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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Pure Michigan 400 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 18
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Mich.
TRACK: 2-mile oval
CAPACITY: 85,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 44th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 16/3:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greg Biffle
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (finished 35th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Marcos Ambrose, 2012 (203.241 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1999 (173.997 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Greg Biffle136Carl Edwards2
2Brad Keselowski197Clint Bowyer12
3Kasey Kahne58Ryan Newman15
4Dale Earnhardt Jr.229Paul Menard10
5Marcos Ambrose810Martin Truex Jr.7
2012 Pure Michigan 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.662 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 46 mins., 44 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.416 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 26 among 13 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (199.706 mph)
Past Pure Michigan 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Greg Biffle (13) -- Ford -- 144.662 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (17) -- Toyota -- 150.898 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (8) -- Chevrolet -- 144.029 mph
2009 -- Brian Vickers (1) -- Toyota -- 131.531 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (27) -- Ford -- 140.351 mph
2007 -- Kurt Busch (15) -- Dodge -- 117.012 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford) -- 135.097 mph
2005 -- Jeremy Mayfield (11) -- Dodge -- 141.551 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (24) -- Ford -- 139.063 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (2) -- Dodge -- 127.310 mph
2002 -- Dale Jarrett (8) -- Ford -- 140.556 mph
2001 -- Sterling Marlin (15) -- Dodge -- 140.513 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (10) -- Ford -- 132.597 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (19) -- Pontiac -- 144.332 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 151.995 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 126.883 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (11) -- Ford -- 139.792 mph
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Chevrolet -- 157.739 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 139.914 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (12) -- Ford -- (144.564 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (24) -- Oldsmobile -- 146.056 mph
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (11) -- Ford -- 142.972 mph
1990 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 138.822 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2) -- Pontiac -- 157.704 mph
1988 -- Davey Allison (4) -- Ford -- 156.863 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 138.648 mph
1986 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 135.376 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 137.430 mph
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (7) -- Chevrolet -- 153.863 mph
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (7) -- Chevrolet -- 147.511 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (10) -- Buick -- 136.454 mph
1981 -- Richard Petty (7) -- Buick -- 123.457 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 145.352 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Chevrolet -- 130.376 mph
1978 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 129.566 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 137.944 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 140.078 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Dodge -- 107.583 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 133.045 mph
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- David Pearson (4) -- Mercury -- 134.416 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Mercury -- 149.862 mph
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach (1) -- Dodge -- 147.571 mph
1969 -- David Pearson (1) -- Ford -- 115.508 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Yankee 600 (1969), Yankee 400 (1970-1974), Champion
Spark Plug 400 (1975-93), GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994-96), DevilBliss
400 (1997), Pepsi 400 (1998-2002), GFS Marketplace 400 (2003-06) 3M
Performance 400 (2007-08), CARFAX 400 (2009-10). Race changed from 600
to 400 miles (1970).
 
