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THE RACE: LifeLock 400

Sprint Cup Race #15 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, June 15, 2008 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor: LifeLock

  • Track: Michigan International Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TNT 2:00 pm/et

  • TNT's Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: 12:30 - 2:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, June 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, June 19 at 5:30pm/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:
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, June 13, 11:30am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, June 14, 12:00 - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, June 14, 1:20 - 2:20pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, June 13, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, June 13 at 3:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 9:00pm/et and 1:30am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Dale Jr. wins at Michigan: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2008, first in 76 races (Richmond in May 2006) and the 18th of his career. #9-Kahne finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #83-Vickers, #20-Stewart, #48-Johnson [led the most laps], #99-Edwards, #6-Ragan, #19-Sadler and #26-McMurray. Points leader #18-Busch finished 13th but increased his points lead to 32 as #31-Burton finished 15th. There were 7 cautions for 22 laps and their were 31 lead changes among 13 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Michigan Race Results Awards Page.(6-15-2008)

  • First NC driver: With #88-Dale Earnhardt's win at Michigan, it is the first time a driver born in North Carolina has won a Cup race since Brian Vickers won at Talladega in Ocr 2006. The 2007 season was the first time in the history of the sport that no North Carolina drivers won at least one race in a season since it started in 1949.(6-15-2008)

  • Michigan International Speedway Fast Facts
    .. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the LifeLock 400, his 18th victory in 306 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    .. Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Michigan. It is his eight top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 18 races at Michigan.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)((6-15-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Michigan race 15 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 2213 [4 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 2181 -32 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2129 -84 [1 win]

    4) #99-Carl Edwards 2007 -206[3 wins]
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1959 -254 [1 win]
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 1926 -287 [1 win]
    7) #9-Kasey Kahne 1889 -324 [2 wins]
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 1884 -329
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 1876 -337
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick 1817 -396
    11) #20-Tony Stewart 1774 -439
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 1764 -449 [1 win]
    other chase contenders
    13) #6-David Ragan 1754 -459 [10 pts out of the chase]
    14) #17-Matt Kenseth 1750 -463 [-14]
    15) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1670 -543 [-94]
    16) #83-Brian Vickers 1667 -646 [-97]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(6-15-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none...no drivers a lap down
    Caution 2: #26-McMurray, 10th
    Caution 3: #15-Menard, 11th
    Caution 4: #2-Busch, 21st
    Caution 5: #10-Carpentier, 24th
    Caution 6: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go in the race
    Caution 7: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go in the race
    (6-15-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, 2008.
    TV: TNT at 12:30pm/et, pre-race; 2:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, June 19 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, June 19 at 5:30pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections
  • Practice Speeds Page
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • To The Back [1]: #15-Menard [engine change]


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 180.162
    #16-Biffle 179.712
    #26-McMurray 179.596
    #17-Kenseth 179.131
    #19-Sadler 178.873
    slowest: #07-Bowyer 174.170 and #41-Sorenson 174.524
    most laps run: #12-Newman 55; #19-Sadler 43
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Practice Speeds Page.(6-14-2008)

  • First Saturday practice for the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #16-Biffle 182.131
    #48-Johnson 181.997
    #6-Ragan 181.401
    #31-Burton 180.955
    #18-Busch 180.941
    slowest: #00-McDowell 173.210 and #78-Nemechek 173.863
    For the speeds, laps run, see my Practice Speeds Page.(6-14-2008)

  • Qualifying cancelled at MIS due to rain: rain washed out qualifying for the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway, so the field was set by the NASCAR Rules books and by owners points [top-35], two past champs and the remaining by race attempts with ties broken by owners points standings. So #18-Busch starts 1st followed by #31-Burton, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #24-Gordon, #9-Kahne and #29-Harvick. Two drivers will miss the race: #34-Raines and #70-Leffler. See the starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(6-13-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 13, 2008 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: 9:00pm/et and 1:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #43-Labonte, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #00-McDowell. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Labonte, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #84-Allmendinger. See the full qualifying order on my Michigan Qualifying Page.(6-13-2008)

