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By the Numbers: Michigan a Hall mark for some of the best

June 16, 2011, , NASCAR.com



By the Numbers: Michigan a Hall mark for some of the best
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Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile D-shaped oval with 18 degrees banking in the turns. The frontstretch is 3,600 feet with 12 degrees banking; the backstretch is 2,242 feet with 5 degrees banking.

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1 -- Repeat winners in the past nine races at Michigan: Brad Keselowski, who has won the past two races. Keselowski passed Kyle Busch for the win on the last lap in the 2009 race, the only last-lap pass at MIS. Keselowski led just three laps, fewest of any winner there.

1 -- Michigan winners older than 30 in the past eight races: Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 31 when he won there in 2006. Six of the first 11 races at MIS were won by drivers past their 30 birthday.

3 -- Manufacturers to win at Michigan in the past three races: Ford (Carl Edwards, 2008); Chevrolet (Brad Keselowki, 2009); Dodge (Brad Keselowski, 2010). Toyota has never won at MIS.

17 -- Pole winners in as many races at Michigan where time trials have taken place. Qualifying has been canceled twice. Three drivers have won from the pole, including two of the past three races: Jeff Burton (1998), Carl Edwards (2008), Brad Keselowski (2010).

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169.571 -- The average speed, in mph, for the 1995 race at Michigan, fastest average race speed in Nationwide Series history. The average speed has topped 160 mph only three times since, most recently in 2000. In fact, the average speed has surpassed 140 mph on just five other occasions, most recently last year (150.678 mph).

Side note: Dale Jarrett dominated that race in 1995, leading 89 of the 100 laps. He was disqualified after post-race inspection for the intake manifold being modified externally on the carburetor mounting flange. Mark Martin was awarded the win.

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0 -- Top-10 finishes at Michigan for Ryan Newman since winning back-to-back races in August 2003 and June 2004. Newman posted top-fives in four of his first six races at MIS; he hasn't finished better than 12th in the 13 races since. In fact, he has finished better than 21st just twice in the past nine races.

1 -- Repeat winners in the past 12 races at Michigan: Carl Edwards (June 2007, August 2008). Edwards is one of seven drivers who have scored their first MIS win during that span: Jeremy Mayfield (August 2005), Kasey Kahne (June 2006), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (June 2008), Brian Vickers (August 2009), Denny Hamlin (June 2010), Kevin Harvick (August 2010).

6 -- Last-lap passes for the win at Michigan, most recently by Mark Martin over Greg Biffle in June 2009. Martin started 32nd, the worst of any Michigan winner. In fact, four of the six worst starting positions by MIS winners have come in the past 13 races, two by Biffle (24th in August 2004; 25th in June 2005).

49 -- Top-five finishes at Michigan for Roush Fenway Racing, most of any team. Roush also has the most top-10s (86) and laps led (2,056) during the course of its 163 starts at MIS.

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18 -- Cup starts at Michigan for Jimmie Johnson, the most at any track without a win. MIS is just one of four tracks at which he has not won (Chicagoland, Homestead, Watkins Glen).

Side note: Johnson has started in the top 10 in the past 11 races, and in the top five in the past five, but has only five top-10 finishes during that span (one top 10 in the past five). He has but two top-five finishes overall there.

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1 -- Drivers who share the distinction of being the youngest pole winner at Michigan in both the Nationwide and Cup series: Jeff Gordon was 21 years, 11 days in August 1992 when he posted the eighth of his 11 Nationwide poles that season (he finished 19th in the No. 1 Ford of Bill Davis; Gordon was 23 years, 10 months, 12 days in June 1995 when he posted the seventh of eight poles that season (he finished second). Incidentally, the Busch brothers each hold a mark as youngest Michigan winner: Kurt in Cup (24 years, 10 months, 11 days in June 2003); Kyle in Nationwide (19 years, 3 months, 19 days in 2004).

2 -- Drivers who have swept a Nationwide/Cup weekend at Michigan: Mark Martin (1993), Carl Edwards (2008).

7 -- Drivers who have won at Michigan in both the Nationwide and Cup series: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2 Nationwide, 1 Cup); Carl Edwards (1 Nationwide, 2 Cup); Denny Hamlin (1 each); Kevin Harvick (1 each); Bobby Labonte (1 Nationwide, 3 Cup); Mark Martin (2 Nationwide, 5 Cup); Ryan Newman (2 each).

20 -- Wins for Roush Fenway Racing across all three national series at Michigan: 11 in Cup, most among active teams; four in Nationwide and five in Truck, both most among all teams.

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34 -- Lead-lap finishes in Cup races at Michigan for Mark Martin, most among all drivers; he also holds the track record for lead-lap finishes in Nationwide with 10. Martin also is tied for the most top-10s in both series: 29 in Cup (with Bill Elliott) and nine in Nationwide (with Jeff Burton).

Side note: Martin, who has made 50 Cup starts at MIS, is tied with four other drivers for the fourth-most top-fives in series history with 17 (joining Elliott and Hall of Famers David Pearson and Darrell Waltrip); he leads all Nationwide drivers with eight top-fives in 11 starts (Martin is entered in the No. 32 Chevrolet of Turner Motorsports this week).

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2 -- Wins at Michigan for Class of 2012 inductee Darrell Waltrip, who in August 1977, after three consecutive engine DNFs at the track, won in the No. 88 Chevrolet for DiGard. After a span of six engine DNFs in nine races, Waltrip enjoyed his best run of success at MIS, scoring 14 consecutive top-10s finishes. All but two came in inaugural inductee Junior Johnson's No. 11, including a win in August 1984, part of an eight-race run of top-fives. In addition to his victory, Waltrip posted five runner-up finishes in the 11, and two more driving for himself in the No. 17.

8 -- Wins at Michigan for Class of 2012 inductee Cale Yarborough, including the inaugural race there on June 15, 1969, driving the Wood Brothers' No. 21. Yarborough won twice at MIS for the Wood Brothers, and three times for inaugural inductee Junior Johnson. Yarborough also won twice on June 19 (1977 and '83), the date of this year's race.

11 -- Wins at Michigan for the Wood Brothers and 2012 inductee Glen Wood, tied with Roush Fenway Racing for the most in track history. Seven of those victories came courtesy of Class of 2011 inductee David Pearson, whose nine wins are the most in track history, two more from 2012 inductee Cale Yarborough, and one from Dale Jarrett, the only driver to post his first career win at MIS (August 1991).

21 -- Top-fives at Michigan for Cale Yarborough, most in track history. At only two other tracks did he have more top-fives (23 at Atlanta; 22 at Rockingham) and more than eight wins (9 at Bristol and Daytona). Yarborough also had 26 top-10s in his 36 MIS starts, fourth-most in his career (29 at Atlanta; 27 at Rockingham and Daytona). Yarborough also is the Michigan leader in laps led (1,308).

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2 -- Times inaugural HOF inductee Richard Petty, with crew chief and 2012 inductee Dale Inman, scored last-lap passes to win at Michigan (the only driver to do so twice): In August 1975, Petty passed David Pearson; in August 1979, Petty passed Buddy Baker.

Side note: Pearson scored a last-lap win in August 1978, passing Darrell Waltrip (who finished third); Dale Jarrett, driving for the Wood Brothers, passed Davey Allison on the last lap to win in August 1991.

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