·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 – won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254 mph.
·The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).
·The two-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
·There have been 89 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.
·366 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 269 in more than one.
·Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts.
·Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
·45 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
·Six drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five; fall 1976 through 1978.
·Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan: Terry Labonte (1983 sweep), Bill Elliott (1984 sweep and 1988 sweep), Bobby Labonte (2003 sweep), and Brian Vickers (fall 2008 – 2009 sweep).
·Youngest Michigan pole winner: Joey Logano (08/16/2013 – 23 years, 2 months, 23 days).
·Oldest Michigan pole winner: Mark Martin (08/19/2012 – 53 years, 7 months, 10 days).
·35 different NSCS drivers have won at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins;Greg Biffle leads all active drivers with four.
·Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway, including four consecutive by Bill Elliott (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep).
·Oldest Michigan winner: Harry Gant (08/16/1992 – 52 years, 7 months, 6 days).
·Roush Fenway Racing has the most wins at Michigan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 13: Mark Martin(four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
·Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan; led by Ford with 34 victories; followed byChevrolet with 20.
·17 of the 89 (19.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2013.
·The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
·25 of the 89 (28%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 16 from the pole and eight from second-place.
·67 of the 89 (75.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·Six of the 89 (6.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.
·Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Michigan with eight; followed by Darrell Waltrip with seven.
·NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Jeff Gordonleads all active drivers with 18.
·Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31; followed by Bill Elliott with 29.
·Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.292.
·Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 8.316. Matt Kenseth (9.621)is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.
·All active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Michigan International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Michigan in his third appearance, the fewest previous starts among the active NSCS winners.
·Kevin Harvick competed at Michigan International Speedway 19 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·Among the active NSCS Michigan winners Kevin Harvick (19), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) Kyle Busch (13), Jeff Gordon (11), Brian Vickers (11) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
·Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 40.
·Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway was the June 10, 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd with a MOV of 0.085 second.
·There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2011 (200/203); and fall of 2012 (200/201).
·Four of the 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006.
·Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway four times; most recently the spring of 2008 race.
·Three drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Michigan International Speedway: Jeff Burton (8/18/1996), J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007) and Marcos Ambrose (6/17/2012).
·Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver have posted their first career start at Michigan International Speedway: Carl Edwards (8/22/2004) and Landon Cassill (6/13/2010).
·Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 954 laps led in 42 starts.
·Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Robin McCall, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. Of the four female drivers to compete at Michigan, Guthrie has the best finish (10th), but Patrick has the best average finish (18th).
NASCAR in Michigan
·There have been 94 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at four racetracks in Michigan.
Michigan International Speedway
Grand River Speedrome
Michigan State Fairgrounds
·98 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Michigan.
Friday, August 1 6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS 10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS PRACTICE 3:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 2 7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 9:00 - 9:50 AM NSCS PRACTICE 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, August 3 7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING 12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION 1:00 PM NSCS RACE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Pocono Driver Tale of the Tape
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Two wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.8 · Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best · Driver Rating of 105.5, third-best · 312 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.147 mph, third-fastest · 2,521 Laps in the Top 15 (76.6%), fifth-most · 722 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), eighth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Michael Baker International Chevrolet) · One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.8 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 90.8, 11th-best · 79 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 161.624 mph, ninth-fastest · 2,147 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), 11th-most · 664 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) · Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 14.8 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 96.0, sixth-best · 176 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 161.774 mph, eighth-fastest · 2,238 Laps in the Top 15 (64.8%), eighth-most · 701 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Six wins, 19 top fives, 30 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 10.0 · Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best · Driver Rating of 101.8, fourth-best · 143 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 1,477 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.014 mph, fifth-fastest · 2,626 Laps in the Top 15 (76.1%), second-most · 827 Quality Passes, third-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota) · Four wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 12.1 · Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 109.0 · Series-high 434 Fastest Laps Run · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 162.311 mph · 2,404 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%), sixth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet) · Five top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 14.0 · Average Running Position of 14.0, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 90.7, 12th-best · 1,668 Green Flag Passes, third-most · 744 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · Three wins, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 8.7 · Series-best Average Running Position of 9.8 · Driver Rating of 108.7, second-best · 272 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.201 mph, second-fastest · Series-high 2,723 Laps in the Top 15 (78.9%) · 819 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) · Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 18.2 · Driver Rating of 91.5, 10th-best · 297 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 1,529 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 161.869 mph, sixth-fastest · 2,057 Laps in the Top 15 (59.6%), 12th-most · 732 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford) · One win, three top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 12.3 · Driver Rating of 92.8, ninth-best · 96 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top five, one top 10 · Average finish of 5.0 · Average Running Position of 13.3, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 96.0, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 162.080 mph, fourth-fastest
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet) · One win, nine top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 11.5 · Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 95.8, eighth-best · 1,522 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 161.617 mph, 10th-fastest · 2,598 Laps in the Top 15 (75.3%), third-most · Series-high 851 Quality Passes
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Code 3 / Mobil 1 Chevrolet) · Two wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 11.0 · Average Running Position of 11.8, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 98.9, fifth-best · 99 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 1,620 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 161.830 mph, seventh-fastest · 2,549 Laps in the Top 15 (73.8%), fourth-most · 840 Quality Passes, second-most