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THE RACE: 3M Performance 400

Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, August 17, 2008 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor: 3M

  • Track: Michigan International Speedway

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

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 2:00 pm/et

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

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 18 at 4:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, August 18 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, August 21 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, August 21 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • Practices:
    Friday, August 15, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, August 16, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 16, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et on TV-SPEED

Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, August 15, 1:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, August 15 at 3:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, and re-aired at 9:30pm/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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  • Edwards wins at Michigan: #99-Carl Edwards won the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 5th win of 2008 and 12th of his career. #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #6-Ragan, #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #8-Martin, #83-Vickers, #29-Harvick, #19-Sadler and #26-McMurray. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 23rd after leading 43 laps, when he hit the wall late. There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers and 7 cautions for 27 caution laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my MIchigan Race Results Awards Page.(8-17-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Michigan race 23 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3429 [8 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 3207 -222 [5 wins]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3127 -302 [2 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3084 -345 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 3080 -349 [1 win]
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 2871 -558
    7) #16-Greg Biffle 2854 -575
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick 2812 -617 [+103 pts ahead of 13th]
    9) #24-Jeff Gordon 2791 -638 [+82]
    10) #17-Matt Kenseth 2783 -646 [+74]
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 2756 -673 [+47]
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 2735 -694 [+26]
    CHASE contenders
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 2709 -720 [1 win] [26 pts out of 12th]
    14) #6-David Ragan 2709 -720 [-26]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Michigan page.(8-17-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Carl Edwards won the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo at Michigan International Speedway. He won won from the 27th-place starting position, only the second race in Michigan history to be won from lower than 25th. Edwards also finished first in the Nationwide Series Carfax 250 on Saturday, only the second Nationwide/Cup sweep in 2008. Kyle Busch swept at Chicagoland. It was only the second weekend sweep at Michigan. Mark Martin swept in 1993. Edwards scored his 12th Cup victory in 144 career races. He remains second in the points standings trailing leader Busch by 222 points.
    * Edwards has scored five victories in 2008, winning at California, Las Vegas, Texas, the second Pocono race and second Michigan race. Edwards' last victory came at Pocono, three races ago. He scored his second victory in nine races at Michigan. Edwards led 84 of the 200 laps raced, including the final 18. That was the most led by any driver in the race.
    * Ford scored its fifth victory in 2008, all by Edwards. Toyota has nine wins, Chevrolet has five while Dodge has four.
    * Roush Fenway Racing has scored 19 wins at Michigan: 11 in Sprint Cup, four in Nationwide and four in Craftsman Truck.
    * All five Roush Fenway cars finished in the top 10. The team has won six of the last 12 races at Michigan.
    * Busch finished second, scoring his 14th top-5 finish in 23 races this season, the most among all drivers.
    * David Ragan finished third. He tied his career-best finish set at Richmond last fall.
    * Ragan and Clint Bowyer are tied in 13th, each with 2,709 points and just 26 points behind 12th-place Denny Hamlin with three races remaining in the Race to the Chase.
    * Marcos Ambrose, who finished third a week ago at Watkins Glen, had an engine failure in the #21 Wood Brothers Ford on Lap 18, spreading oil on the track. He finished 43rd.
    * Lap 90 saw Reed Sorenson and Chase contenders Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart running four-wide in Turn 4 with Gordon and Johnson making contact. Johnson pitted on Lap 91 with a cut tire/fender rub and Gordon suffered a flat on Lap 96 hitting the wall and bringing out the third caution of the race on Lap 98. Gordon had serious damage, spending 61 laps behind the wall for repairs. He returned briefly before taking the car behind the wall for his fourth DNF of the season and a 42nd-place finish.
    * Gordon dropped from sixth to ninth in points, just 82 points ahead of 13th-place Ragan and Bowyer.
    * Chase contender Kasey Kahne went to the garage on Lap 132 with his car losing power. Kahne dropped from 8th to 11th in the standings.
    * A late race caution on Lap 180 of a scheduled 200 for debris had the field pit except for Ragan and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Edwards beat Busch out of the pits. On the restart, Earnhardt got into the backstretch wall.
    * Chase contender Denny Hamlin was running 13th on Lap 194 when his engine failed. Hamlin dropped from ninth to 12th in the standings, just 26 points ahead of 13th-place Bowyer and Ragan.

