parts store for Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper's Nextel Cup Series weekend at Michigan Speedway on August 18. As the winner of the random drawing, Speckman Automotive will adorn the hood of the #10 Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodge driven by Scott Riggs in the 400-mile race in Brooklyn, Michigan. Speckman Automotive is a family-owned business and has provided great service and quality parts for over 40 years. The business has two locations: St. Mary's and Wapakoneta, both serving the West Central Ohio area. With ASE-certified employees and a haven for over 300 brand name product lines, Speckman Automotive has been a member of the Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper group since 1994. Michigan will mark the third of four races that Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper and Evernham Motorsports have partnered for a sponsorship marketing relationship. Riggs, along with drivers Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler have taken turns behind the wheel of Auto Value-Bumper To Bumper Dodges for the 2007 season.(MMI PR)(8-14-2007)

  • Chevy unveils paint schemes to commemorate 50 Years of the '57 Chevy: One of the most recognizable cars in American motoring history reaches a notable milestone this year, a milestone which NASCAR, Chevy and Motorsports Authentics proudly celebrate. The 1957 Chevrolet, a car which turns 50 years old this year, will be commemorated at August 19’s 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race at Michigan International Speedway by at least 11 Team Chevy drivers. Unveiled by Jimmie Johnson at MIS today, a Monte Carlo SS race car featuring decals with cues from the iconic 1957 design is similar to the ones Johnson and other Team Chevy drivers will race during the August event. On August 18, ’57 Chevys along with many other historic vehicles will hit the streets during Metro Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise. That same weekend, Team Chevy Nextel Cup Series drivers #4-Ward Burton, #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #14-Sterling Marlin [team merged with DEI and doesn't exist, no word if another car will get the scheme], #01-Mark Martin, #15-Paul Menard, #96-Tony Raines, #1-Martin Truex, Jr., #78-Kenny Wallace and #18-J.J. Yeley will take to the track at MIS with their cars wearing special ’57 Chevy paint schemes. To commemorate this special event, Motorsports Authentics will replicate their cars with die-cast models and offer apparel and novelty items related to the event.(GM Racing PR)(6-16-2007)

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor Riggs at two races: Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be the primary sponsor of the #10 Evernham Motorsports Dodge that Scott Riggs drives in two 2007 Nextel Cup Series races:
    Las Vegas Speedway on March 11, 2007 and at
    Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2007.
    Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the #9, #10 and #19 Evernham Dodges for all other Nextel Cup Series races in 2007 and will receive branding on Evernham team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment. Kasey Kahne will be driving the #9 car while Elliott Sadler will take the wheel for #19.(Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper site)(3-6-2007)

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


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