News and notes from each week of NASCAR racing using a Las Vegas oddsmaking perspective
Monday, August 9, 2010
Michigan Odds & Ends: CARFAX 400
Compiled by Mike Forde NASCAR Media Services
·Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the “Irish Hills” of Southeastern Michigan. Ground-breaking 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).
·There have been 82 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 40 different pole winners. Kurt Busch won his first Michigan pole last June.
·32 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 have more than one victory there. Denny Hamlin won his first Michigan race last June.
·The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers (last August)was the last driver to win from the pole.
·64 of 82 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 46 from the first four spots.
·The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd, byMark Martin in last season’s June race.
·The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.
·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 6.6. Coincidentally, Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 10.0.
Michigan International Speedway Data
Race # 23 of 36 (8-15-10)
Track Size: 2 miles
·Race Length: 400 miles
·Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
·Banking/Frontstretch: 12 degrees
·Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Driver Rating at Michigan
Carl Edwards 111.2
Jimmie Johnson 110.7
Greg Biffle 102.8
Matt Kenseth 101.2
Kurt Busch 99.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 98.6
Denny Hamlin 98.4
Jeff Gordon 97.9
Tony Stewart 95.7
Kyle Busch 91.2
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (11 total) at Michigan.
2009 pole winner: Brian Vickers, 187.242 mph, 38.453 seconds
2009 race winner: Brian Vickers, 131.531 mph, 8-16-09)
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (194.232 mph, 37.069 seconds, (6-18-05)