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Stats advance: Analyzing the Pure Michigan 400

August 11, 2014, , NASCAR.com

Stats advance: Analyzing the Pure Michigan 400
A statistical look ahead to the Sprint Cup Series' second visit to Michigan

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (August 11, 2014) –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 17 (1 p.m. ET on ESPN).

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MICHIGAN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Performance Ford)
·         Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.6
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.9
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 107.8
·         311 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Series-high 3,085 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%)
·         Series-high 864 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, four top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 20.9
·         Driver Rating of 90.0, ninth-best
·         175 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         2,350 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), ninth-most
·         597 Quality Passes, 12th-most
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
·         One win, four top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.8
·         Average Running Position of 14.8, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.1, eighth-best
·         139 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         2,464 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most
·         685 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.0
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.5, fifth-best
·         189 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,435 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.819 mph, sixth-fastest
·         2,513 Laps in the Top 15 (67.2%), sixth-most
·         786 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford)
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 9.1
·         Average Running Position of 10.9, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.2, fourth-best
·         198 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,348 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.038 mph, fifth-fastest
·         2,925 Laps in the Top 15 (78.2%), third-most
·         850 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 18 top fives, 26 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 12.3
·         Average Running Position of 14.1, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.2, seventh-best
·         184 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         2,351 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), eighth-most
·         637 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.4
·         Average Running Position of 14.8, 10th-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.7, 12th-best
·         138 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         1,516 Green Flag Passes, second-most
·         1,966 Laps in the Top 15 (52.6%), 11th-most
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's / Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet)
·         One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.2
·         Average Running Position of 11.2, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 102.9, third-best
·         Series-high 389 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.387 mph, second-fastest
·         2,772 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1%), fourth-most
·         731 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet)
·         One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best
·         174 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         1,447 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.658 mph, seventh-fastest
·         696 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
·         Two wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s
·         Average finish of 9.8
·         Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 104.5, second-best
·         164 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         1,315 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 178.146 mph, fourth-fastest
·         2,989 Laps in the Top 15 (79.9%), second-most
·         833 Quality Passes, third-most
 
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)
·         One top 10
·         Average finish of 8.0
·         Average Running Position of 13.6, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.7, 10th-best
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 178.478 mph
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)
·         One win, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.6, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.8, sixth-best
·         104 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.587 mph, eighth-fastest
·         2,610 Laps in the Top 15 (73.7%), fifth-most
·         735 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 

Michigan International Speedway Data

Season Race #: 23 of 36 (08-17-14)
Track Size: 2-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 18 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 18 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet
Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles
 
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Michigan
Greg Biffle................................ 107.8
Matt Kenseth............................. 104.5
Jimmie Johnson........................ 102.9
Carl Edwards............................ 102.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 97.5
Tony Stewart............................... 95.8
Jeff Gordon................................ 91.2
Kyle Busch................................. 91.1
Kurt Busch.................................. 90.0
Kyle Larson................................ 89.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Joey Logano, Ford
203.949 mph, 35.303 secs. 08-16-13
 
2013 race winner:
Joey Logano, Ford
144.593 mph, (02:45:59), 08-18-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet
204.557 mph, 35.198 secs. 06-13-14
 
Track race record:
Dale Jarrett, Ford
173.997 mph, (2:17:56), 06-13-99
 
 
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 – won by Cale Yarborough at a speed of 139.254 mph.
·    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 in 2012.
Notebook
·  There have been 90 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.
·    372 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 269 in more than one.
·    Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
·       Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.  
·    46 drivers have Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
·     Six drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five; fall 1976 through 1978.
·     Four active drivers have posted consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan: Terry Labonte (1983 sweep), Bill Elliott (1984 sweep and 1988 sweep), Bobby Labonte (2003 sweep), and Brian Vickers (fall 2008 – 2009 sweep).  
·     Youngest Michigan pole winner: Joey Logano (08/16/2013 – 23 years, 2 months, 23 days).
·    Oldest Michigan pole winner: Mark Martin (08/19/2012 – 53 years, 7 months, 10 days).
·   36 different NSCS drivers have won at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins; Greg Biffle leads all active drivers with four.  
·   Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway, including four consecutive by Bill Elliott (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep).
·       Youngest Michigan winner: Joey Logano (08/18/2013 – 23 years, 2 months, 25 days).
·    Oldest Michigan winner: Harry Gant (08/16/1992 – 52 years, 7 months, 6 days).
·    Roush Fenway Racing has the most wins at Michigan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 13: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
·      Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Michigan; led by Ford with 34 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 21.
·         17 of the 90 (18.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Joey Logano in 2013.
·     The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.   
·      25 of the 90 (27.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 17 from the pole and eight from second-place.
·         68 of the 90 (75.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Six of the 90 (6.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·       The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.
·     Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Michigan with eight; followed by Darrell Waltrip with seven.
·   NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18.   
·         Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31; followed by Bill Elliott with 29. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26.
·      Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 8.800.
·    Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with an 9.050 Matt Kenseth (9.767)is the only other active driver with an average finish in the top 10 with more than one start.
·  All active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Michigan International Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart won at Michigan in his third appearance, the fewest previous starts among the active NSCS winners.      
·         Kevin Harvick competed at Michigan International Speedway 19 times before winning in the fall of 2010; the longest span of any the active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·    Among the active NSCS Michigan winners Kevin Harvick (19), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) Kyle Busch (13), Jeff Gordon (11), Brian Vickers (11) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
·    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan without visiting Victory Lane at 40.
·       Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway was the June 10, 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd with a MOV of 0.085 second.
·     There have been two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Michigan International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2011 (200/203); and fall of 2012 (200/201).
·   Four of the 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006.    
·     Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway four times; most recently the spring of 2008 race.   
·    Three drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Michigan International Speedway: Jeff Burton (8/18/1996), J.J. Yeley (6/17/2007) and Marcos Ambrose (6/17/2012).      
·       Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver have posted their first career start at Michigan International Speedway: Carl Edwards (8/22/2004) and Landon Cassill (6/13/2010).
·    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 990 laps led in 43 starts.
·   Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Robin McCall, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. Of the four female drivers to compete at Michigan, Guthrie has the best finish (10th).  
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Janet Guthrie
12
26
6/19/1977
Janet Guthrie
15
10
8/22/1977
Janet Guthrie
18
27
8/20/1978
Robin McCall
35
29
6/20/1982
Robin McCall
29
33
8/22/1982
Shawna Robinson
32
34
6/10/2001
Danica Patrick
37
13
6/16/2013
Danica Patrick
28
23
8/18/2013
Danica Patrick
27
17
6/15/2014
 
 
NASCAR in Michigan
·    There have been 95 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at four tracks in Michigan.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn
90
Grand River Speedrome
Grand Rapids
2
Michigan State Fairgrounds
Detroit
2
Monroe Speedway
Monroe
1
 
·       98 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Michigan.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Brad Keselowski
13
30
0
Paul Goldsmith
9
0
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
Erik Jones
0
0
2
Bob Keselowski
0
0
1
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