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THE RACE: Carfax 400

TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, August 15, 2010 in Brooklyn, MI

  • Title Sponsor: Carfax

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 12:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 10:00am/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, August 16 at 2:00am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, August 18 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, August 13, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, August 14, 9:15 - 10:00am, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 14, 12:20-1:20 pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 13, 11:00 am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, August 13 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 8:00pm/et & 2:30am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Harvick wins at Michigan: #29-Kevin Harvick won the CarFax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of 2010 and 14th of his career. It is his first win and a non-restrictor plate race since Phoenix in 2006. #11-Hamlin finished second followed by: #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #14-Stewart, #42-Montoya, #56-Truex, Jr., #19-Sadler, and #20-Logano. Harvick increased his lead to 293 points over #24-Jeff Gordon. There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 105,000, up slightly from last year which was 103,000.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Michigan Race Results/Awards page.(8-15-2010)

  • Michigan News & Facts:
    • Kevin Harvick won the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It was Harvick's 14th Cup victory in 345 starts and his third in 2010. It was Harvick's first win at Michigan in 20 starts.
    • Harvick became the first driver to lock down a position in the 2010 Chase.
    • Harvick led five times for 60 of the 200 laps, including the final 11.
    • It was Harvick's first win on a non-restrictor-plate track since Phoenix in 2006.
    • Richard Childress Racing posted its 92nd series win and third win in 2010 (all Harvick). RCR posted its third win at Michigan.
    • Chevrolet scored its 12th win in 2010 and 19th victory at Michigan. Toyota has eight, Dodge has two and Ford has one.
    • The top 10 included four Fords, three Chevys and three Toyotas.
    • Denny Hamlin (second) extended a four-race streak of top-10 finishes at Michigan.
    • Hamlin extended a four-race streak of leading at least one lap at Michigan.
    • Carl Edwards (third) extended an eight-race streak of top-15 finishes at Michigan, including top-10s in seven of the past eight races there. Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in the past six races, the longest current streak, and he extended a 13-race streak of lead-lap finishes at Michigan.
    • Greg Biffle (fourth) extended a 16-race streak of running at the finish at Michigan.
    • Matt Kenseth (fifth) scored his first top-10 finish in his past four Michigan races.
    • Jimmie Johnson (12th) has scored just one top-10 finish in his past six races in 2010. Michigan is one of four active tracks where Johnson has not won.(ESPN.com)(8-16-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kevin Harvick won the CARFAX 400, his 14th victory in 345 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Harvick also clinched a spot in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best Michigan finish was second in 2003.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2010.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 13 races at Michigan International Speedway.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-15-2010)


  • Two drivers can clinch chase spots: UPDATE: With four races remaining until the chase beings, drivers can begin clinching chase spots at Michigan. To guarantee a spot, a driver needs to leave Michigan with a 596 point lead over the 13th place driver in the standings. #29-Kevin Harvick (currently 579 ahead) and #24-Jeff Gordon (currently 394) can clinch with a good run Sunday.(NASCAR)(8-15-2010)
    UPDATE: Harvick's win increased his point lead over 13th place #5-Martin to 680 points and locked him into the chase. Gordon lost ground on 13th and is 387 points ahead.(8-15-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 23 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3400
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3107, -293
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 3047, -353
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 3020, -380
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 3014, -386
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2986, -414
    7) #31-Jeff Burton, 2986, -414
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 2975, -425
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 2961, -439
    10) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 2935, -465, +215
    11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2913, -487, +193
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2755, -645, 35 ahead of 13th
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 2720, -680, 35 points out of the chase
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2652, -748, -103
    15) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 2650, -750, -105
    16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2629, -774, -126
    17) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2626, -774, -129
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 17
    19) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 2582, -818, -173
    36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-15-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Bristol:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team fell to 35th and the #26 team remains 36th. The points spread from 35th to 36th is now at 161.
    33) #34-Raines/Front Row: 1719, 176 points ahead of 36th
    34) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1711, +168
    35) #7-Robby Gordon/RGM, 1704, 161 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Carpentier/Latitude43: 1543, -161 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Kvapil/Front Row: 1530, -174
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-15-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Michigan:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #2 31, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #26 33, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #09 60, Pitting before pit road is open,tail end
    #39 149, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #5 149, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12 149, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #24 155, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #31 155, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #77 176, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-15-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #71-Labonte, 33rd
    Caution 2: #34-Raines, 31st
    Caution 3: #6-Ragan, 11th
    Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 19th
    Caution 5: #39-Newman, 23rd
    (8-15-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Michigan (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #87-Nemechek, 14 laps run
    42nd: #55-McDowell, 20 laps
    41st: #13-Papis, 27 laps
    39th: #07-Gordon, 34 laps
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #587 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(8-15-2010)

