Track Data
Track Size: 2 miles
Race Length: 400 miles
Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 12 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

History
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).

Interesting Facts
There have been 83 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, led by David Pearson, with 10.

33 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 have more than one victory there.

The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers was the last driver to win from the pole the fall race of 2009.

65 of 83 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, by Mark Martin in the 2009 June race.

The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.

Among active drivers, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.3. Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.8.

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (194.232 mph, 37.069 seconds, (6-18-05)
Track race record: Dale Jarrett (173.997 mph, 6-13-99)

Driver Rating at pocono Speedway
Carl Edwards 110.5
Jimmie Johnson 110.3
Greg Biffle 104.8
Matt Kenseth 101.2
Denny Hamlin 98.3
Tony Stewart 97.9
Jeff Gordon 96.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 95.9
Kurt Busch 95.3
Brian Vickers 93.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (12 total) at Michigan

Top Performers Statistically at Michigan International Speedway:

Greg Biffle (No. 16 RED CROSS Ford)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 9.0, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.8, third-best
  • 155 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • 852 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.862 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,937 Laps in the Top 15 (83.0%), third-most
  • 580 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 20.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.3, ninth-best
  • 122 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.433 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,564 Laps in the Top 15 (67.0%), eighth-most
  • 405 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Snickers Toyota)

  • One top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.6, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.7, 11th-best
  • 75 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • 796 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • 1,580 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7%), seventh-most
  • 437 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.7
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, eighth-best
  • 114 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 920 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.380 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 1,500 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%), ninth-most
  • 493 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 6.3
  • Average Running Position of 8.1, second-best
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 110.5
  • 146 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 899 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.975 mph, second-fastest
  • Series-high 2,086 Laps in the Top 15 (89.3%)
  • Series-high 642 Quality Passes
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 11.4
  • Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.2, seventh-best
  • 127 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.434 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 1,641 Laps in the Top 15 (70.3%), sixth-most
  • 458 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.9
  • Average Running Position of 11.1, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.3, fifth-best
  • 83 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.487 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 1,431 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), 10th-most
  • 460 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Driver Rating of 83.9, 13th-best
  • 68 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
  • 920 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • 382 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Two top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.2
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.0
  • Driver Rating of 110.3, second-best
  • Series-high 258 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 174.078 mph
  • 1,979 Laps in the Top 15 (84.8%), second-most
  • 489 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)

  • One win, six top fives, six top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.1
  • Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.6, 12th-best
  • 104 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 887 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.089 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 1,230 Laps in the Top 15 (52.7%), 12th-most
  • 403 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)

  • Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.2, fourth-best
  • 92 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 884 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.642 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 1,791 Laps in the Top 15 (76.7%), fourth-most

·         552 Quality Passes, third-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.4, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.9, sixth-best
  • 77 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • 823 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.503 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 1,722 Laps in the Top 15 (73.7%), fifth-most
  • 472 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Brian Vickers (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, seven top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 15.3
  • Average Running Position of 15.5, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.6, 10th-best
  • 89 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 173.090 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,175 Laps in the Top 15 (60.7%), 13th-most


Driver’s Thoughs Michigan International Speedway (embedded audio files)
Jimmie Johnson
Greg Biffle
Brad Keselowski

Website
Michigan International Speedway

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