  • Michigan International Speedway Fast Facts:
    .. Carl Edwards won the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo, his 12th victory in 144 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his fifth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Michigan International Speedway.
    .. Kyle Busch (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. Busch became the first driver to clinch a position in the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Based on his eight victories to this point of the season he will begin the Chase with the lead in the point standings.
    .. David Ragan (third) posted his career-best finish and his second top-10 finish in four races at Michigan.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
    .. Busch leads the point standings by 222 points over Edwards.
    .. Edwards swept both race this weekend – the first sweep since Kyle Busch swept Chicagoland in July.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-17-2008)

  • Lucky Dogs....Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no drivers a lap of more down
    Caution 2: #43-Labonte, 27th
    Caution 3: #84-Allmendinger, 28th
    Caution 3: #1-Truex Jr., 16th
    Caution 3: #8-Martin, 6th
    Caution 3: #48-Johnson, 17th
    Caution 7: none awarded with 10 or less laps left in race

  • Michigan Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 18
    2 #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 98
    3 #45 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 180
    4 #84 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 180
    5 #42 Driving thru more than three pit boxes TE 180
    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)(8-17-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 17, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 2:00pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio on the NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, August 18 at 4:00am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, August 18 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Thursday, August 21 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, August 21 at 5:30pm/et

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    3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Pit Stall selections: pole sitter #83-Brian Vickers' team chose the first pit stall selection for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Outside pole sitter, #48-Jimmie Johnson chose the next stall with an opening in front of it, stall 11, #66-Scott Riggs chose the last pit stall. See the full pit stall selections on my Michigan Pit Stall Selection page.(8-16-2008)

  • Happy Hour: for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway over, the fastest:
    #99-Edwards 182.537
    #29-Harvick 181.873
    #11-Hamlin 181.630
    #8-Martin 180.895
    #31-Burton 180.850
    slowest: #01-Smith 175.285 & #96-Coleman 174.991
    #84-Allmendinger scraped the wall 15 minutes into the session, suffering minor damage to the right side of the car.
    For speeds, see my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-16-2008)

  • First Saturday Practice: for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #11-Hamlin 184.805
    #48-Johnson 184.715
    #16-Biffle 184.554
    #18-Busch 184.190
    #29-Harvick 183.697
    slowest: #21-Ambrose 176.961 & #96-Coleman 176.548
    #18-Kyle Busch lost the right side window early in the session, causing a short red flag.
    For speeds, see my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-16-2008)

  • Vickers on the pole at MIS: #83-Brian Vickers won the Coor's Light Pole for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 188.536mph for his 1st pole of 2008. fifth career pole and 1st pole ever for Red Bull Racing. #48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #19-Sadler, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #24-Gordon, #10-Carpentier, #44-Reutimann, #01-Smith, #16-Biffle and #66-Riggs..
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #10-Carpentier, #66-Riggs, #45-Labonte, #00-Skinner, #70-Raines, #78-Nemechek, #21-Ambrose and #96-Coleman. Missing the race was #08-Sauter.
    See qualifying resultes, pole progression, starting lineup on my Michigan Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(8-15-2008)

  • Michigan International Speedway Qualifying Fast Facts
    Brian Vickers won the Pole Award for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo with a lap of 38.189 seconds, 188.536 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 159 NASCAR Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his first pole in 10 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2008 and his ninth in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth in 23 races this season.
    Patrick Carpentier (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-15-2008)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-Michael McDowell (X), DNR
    #01-Regan Smith, 185.874, starts 8th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (X), , starts 6th
    #40-Dario Franchitti (X), DNR
    #77-Sam Hornish, 184.649, starts 23rd
    DNR = Did not race

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2008 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 9:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the 3M Performance 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 #42-Montoya. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #10-Carpentier, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #00-Skinner. See the full qualifying order on my Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-15-2008)

