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    THE RACE: Carfax 400

    TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Sunday, August 16, 2009 in Brooklyn, MI

    • Title Sponsor: Carfax

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

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

    • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 2:00pm/et

    • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
      Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
      Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

    • 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 17 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
      Monday, August 17 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
      Wednesday, August 19 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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    • Practices:
      Friday, August 14, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 8:00pm/et & 12:30am/et
      Saturday, August 15, 12:30 - 1:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 15, 1:50 - 2:50pm/et, TV-SPEED


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    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Vickers wins at Michigan: #83-Brian Vickers won the CARMAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway for his 1st win of 2009, 2nd of his career, 1st win ever in Sprint Cup for Red Bull Racing, 1st win from the pole for Vickers [after 11 poles] and first ever win at MIS for Toyota. Vickers in the 13th different winner in 23 Sprint Cup races this season [the record is 19]. #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr. [1st top 5 since Talladega in May], #99-Edwards, #77-Hornish Jr., #07-Mears, #20-Logano, #33-Bowyer, #00-Reutimann and #11-Hamlin. #48-Johnson was leading with 2 laps to go but ran out of fuel and finished 33rd. Points leader #14-Stewart finished 17th and increased his points lead to 284 points over now 2nd place, #24-Gordon as Johnson fell to 3rd. Vickers is now only 12 points out of the Chase with three races to go before the chase, #5-Martin is now 12th after running out of fuel on the last lap and finishing 31st. There were 7 cautions for 36 caution laps, an18 minute red flag for a light rain shower on lap 8 and there were 25 lead changes among 14 drivers.
      Scheduled Race Re-Air: ESPN2 on Monday, August 17 at 3:00am/et; ESPN Classic on Monday, August 17 at 1:00pm/et; and SPEED, Wednesday, August 19 at 12:00pm/et.
      For race results, awards and more, see my Michigan Race Results Page.(8-16-2009) Comment here

    • First win for #83 since 1988: With Brian Vickers win in the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16th, it was only the second ever win for a car using the #83 in Sprint Cup Series history. The last and only other time a car using the #83 won a Sprint Cup race was on March 27, 1988, when Lake Speed got his only career win at Darlington Raceway, running the #83 Wynn's Oldsmobile. See more about the history of car number wins on my Wins by Car Numbers page.(8-17-2009) Comment here

    • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings
      [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]:

      pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
      1) #14-Tony Stewart, 3500 [3 wins], finished 17th
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon 3216, -284 [1 win], 2nd
      3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3197, -303 [3 wins], 33rd
      4) #99-Carl Edwards, 2995, -505, 4th
      5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2986, -514 [1 win], 10th
      6) #2-Kurt Busch 2957, -543 [1 win], 36th
      7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 2887, -613 (108 ahead of 13th), 19th
      8) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2884, -616 (+105)[1 win], 11th
      9) #39-Ryan Newman, 2845, -655 (+66), 15th
      10) #16-Greg Biffle 2821, -679 (+42), 20th
      11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2811, -689 (+32)[2 wins], 14th
      12) #5-Mark Martin, 2791, -709 (+12 ahead of 12th)[4 wins], 31st
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #83-Brian Vickers, 2779, 12 points out of 12th, [1 win] 1st
      14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2733, -58, 8th
      15) #18-Kyle Busch, 2721, -70, [3 wins] 23rd
      16) #00-David Reutimann 2673, -118 [1 win], 9th
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(8-16-2009)