  • Two drivers can clinch chase spots: With four races remaining until the chase beings, drivers can begin clinching chase spots at Michigan. To guarantee a spot, a driver needs to leave Michigan with a 596 point lead over the 13th place driver in the standings. #29-Kevin Harvick (currently 579 ahead) and #24-Jeff Gordon (currently 394) can clinch with a good run Sunday.(NASCAR)(8-15-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Michigan: The selections of pit stalls for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made. Pole sitter ##9-Kahne chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 23, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #33-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 7th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-14-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 1:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Sunday, August 16 at 2:00am/et;
    SPEED, Wednesday, August 18 at 12:00pm/et

  • Some Chassis selections for Michigan:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: The #1 Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro team will bring chassis #1006 to Michigan this weekend. This chassis has been used twice this season at Darlington and Chicagoland. Both events saw McMurray capture the pole and finish in the top-five placing second and fifth. McMurray has led 143 laps with this chassis.
    #2-Kurt Busch: crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew are racing their "PRS-734" Miller Lite "Vortex" Dodge in this weekend's action at Michigan. "This is a brand new Miller Lite Dodge Charger that we're bringing to Michigan," Addington said. "We still have the '725,' the car we raced there in June, in our rotation and will likely race it again at Atlanta or another track on down the line. We finished third there in June and are determined to be there up front again this weekend."
    #5-Mark Martin: Gustafson has chosen Chassis #5-550 for Sunday's race at Michigan. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to a seventh-place finish at Pocono two weeks ago. In July, Martin raced this car to an 11th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-640; Last ran Michigan - finished 34th. Backup: RK-620; Last ran Vegas - finished 23rd.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge team will use chassis PRS-726 during Sunday's Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This chassis last competed at the first race at Pocono in June.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-564: This car debuted at Texas last November, where it delivered a strong performance by qualifying fourth and finishing sixth. The 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami marked the car's second career start. There, it qualified fifth and led twice for 43 laps before two separate on-track incidents with Juan Pablo Montoya relegated it to a 22nd-place finish. It saw action during the off-season when it was used for a Goodyear tire test at Texas Jan. 19-20. Chassis No. 14-564 returned to competition in February at Auto Club Speedway, where in the second race of the 2010 campaign, it started 16th and finished ninth. It returned to Texas in April for its fourth career start, where it qualified on the pole and led five times for 74 laps before a late-race accident relegated it to an undeserved 32nd-place finish. It was repaired and fitted with a new body for the series' June stop at Michigan, where it qualified 17th and finished a solid fifth. It's been idle since, but will return to the 2-mile Michigan oval for this weekend's CARFAX 400.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Car 571 - Last Raced: Chicagoland
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-672 (last raced at Charlotte)
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 280: This is a brand new racecar that will turn its first competitive laps in Sunday's CARFAX 400 at Michigan.
    #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis #282 for this weekend's event. This is the same Ford the team ran earlier this year at Chicagoland and at Las Vegas.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #275 this weekend for the Carfax 400. This will be the second time this chassis will be raced this season, Logano piloted chassis #275 to a ninth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The back-up chassis is #272 which has competed in three races 2010: Chicagoland (18th) the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (16th) and in June at MIS (10th).
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis #288 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevy scored a runner-up finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Auto Club Speedway finished ninth at Atlanta, and finished seventh at Dover. Additionally, Harvick raced this chassis three times in the latter part of the 2009 season, finishing 18th at Charlotte, fifth at Texas and third at Homestead-Miami.
    #31-Jeff Burton: Jeff Burton will race chassis #317 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new this season, this is the same Caterpillar Chevy Burton drove to an eighth-place finish at Pocono on August 1.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #315 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevy that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis #39-596 has seen race action twice in 2010. The car, which was built over the offseason, previously raced at Las Vegas and Texas. Newman qualified the #39 third at Las Vegas, but was plagued by handling issues and long pit stops throughout the 267-lap event, both of which led to him being mired in traffic. The lost track position was too much to overcome, and Newman finished 18th. At Texas, Newman qualified 10th, but a tight-handling racecar caused him to lose several positions. Newman narrowly avoided a multi-car incident just 17 laps from the end of the race, which put him in position to make a solid run in the closing laps. He finished 11th. Since the Texas race, Chassis #39-596 has been given a new-style body. The car was wind-tunnel tested Aug. 4.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie will bring chassis #1015 to Michigan this weekend. This chassis is the same Montoya used at the first 2010 NSCS event at Michigan where he finished 13th.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis #288 for this weekend's event at Michigan. This car has been run on quite a few occasions this season. Most recently the #43 team utilized this car for the event at Chicago. It also saw action at the first Pocono event, Dover and at Bristol. Allmendinger finished inside the top 15 in three of those four events.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis #610 will be the primary for Saturday's event. Johnson has driven that chassis once before - to a 25th-place finish in Chicago. Back up chassis #553 has collected three wins in four starts - the most recent coming at Auto Club Speedway in February.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-599. Earnhardt notably drove this chassis to two recent top-10 finishes. He took seventh on June 13 at Michigan. In April, Earnhardt raced this chassis at Texas, starting ninth and leading 46 laps before finishing eighth.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis #683 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at the June race at Michigan. It has also seen action at Auto Club Speedway and Charlotte.
    #99-Carl Edwards: RK-695. Last outing: Indy, July '10 - finished 7th(from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-13-2010)