  • Friday practice for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest:
    #83-Vickers 187.373
    #19-Sadler 186.258
    #42-Montoya 186.099
    #8-Martin 186.003
    #2-Busch 185.759
    slowest: #08-Sauter 178.381 & #45-Labonte 181.077
    #12-Newman, after taking to the track, had no power, the crew changed the engine, and Newman got out on the track late
    For speeds, see my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-15-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Michigan International Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #66-Scott Riggs, 30th fastest
    #00-Mike Skinner , 32nd
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 33rd
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 34th
    #21-Marcos Ambrose, 38th
    #70-Tony Raines, 40th
    #96-Brad Coleman, 42nd
    #45-Terry Labonte [PC1], 43rd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #08-Johnny Sauter, 44th/last
    For speeds, see my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-15-2008)

  • Entry List for the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Mike Skinner (22/36)
    #08-Johnny Sauter (8/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (22/38)
    #21-Marcos Ambrose (22/42)
    #45-Terry Labonte [champ prov 1] (22/40)
    #70-Tony Raines (22/43)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (22/41)
    #96-Brad Coleman (22/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 45,21,00,66,10,96,78,70
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 08
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List.(8-11-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    #84-Allmendinger is in top 35 first time ever; #66-Riggs falls back out and down to 37th
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1770 +109
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1767, +106
    33) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1682 +21
    34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1674 +13
    35) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1669 8 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1661 8 points out of 35th
    37) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1616 -53
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1469 -200
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-10-2008)

  • 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)


  • Chase Notes: The greatest comeback in Chase history is Matt Kenseth's charge over the final four races in 2006. After an 18th at Watkins Glen, Kenseth stood 162 points out of 10th place. Here's what he did from there:
    Michigan 3rd 170 points
    Bristol 1st 190 points
    California 7th 151 points
    Richmond 2nd 175 points
    Mark Martin overcame a 72 point deficit in the first Race to the Chase in 2004. Here's his four race chart in 2004:
    Michigan 2nd 175 points
    Bristol 13th 124 points
    California 3rd 175 points
    Richmond 5th 155 points
    WHAT'S SAFE? In 2006, Tony Stewart seemed relatively safe in 7th place, 122 points ahead of 11th place. Stewart missed the Chase. Sixth place Jeff Gordon fell back into the danger zone with his 29th at the Glen, and now sits just 148 points ahead of 13th place Clint Bowyer.
    For the seventh consecutive race, we saw a change in the Chase field as Matt Kenseth replaced Clint Bowyer in 12th, finishing 12th to Bowyer's 22nd at the Glen. Kenseth could gain more ground at Michigan this Sunday. We now have nine drivers fighting for seven spots at risk. David Ragan lost 43 precious points to 12th place with his 30th at the Glen, but he should a contender for a top five at MIS after getting an eighth in June. California should be another opportunity for the Roush Fenway driver. Leaving Michigan, you will need a 586-point lead over 13th place to be assured a spot in the 2008 Chase, even if you don't start any of the three remaining races. Kyle Busch enters Michigan with a 648-point margin over 13th and should wrap up the first clinch spot at MIS. See my Chase Stats after Watkins Glen page.(8-13-2008)

  • Michigan Rookie Notes: #10-Patrick Carpentier was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 10 Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Carpentier scored a 20th-place finish and claimed top rookie honors for the fourth time in the last five races and for the fifth time this season. #01-Regan Smith leads #77-Sam Hornish Jr. by three points (176-173) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 17 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in the August race at Michigan (since 1975) is a third place effort by Tony Stewart in 1999. Since 1975, only ONE Raybestos Rookie has won the pole position for the August race at Michigan: Davey Allison in 1987.(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos), see full report, standings, history on my 2008 Rookies Page.(8-13-2008)

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

  • June 2008 Race Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 145.375, started 3rd

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

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

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

  • June 2008 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, rained out, set by points, finished 13th

  • 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 78 races] 19.2%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 10
  • 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: 51 of 78 - 65.4%
  • Races won from the top 10: 62 of 78 - 79.5%

  • 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 sits on more than 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan. Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.
    • The first Sprint Cup race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969.
    • The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
    • The first Nationwide Series race was held on Aug. 15, 1992.
    • The first Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan was held on July 24, 1999.
    • There have been 78 Sprint 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 pole at Michigan.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.
    • There have been 38 different pole winners at Michigan; 18 drivers have more than one.
    • 30 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.
    • 62 of 78 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 45 from the first four spots. However, five of the past eight winners have started outside the top 10.
    • The deepest in the field 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 two green-white-checkered races at Michigan: the rain-delayed 2007 3M Performance 400, which was run on Tuesday (203 laps) and June 2008 (203 laps).
    • There have been six different pole winners in the past seven Michigan races. Qualifying was canceled in June 2008.
    • There have been 14 different race winners in the past 18 races. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman have repeated as race winners there since August 1999.
    • Carl Edwards has finished on the lead lap in all eight of his Michigan races and is the only driver with more than one race there who has completed all of his possible laps.
    • There have been 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan
    • 94 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Michigan.