    • Michigan Stats and Notes:
      * Brian Vickers won the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway, becoming the 13th different race winner in 23 races in 2009. His last win came at Talladega in October 2006.
      * Vickers became the 31st different race winner in 81 Cup races at Michigan. It was his second career victory in his 195th start. He scored his first career win for Red Bull Racing.
      * Vickers has finished 11th or better in the last six races. He climbed from 17th to 13th in the point standings in those races, and is now only 12 points out of the Chase.
      * Any driver with a 586-point lead or more over 13th-place Brian Vickers is mathematically locked into the 2009 Chase. Tony Stewart (721 ahead) locked by starting in Sunday's race. Any driver more than 586 points behind 12th-place Mark Martin has been eliminated from the 2009 Chase.
      * This marked the first win by Toyota at Michigan. Chevrolet has scored 12 wins in 22 races in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has seven, and Dodge and Ford each have two.
      * Jimmie Johnson finished 33rd after running out of fuel with just over two laps to go. He led six times for 133 laps, the most of the day.
      * Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 11th top-5 finish of the season and moved from third to second in points. Gordon led his career 1,000th time in a Cup race.
      * Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in his 350th series race. It was just his second top-5 finish of the season.
      * Joey Logano (seventh) was the highest-finishing Rookie of the Year contender.
      * Tony Stewart (17th) ended a 10-race streak of top-10 finishes that began at Dover.
      * Jeff Burton (18th) has finished 16th or worse in the last nine races, since Michigan in June.
      * Juan Pablo Montoya (19th) ended a nine-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Pocono in June.
      * Stewart and Elliott Sadler (25th) have each been running at the finish in the last 46 races, the longest current streak.
      (Racing Reference/ESPN)(8-17-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
      #83-Brian Vickers won the CARFAX 400, his second victory in 195 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 12 races at Michigan International Speedway.
      #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 22nd top-10 finish in 34 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2009.
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 21 races at Michigan International Speedway.
      #20-Joey Logano (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
      #14-Tony Stewart leads the point standings by 284 points over Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-16-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th is now at 160 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1833, +288
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1705, 160 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1545, 160 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1337, -368
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-16-2009)

    • Infraction Report - Michigan
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #9, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
      #36, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
      #66, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, engine change
      #71, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #96, 7, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #7, 53, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #77, 119, Safety violation refueling car 2 times as free pass car, 1 lap
      #77, 121, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #6, 121, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #2, 121, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #6, 133, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #12, 158, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(8-16-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap
      Caution 2: #09-Bliss, still a lap down, 38th [DNF]
      Caution 3: #77-Hornish Jr., 5th
      Caution 4: #98-Menard, 26th
      Caution 5: #43-Sorenson, 29th
      Caution 6: #77-Hornish Jr.(2), 5th
      Caution 7: #42-Montoya, 19th
      (8-16-2009)

    • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Michigan (or seemed to)?
      42nd: #66-Blaney, completed 19 laps
      41st: #36-Skinner, 34 laps
      40th: #71-Gilliland, 40 laps
      39th: #87-Nemechek, 41 laps
      (only count a team with a history of start and park and only if 25% or less of race completed)(8-16-2009)

    • Sprint Cup Series Live from Michigan on ESPN: ESPN will have live, flag-to-flag coverage in high definition as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes in the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 16. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown presented by Degree V12 at 1:00pm/et and the race's green flag is at 2:16pm/et. The final 17 races of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will air on the ESPN Networks, with the first six on ESPN and the final 11 on ABC, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN's coverage, with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree . Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns , Jamie Little , Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty in the ESPN pit studio.(ESPN)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Michigan: The selections of pit stalls for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #83-Vickers chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #5-Martin took pit stall 11, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it, #42-Montoya, who starts 3rd took the 19th stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 4th.
      See the pit selection chart on the Michigan Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-15-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2009.
      TV: ESPN at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:00 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      ESPN2: Monday, August 17 at 3:00am/et
      ESPN Classic: Monday, August 17 at 1:00pm/et
      SPEED, Wednesday, August 19 at 12:00pm/et

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
      SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
      Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
      SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
      Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
      SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
      Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
      SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
      Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
      SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
      Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
      SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
      Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
      SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
      Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
      SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
      Pemberton: Yes.
      SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
      Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

    • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
      NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
      The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


    NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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    • Michigan Pit Stall Selections

