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Austin Hill takes overtime win in wild NASCAR Trucks Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan

 

Austin Hill crosses the line first to win the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway (courtesy MIS media relations)

BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 10, 2019) – Last lap passes and late restarts are the common theme in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200. This time the race needed an overtime finish as Austin Hill held off all the challengers for the checkered flag.

Tyler Ankrum lined up in the front row as the race went green with four laps to go on the restart after a Christian Eckes spin. But Ankrum never made it to the start finish-line as he was bumped from behind by Matt Crafton. Ankrum tried to save it, but spun down in front of the field to bring out the final caution.

After the cleanup, it was Hill up front for the green-white finish. He got a huge jump at the green flag and he would not relinquish the position to record his second win of the season. Sheldon Creed went low coming out of Turn 4, but could not finish the pass of Hill to finish second. Tyler Dippel, Brett Moffitt and Austin Wayne Self completed the top five.

“Man, I definitely did not want to do a green-white-checkered. I was cutting it kind of close on fuel,” Hill said. “I got a really good push out back by the 18 (Harrison Burton) that kind of propelled us and cleared us out front. I just had to start throwing blocks. Luckily, they started racing two and three-wide out the back. They gave us a gap out front and we were able to keep that gap. I thought the 2 (Sheldon Creed) was going to have a shot at it going into three, he had a really big run, but I was able to protect the bottom. Our Toyota Tundra was really fast today.”

The Corrigan Oil 200 served as the regular season finale for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Teams had one final chance to pick up that crucial win and bonus points for the playoffs. Drivers were looking for any advantage to take the checkered flag.

Grant Enfinger won the regular season championship. He will be joined in the playoffs by Moffitt, Stewart Friesen, Hill, Chastain, Crafton, Sauter and Ankrum.

Ross Chastain started on the pole for the Corrigan Oil 200 and he was the truck to beat. He led all 20 laps in the first stage and the watermelon man was rolling. During his pit stop on the caution after the first stage, Chastain suffered damage when he was hit sitting in his pit stall. Johnny Sauter pulled out of his pit and got into the backend of Codie Rohrbaugh. Rohrbaugh spun around and hit Chastain in the right front to end Chastain’s day.

The action continues on Sunday for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400. Rochester Hills, Mich. native, Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for the second time at MIS with his first being in August 2017.

 

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Brad Kuhbander; COURTESY MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY MEDIA RELATIONS

 

History and Highlights of 50th Annual Consumers Energy 400

Overall

Overall, 26 different drivers have won the race, with David Pearson holding the record for most victories in the race with five. Pearson won the inaugural event, which was shortened from 600 miles (970 km) to 330 miles (530 km) because of rain. Bill Elliott has the record for most consecutive victories, winning three from 1985 to 1987Ford has the most manufacturers’ wins with 16. Kevin Harvick is the most recent winner of the race, winning it in 2018.[3]