  • Friday practice for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #48-Johnson 184.308
    #19-Sadler 183.383
    #7-Gordon 183.215
    #07-Bowyer 183.141
    #16-Biffle 182.829
    slowest: #34-Raines 174.817 and #70-Leffler 178.293
    incident: #78-Nemechek scraped the wall and did some minimal damage to the right side
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Practice Speeds page.(6-13-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Michigan
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 9th fastest overall
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 21st
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 23rd
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 24th
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 34th
    #45-Terry Labonte [CH1], 35th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 42nd
    #21-Bill Elliott [CH2], 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #70-Jason Leffler, 44th
    #34-Tony Raines, 45th/last
    See the speeds run, ave speed, laps run on my Practice Speeds page.(6-13-2008)

  • Entry List for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (14/41)
    #21-Bill Elliott (14/43) [champ prov 2]
    #34-Tony Raines (13/45)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (14/39)
    #45-Terry Labonte (14/42)[champ prov 1]
    #55-Michael Waltrip (14/36)
    #70-Jason Leffler (14/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (14/40)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (14/37)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (14/38)
    withdrew from race:
    #08-TBA (6/48)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,21,55,84,96,40,78,10
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 70,34
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Pocono Entry List
    (6-9/11-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    the big change is #66-Riggs is back in the top 35 and #55-Waltrip is out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 1,120, +56
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 1,118, +54
    33) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing 1,105, +41
    34) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing, 1,086, +22
    35) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 1,076, 12 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 1,064, -12 points out of 35th
    37) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing, 936, -140
    38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing, 901, -175
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 888, -188
    40) #78-Nemechek/Furniture Row, 752, -324
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(6-8-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

  • August 2007 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 138.475 mph, started 15th

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

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

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

  • August 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 189.026mph, finished 27th

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

  • 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 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, five times, last on 8/21/2007

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

  • 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 by Manufacturer: 30 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 15 [of 77 races] 19.5%
  • 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: 2
  • 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 77 - 64.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 61 of 77 - 79.2%

  • 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:
    • Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
    • The track has had 77 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.
    • The first race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04-miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971 – with the race distance being 402 miles. All other races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
    • Donnie Allison won the first pole at Michigan.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan was won by Cale Yarborough.
    • There have been 38 different pole winners; 18 drivers have more than one.
    • 29 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 17 drivers have more than one victory there.
    • The race winner has started from the pole 15 times, the most productive starting position.
    • 61 of 77 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 44 from the first four spots. However, five of the past seven race winners started outside the top 10.
    • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 28th by Tony Stewart in 2000.
    • The Wood Brothers have won 11 races – more than any other organization. Their last victory was in 1991 with Dale Jarrett as the driver.
    • There have been five different Coors Light Pole winners and five different race winners in the past five races.
    • Carl Edwards has finished on the lead lap in all seven of his Michigan races.(NASCAR)(6-10-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon RVs.com #7 Team Schemes Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Budweiser/LifeLock #9 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Lifelock #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Carhartt #17 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler McDonalds - Big Mac #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jeremy Mayfield Crown Royal Cask #16 #26 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Juicy Fruit Slim Pack none...yet
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Slim Pack none...yet
    #43-Bobby Labonte Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #43 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #45 Team Schemes Page


  • LifeLock to Co-Sponsor Kahne at MIS and Indy: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation's leading identity theft protection service, will co-sponsor the #9 Budweiser Dodge with driver Kasey Kahne when it races at Michigan Speedway this weekend [June 15th] and at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis on July 27. LifeLock also sponsors Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver #10-Patrick Carpentier in eight Sprint Cup races in the 2008 season. Team CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of two more races to the LifeLock schedule is another sign of the growing relationship between the two companies. LifeLock has held sponsorship deals in NASCAR, open wheel and sports car racing. Recently, it announced a three-year agreement to sponsor this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan Speedway. LifeLock has created a special new offer for race fans interested in signing up for LifeLock's services. When signing up, fans will receive LifeLock services for free for the first 60 days by using the new promotional code "GEM". To sign up for LifeLock, fans can call 1-877-LIFELOCK or sign up online at www.evernham.com or www.lifelock.com.(GEM)(6-12-2008)