    • There have been eight race winners from Michigan in NASCAR’s three national series:
    Driver, NSCS, NNS, NCTS
    Paul Goldsmith, 9, 0, 0
    Johnny Benson, 1, 3, 12
    Tim Fedewa, 0, 4, 0
    Butch Miller, 0, 2, 1
    Jack Sprague, 0, 1, 28
    Brad Keselowski, 0, 1, 0
    Tracy Leslie, 0, 1, 0
    Bob Keselowski, 0, 0, 1
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-11-2008)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Casey Mears Cheez-It #5 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Tow Truck in a Box #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's #11 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Carmax #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland CitiFinancial #38 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Terry Labonte Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page

  • New sponsor for the #10 at MIS & Talladega: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that Tow Truck in a Box will sponsor Patrick Carpentier's #10 Dodge at the Michigan and Talladega Sprint Cup races. "We are honored to have Tow Truck in a Box join us on the #10 Dodge as well as our Nationwide car," said Carpentier who made the announcement Friday in Montreal. "Michigan, Talladega and Watkins Glen {Nationwide] are all very different tracks but I know we will represent Tow Truck in a Box well." Tow Truck in a Box is new automotive tool. It allows any driver stuck in snow, sand, mud, or ice to easily dislodge their auto without effort. The product comes with 3-patented traction plates made of aircraft quality alloy. It's easy to use and assembles in seconds. The tool is lightweight and comes in a carry case the size of a child's lunch box. The product works on all cars, SUVs, and small trucks. It's received critical acclaim winning numerous awards including being a 2-time MotorTrend/TruckTrend "Outstanding Product" winner". More info at PR)(8-4-2008)

  • Carfax to sponsor Kvapil at MIS: Yates Racing announced that Carfax, the most trusted provider of vehicle history information, will sponsor the #28 entry and driver Travis Kvapil for the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. The race marks the first time that Carfax has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The premiere of the #28 Carfax Ford Fusion will take place on August 17th, 2008 for the 3M Performance 400. "We're thrilled to expand our presence in NASCAR to the Sprint Cup Series by teaming up with Yates Racing to sponsor the #28 Carfax Ford Fusion," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Travis is having his best season yet as a Sprint Cup driver and we join the millions of NASCAR fans in cheering him on during the race. Anyone at Michigan International Speedway or watching on TV is in for a fun-filled race weekend, beginning Saturday with the Carfax 250." Carfax is a wholly-owned subsidiary of R.L. Polk & Co. and uses the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents to generate a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck. For more information, visit Racing PR), Hitachi is the sponsor this week for the #28, see my #28 Team Schemes page for images of the Hitachi car.(7-31-2008)

  • Cheez-It back on the #5 for a few races UPDATE: #5-Casey Mears is scheduled to run the Cheez-it paint scheme in Sprint Cup four races: Texas [4/6]; Pocono [8/3]; Michigan [8/17]; and California [8/31]. Kellogg's and Carquest will split the rest of the races. See an image of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2008)
    UPDATE: Cheez-It, the world's largest-selling cheese cracker, will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy of Casey Mears this weekend at Texas. "The Big Cheese" will make its debut this Sunday and decorate the hood of the #5 Chevy for four races:
    Texas, [April]
    Pocono [Aug],
    Michigan [Aug],
    California [Aug].
    The Cheez-It/CARQUEST Chevy finished third the last time it raced, which was last September at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California.(HMS)(4-3-2008)

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


  • 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: Make-A-Wish kid Austin Irwin
    Command to start engines: Make-A-Wish kid Austin Irwin
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: ?
    National Anthem: ?
    Military Flyover: ?
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage:

