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BY the Numbers: Michigan

June 12, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Michigan

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Track: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., 2.0 miles, asphalt surface, 18-degree banking in all turns. Banking in frontstretch is 5 degrees and 2 degrees in the backstretch. Frontstretch is 3,600 feet, backstretch is 2,242 feet.

Time/TV: Quicken Loans 400, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 16. TV: TNT (coverage starts  at noon ET), Radio: MRN

Trailblazers: 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. Cale Yarborough leads the series with 21 top-five finishes and Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31.

0.085 seconds was the margin of victory in Jeff Gordon’s win over Ricky Rudd in the June 10, 2001, race, the closest MOV at Michigan since the advent of electronic scoring.

2 Michigan Sprint Cup races have resulted in a green-white-checkered finish. They came in the fall races of 2011 and 2012.

3 drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award at Michigan International Speedway: Jeff Burton (8/18/1996), J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007) and Marcos Ambrose (6/17/2012).       

4 of the 87 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006. 

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6 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five, from fall 1976 through 1978.

8 different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan, led by Ford with 32 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 20.

8.235 is the average finishing position of Carl Edwards at Michigan to lead all active drivers. Matt Kenseth (9.556) is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10.

9.227 is the average starting position at Michigan for Jimmie Johnson to lead all active drivers.

12 Sprint Cup Series wins at Michigan for Roush Fenway Racing, the most of any team.

16 of the 87 (18.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Brian Vickers in 2009.

19 starts at Michigan for Kevin Harvick before he won in the fall of 2010, the longest span of any of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.

23 was the age of Jeff Gordon when he became the youngest Michigan pole winner at 23 years, 10 months and 14 days on August 18, 1995.

24 was the age of Kurt Busch when he became the youngest Michigan winner at 24 years, 10 months and 11 days on June 15, 2003.

32 was the starting position of Mark Martin in the 2009 spring race, the deepest in the field a race winner has ever started.

34 different NSCS drivers have won at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with seven; followed by Mark Martin with five.

43 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Bill Elliott leads all active drivers with six; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.

52 was the age of Harry Gant when he became the oldest Michigan winner at 52 years, 7 months and 6 days on August 16, 1992.

53 was the age of Mark Martin when he became the oldest Michigan pole winner at 53 years, 7 months, and 10 days on August 19, 2012.

55 starts without visiting Victory Lane for Terry Labonte, the most among active drivers.

61 starts for Bill Elliott at Michigan to lead the series. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 54.

160.135 mph was the speed of Donnie Allison’s pole-winning car in the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969.


266 drivers have competed in more than one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

363 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway; 266 in more than one.

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