  • #16 Cask scheme for McMurray at MIS: In support of Father’s Day this weekend, Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Crown Royal Cask #16 Ford Fusion with a special Father’s Day message on the hood. McMurray’s father, Jim McMurray will have his name above the passenger door for this weekend’s race at Michigan.(Roush Fenway Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #26 Team Schemes page.(6-12-2008)

  • Big Mac theme at MIS for Sadler: Elliott Sadler and the #19 Dodge team will make people in the Michigan International Speedway NASCAR garage and grandstands very hungry this weekend when they roll by them. Sporting the familiar McDonald's orange and yellow colors, the car has a very visual Big Mac theme to their paint scheme.(GEM PR) see an image of the car on my #19 Team Schemes page.(6-11-2008)

  • Special schemes for the #40 and #42 at MIS: This weekend, the Wrigley’s Brand’s will rev up the new Juicy Fruit and Big Red Slim Pack, sleek 15-stick envelope packages that are more durable and portable. New Slim Pack paint schemes on the Big Red and Juicy Fruit Dodges as well as the new Slim Pack television commercials will air and will run throughout the race on TNT. Juan Pablo Montoya's #42 Dodge will feature Big Red, while his teammate Dario Franchitti will carry the Juicy Fruit logo on his #40 Dodge.(Chip Ganassi Racing)(6-11-2008)

  • Same sponsor for the Labonte brothers at MIS: both Petty Enterprises will run similar paint schemes in the Lifelock 400 at Michigan International Speedway with #43-Bobby Labonte and #45 Terry Labonte running Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil schemes. Terry Labonte comments: "It's going to be cool to wear the Marathon colors this week, especially with this being close to their home in Findlay, Ohio. My brother, Bobby, and I are both running the Marathon colors. Our paint schemes will be mirrored. It will be easy for our dad to find us on Sunday. It has been a few years since I raced on Father's Day weekend. Sharing the track with my brother will make it special."(Petty Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page and #45 Team Schemes page.(6-11-2008)

  • LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at Phoenix on April 12, Talladega on April 27, Richmond on May 3, Darlington on May 10, Charlotte on May 25, Michigan on June 15, Chicagoland on July 12 and Kansas on Sept. 28. Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Actor comedian Bill Engvall
    Command to start engines: Actor comedian Bill Engvall
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Col. Herbet B. Heayner, State Chaplin Michigan Army National Guard
    National Anthem: U.S. Army Chorus A Capella Team
    Military Flyover: UH-60 Blackhawks & CH-46 Chinook, Michigan Army National Guard
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: mispeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my June Michigan Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the August Michigan Race Info page


  • Jack Roush to perform flyover in P-51 for MIS Truck Race: Anyone who knows longtime team owner and Livonia, Mich., resident Jack Roush will tell you that he has two loves, NASCAR racing and aviation. Roush will get the best of both worlds on Saturday during pre-race activities for the Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Roush, who is an avid pilot, will perform the flyover in his P-51 plane for the Cool City Customs 200. He will be accompanied by some of his friends piloting T-6 aircrafts. It is the first time Roush has performed a flyover for a NASCAR race. "This will be a great honor for me to celebrate the military and to remember all the veterans and flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem, in my hometown, as it were," Roush said. "It's going to be fun to do that. And, I've got to make some phone calls; rather than do a one-ship, it would be my intention if I can organize it to do a four-ship, so I've got to see if I can scare up three friends with T-6's in the area who are the trainers to flyover with my P-51." After the flyover, Roush will helicopter back from Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., and be back at the Irish Hills track for the race, which will feature three of his drivers, #99-Erik Darnell, #6-Colin Braun and #09-Bobby East. "It's always been something that I've been interested in. As a youngster I built balsawood model airplanes, first with rubber bands for power and then later with little nitro-burning engines for power," he said. "I designed my own airplanes and built them from kits just as I grew into being an adolescent, I was very active in pursuing that interest. And then of course, in the '80s when I was road racing real hard, I had a chance - or excuse or the reason - to have a corporate airplane to fly around, as I do today, and then that really got me started with personal aviation as far as being a pilot." Among one of the most famous fighters of World War II, the P-51 has its roots in both Britain and the USA. The P-51 would be unmatched by any other piston aircraft of World War II. Tickets for the Cool City Customs 200 are available by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free.(MIS PR)(6-11-2008)