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Speedway

  • Last Year: see my August 2007 Michigan Race Info page

  • Last June: see the June 2008 Michigan Race Info page

  • Danielle Peck to perform National Anthem for 3M Performance 400: Michigan International Speedway has announced that country music star Danielle Peck will perform the National Anthem prior to the Sprint Cup Series 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on Sunday. It will be the second time Peck has performed at MIS as the Coshocton, Ohio, native sang the anthem prior to the Sprint Cup Series race in August of 2006. She is scheduled to perform as opening act for fellow country star Pat Green during the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing post-race concert on Saturday, which will take place following the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday.(Michigan Speedway PR)(8-15-2008)

  • 1 day to Cup weekend at MIS: Only 1 day remains until the 3M Performance 400 presented Bondo race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The daily countdown leading up to the weekend - 1 - Could Dale Jr. finish first again and win two in a row at MIS? He will get his chance during the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo on August 17. Junior won the LifeLock 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Father's Day snapping a 76-race winless streak. It was his first career Cup victory at the Irish Hills track. Tickets are available for the 3M Performance 400 presented by Bondo NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 17, along with the Saturday, Aug. 16 CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race. Fans may purchase tickets by visiting, or by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800.354.1010.(MIS PR)(8-14-2008)

  • Traffic at MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials worked with MDOT and officials from the surrounding townships to come up with one of the most significant improvements in the track's 40-year history - TRAFFIC CHANGES! MDOT and MIS studied the traffic patterns extensively over a six-month period in late-2006 to come up with the traffic plan. MIS, MDOT, the Michigan State Police, POCO, Inc., a traffic control device company, and township law enforcement agencies routinely work with each other to manage race-day traffic for both race weekends. The track's operations staff and parking supervisors coordinate it all with the help of countless volunteer groups from around the surrounding communities.(MIS PR)(8-14-2008)

  • Grand Marshal named for Cup race at MIS: For the 43 drivers competing in the upcoming 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo at Michian International Speedway, their dream is to take home the checkered flag at the end of the day. But for 12-year-old Austin Irwin, who lives in Greenfield, MO, his dream is simply to attend the race and meet some of his NASCAR heroes. Irwin suffers from Wilm's Tumor, a tumor of the kidneys that strikes children more frequently than adults. Approximately 500 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. It is highly responsive to treatment, with about 90% of patients surviving at least five years. During the race weekend, Irwin will meet Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon, among other NASCAR stars, and deliver the "Gentlemen, start your engines" command for Sunday's race. He'll be joined by his parents and younger brother. Make-A-Wish could also be a winner at the 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo if Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, goes to Victory Lane. 3M and CARSTAR have pledged a $50,000 donation to Make-A-Wish in Biffle's name if he wins the race. For tickets to the 3M Performance 400, visit PR)(8-13-2008)

  • MIS initiates recycling programs with support from Coke: With two Sprint Cup Series race weekends and multiple capital improvement projects that occur each year, Michigan International Speedway is stepping up its efforts to recycle materials it produces. The first step of the speedway's new year-round recycling program actually began during the Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 weekend in June. With the support of the Coca-Cola Co., MIS placed recycling bins throughout the speedway's 1,400 acre property, which allowed fans and workers to discard cans and plastic bottles during the weekend. It was an immediate success following Sunday's big race. Recycling efforts don't stop at just cans and bottles at MIS. The Irish Hills track has also recycled construction materials following capital improvement projects. To date, MIS has recycled over 765 tons of construction material and is reusing steel from Nazareth Speedway and Pikes Peak International Raceway to build new and improved grandstand seating. Additionally, MIS started an office recycling program in June with the idea of recycling paper, newspapers, cardboard and plastics that the speedway offices produce Monday-Friday. These various recycling programs are all voluntary and are part of the overall conservation efforts the speedway announced in mid-July. MIS has also voluntarily enrolled in the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3) and Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) through the State of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, while also participating in wetland conservation and looking at wind and solar power alternatives. With all these initiatives moving forward, the Conservation Fund, a national non-profit organization based just outside of Washington D.C., has asked MIS President Roger Curtis to speak at its board of director's meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 24 in Washington D.C.(MIS PR)(7-25-2008)

