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 84 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. Mark Martin has five poles.
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 (August 2009) was the last driver to win from the pole.
65 of 84 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 last season’s June race.
The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.
Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are the only active drivers to average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.2. Coincidentally, Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.5. Hamlin’s average finish is 10.0.

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
Carl Edwards        110.8
Greg Biffle               106.1
Jimmie Johnson  105.3
Matt Kenseth         103.5
Denny Hamlin          99.1
Tony Stewart            97.5
Kurt Busch                96.5
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 94.5
Jeff Gordon              94.4
Brian Vickers          93.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (13 total) at Michigan.

Top Performers Statistically:

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Pure Michigan Ford)

·         Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s

·         Average finish of 12.4

·         Average Running Position of 8.7, second-best

·         Driver Rating of 106.1, second-best

·         185 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

·         920 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 174.055 mph, third-fastest

·         2,119 Laps in the Top 15 (83.6%), second-most

·         623 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; two poles

·         Average finish of 20.0

·         Average Running Position of 13.5, ninth-best

·         Driver Rating of 96.5, seventh-best

·         131 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.627 mph, seventh-fastest

·         1,764 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), seventh-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

·         Two top fives, four top 10s

·         Average finish of 16.6

·         Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best

·         Driver Rating of 93.3, 11th-best

·         91 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

·         871 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.446 mph, 10th-fastest

·         1,769 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), sixth-most

·         485 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet)

·         One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 15.9

·         Average Running Position of 12.9, eighth-best

·         Driver Rating of 94.5, eighth-best

·         116 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

·         1,041 Green Flag Passes, second-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.526 mph, ninth-fastest

·         1,610 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), ninth-most

·         546 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)

·         Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s

·         Average finish of 6.2

·         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.0

·         Series-best Driver Rating of 110.8

·         171 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

·         961 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 174.152 mph

·         Series-high 2,276 Laps in the Top 15 (89.8%)

·         Series-high 691 Quality Passes

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

·         Two wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles

·         Average finish of 11.6

·         Average Running Position of 12.7, seventh-best

·         Driver Rating of 94.4, ninth-best

·         132 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.553 mph, eighth-fastest

·         1,684 Laps in the Top 15 (66.4%), eighth-most

·         482 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

·         Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 10.0

·         Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-best

·         Driver Rating of 99.1, fifth-best

·         92 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.658 mph, sixth-fastest

·         1,602 Laps in the Top 15 (75.0%), 10th-most

·         519 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

·         Two top fives, seven top 10s

·         Average finish of 15.8

·         Average Running Position of 10.1, third-best

·         Driver Rating of 105.3, third-best

·         Series-high 259 Fastest Laps Run

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 174.132 mph, second-fastest

·         1,979 Laps in the Top 15 (78.1%), fourth-most

·         489 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)

·         One win, six top fives, six top 10s; two poles

·         Average finish of 16.0

·         Driver Rating of 86.7, 12th-best

·         110 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

·         986 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.291 mph, 12th-fastest

·         1,366 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most

·         458 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Kroger Ford)

·         Two wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s

·         Average finish of 9.5

·         Average Running Position of 11.2, fifth-best

·         Driver Rating of 103.5, fourth-best

·         130 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

·         949 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.882 mph, fourth-fastest

·         1,983 Laps in the Top 15 (78.2%), third-most

·         597 Quality Passes, third-most

Mark Martin (No. 5 CARQUEST/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)

·         Five wins, 17 top fives, 30 top 10s

·         Average finish of 13.5

·         Average Running Position of 15.9, 13th-best

·         Driver Rating of 84.2, 13th-best

·         70 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

·         1,477 Laps in the Top 15 (58.3%), 11th-most

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

·         One win, 10 top fives, 17 top 10s

·         Average finish of 11.6

·         Average Running Position of 12.4, sixth-best

·         Driver Rating of 97.5, sixth-best

·         80 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

·         902 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

·         Average Green Flag Speed of 173.673 mph, fifth-fastest

·         1,884 Laps in the Top 15 (74.3%), fifth-most

·         520 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Brian Vickers (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota)

·         One win, two top fives, eight top 10s; three poles

·         Average finish of 14.8

·         Average Running Position of 15.1, 11th-best

·         Driver Rating of 93.9, 10th-best

·         94 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

 

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