    • Happy Hour practice: for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #5-Martin 181.717
      #83-Vickers 181.621
      #6-Ragan 180.519
      #12-Stremme 180.451
      #48-Johnson 180.419
      slowest: #87-Nemechek 174.910 and #34-Andretti 175.170
      no speed listed: #66-Blaney [expect this car to start and park]
      incident: #7-Gordon smacked the wall with the right side, pancaking the right side
      For fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Michigan Practice Speeds and Notes.(8-15-2009)

    • First Saturday practice: for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #83-Vickers 184.909
      #14-Stewart 184.838
      #42-Montoya 184.696
      #20-Logano 184.544
      #5-Martin 184.488
      slowest: #09-Bliss 175.927 and #87-Nemechek 176.423
      incidents: #44-Allmendinger, scheduled to start 13th, smacked the wall with the right side of the car and MAY have to go to a backup car.
      For fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Michigan Practice Speeds and Notes.(8-15-2009)

    • Vickers wins pole at Michigan: #83-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 187.242mph for his 6th pole of the 2009 season, 11th of his career and 3rd straight at MIS. Starting 2nd is #5-Martin, #42-Montoya, #48-Johnson, #1-Truex Jr., #2-Busch, #39-Newman, #20-Logano, #21-Elliott and #9-Kahne. Points leader, #14-Stewart starts 18th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. 15th and #18-Busch is way back, starting 39th. The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #21-Elliott, #82-Speed, #25-Keselwoski, #09-Bliss, #71-Gilliland, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney and #36-Skinner.
      Missing the race (1): #37-Raines.(8-14-2009)
      Qualifying is scheduled to re-air on SPEED tonight at 9:30pm/et and 2:00am/et.
      For qualifying speeds, starting lineup, qualifying order, pole progression on my Michigan Starting Lineup/Qualifying page.(8-14-2009)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
      #83-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Michigan 400 with a lap of 38.453 seconds, 187.242 mph.
      This is his 11th pole in 195 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his sixth pole and 11th top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his third pole in 12 races at Michigan International Speedway.
      #5-Mark Martin (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2009 and his 24th in 48 races at Michigan International Speedway.
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his second top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 10th in 23 races this season.
      #20-Joey Logano (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-14-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2009 at 3:40pm/et.
      Television (TV): SPEED - 3:30pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
      Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: SPEED at 9:30pm/et and 2:00am/et

    • Qualifying Order for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed, one will go home. The 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 #16-Biffle, the final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #39-Newman [was fastest in practice].
      The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #25-Keselowski and the final [44th] driver scheduled to qualify is #66-Blaney [was slowest]. See the full qualifying order on the Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-14-2009)

    • Friday practice: for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the top five:
      #39-Newman 189.155
      #20-Logano 187.169
      #42-Montoya 187.144
      #1-Truex Jr, 186.790
      #99-Edwards 186.640
      slowest: #36-Skinner 180.302 & #9-Kahne 180.786
      incidents: #9-Kahne lost an engine, the team will put in a new one and Kahne will have to start from the rear of the field on Sunday. For fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run, see my Michigan Practice Speeds and Notes.(8-14-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Michigan:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #25-Brad Keselowski, 14th fastest
      #82-Scott Speed, 17th
      #71-David Gilliland, 26th
      #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 27th [has past champ to use]
      #09-Mike Bliss, 37th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 38th
      #36-Mike Skinner, 40th
      #37-Tony Raines, 41st
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #66-Dave Blaney, 43rd of 44

    • The Entry List for the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
      #09-Mike Bliss (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38th in owners pts/22 attempts)
      (Note: confirmed w/team and Bliss is supposed to drive #09)
      #21-Bill Elliott (Past Champ 1988)(44/7)
      #25-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as driver)(48/5)
      #36-Mike Skinner (42/22)
      #37-Tony Raines (47/14)
      #66-Dave Blaney (41/22)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/22)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/22)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (39/12)
      Withdrew:
      #08-Terry Labonte (Past Champ 1996)(51/4)
      #64-Mike Wallace (49/14)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,25,21,82,71,87,66,36
      missing the race would be [2]: #'s 37
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List.(8-10/11-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
      No changes the spread between 35th and 36th dropped a to 142 points
      34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 1781, +297
      35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1626, 142 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1484, 142 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 1294, -332
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(8-10-2009) Comment here

