DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 13, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan going into the Pure Michigan 400 on August 19.

 

MICHIGAN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

  • Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.4
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 8.3
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 108.1
  • 240 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 175.344 mph
  • Series-high 2,503 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%)
  • 692 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most
 

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 21.0
  • Average Running Position of 14.5, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.7, 10th-best
  • 138 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 1,922 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), ninth-most
 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)

  • One win, three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.6
  • Average Running Position of 14.1, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.0, ninth-best
  • 135 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 2,014 Laps in the Top 15 (68.6%), seventh-most
 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 15.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.5, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.2, sixth-best
  • 158 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 1,203 Green Flag Passes, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 174.842 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 1,949 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), eighth-most
  • 637 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Geek Squad Ford)

  • Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 8.4
  • Average Running Position of 10.4, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 104.7, fourth-best
  • 178 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 1,054 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.185 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,391 Laps in the Top 15 (81.4%), second-most
  • Series-high 723 Quality Passes
 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 11.3
  • Average Running Position of 12.0, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.7, seventh-best
  • 159 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 174.846 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,028 Laps in the Top 15 (69.0%), sixth-most
  • 552 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.8
  • Average Running Position of 12.7, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.3, eighth-best
  • 95 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 174.765 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,731 Laps in the Top 15 (68.2%), 11th-most
  • 557 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Four top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 10.3, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.0, third-best
  • Series-high 293 Fastest Laps Run
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.314 mph, second-fastest
  • 2,237 Laps in the Top 15 (76.1%), fourth-most
  • 560 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • One win, six top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.5
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.4, 12th-best
  • 117 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 1,114 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • 540 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Ford 5th/3rd Bank Ford)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.3
  • Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.4, second-best
  • 148 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 1,041 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 175.199 mph, third-fastest
  • 2,377 Laps in the Top 15 (80.9%), third-most
  • 673 Quality Passes, third-most
 

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • Five wins, 18 top fives, 31 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.6
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.3, 13th-best
  • 87 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
 

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

  • One win, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.2
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 174.949 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,230 Laps in the Top 15 (75.9%), fifth-most
  • 635 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Chase Contenders

 The Top 10

 Following Race 22 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last week Season Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson 777 3 1 4 109.9
2. Greg Biffle  776 1 2 3 104.1
3. Matt Kenseth  775 1 1 2 103.5
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  760 1 0 1 100.8
5. Brad Keselowski  733 2 0 7 95.5
6. Martin Truex Jr.         728       0           1               5             96.6 728 0 1 5 96.6
7. Clint Bowyer              719       1           0             10             90.8 719 1 0 10 90.8
8. Tony Stewart              716       3           0              6             90.3 716 2 0 6 90.3
9. Kevin Harvick            710       0           0              9             90.9 710 0 0 9 90.9
10. Denny Hamlin            693       2           2               8             98.1 693 2 2 8 98.1

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      653         35. David Stremme          155
12. Carl Edwards                  650         36. Brian Vickers             136
13. Ryan Newman (1 win)      644         37. J.J. Yeley                  135
14. Kyle Busch (1 win)           638         38. Michael McDowell      101
15. Jeff Gordon (1 win)          634         39. Ken Schrader             100
16. Paul Menard                   629         40. Josh Wise                   97
17. Marcos Ambrose (1 win)   600         41. Stephen Leicht             85
18. Joey Logano (1 win)         587         42. Michael Waltrip            75
19. Jeff Burton                     541         43. Scott Speed               69
20. Jamie McMurray             541         44. Tony Raines               67
21. Aric Almirola                   524         45. Terry Labonte             66
22. Juan Pablo Montoya        512         46. Brendan Gaughan         50
23. Regan Smith                   473         47. Scott Riggs                 35
24. Bobby Labonte                461         48. Boris Said                   34
25. Kurt Busch                     422         49. Bill Elliott                     14
26. Mark Martin                    406         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
27. Casey Mears                  405         51. Robby Gordon             11
28. AJ Allmendinger              400         52. Tomy Drissi                  6
29. David Ragan                   376         53. Stacy Compton             5
30. David Gilliland                 375         54. Mike Skinner                 5
31. Travis Kvapil                   344         55. Chris Cook                   5
32. Landon Cassill                332         56. David Mayhew              4
33. Dave Blaney                   284         57. Kelly Bires                    2
34. David Reutimann             283         58. Patrick Long                  2