History

  • 1970: Restrictor plates made their racing debut in the 1970 Yankee 400 and Charlie Glotzbach drove a Dodge Daytona to the win.
  • 1971: Bobby Allison duled with Richard Petty and Pete Hamilton before Hamilton fell out with engine failure. Allison edged Petty at the stripe for a season sweep at Michigan in the Holman-Moody Mercury.
  • 1973: Although the Yankee 400 was on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule at the beginning of the 1973 season, set for August 5, Roger Penske announced on June 8 that the 1973 Yankee 400 would not be held, citing the tight schedule that Michigan International Speedway had to accommodate in the summer of 1973.[2]
  • 1974: Promoter Roger Penske reinserted the Yankee 400 to Michigan’s schedule after 1973 after the Michigan 400 that June turned a strong profit. David Pearson and Cale Yarborough fought hard before Cale was stopped by a mismatched set of tires late in the race. The lead changed 45 times among eight drivers.
  • 1975: A late yellow set up a five-lap finish; Pearson and Richard Petty went at it and the lead changed on every lap down to the finish as Petty edged Pearson by a nose.
  • 1977: Rain postponed the race to Monday and Darrell Waltrip edged Pearson to the stripe.
  • 1978: Pearson’s final win for the Wood Brothers came on a one-lap shootout as he passed Waltrip. Richard Petty crashed in the final laps, setting up the finish; he was making his debut in a second-hand 1974 bodied Chevrolet after abandoning his 1978 Dodge Magnum.
  • 1979: Pearson was hired to drive Rod Osterlund‘s Chevrolet after Dale Earnhardt was injured at Pocono and he won the Michigan pole, ultimately finishing fourth. Buddy Baker led late but Richard Petty took tires on a late stop and gunned him down on the final lap; the win began a rally from a 229-point deficit to the season championship.
  • 1981: The most competitive Michigan race ever erupted as Ron Bouchard won his first pole fresh off his electrifying Talladega win. There were 65 lead changes among 14 drivers and Richard Petty, who led 65 laps, roared from fifth to the lead with five to go and held off six other challengers. “This wasn’t the toughest race, but it sure was the most aggravating,” Petty said afterward.
  • 1987: Fellow drivers revolted against Tim Richmond at Watkins Glen the week before when he reported to the prerace drivers meeting looking sickly and acting belligerently. Before Michigan qualifying Richmond had to be rousted out of his motorhome and when he arrived at the qualifying line asked aloud, “Where are we?” When NASCAR officials Les Richter and Dick Beaty asked Hendrick officials what was wrong with Tim, Richmond appeared from nowhere and confronted both of them, then showed up late for the prerace drivers meeting. During the 400 he had an anxiety attack and the engine blew; he drove to the garage and when the crew checked the tachometer they found it had been pegged, because Richmond had deliberately overreved the engine to blow it. It became his final race ever.[4] Richard Petty rallied to the lead in the final 40 laps but had to pit on a late caution and crashed after colliding with Davey Allison on the final lap as Bill Elliott took the win, his sixth Michigan win in an eight-race span.
  • 1991: Dale Jarrett stayed out on a late caution, and in the final laps Davey Allison ran him down, but became locked in a side-by-side battle won by Jarrett by inches for his first win and the first for the Wood Brothers since 1987 at Charlotte.
  • 1994: Just after Wally Dallenbach, Jr. was released from his ride in Richard Petty‘s Pontiac, Indycar veteran John Andretti took over the seat and turned heads by qualifying second. However, the story of the weekend was a savage crash in practice that left Ernie Irvan critically injured with head injuries. Irvan would recover from near-fatal injury over a year later. The race itself began with a six-car melee where Bobby Hillin, Jr. nearly flew over the second turn wall. Geoff Bodine won on Hoosier Tires.
  • 1998: Irvan dominated the race, but Jeff Gordon ran down the leaders and won handily. Mark Martin was denied the win, the race coming days after the death of his father in a plane crash.
  • 1999: Goodyear brought tires to Michigan designed for Fontana for Winston West racing, where Hoosier Tire was still a presence in competition against Goodyear; the new tire featured greater stagger and handled more like bias-ply tires than radialsDale Earnhardt grabbed the lead late and got into a spirited battle with Bobby Labonte before Labonte cleared for the win.
  • 2007. This was the first modern-day NASCAR race to be run on a Tuesday. Kurt Busch dominated all day, leading 96 laps out of the 203. Busch held off Martin Truex Jr and Jimmie Johnson in a Green White Checkered finish for his second win of the season.
  • 2012: Greg Biffle won his second race of 2012 after Jimmie Johnson‘s engine blew up with five laps to go. The race was also marked by a scary crash on lap 64. Mark Martin was leading Kasey Kahne into turn 4 and was about to lap Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya when Labonte got loose and spun. Montoya got away, but Labonte collected Martin and Kahne. While Labonte and Kahne spun into the trioval grass, Martin’s car spun down pit road and was impaled on the left rear side by an opening in the pit wall at Kahne’s pit stall. Martin climbed out, unharmed. The day was also a sour day for Hendrick supplied engines as three of the six cars with this engine package - Jeff GordonJimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart – all had engine part failures (Johnson had two failed engines, as he blew another one in practice). The other three, Kasey KahneDale Earnhardt, Jr. and Ryan Newman, survived for top ten finishes.
  • 2016: This race is memorable for it being the first NASCAR Cup Series victory for Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott would end up finishing second as he did in the prior June race earlier in the year.

 

INFORMATION COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Past Winners of the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway

 

Past winners

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1969 August 17 17 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 165* 330 (531.083) 2:51:25 115.508 Report
1970 August 16 99 Charlie Glotzbach Ray Nichels Dodge 197 401.8 (646.737) 2:48:32 147.571 Report
1971 August 16 12 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Mercury 197 401.88 (646.763) 2:40:54 149.862 Report
1972 August 20 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:31 134.416 Report
1973 Not held
1974 August 25 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 3:00:23 133.045 Report
1975 August 24 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 3:43:05 107.583 Report
1976 August 22 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:20 140.078 Report
1977 August 22* 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:59 137.944 Report
1978 August 20 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 3:05:14 129.566 Report
1979 August 19 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 3:04:05 130.376 Report
1980 August 17 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:07 145.352 Report
1981 August 16 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Buick 200 400 (643.737) 3:14:24 123.457 Report
1982 August 22 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:53 136.454 Report
1983 August 21 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:42:42 147.511 Report
1984 August 12 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:35:59 153.863 Report
1985 August 11 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:54:38 137.43 Report
1986 August 17 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:28 135.376 Report
1987 August 16 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:06 138.648 Report
1988 August 21 28 Davey Allison Ranier-Lundy Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:33:00 156.863 Report
1989 August 20 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 200 400 (643.737) 2:32:11 157.704 Report
1990 August 19 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:53 138.822 Report
1991 August 18 21 Dale Jarrett Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:34 142.972 Report
1992 August 16 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports Oldsmobile 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:46 146.056 Report
1993 August 15 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:01 144.564 Report
1994 August 21 7 Geoffrey Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:32 139.914 Report
1995 August 20 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:32:09 157.739 Report
1996 August 18 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:41 139.792 Report
1997 August 17 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:09:09 126.883 Report
1998 August 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:37:54 151.995 Report
1999 August 22 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:17 144.332 Report
2000 August 20 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:01:00 132.597 Report
2001 August 19 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 162* 324 (521.427) 2:18:21 140.513 Report
2002 August 18 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:50:45 140.556 Report
2003 August 17 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 3:08:31 127.31 Report
2004 August 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:35 139.063 Report
2005 August 21 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 2:49:33 141.551 Report
2006 August 20 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:39 135.097 Report
2007 August 21* 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 203* 406 (653.393) 2:55:55 117.012 Report
2008 August 17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:00 140.351 Report
2009 August 16 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 3:02:28 131.531 Report
2010 August 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:38 144.029 Report
2011 August 21 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 203* 406 (653.393) 2:41:26 150.898 Report
2012 August 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 201* 402 (646.956) 2:46:44 144.662 Report
2013 August 18 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:59 144.593 Report
2014 August 17 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:49:16 141.788 Report
2015 August 16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:18 143.455 Report
2016 August 28 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:27:29 162.73 Report
2017 August 13 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 202* 404 (650.174) 2:40:38 150.903 Report
2018 August 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:50:51 140.474 Report
2019 August 11 Report