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

    • Six Current Race Tracks Johnson has never won: There are six current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won at [a Sprint Cup race], plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham and didn't win:
      Bristol: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2004 and 3/2009
      Michigan: 0 for 15 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Infineon: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 4th in 6/2009
      Chicago: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
      Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
      Homestead: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
      (8-10-2009)

    • Michigan Rookie Notes: #13-Max Papis was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the August 10 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Papis claimed an eighth-place finish, his best in 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and first top-10. He claimed top rookie honors for the second time in 2009. #20-Joey Logano leads #82-Scott Speed by 22 points (207-185) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the August 16 CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. All three members of the 2009 Raybestos Rookie class have scored at least one top-10 finish. The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie in the August race at Michigan (since 1975) is third-place by Tony Stewart in 1999. Davey Allison is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole position for the August race at Michigan (since 1975). Allison captured the top starting position for the 1987 race. The most recent Raybestos Rookie to lead a lap in the August race at Michigan is Clint Bowyer (twice for six laps in 2006).(Camp and Assoc), see standings, history and rookie stats on my 2009 Rookie page.(8-14-2009)

    • Chase Notes and Stats: #18-Kyle Busch held on to fourth place and 165 precious points at The Glen, and bought himself some valuable real estate in the 2009 Race to the Chase. He gained 15 points on #42-Juan Montoya, 53 points on #9-Kasey Kahne, 65 on #39-Ryan Newman, just 10 on #16-Greg Biffle, 71 points on #5-Mark Martin and 44 points on #17-Matt Kenseth, pulling within 58 of Matt. #83-Brian Vickers pulled within 96 points of 13th place Kenseth and #33-Clint Bowyer is now 99 points out after an 11th and 9th, respectively. #00-David Reutimann has faded back to 155 points out, and needs a strong rally to get back into serious contention. #14-Tony Stewart has set a blistering pace over the last ten races, with three wins, six podium finishes, and 8 top fives. See more Chase Stats, year-by-year comparision on my Chase Stats after Watkins Glen page.
      AND: Fresh off a win at Watkins Glen, #14-Tony Stewart merely needs to start Sunday's CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway to become the first owner-driver to earn a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth. Stewart's not the only one who can clinch a spot in the 12-driver Chase for this weekend at Michigan. Any driver 586 points ahead of 13th place leaving Michigan clinches a spot. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 496 points ahead of 13th-place #18-Kyle Busch, needs at least a 90-point gain on 13th to secure a place in the Chase. Johnson – who is second in points – has made every Chase since its inception in 2004. Only one other driver has qualified for every Chase: #17-Matt Kenseth, currently 12th in points.(NASCAR)(8-13-2009)

    • June 2009 Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 155.492, started 32nd

    • August 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 140.351 mph, started 27th

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

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

    • June 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 189.110mph, finished 9th

    • August 2008 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 188.536mph, finished 7th

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

    • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/92

    • Youngest Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

    • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 45 years, 6 months, 21 days, 6/16/2002

    • Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995

    • Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson

    • Most Wins (active): 7 - Bill Elliott

    • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson

    • Most Wins (active): 6 - Bill Elliott; 5 - Jeff Gordon

    • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

    • Most Top 5s (active): 17 - Bill Elliott, Mark Martin

    • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott, Mark Martin

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

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Mark Martin, 6/14/2009

    • 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: Mark Martin, started 32nd, 6/14/2009

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 31 - Ford

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 15 [of 80 races] 19.0%
    • 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 27: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
    • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
    • Races won from the top 5: 51 of 80 - 63.6%
    • Races won from the top 10: 62 of 80 - 77.5%

    • 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 NASCAR Nationwide Series race was held on Aug. 15, 1992.