  • 3M Donates Tickets to Michigan Race for Blood Donors: The 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo at Michigan International Speedway is known for exciting racing action that gets fans' hearts pumping. And this year, the American Red Cross and 3M want to encourage fans to keep those hearts pumping with a blood drive throughout the State of Michigan. Now through August 7, every person who donates at an American Red Cross blood drive in Michigan's Great Lakes Blood Services Region will be entered to win tickets to the 3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo, set to take place on August 17, 2008. Go to to learn more about Red Cross Racing and to schedule a blood donation appointment. 3M, a proud supporter of the American Red Cross, is donating 300 tickets to the Great Lakes Blood Services Region to help promote participation in the life-saving collection effort. Red Cross Racing also will have an exhibit at the 3M Car Care Auto Fair held on the Michigan International Speedway grounds during the race weekend. (3M PR)(7-19-2008)

  • Attendance down at MIS: Everyone knew there would be some empty seats at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. No one knew exactly how many there would be. There were a lot. Crowd numbers are not released by speedway officials, but media estimates put the crowd at about 125,000 -- 35,000 under what is considered to be a capacity crowd at the track.Speedway. Seating capacity is 132,000, but that doesn't count the infield fans, competitors, crew members, officials and volunteers that contribute on race day. The main grandstand on the front stretch was full Sunday, but the smaller grandstands between Turns 1 and 2 had thousands of empty spots. The grandstands between Turns 3 and 4 were only partially filled. The smaller crowd is likely the effect of a poor Michigan economy and high gas prices. MIS president Roger Curtis was happy with the turnout. "I was very pleased with the attendance," Curtis said. "The fans' enthusiasm was tremendous." Curtis said he expects the attendance to be higher when the series returns in August for the 3M Performance 400.(Michigan Live), the unofficial results from NASCAR had the attendence at 115,000.(6-16-2008)

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


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
    Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
    Left-side -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 40-44 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes this weekend at Michigan . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for Sprint Cup and Craftsman Truck teams to run at this track this past June . . . in addition to Michigan, this is the same tire set-up that major NASCAR teams have run at Dover this season . . . Nationwide teams have also run this set-up at Kentucky . . . this left-side tire code (D-4134) is also run with a different right-side code at both Texas and Chicagoland . . . 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.


  • Sauter in the #08 at MIS: Johnny Sauter will attempt to qualify the #08 FUBAR Dodge for this weekend’s Sprint Cup event at Michigan International Speedway.  EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced Sauter will pilot the team’s racecar for a short list of events in 2008.  Sauter hopes to give the team their first Cup start this season by qualifying for Sunday’s 3-M Performance 400. “I’m going to Michigan focused on getting the FUBAR car into the race,” Sauter said.  “It would mean a lot to John Carter and everyone at EM Motorsports to be part of Sunday’s race and I’m going to give it all I’ve got in qualifying to make it happen for them.  I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be part of this organization and hope I can make them proud this weekend.”(EM Motorsports PR)(8-14-2008)

  • McDowell could be looking for a ride UPDATE 3: #00-Michael McDowell, the Michael Waltrip Racing rookie, said Friday that he may be on the market for a new team, depending on MWR’s sponsorship search. He’s already spoken to several teams about his driving future, including Petty Enterprises. Petty official Robbie Loomis said Friday that McDowell is among a small group of three or four drivers being considered for the team’s #45 car next season. McDowell said MWR has an option on him, but if it does not secure a sponsor for him in the next few weeks, he may have to look elsewhere for a ride. Casey Mears and Chad McCumbee have also been mentioned as candidates for Petty’s #45 car. Other options that potentially could be available to McDowell include Chip Ganassi Racing’s #41 car and Gillett Evernham Motorsports’ #10 car. There are also openings at Penske Racing and Richard Childress Racing.(SceneDaily)(8-9-2008)
    UPDATE: Mike Skinner is listed in the Michigan entry list as the driver of the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota field by Michael Waltrip Racing, no word on what is up with regular driver Michael McDowell. The MIchigan entry list will be posted in a bit(8-11-2008)
    UPDATE 2: Michael McDowell said he supports Michael Waltrip Racing's decision to replace him with Mike Skinner in the 3M Performance 400 this weekend at Michigan. McDowell, whose #00 team is currently outside the top 35 in owner points, said in a statement that he's in favor of doing "whatever it takes to improve the performance of our team. No driver wants to get out of the car, but I understand that every part of our program needs to be evaluated, and that certainly includes me. I plan to support Mike Skinner and our team any way I can, and hopefully learn some things that will help when I get back in the car."(SceneDaily)(8-12-2008)
    UPDATE 3: Mike Skinner will assist Michael Waltrip Racing in efforts to evaluate its 18-month-old full-time Sprint Cup Series program by racing the #00 Champion Mortgage Toyota at Michigan, Bristol and California. "Michael Waltrip Racing is fully committed to our sponsors, the success of our race teams and ensuring Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and I have the necessary tools to succeed as drivers," Waltrip said. "We've asked Mike Skinner to evaluate areas where we can improve our on-track performance. I thought he did a really nice job of working with Red Bull and A.J. Allmendinger earlier this year and our #00 Champion Mortgage team could use the same experienced insight. We feel the same way about Michael McDowell as we did when we signed him," Waltrip said, "But this is the toughest, most competitive form of racing in the world and I know Michael and MWR can benefit from Skinner's input." Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Michael McDowell is scheduled to return to his seat at Richmond.(MWR PR)(8-13-2008) Comment here