  • TBS's Engvall to be Grand Marshal at MIS: Actor comedian Bill Engvall will serve as grand marshal for the Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 on Sunday, June 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Engvall, star of TBS's "The Bill Engvall Show," which will have its second season premiere on Thursday, June 12 at 9/8c, will give the command to start engines for the Father's Day event. To celebrate the Army's 233rd birthday [June 14th], the U.S. Army Chorus A Capella Team will be making its second appearance at MIS during pre-race ceremonies for the LifeLock 400. The team will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the Canadian national anthem prior to the LifeLock 400. In June 2007, the team performed at MIS for the Sprint Cup Series event and received much fanfare. Due to the overwhelming comments of support from the fans, the chorus was asked to come back and perform again for the LifeLock 400. One of the members of the Army Chorus' A Capella Team is a proud Michigan native. Army Sgt. First Class Cliff Ogea hails from Ishpeming, in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-9-2008)

  • Sammy Kershaw to headline concert at MIS: Michigan International Speedway has partnered with its official beer sponsor and its Craftsman Truck Series race sponsor to host the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing Concert presented by Cool City Customs, featuring a post-race performance by country music sensation Sammy Kershaw on Saturday, June 14. The concert will take place after the Craftsman Truck Series Cool City Customs 200, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Local recording artist '3D' from Detroit will open for Kershaw. Fans that have purchased tickets to the Cool City Customs 200 can use their ticket stub for gate admission to the post-race concert and witness one of country music's greatest performers outside of Turns 1 and 2. Tickets for the Cool City Customs 200 are available for $40 each with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting MISpeedway.com or calling 800-354-1010. Michigan International Speedway is preparing for its 40th season of racing in 2008. Tickets for all the races are on sale now.(MIS PR)(6-5-2008)

  • New Scoreboard at MIS: Fan polls and feedback with more than 11,000 race fans have shown that one of the most frequent requests for improvement at Michigan International Speedway is a new scoreboard. Track officials took this to heart and have built the newest, state-of-the-art leaderboard in the world. The incredible, $2.35 million scoreboard touches the sky at 110 feet tall and features the latest in LED lighting and graphics. Each of the three panels of the scoreboard are roughly two times the size of a highway billboard and will change the way race fans watch a race at MIS, track President Roger Curtis said. The video panels of the new scoreboard total 3,500 square feet and are capable of producing millions of colors. The new scoreboard will be able to feature an infinite number of race positions at a time - a far cry from the old scoreboard, which only showed the top-five positions. During the race, track officials will use the scoreboard to not only show the positions of the entire field, but will use a graphics library to complement what's on track and what's being viewed on the six Sprint Vision giant screens at the speedway. For example, while the race in under caution the scoreboard can be used to engage and entertain the crowd with track facts and fun, interactive games usually reserved for NFL, NBA and MLB events. A graphics library is being developed by Yesco, who is providing the technical elements of the scoreboard. The scoreboard was constructed by Don Bell Signs. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(6-3-2008)