      • The first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan was held on July 24, 1999.

      • There have been 80 NASCAR 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 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.

      • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.

      • There have been 39 different pole winners at Michigan; 18 drivers have more than one.

      • 30 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 drivers have more than one victory there.

      • The race winner has started from the pole 15 times, the most productive starting position. Kasey Kahne (2006) was the last driver to win from the pole.

      • 62 of 80 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 45 from the first four spots. However, four of the last five winners have started outside the top 10.

      • The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd by Mark Martin in this season’s June race. Last season, Carl Edwards started 27th en route to his victory.

      • The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.

      • Brian Vickers won the pole in this season’s June race and last season’s August race, becoming the first consecutive pole winner at Michigan since Bobby Labonte in 2003.

      • Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.3. Coincidentally, Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.7.


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #07-Casey Mears Jack Daniel's / American Auto Worker #07 Team Schemes Page
      #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
      #7-Robby Gordon Moen #7 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #16-Greg Biffle 3M/Scotch Tough #16 Team Schemes Page
      #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #21-Bill Elliott Quick Lane #21 Team Schemes Page
      #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal #26 Team Schemes Page
      #34-John Andretti CARMAX #34 Team Schemes Page
      #39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson Auto Value Bumper to Bumper #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger Super 8 Motels #44 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie #47 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/AMP #88 Team Schemes Page
      #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Menards/Moen #98 Team Schemes Page


    • CARFAX to sponsor Andretti: haven't seen anything official, but an updated Michigan Entry List shows #34-John Andretti being sponsored by CARFAX, which is also the title sponsor of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.(8-13-2009)

    • RCR & Jack Daniel’s to Salute the American Auto Worker: Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR, will recognize the hard-working American auto worker this weekend in Michigan International Speedway. Because of its proximity to Detroit and General Motors’ headquarters, Childress and primary sponsor Jack Daniel’s have teamed to showcase a special hood design for the CARFAX 400. In addition to the race car, the Jack Daniel’s show car will feature the phrase “Jack Salutes the American Auto Worker” at all its stops in the area. Fans can also see the specially-themed Chevy on Sunday at the Chevy display, located inside the MIS midway area. Mr. Jack’s Crew will unload chassis No. 282 from the Richard Childress Racing garage. This Chevrolet Impala SS was last raced at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July where it finished 19th. This will be the second time this chassis has seen race action.(RCR)(8-13-2009) Comment here

    • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor Sorenson: Moving into their fifth season of NASCAR sponsorship, Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper has contracted with Richard Petty Motorsports (formerly Gillett Evernham Motorsports) as the primary sponsor for four 2009 races. The Auto Value logo will decorate the Dodge race car for two races during the season while the other two races will showcase the Bumper to Bumper logo on the renowned Petty racecars. Reed Sorenson will drive the #43 Auto Value Dodge on;
      April 18 at the Phoenix
      and the #43 Bumper to Bumper Dodge at:
      Michigan in August
      Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be making their first Nationwide Series race start of 2009 with the #9 Auto Value Dodge on the track at the New Hampshire in June with Elliott Sadler taking the wheel. Kasey Kahne returns to the Bumper to Bumper cockpit in the #9 Dodge in October at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports Dodges for all other Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in 2009 and will receive branding on Petty team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment.(800autotalk.com), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(2-18-2009) Comment here.