Past Pure Michigan 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Mark Martin -- 35
2011 -- Greg Biffle -- 20
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2009 - Brian Vickers -- 1
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 7
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 27
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 42
2005 -- Joe Nemechek -- 8
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 10
2001 -- Ricky Craven -- 2
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 31
1999 -- Ward Burton -- 43
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6
1997 -- Johnny Benson Jr -- 24
1996 -- Jeff Burton -- 9
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 27
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 14
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 8
1990 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 11
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 5
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1987 -- Davey Allison -- 5
1986 -- Benny Parsons -- 26
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 4
1982 -- Bill Elliott -- 27
1981 -- Ron Bouchard -- 29
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 6
1979 -- David Pearson -- 4
1978 -- David Pearson -- 1
1977 -- David Pearson -- 2
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1
1975 -- David Pearson -- 2
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- Richard Petty -- 4
1971 -- Pete Hamilton -- 31
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 1
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Aug. 11)
SITE: Watkins Glen International -- Watkins Glen, N.Y.
MILES: 220.5
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Martin Truex Jr.
FOURTH: Carl Edwards
FIFTH: Juan Pablo Montoya
POLE WINNER: Marcos Ambrose (finished 31)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 32 mins., 4 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 87.001 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.486 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Ambrose 1-28; J. Montoya 29-29; J. McMurray 30-30; K. Harvick
31-38; M. Ambrose 39-61; Ky. Busch 62-90.
Pure Michigan 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Philips
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Valvoline Next Gen
14Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16 *Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Standox
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Widow Wax/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cheerios
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/TBA
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/BB/Geek Squad
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Greg BiffleWon6719420420Won
Brad Keselowski---------------243432
Kasey Kahne52943140111473
Dale Earnhardt Jr.211861223319144
Marcos Ambrose------------433515275
Carl Edwards104227Won43366
Clint Bowyer------33172081387
Ryan Newman1412251621152358
Martin Truex Jr.------302162181910
Denny Hamlin------95391023511
Kyle Busch---43391322318Won13
Kevin Harvick16221115812Won2216
Matt Kenseth83Won451451017
Jimmie Johnson4010133173412227
Jeff Gordon71522742227628
Kurt Busch6740Won3636403430
Joey Logano---------------7102131
Mark Martin21754263128435
 
Mover of the Week
Casey Mears - started 30 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Last Week's Pick to Win (Juan Pablo Montoya) - finished 5
 
NOTES:
The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway is the 23rd race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located roughly 70 miles west of Detroit, Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile oval with 18 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 2 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 3,600 feet, and the backstretch measures 2,242 feet. Ground-breaking of this track took place on Sept. 28, 1967. It underwent a repave prior to the June 2012 race.

There have been 87 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Michigan. The track has hosted two events each season since 1969, with the exception of 1973, which had just one race there.

The inaugural Cup race at Michigan on June 15, 1969 was 500 miles in length. Cale Yarborough won that event. The second race there on Aug. 17 of that year was 600 miles long. Michigan was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the second race in 1970 and both events in 1971, with the distance being 402 miles. All other races at this track have been scheduled for 400 miles.

Bill Elliott holds the record for most starts at Michigan with 61. Elliott is not on the entry list for this race. Mark Martin's 55 starts is tops among those drivers entered.

David Pearson holds the record for most victories at Michigan with nine. Martin has five wins, which is the best among those entered.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Michigan with 13, followed by Glen Wood with 11.

Greg Biffle from Roush Fenway Racing has won the last two Sprint Cup races at Michigan. If Biffle takes the checkered flag for Sunday's event, he will join Elliott and Pearson as those drivers who have scored three or more consecutive victories there. Elliott won four in a row at this track from June 1985 to August 1986. Pearson had three straight victories there from June 1972 to June 1973.

Pearson has the most pole wins at Michigan with 10, followed by Elliott with six and Jeff Gordon with five.

The race winner at Michigan has started from the pole 16 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Brian Vickers most recently did it August 2009.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Michigan occurred on June 10, 2001 when Gordon beat Ricky Rudd to the finish line by just 0.085 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Michigan is 32nd, accomplished by Mark Martin in June 2009. He drove for Hendrick Motorsports at the time.

Three active drivers scored their first poles in the series at Michigan: Jeff Burton (Aug. 18, 1996), J.J. Yeley (June 17, 2007) and Marcos Ambrose (June 17, 2012).

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Michigan: Carl Edwards (Aug. 22, 2004) and Landon Cassill (June 13, 2010).

No active driver won his or her first race in the series at this track.

Kurt Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Michigan. Busch took the checkered flag there on June 15, 2003 when he was 24 years, 10 months and 11 days old. When Harry Gant was 52 years, 7 months and 6 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Aug. 16, 1992.

The next race is the Aug. 24 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.

08/13 22:42:25 ET

As of August 13, 2013, at 10:42 PM ET