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2012 Top 12 at Michigan International Speedway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Jimmie Johnson

21

0

0

4

9

1

14.7

105.0

 

2

Greg Biffle

19

1

2

8

11

0

12.4

108.1

 

3

Matt Kenseth

26

0

2

12

17

1

9.3

105.4

 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

26

2

2

5

9

2

15.2

97.2

 

5

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

1

1

0

21.0

73.4

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

13

0

0

2

3

0

17.1

80.7

 

7

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

0

5

1

17.5

79.7

 

8

Tony Stewart

27

0

1

11

19

3

11.2

98.6

 

9

Kevin Harvick

23

0

1

3

8

1

14.8

83.2

 

10

Denny Hamlin

13

0

2

5

7

2

13.8

94.3

 

11

Kasey Kahne

17

2

1

6

7

2

16.5

86.4

 

12

Carl Edwards

16

0

2

9

12

0

8.4

104.7

 

* – Based on last 15 races at Michigan International Speedway

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: Watkins Glen International

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

11

653

-40

2

Ryan Newman

1

13

644

-49

3

Kyle Busch

1

14

638

-55

4

Jeff Gordon

1

15

634

-59

5

Marcos Ambrose

1

17

600

-93

6

Joey Logano

1

18

587

-106

7

Carl Edwards

0

12

650

-43

8

Paul Menard

0

16

629

-64

9

Jeff Burton

0

19

541

-152

10

Jamie McMurray

0

20

541

-152

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.


 

At Michigan International Speedway:

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).
  • The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave this season.

Notebook

  • There have been 86 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 42 different pole winners, led by David Pearson with 10. Mark Martin has five poles. 
  • 34 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 20 drivers have more than one victory at Michigan.
  • 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.
  • 66 of 86 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 June race of 2009.
  • 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 8.3. Coincidentally, Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.2.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan International Speedway winner: Kurt Busch (06/15/2003 – 24 years, 10 months, 11 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Michigan International Speedway winner: Harry Gant (08/16/1992 – 52 years, 7 months, 6 days).

 

Michigan International Speedway Data

  • Race #: 23 of 36 (08-19-12)
  • Track Size: 2-miles
  • Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
  • Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Michigan

  1. Greg Biffle………………………….. 108.1
  2. Matt Kenseth……………………….. 105.4
  3. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 105.0
  4. Carl Edwards………………………. 104.7
  5. Tony Stewart…………………………. 98.6
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 97.2
  7. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 96.7
  8. Denny Hamlin……………………….. 94.3
  9. Kyle Busch…………………………… 94.0
  10. Kurt Busch……………………………. 91.7
  11. Kasey Kahne………………………… 86.4
  12. Mark Martin…………………………… 86.3

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) at Michigan International Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner:

  • Greg Biffle, Ford (190.345 mph, 37.826 sec., 08-19-11)

 2011 race winner:

  • Kyle Busch, Toyota (150.898 mph, 2:41:26, 08-21-11)

 Track qualifying record:

  • Marcos Ambrose, Ford (203.241 mph, 35.426 sec., 06-17-12)

Track race record:

  • Dale Jarrett, Ford (173.997 mph, 2:17:56, 08-13-99)

NASCAR in Michigan

  • There have been 91 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan:
  • Track Name

    City

    NSCS

    Michigan International Speedway

    Brooklyn

    86

    Grand River Speedrome

    Grand Rapids

    2

    Michigan State Fairgrounds

    Detroit

    2

    Monroe Speedway

    Monroe

    1

  • 96 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Michigan.
  • There have been eight race winners from Michigan in NASCAR’s three national series:
  • Driver

    NSCS

    NNS

    NCWTS

    Paul Goldsmith

    9

    0

    0

    Brad Keselowski

    7

    20

    0

    Johnny Benson

    1

    3

    14

    Tim Fedewa

    0

    4

    0

    Butch Miller

    0

    2

    1

    Tracy Leslie

    0

    1

    0

    Jack Sprague

    0

    1

    28

    Bob Keselowski

    0

    0

    1

 

 

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