    • Interstate Batteries returns for 2009: #18-Kyle Busch and Interstate Batteries are back for another season in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch is scheduled to run the scheme six times in 2009:
      California [Feb]
      Texas [Apr]
      NHMS [June]
      Daytona [July]
      Michigan [Aug]
      Dover [Sept]
      See images on my #18 Team Schemes page.(12-22-2008) Comment here

    • 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
      Pace Car Speed: 55mph
      Seating: 137,243, attendence: 153,000.
      Opened: 1968

    • Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel
      Command to start engines: Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: David Metter, CEO, MileOne Automotive
      Invocation: MRO's Billy Mauldin
      National Anthem - Sunday: Country singer Chris Young
      Military Flyover: Four A-10 Warthogs, Selfridge AFB, MI

    • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: mispeedway.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Speedway

    • August 2008: see my Michigan Race Info page

    • June 2009: see the Michigan Race Info page


    • Carfax and MIS partner to neutralize carbon emissions: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway announced they will help neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy and auto use during the “Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend” at MIS. This precedent-setting initiative is the result of a partnership between Carfax, MIS and The Conservation Fund to help curb climate change and restore habitat for wildlife. Carfax and MIS are working with The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program to zero out the CO2 emissions that result from the facility’s energy use during the race weekend and fuel used by fans traveling to and from the festivities. The effort will also cover the emissions from the race cars during both NASCAR events at MIS — the CARFAX 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday and CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, and qualifying and practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 4,000 trees will be planted at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Missouri as part of Carfax and Michigan International Speedway’s efforts. Carfax was founded in Missouri and its data center is located in Columbia, Mo. This marks the third straight year Carfax has neutralized the activities of its NASCAR programs at MIS. The company’s past efforts included the 2007 and 2008 CARFAX 250 races, and the emissions from a Sprint Cup car it sponsored in Michigan in 2008. MIS is committed to environmental management practices which will provide a healthy and sustainable environment and enhance the lives of its guests and employees. MIS was the first sports facility in Michigan to join the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3). It is a member of the federal program, EPA WasteWise, with recycling programs totaling more than 2 million tons in 2008. MIS is also pioneering utility reduction programs, wetland remediation and restoration programs, and alternative energy programs. The racetrack announced in June that its new infield suite/media center will be solar powered.
      Additionally, NASCAR partnered with MIS in June for its “NASCAR Green Clean Air” program to help capture the carbon emissions produced by racing. The sanctioning body vowed to plant 10 trees for each green flag that drops during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the track. MIS matched the number of trees tallied from green flags at the June event, and 80 trees will be planted at the racetrack in October. MIS is one of eleven tracks piloting NASCAR Green Clean Air. For the 2010 season, the program will roll out to the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, planting approximately 20 acres of trees.
      Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-16-2009)

    • MIS unveils new and improved infield bus to lucky fan: Maurice “Moe” Clark was ecstatic beyond belief when he first saw his new and improved infield bus. “The bus looks so great. This is amazing and I’m so thankful for all of this,” Clark said. Clark was the recipient of a Michigan International Speedway Extreme Bus Makeover, which was unveiled to Clark on Thursday during infield camper lineup for the CARFAX 400 race weekend. MIS President Roger Curtis ran into Clark during infield camper lineup for the June LifeLock 400 race weekend. After careful examination, Curtis and the staff at MIS decided to give Clark a bus makeover. “The inside of the bus looked like Donald Trump’s condo, so we decided that the outside of the bus needed to look like the inside. Because the outside had a lot of work to do,” Curtis said during the unveiling. Previously called “The Bucksnort Lodge,” the yellow and black eyesore serves its purpose during its biannual treks to Michigan International Speedway’s infield. The bus leaked oil and smoked a little on the road, but it sleeps six and has all the comforts of home. Clark and his wife have been attending races in MIS’ infield for the past six years. Every year, twice a year, they make the 320-mile round-trip journey to MIS from Yale, in the “thumb” of Michigan.
      So two weeks ago, Clark and his bus made the trek down to MIS for a much needed makeover. Over a two week period, MIS staff members Tim Lamb, Jesus Salvador, Randy Titler, Dustin Gilbert and Jamie Nichols (amongst many others) turned the old Bucksnort Lodge into a truly remarkable bus on wheels. A good paint job and many decals later, the bus turned into the newly-named “Promise Keeper.” The name was created because Curtis kept his promise to Clark back in June that he would do this for him. The bus will now be proudly displayed amongst all the other infield campers, who are in town celebrating the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ to the Irish Hills. Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-15-2009)