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Saturday Happy Hour practice for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest, slowest, notes:
    #48-Johnson 185.845
    #6-Ragan 185.214
    #24-Gordon 184.971
    #29-Harvick 184.772
    #16-Biffle 184.743
    slowest: #13-Papis 177.738 & #7-Jones 173.942
    The start of the session was delayed a few minutes because Nationwide Series qualifying took longer than expected. #19-Sadler slid up into the wall coming off turn 4 but the team will fix it.
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-14-2010)

  • Saturday's first practice for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest, slowest, some notes:
    #16-Biffle 187.052
    #39-Newman 186.466
    #9-Kahne 186.191
    #31-Burton 186.157
    #2-Busch 186.133
    slowest: #13-Papis 178.860 & #7-Jones 178.713.
    notes: #11-Hamlin & #18-Busch swapped cars for a practice run so each could evaluate different setup options.
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page.(8-14-2010)

  • Kahne wins pole at Michigan: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coors Pole for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 187.1833mph for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 18th of his career. #48-Johnson will start 2nd followed by #33-Bowyer, #14-Stewart, #42-Montoya, #16-Biffle, #17-Kenseth, #29-Harvick, #56-Truex, Jr., and #98-Menard.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #09-Cassill, #13-Papis, #87-Nemechek, #26-Carpentier, #21-Elliott, #38-Kvapil, #07-Gordon, and #55-McDowell.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #32-Bliss, #46-Yeley, #66-Riggs, and #36-Mears.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Michigan Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(8-13-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the CARFAX 400 with a lap of 38.465 seconds, 187.183 mph.
    This is his 18th pole in 239 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Two of his 18 poles have come with Richard Petty Motorsports. Interestingly, this pole ties him for 37th on the all-time poles list with Lee Petty (as well as Donnie Allison and Joe Weatherly).
    This is his second pole and 12th top-10 start in 2010. His last pole came at Infineon Raceway.
    This is his second pole in 14 races at Michigan International Speedway. His first pole at Michigan came in June of 2006.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2010 and his 13th in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 10th in 23 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-13-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 13, 2010 at 3:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et & 2:30am/et on SPEED