  • If Sadler wins at MIS, $1 million to charity: Elliott Sadler and the #19 Stanley Tools Dodge now have a million more reasons to win the Aug. 17 race at Michigan International Speedway. Primary sponsor Stanley Tools will make a $1 million donation to the Children's Miracle Network if Sadler wins the 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at MIS. The incentive is part of the "Racing for a Miracle" program created by Stanley Tools, the Ace Hardware Foundation, and Children's Miracle Network. "Racing for a Miracle" is a multi-dimensional program that benefits sick and injured kids as well as the hospitals that provide their care. In addition to the race, Sadler is encouraging Ace Hardware patrons to go to one of the country's 3,800 Ace Hardware stores during the month of August to buy a $1 "Racing for a Miracle" icon. All donations go to a local Children's Miracle Network hospital. As part of "Racing for a Miracle," Sadler will visit Sparrow Hospital, the Children's Miracle Network area hospital in Lansing, Mich. on Thursday, Aug. 14 prior to the weekend's race at MIS. He will race remote control cars with young patients, sign autographs, tour the hospital and present a special miracle child with an award for winning a helmet design contest. The program culminates at MIS that Sunday, as Elliott Sadler's #19 Stanley Tools Dodge will carry a new look on their car. The logos of Children's Miracle Network and Ace Hardware will adorn the TV panel for one race only to encourage others to continue to race money for sick and injured kids.(GEM PR)(8-11-2008)

  • PE announced driver lineup: Petty Enterprises announced its driver lineup for the #45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge through the August 17th Sprint Cup race at the Michigan International Speedway. Chad McCumbee, Kyle Petty and Terry Labonte will each compete in one event over the next three weeks. "Chad, Kyle and Terry will be competing at places where they have all had success in the past," said Petty Enterprises Vice President of Race Operations Robbie Loomis. "That should put the #45 team in the best position possible to gain points on the teams in front of us in owner points. Everyone at Petty Enterprises is committed to doing whatever it takes to get this team back inside the top-35. That is one of our highest priorities as an organization." McCumbee, 23, will attempt to make his first Sprint Cup start of the season this weekend at the Pocono Raceway. He made his first career Sprint Cup start at Pocono in 2007, finishing 25th. McCumbee also picked up an ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Pocono last year. He currently competes full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series where he is 12th in points.
    Petty will return to the seat of the #45 Dodge for the August 10 event at Watkins Glen International. This will be the first start for Petty since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. His hiatus included at six-race stint in the TNT Sports booth where he covered the Sprint Cup Series. "We're all excited to see Kyle back in the #45 Marathon Dodge at Watkins Glen," said Loomis. "He has been a great road course racer throughout his career. I know he is looking forward to it as well so we are going up there with a lot of confidence that we will have a solid run."
    Labonte, who has competed in seven races in the #45 Dodge this season, will make his eighth start at the Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. He owns seven top-fives, 13 top-tens and two poles in his career at Michigan.(Petty Racing PR)(7-29-2008) Comment here

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

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