    • MIS Implements Fan Texting Service: Michigan International Speedway (“MIS”) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions (“ISS”) to implement a text-message based communication system at the facility. The service debuted this past June at MIS and will be available to fans again during the “Show Me the Carfax Race Weekend.” The text messaging system allows fans to communicate directly with the racetrack’s command post if assistance is needed in dealing with any special needs inside the facility. Texting instructions will be placed prominently throughout the facility via static signage and will be regularly broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Great seats are available by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-13-2009)

    • Verizon adds cell site around MIS: Verizon Wireless has activated a temporary cell site to improve its voice and data network around the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, MI and accommodate the anticipated crowd of about 100,000 visitors attending the NASCAR races and related events August 14-16. The company has deployed a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) to boost capacity in the area surrounding the race track. A COLT is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a specific location--and works especially well in dense areas with large crowds. Additionally, Verizon Wireless has upgraded equipment on its existing cell sites in the area that provide coverage in and around MIS. Collectively the company's upgrades will boost voice capacity by 600% and data capacity by more than 1,000%.(Reuters.com)(8-13-2009)

    • Grand Marshals named for MIS races: Carfax named blues singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel as grand marshals for the upcoming ‘Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend’ at MIS. Shepherd will grand marshal the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15. Jordan and Jacob Vanderstel will handle the duty for the first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 on Sunday, Aug. 16. “We couldn’t have better representatives to help us kick off both races,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Jordan and Jacob are great kids whose excitement and enthusiasm typifies what NASCAR fans can expect this weekend at MIS. Kenny is an incredible artist who continues the tradition of post-race performers serving as the CARFAX 250 grand marshal.” Nineteen year-old Jordan and fourteen year-old Jacob, from Hudsonville, Mich., were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. They receive care through the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Both are huge NASCAR fans; Jordan’s favorite driver is Jimmie Johnson while Jacob prefers Jeff Gordon.
      American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform a post-race concert following the CARFAX 250 on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Michigan International Speedway. Shepherd will also serve as the grand marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race earlier that day. “I’m very excited to perform following the CARFAX 250,” Shepherd said. “This is a perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for playing music with my passion for fast cars and racing. Cars and guitars are what it’s all about for me.” Returning to Lot 10 off US 12 near the speedway’s administration building, the concert is free for anyone with a CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race ticket or infield wristband. Grandstand security rules will be in effect for the post-race concert. Please refer to the online guest guide at MISpeedway.com to review the grandstand security rules. Empire Drift will serve as the opening act. Tickets for the ‘Show Me the Carfax Race Weekend’ are available through www.mispeedway.com or by calling the speedway’s ticket hotline at 800-354-1010. For more information about Carfax visit www.carfax.com.(MIS)(8-11-2009)

    • Chris Young to perform Carfax 400 national anthem: Country music star and RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young will bring his distinct music style to the stage at Michigan International Speedway by performing the national anthem for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Carfax 400 on Sunday, August 16. Young is scheduled to perform during pre-race festivities beginning around 1:30pm before the start of the CARFAX 400. Young has also agreed to perform a song in Acceleration presented by Budweiser, the speedway’s fan hospitality club, prior to pre-race. Tickets are on sale for the CARFAX 400 by calling 800-354-1010 or logging onto MISpeedway.com.(MIS)(8-11-2009)

    • Tickets Still Available for 21st MSHFA Induction Ceremony: Tickets varying in price from $75 to $750 are available for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America's 21st Annual Induction Ceremony at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit on Wednesday Aug. 12. Racing fans can see the ceremony live from the Fillmore's intimate balcony with a $75 ticket. More info and other ticket packages can be viewed at mshf.com. Racing legends Kenny Bernstein, David Hobbs, Scott Parker, Les Richter, Al Unser, Jr., H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler and Joe Weatherly will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.(Motorsports Hall of Fame of America)(8-8-2009)