  • MIS Capital Improvement Projects Taking Shape: With less than two months to go before the start of the 40th season of racing at Michigan International Speedway construction crews are hard at work with various capital improvements projects on the speedway's 1,400-acre property. Michigan International Speedway is spending approximately $10 million to continue enhancing the track based on feedback from the fans that will help position the speedway for its next 40 years of racing. Here are updates on many projects currently under way at MIS:
    * Many of the projects are beginning to take shape with the grandstand replacement project being the most noticeable. Old grandstands have been torn down in turn 1 and construction crews are currently replacing them with improved grandstand seating. The new grandstand has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year and does not add seats, but merely replaces old ones.
    * The new, state-of-the-art 110-foot, three-sided LED scoreboard is scheduled to be installed in the next few weeks. The concrete base for the scoreboard was poured in December.
    * Slusarski Paving of Adrian, Mich., is in the finishing stages of grading land for the 300 new Graves Farm Campground sites. Cochran Electric Co. of Jackson, Mich., has already installed the electric hookups for those sites.
    * The permanent shower/restroom facility in the Graves Farm Campground is currently under construction by O'Harrow Construction of Jackson, Mich.
    * Installation of way-finding signage around the MIS property is also currently underway. Fritz Advertising of Spring Arbor, Mich. has already constructed many signs in the parking lots and campgrounds at MIS. The branded signage will help pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around the 1,400-acre racetrack property.
    To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(4-25-2008)

  • MIS Launches Fan Advisory Board: Help wanted: Michigan International Speedway is looking for a few good race fans to volunteer for its new Fan Advisory Board with the primary goal being to support and fulfill the speedway's vision to create lasting memories for every person, every time. If MIS race fans are interested in volunteering for the board, visit MISpeedway.com and fill out the application. Starting in early May, MIS will be forming a Fan Advisory Board. Race fans will have the opportunity to provide important input into various MIS initiatives. Each fan advisory board member will provide feedback and suggestions on the current state and direction of MIS and the auto racing industry while playing a role in the decision-making processes that affect speedway guests. Fan input plays an important role at MIS and helps drive the integral part of the business. Applications for the Fan Advisory Board are available at MISpeedway.com and will be accepted until April 21. All applications must be postmarked by that date to be considered. To order tickets, pit passes, camping or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(4-2-2008)

  • MIS partners with Lifelock for June Cup race: Michigan International Speedway has announced a partnership with LifeLock, the industry leader in identity theft prevention to present the LifeLock 400, Sprint Cup Series race at MIS on Sunday, June 15. The Father's Day race will kick off the track's 40th season of racing. LifeLock is partnering with MIS to shed light on the fastest growing crime in America, identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission recently reported that the number of reported cases of identity theft increased 16% from 2006 to 2007. Located in a secure facility in Tempe, Arizona, LifeLock enables "locks" by setting and automatically renewing fraud alerts with the major credit bureaus, removing member names from junk mail lists and guaranteeing the service with a $1 million service guarantee. Recently, LifeLock has added an additional service to all clients - free of charge - called WalletLock. WalletLock works to cancel and replace all documents and personal identifying information inside a wallet if it is lost or stolen. To purchase tickets to events at MIS, or for more information, log on to MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-18-2008)



  • Old MIS Scoreboards to Benefit Short Track in Canada: With many facility enhancements occurring at Michigan International Speedway for the 2008 season, a Canadian short track is taking advantage of having a major NASCAR-sanctioned speedway in their region doing upgrades. Varney International Speedway, a ¼-mile paved oval located an hour from Toronto in southwestern Ontario, is purchasing the old MIS scoreboards that were located in Turns 1 and 4 and will use them at their facility for the 2008 season and beyond. The scoreboards, which were purchased at a nominal cost, will be a tremendous help to the popular short track in Canada. The scoreboards became available because MIS is installing a new, state-of-the-art, 130-foot, three-sided LED leaderboard. The scoreboard, higher than the scoring tower above the grandstands, will replace all three scoreboards at MIS, two in the turns and one in the center and will be visible from all grandstand seats, as well as several of the infield camping sites. Representatives from the recently renamed Varney International Speedway visited MIS in late February to assist in the process of taking down the old scoreboards in turns 1 and 4. The scoreboards will be loaded onto trucks and be assembled at Varney before the start of their race season in early May.
    Besides the new scoreboard, other projects on tap for MIS in 2008 include:
    * Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000.
    * A permanent restroom/shower building will be built in the Graves Farm Campground.
    * Michigan International Speedway is moving forward with additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are currently being replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year when one of the old "silver" grandstands was torn down and replaced with seats that are four inches wider than seats in the old grandstands. The project does not add seats, but merely replaces old seats.
    To order tickets, camping, pit passes or hospitality packages, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(3-2-2008)

