Got speed? At Michigan International Speedway, they do.
Four drivers soared over the 200-mph average-speed mark at the newly repaved two-mile track Thursday morning in testing prior to Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup race.
Mark Martin was the fastest of the fast, clocking in at 201.089 miles per hour.
Also over 200 were Kevin Harvick (200.999), Martin Truex Jr. (200.306) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (200.206).
Tony Stewart rounded out the fastest five at 199.856.
Spot speeds on the track were measured at close to 220 miles per hour.
A second test session is scheduled at the track from 1 to 4 p.m. today.
Ryan Newman’s track qualifying record of 194.232 (set in 2005) will be in obvious jeopardy in Saturday time trials.
Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.