    • Michigan Residents take advantage of 99-cent gas: People in Michigan haven’t seen gas prices at 99 cents per gallon since the early 1990’s. However, with the help of CARFAX and Michigan International Speedway, a gallon of gas was less than a buck Thursday [July 30th] morning in Livonia, Mich. For three hours (6:00am to 9:00am) thousands of area residents took advantage of the promotion, which was held in support of the “Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend,” which takes place at MIS with the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, August 15 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 on Sunday, August 16. With about 6,800 gallons pumped in a three-hour period, many residents and race fans drove away happy filling up their gas tanks for $20 or less.
      When CARFAX and MIS representatives arrived at the gas station at 5:30am hundreds of cars were already lined up awaiting the great deal, which saved folks approximately $1.50 per gallon (gas was $2.49 per gallon at most surrounding stations). The promotion was not scheduled to start until 7am, but racetrack and Carfax representatives decided to get started early because of the traffic backups along 8 Mile and Middlebelt Roads – two major arteries in Livonia, a suburb of Detroit. The 2009 gas promotion is the third year Carfax and MIS have partnered to support Detroit-area drivers in advance of the NASCAR events at the Brooklyn racetrack. Tickets are still available for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 and Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 for as low as $40. For additional information, call the MIS Ticket Hotline at 800-354-1010 or visit MISpeedway.com.(MIS PR)(8-7-2009)

    • Carfax sponsoring Michigan race: Carfax and its dealer customers are treating NASCAR fans to another historic event next month at Michigan International Speedway. Carfax will be the title sponsor of its first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the CARFAX 400, on Sunday, Aug. 16. The event follows the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Saturday, Aug. 15 as part of the "Show Me the CARFAX Race Weekend" at MIS. The doubleheader marks the first time MIS has had a corporate partner who is sponsoring both NASCAR events on the same weekend(MIS PR)(7-22-2009)

    • Michigan hosting web chats for vistors: Michigan International Speedway once again brings the Guest Guide to life during a series of live Web chats, starting July 15. MIS Live!, a weekly teleconference on Ustream.tv will run every Wednesday through Aug. 5, the week prior to the NASCAR events at Michigan International Speedway. Each hour-long session in the real-time Web chats will focus on topics geared toward helping MIS customers make the most of their race weekends at the speedway. Track President Roger Curtis sees the Web chats as an opportunity to talk to fans in advance of their visits to MIS, strengthening the speedway's commitment to openness and availability to its guests. All chat sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Guests can click http://www.ustream.tv/channel/MIS-Live for the MIS Live! channel link on Ustream. Ustream is a free service. Anyone can log on and watch the teleconference, however, you need a free Ustream account and password to participate.(Michigan Speedway PR)(7-12-2009)

    • 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

      Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
      Left-side – 1,450, Right-side – 1,450;
      Nationwide: Left-side – 575, Right-side – 575

      Sprint Cup Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4134; Right-side -- D-4186

      Nationwide Series 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

      Estimated Pit Window: Every 40-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

      Notes: While teams in both NASCAR series in action at Michigan this weekend will be running the same left-side tire code (D-4134), they will be running distinct right-side codes . . . Nationwide Series teams will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes they ran at Kentucky in June . . . they also ran this tire set-up at Michigan and Kentcky last season . . . teams in the Nationwide Series should be especially familiar with this left-side tire, having run it 12 times between 2008 and 2009 . . . 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.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • 350th start for Dale Jr.: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his 350th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when he lines up for Sunday's CARMAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Since making his Cup debut on May 30, 1999, at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has scored 18 wins, eight pole positions, 87 top-five finishes and 140 top-10s. He ranks fifth among active full-time drivers with 6,473 laps led.(HMS)(8-15-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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