  • Friday practice for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest, slowest:
    #31-Burton 187.115
    #42-Montoya 186.635
    #29-Harvick 186.417
    #99-Edwards 186.239
    #16-Biffle 186.037
    slowest: #7-Jones 178.771 & #37-Gilliland 178.771
    See fastest laps, ave speed, most laps run on my Michigan Practice Speeds Page. (8-13-2010)

  • Michigan practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 25th
    #36-Casey Mears, 27th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 33rd
    #13-Max Papis, 34th
    #09-Landon Cassill, 35th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 36th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 38th
    #32-Mike Bliss, 40th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #07-Robby Gordon, 42nd #55-Michael McDowell, 43rd
    #66-Scott Riggs, 44th
    #26-David Stremme, 45th
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Qualifying Order for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #39-Newman.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #7-Jones.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-Mears with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #38-Kvapil.
    See the full qualifying order on the Michigan Qualifying Page.(8-13-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Carfax 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #07-Robby Gordon (51/2)
    #09-Landon Cassill (2009 race winner as owner)(39/22)
    #13-Max Papis (41/22)
    #21-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ)(45/7)
    #26-Patrick Carpentier(2009 race winner as owner)(37/22)
    #32-Mike Bliss (48/7)
    #36-Casey Mears (38/22)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (36/22)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (40/22)
    #55-Michael McDowell (44/22)
    #66-Scott Riggs (43/22)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/22)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,21,38,36,13,46,87
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 66,55,32,07
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Michigan Entry List.(8-9-2010)
    UPDATE: The #64 team has withdrawn, Max Papis will be in the #13, and Scott Riggs is now listed as the driver of the #66.(8-12-2010)
    UPDATE 2: Tony Raines has replaced Kevin Conway.(8-13-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Michigan:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #26 team moved to 36th and the #38 back to 37th. The points spread from 35th to 36th is now at 182.
    33) #37-Kvapil/Front Row: 1656, +189
    34) #7-Jones/RGM, 1652, +185
    35) #34-Conway/Front Row: 1649, 182 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #26-Carpentier/Latitude43: 1467, -182 points out of the top 35
    37) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 1452, -197
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-8-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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)

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  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • There are four race tracks the Sprint Cup Series currently races at that #48-Jimmie Johnson has not won a Sprint Cup race at:
    Watkins Glen: 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Michigan: 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 8/2007
    Homestead: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 11/2004
    Chicago: 0 for 9 with a best finish of 2nd in 7/2004 & 7/2008
    plus Johnson ran five races at Rockingham Speedway and didn't win there.(7-10-2010)

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

  • August 2009 Race Winner: #83-Brian Vickers, 131.531 mph, started 1st

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

  • Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/1975

  • Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/1992

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

  • June 2010 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 189.984mph, finished 3rd

  • August 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 187.242mph, finished 1st

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

  • 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 - 8/16/1981

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/1984

  • Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/1982

  • Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/1984

  • 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 - 6/16/1974

  • Most Cautions: 10 - 8/20/2006

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/1999

  • Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/1975

  • Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/1999

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Mark Martin, started 32nd, 6/14/2009

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 31 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 16 [of 82 races] 19.512%
  • 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: 5
  • 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: 52 of 82 - 63.415%

  • Races won from the top 10: 64 of 82 - 78.049

  • 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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    #1-Jamie McMurray Norelco Bodygroom #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express (orange) #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Racing in America / Henry Ford Museum #19 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton Cat Financial Special #31 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman Tornados #39 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard / Drive the Guard #88 Team Schemes Page

  • Mastercraft on the #98: Mastercraft will adorn the hood of the #98 Ford this weekend in Michigan. Mastercraft Cabinets has a long tradition of quality craftsmanship and dedicated employees who take tremendous pride in providing great products.(RPM)(8-12-2010)

  • Earnhardt "Drive the Guard" scheme at Michigan: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will show his support for the National Guard's "Drive the Guard" program by showcasing a red, white and blue paint scheme on his #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series event at Michigan. The "Drive the Guard" program is an enlistment option offered to new recruits and current National Guard Soldiers interested in obtaining their commercial driver's license (CDL) while performing their regular duties in the National Guard. Learn more by visiting www.NATIONALGUARD.com/DrivetheGuard.(Hendrick PR), see an image of the car on my #88 team paint schemes page.(8-11-2010)