  • Several Capital Improvements Approved at MIS: With Michigan International Speedway celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, the Irish Hills track has begun construction on several capital improvement projects that will strengthen the speedway's on-going commitment to its race fans. Michigan International Speedway will spend about $10 million in the coming months to continue enhancing the speedway based on feedback from the fans. The latest round of improvements will be completed by the start of the track's 40th season of racing in June. Projects include:
    • A new, state-of-the-art 142-foot, three-sided LED leaderboard. The scoreboard, higher than the 130-foot Scoring Tower, will replace three scoreboards at MIS, two in the turns and one in the center and be visible from all grandstand seats, as well as several of the infield camping sites. The old center scoreboard only showed the top-five positions, a far cry from the new leaderboard display which can track all 43 drivers in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The scoreboard can also be programmed to show video and graphics displays, setting the industry standard for motorsports venues.
    • The first phase of a signage project throughout MIS property will also begin. The branded signage will help pedestrians, motorists and campers find their way in, out and around the 1,400-acre racetrack property.
    • Some 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Farm Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000.
    • A permanent restroom/shower building will be built in the Graves Farm Campground.
    • Michigan International Speedway is moving forward with additional improved seating. Two additional grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and will soon be replaced with a grandstand that has wider seats, seatbacks and more leg room. The project began last year when one of the old "silver" grandstands was torn down and replaced with seats that are four inches wider than seats in the old grandstands. The project does not add seats, but merely replaces old seats.
    • An additional restroom building will also be constructed behind the new grandstands.
    • Lastly, as part of the grandstand replacement project, MIS will be acquiring more than 32,000 grandstand seats from the former Pikes Peak International Raceway for future "silver" grandstand replacement.
    Deposits for the 40th race season are being accepted until Friday, Nov. 2 by calling the MIS ticket office. Deposits can be redeemed on December 10th or 11th. Placing a deposit allows customers to purchase tickets after the renewal process but before they go on sale to the public. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(10-10-2007)

  • 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4148

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 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

    Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Michigan this weekend, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Tuck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . these teams ran this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover two weeks ago . . . compared to the tire codes run at Michigan in 2007, there have been slight changes to the left-side construction to improve grip and performance, as well as to the right-side compound to improve treadwear . . . in addition to Michigan and Dover, Nationwide (this weekend) and Craftsman Truck (July 19) teams are scheduled to run this specific tire set-up at Kentucky this season . . . this left-side code (D-4134) will also be run with a different right-side code at Texas and Chicagoland . . . as on all NASCAR's 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.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Mother of 6 Soldiers to be Guest of U.S. Army Team at MIS: Mary Cay Thorrez-Wheeler, a mother of six soldiers, will be a guest of the #8 U.S. Army NASCAR team and driver Mark Martin for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). A resident of Jackson, Mich., Mary Cay will be joined at MIS by five of her Army sons. DJ, the oldest of the six family soldiers, was killed in Iraq during a patrol ambush in October 2003. He joined the Army following the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedies. "It will be an honor to meet Mary Cay and her sons," said Martin. "She is not only an inspiration to her family, but is also an inspiration to all parents who support and believe in their children's ambitions and dreams." The five soldier/siblings who will accompany Mary Cay to the LifeLock 400 NASCAR race are: Quentin (Army Reserve), Paul (Army, active duty), Spencer (Army, active duty), Dominic (Future Soldier) and Patrick (JROTC). Mary Cay and her sons are scheduled to participate in Sunday's U.S. Army birthday cake-cutting ceremony with Martin and Maj. Gen. Scott West, approximately 11:10 a.m. at the #8 hauler in the MIS garage. The U.S. Army, which was formed on June 14, 1775, is celebrating its 233rd birthday this weekend.(DEI PR)(6-13-2008)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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