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By the Numbers: Fast times and furious finishes highlight Michigan

June 15, 2012, ,

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2 -- Two drivers have swept a Nationwide/Cup weekend at Michigan: Mark Martin (1993) and Carl Edwards (2008).


Breakout Number

9 -- Paul Menard has finished in the top 10 in his past nine Nationwide Series starts, dating to 2010, including a runner-up finish in his only race this season, at Texas. He also has won the pole in three of his past six starts, including Texas. Included in both streaks is the pole and track-best fourth-place finish at Michigan last year. His average finish of 9.5 at MIS is his best among all tracks where he's made more than two starts (top-10s in five of six races and top-fives the past two years).


Track Tidbits

1 -- Brad Keselowski is the only driver entered in this week's race who has won at Michigan. Keselowski won in back-to-back years in 2009 and '10; he passed Kyle Busch on the final lap in '09, the only last-lap pass in MIS history.

12 -- The driver leading the most laps has won 12 of the 20 races at Michigan, including four of the past five races. The lone exception during that span came in 2009, when Brad Keselowski led just three laps, fewest of any winner in MIS history.

169.571 -- The average speed of 169.571 mph for the Michigan race in 1995 is the fastest average race speed in the history of the Nationwide Series.

Recent Trends

3 -- Joey Logano has won three of the past four races in which he has competed. Furthermore, three of his four wins overall this season were his first at the tracks: Talladega, Darlington and Dover. Logano has never won at Michigan in three starts, but has finished in the top 10 in each race.

9 -- The final lead change has taken place with nine laps or fewer left in five of the past seven races at Michigan, including the past three.

10 -- The final green-flag stretch was 10 laps or less in seven of the past nine races at Michigan.


Breakout Number

2 -- Jimmie Johnson finished second at Michigan this past August, his best in 20 starts. MIS is one of five active tracks at which he has not won in Cup. Johnson has led 542 laps at Michigan, more than he has led on 11 of the other tracks where he has wins, and led the most laps four times. He's been passed for the final lead change three times at MIS, and in June 2009 ran out of fuel on Lap 199 of 200 while leading. Johnson led 146 laps, the most by a non-winner in track history.


Track Tidbits

1 -- Carl Edwards is the only driver among the most recent 21, beginning in August 1981, who made their first Cup start at Michigan and earned a top-10 finish. Edwards finished 10th in August 2004. In 15 races at MIS, Edwards has two wins, nine top-fives and 12 top-10s; his average finish of 8.2 is the best at Michigan among all drivers with more than two starts.

2 -- Kurt Busch has won the past two June poles at Michigan. Denny Hamlin has won the past two June races at Michigan.

194.232 -- The Michigan track record is 194.232 mph by Ryan Newman in June 2005. The fastest pole on a track other than Daytona and Talladega is 197.478 mph by Geoffrey Bodine at Atlanta in November 1997. Daytona and Talladega have combined for 17 pole speeds over 200 mph.

Recent Trends

3 -- All three of Joe Gibbs Racing's drivers have at least one win in 2012 and the team's four wins lead all teams. JGR has won seven times at Michigan, ranking third all time, including three of the past four races: Denny Hamlin (2) and Kyle Busch.

8 -- Michigan is the eighth track to be repaved since the start of the 2006 season. Kasey Kahne (with two) is the only driver to win more than once in the first race on a newly paved track during the seven-year time frame. Carl Edwards finished in the top 10 in six of the seven races and Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth finished in the top 10 in five of them. Kahne also leads all drivers in laps led on newly paved tracks with 193.

23 -- The winner has led less than 23 laps in five of the past eight races at Michigan and less than 15 in four races during that streak. Conversely, Greg Biffle has led the most laps in the past three races at Michigan with only one top-10 (fourth in August 2010) to show for it.

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