  • Racing in America on the #19 at Michigan: The #19 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, driven by Elliott Sadler will go Petty Blue at Michigan this weekend to help highlight awareness of Racing in America, a planned American racing exhibition set for permanent display in the Dearborn, Mich.-based Henry Ford Museum. The one-of-a-kind exhibition will cover all forms of American auto racing through the lens of innovation, powered by highly interactive displays and frontier-stretching technologies. Racing in America will bring auto racing to life with history's greatest and most significant vehicles, the personal stories and collections from the most legendary leaders and drivers in the industry, as well as on-site demonstrations of today's technological advancements. Fans can get a first look at plans for the exhibit, see parts of the collection, and help donate to the exhibit by visiting Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, or by going to www.racinginamerica.com.(RPM), see an image of the car on my #19 team paint schemes page.(8-11-2010)

  • Cat Financial on the #31: Cat Financial's associate sponsorship of RCR's #31 Chevy kicks into high gear this weekend as Burton and the #31 team transform their track-type tractor #31 Caterpillar Chevy into a primarily yellow, red and black Cat Financial racing machine for the CARFAX 400. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation is the financial arm of Caterpillar Inc., see a drawing of the car on my #31 team paint schemes page.(8-11-2010)

  • Norelco sponsoring McMurray at Michigan: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Philips brand Norelco announced that the new, all-in-one dual-end Bodygroom Pro groomer, will serve as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy, driven by Jamie McMurray at the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Along with sponsoring the #1 Chevy, Philips Norelco will host race fans, on the midway, trackside at the Philips Lifestyle Lounge throughout the weekend at MIS. The lounge will allow race fans the opportunity to test Philips innovative products that focus on people and improving the quality of their lives, including Philips Sonicare toothbrushes, Philips Norelco shaving and grooming and a selection of consumer electronics.(EGR PR), see an image of the car on my #1 team paint schemes page.(8-10-2010)

  • Sponsor debut for Newman at Vegas: While Ryan Newman embarks on his 299th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, he will also celebrate an important first for his #39 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Sunday’s Shelby American will be the first of nine races where new sponsor Tornados, a brand of family owned Ruiz Foods, will adorn the #39 Chevy as the team’s primary sponsor (SHR) at the following races:
    Las Vegas - 2/28
    Atlanta - 3/7
    Phoenix - 4/10
    Charlotte - All Star Race - 5/22
    Daytona - 7/3
    Michigan - 8/15
    Auto Club Speedway - 10/10
    Martinsville - 10/24
    Texas - 11/7
    See a schedule of races for Tornados on my #39 Team News & Links page and images of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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: 108,000
    Opened: 1968

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshals: Evander Holyfield and Virginia Craig
    Command to start engines: Evander Holyfield and Virginia Craig
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Doug Bradshaw
    National Anthem: Saving Abel
    Military Flyover: A-10 Thunderbolts, 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge A.N.G.

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

  • Websites:
    Michigan International Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Michigan International Speedway
    Michigan International Speedway - Facebook
    Michigan International Speedway - Twitter
    MIS Infield Extravaganza

  • August 2009: see my Michigan Race Info page

  • June 2010: see my Michigan Race Info page


  • NASCAR plans to take engines after Michigan: NASCAR will confiscate at least 18 Sprint Cup engines following this weekend to run on the dynamometers at their technical center back in Concord, N.C. The engines of the #46 and 66 cars that failed to qualify for the Carfax 400 were taken by officials on Friday. “They want to see where everyone stands in comparison,” said Tony Furr, crew chief of the #46 car. Another motor man was told by an official that it would be “the largest lot of engines” NASCAR has ever tested and they expected to be “dynoing engines until after Bristol.”(Fox Sports)(8-14-2010)

  • Carfax, MIS extend carbon offset program: Carfax and Michigan International Speedway are teaming up for the second straight year to help neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from travel, energy and auto use during this weekend's "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 Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge in east central Louisiana as part of Carfax and Michigan International Speedway's efforts. This marks the fourth straight year Carfax and MIS have neutralized the activities of its NASCAR programs at MIS.(MIS)(8-15-2010)

  • Evander Holyfield, Saving Abel among Michigan grand marshal lineup: Five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been named co-grand marshal for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield is the only professional boxer to win the heavyweight boxing title five times and is one of the greatest boxers in history. Virginia Craig, a 17-old native of Hickory, N.C., is also co-grand marshal Sunday. Her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to say the most famous words in motorsports: "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Craig, who was born with spina bifida, is a life-long NASCAR fan whose favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Rockers Saving Abel, along with Matthew Stamm, son of Asbury Automotive Group Vice President John Stamm, will handle the duty for the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday.(MIS)(8-12-2010)

  • Budweiser Acceleration One Night Stand Hospitality at MIS: Michigan International Speedway just launched a new fan hospitality option that finally satisfies the late-night, NASCAR fan searching for the ultimate party. And the best part? It's free. Oh, and if you like to party with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, then "Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND" is for you. This Friday-night hospitality alternative for the thousands of Michigan International Speedway guests who just can't leave the track Friday night is inside the Budweiser Acceleration Club. The club is in the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, near the SPEED Stage. Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND is open from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kahne will stop by to mingle with guests from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend and features live music from three bands - Ashes of Soma, Lifeline and Sore Eyes. Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND is for guests 21 years of age and older. IDs will be checked at the door. Budweiser products and food are available inside the club for purchase. No coolers allowed.(MIS)(8-12-2010)

  • Saving Abel returns to MIS for Budweiser Acceleration Concert: If fans couldn't get enough great rock 'n' roll when Saving Abel performed at Michigan International Speedway in June, the popular band will return during the Show Me the CARFAX Race weekend on August 14-15 and rock the house again. Saving Abel will perform at the speedway's Budweiser Acceleration Concert following the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, August 14. The popular Saturday night concert in Lot 10 has always been a crowd staple and fan favorite at MIS for nearly a decade. Saving Abel follows a long list of spectacular concerts that have been held at MIS including Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, 3 Doors Down, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and most recently Sick Puppies last June. Saving Abel performed at MIS in June following the Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 with much fanfare. The band will return to MIS on August 14 to support its sophomore album "Miss America" which hit stores on June 8. The post-race concert featuring Saving Abel and Sore Eyes will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250. A Saturday ticket is no longer needed to attend.(MIS)(8-10-2010)

  • Michigan State University's Izzo named honorary pace car driver for CARFAX 400: In his 15 years with the Spartans, Tom Izzo has done just about everything: four-time national coach of the year, six NCAA Final Four appearances and one basketball national championship. Now he can add pace car driver to his resume. The Michigan State University men's basketball coach will drive the pace car for the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns Aug. 15. Izzo has led MSU to six Final Four appearances in the last 12 seasons, becoming the only team to accomplish that feat between 1999 and 2010 and just the fourth school in college basketball history to do it in any 12-year span, including just the third since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.(MIS)(8-9-2010)

  • Michigan to open up Nationwide Series practice to fans: With the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car making its debut at Michigan International Speedway next weekend, the speedway has decided to open the race track to the public for the new car's practice sessions on Thursday, August 12. Best of all, it's free. The practice sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The sessions will test the cars in preparation for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Saturday, August 14 at MIS. Fans will be able to view the new car practicing from the Turn 1 grandstands located next to the speedway's Administration Building. Parking for the practice will be in Lot 10 and accessible off the US-12 entrance to the track. All fans must enter the grandstands through Gate 17 near the water tower. Gate 17 will open at 9 a.m. Trams will be operational during the practice for guests who are camping on speedway property that day. Trams stops will be located outside of Turn 2, Turns 3-4.(MIS)(8-8-2010)

  • Ford Fiesta debuts at MIS as pace car in August: Ford’s new 2011 Fiesta will set the pace for the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 15. The new Fiesta pace car was officially unveiled last Wednesday at The Henry Ford Museum by #17-Matt Kenseth and Jamie Allison, director of Ford North America Motorsports, in a media event to promote the upcoming race. “When we got a chance to drive the Fiesta in June before the first Michigan race, I was really impressed with it,” Kenseth said. “It’s a fun car to drive, with great handling, and you can’t beat the fuel economy or technology. I can’t wait to see how it looks on the track. I hope I get a real close view of it at the race, because that will mean we’re running at the front.” A Ford also led the pace laps at Michigan International Speedway for the first time with a Mustang in June. The all-new Fiesta features an expressive, vibrant design, fuel-efficient engine, high-quality materials, and a number of features and technologies not found on competitive vehicles. Designed to be versatile, personal and adaptable, Fiesta delivers best-in-class highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, convenience and connectivity, and an expressive color palette. The available, all-new North American industry-exclusive PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission combines the responsive performance and fuel economy of a manual with the convenience of a traditional automatic in one advanced, dual dry-clutch package. Fiesta delivers a number of standard and available features that increase convenience and add connectivity. Among them is Ford SYNC, integrating a driver’s mobile phone with Fiesta’s onboard, voice-activated communications and entertainment system. Tickets for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 400 start at $25 for adults with kids 12 and under free. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS.(MIS and RFR)(8-3-2010)

  • Take a lap around MIS: On select dates in the month of August, Michigan International Speedway will open the speedway for fans to take a few laps on the track, which has provided many great racing memories in its 43-year existence. For $25, fans may take three laps around the track at a maximum speed of 70 mph. The laps will be paced by the MIS pace car. The scheduled dates are August 2-4, Aug. 6 and 23-25 with drive time scheduled between noon - 1 p.m. each day. Reservations may be made by calling 800-354-1010 (no online purchases are available). Advance sales are encouraged due to limited availability. Once a phone order has been placed, a ticket will be mailed to the guest in advance of their selected day. All guests must enter and present their ticket at the tunnel entrance to the track off of Brooklyn Highway. Walk-up purchases can be made based on availability by visiting the MIS Administration Building. Fans can also visit MISpeedway.com for more information.(MIS)(7-20-2010)

  • MIS, Two Men and a Truck deliver food items to CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn: Generous race fans answered the call with food and toy donations during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend, making the first MIS Cares Food and Toy Drive a success. Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis and staff members from Two Men and a Truck delivered the food and toy items to the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn, Mich., on Tuesday giving the non-profit organization a much-needed boost for the summer months. MIS Cares also donated $1,000 to the pantry for food and other supplies, and the speedway isn’t done yet. Curtis announced it will participate in the “Fill a Bag, Feed the Hungry” campaign, which will take place in July. “We’re happy to do our part in helping local community organizations like the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn,” Curtis said. “I would personally like to thank all the fans who donated items during the race weekend to help with this effort. The summer months are a difficult time for the food pantry to keep shelves stocked, so MIS is happy to help in whatever way we can.” MIS staff will collect 50 grocery bags of food to donate to the shelter. Paper goods and health and beauty items are also needed. The CCIS Food Pantry is open and accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. The food pantry is in need of various items including canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and canned vegetables. Non-food items needed include paper towels, toilet paper, bar soap and laundry soap. MIS will partner with Two Men and a Truck again for another MIS Cares Food & Toy Drive for the August 13-15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Show Me the CARFAX race weekend. MIS Cares is also planning another Track Drive for Charity in December, which will benefit the food pantry and Jackson Toys for Tots. MIS tickets are on sale. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(6-16-2010)

  • 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: Left-side -- 1,400; Right-side -- 1,400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4396; Right-side -- D-4272

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 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 42-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be running a slightly different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan this weekend . . . while teams in both series will be running the same right-side tire code (D-4272), they will be running distinct left-side codes . . . Sprint Cup teams will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Michigan earlier this season . . . they have also run this right-side code with a different left-side at the last two races at Dover . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run 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

  • Labonte returning to TRG for four races: With the second half of the 2010 Sprint Cup season under way, TRG Motorsports and Bobby Labonte have agreed to campaign in four additional races sponsored by TaxSlayer.com. After parting ways following the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in June, Labonte and TRG Motorsports have agreed to campaign at the upcoming races at:
    Pocono,
    Michigan,
    Atlanta and
    Texas.
    For all four races, the car will feature the familiar red and black paint scheme of TRG sponsor Taxslayer.com.(TRG PR)(7-21-2010)

  • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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