Notes

  • 1969 & 2001: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1977: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2007: Race postponed twice from Sunday to Tuesday morning due to rain[3][5]
  • 2007, 2011–12 and 2017: Race extended due to an overtime finish.

Multiple winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
5 David Pearson 1969, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978
3 Richard Petty 1975, 1979, 1981
Bill Elliott 1985, 1986, 1987
Mark Martin 1990, 1993, 1997
Dale Jarrett 1991, 1996, 2002
2 Bobby Allison 1971, 1982
Cale Yarborough 1980, 1983
Darrell Waltrip 1977, 1984
Bobby Labonte 1995, 1999
Rusty Wallace 1989, 2000
Greg Biffle 2004, 2012
Jeff Gordon 1998, 2014
Matt Kenseth 2006, 2015
Kyle Larson 2016, 2017
Kevin Harvick 2010, 2018

Multiple winners (teams)

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Roush Fenway Racing 1990, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012
5 Wood Brothers Racing 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1991
4 Penske Racing 2000, 2003, 2007, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing 1995, 1999, 2011, 2015
3 Petty Enterprises 1975, 1979, 1981
Melling Racing 1985, 1986, 1987
Chip Ganassi Racing 2001, 2016, 2017
2 Holman-Moody 1969, 1971
DiGard Motorsports 1977, 1982
Junior Johnson & Associates 1980, 1984
Ranier-Lundy 1983, 1988
Robert Yates Racing 1996, 2002
Hendrick Motorsports 1998, 2014
1 Stewart-Haas Racing 2018

Manufacturer wins

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
19 Ford 1969, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2018
11 Chevrolet 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1998, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017
6 Dodge 1970, 1975, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
5 Mercury 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978
3 Toyota 2009, 2011, 2015
2 Buick 1981, 1982
Pontiac 1989, 1999
1 Oldsmobile 1992

 

INFORMATION COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Consumers Energy 400 Statistical analysis advance

 

Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Consumers Energy 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 6, 2019) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan going into the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday, August 11 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

2019 Driver Standings – Top 30
Rank Drivers Points Starts Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Poles G/L
1 Kyle Busch 851 22 4 8 28 11 18 0 0 1
2 Joey Logano 838 22 2 7 17 9 14 0 3 -1
3 Kevin Harvick 777 22 1 4 9 6 14 2 4 0
4 Denny Hamlin 771 22 3 3 18 11 14 1 0 0
5 Martin Truex Jr 753 22 4 2 22 9 14 2 0 0
6 Brad Keselowski 728 22 3 4 19 7 12 1 1 0
7 Kurt Busch 679 22 1 1 6 5 12 0 0 0
8 Chase Elliott 676 22 2 4 14 7 8 4 3 0
9 Aric Almirola 640 22 0 1 1 1 10 2 1 0
10 Ryan Blaney 633 22 0 2 2 7 10 3 1 0
11 Alex Bowman 623 22 1 0 5 4 6 1 0 0
12 William Byron 604 22 0 1 1 2 7 1 3 0
13 Erik Jones 598 22 0 0 0 8 12 1 0 0
14 Kyle Larson 590 22 0 3 3 4 9 5 1 0
15 Clint Bowyer 556 22 0 0 0 5 9 5 0 0
16 Jimmie Johnson 544 22 0 1 1 3 8 0 1 1
17 Ryan Newman 544 22 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 -1
18 Daniel Suarez 521 22 0 0 0 2 7 2 1 0
19 Paul Menard 483 22 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 466 22 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0
21 Chris Buescher 463 22 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
22 Austin Dillon 410 22 0 2 2 0 3 3 3 0
23 Matt DiBenedetto 380 22 0 0 0 2 4 4 0 1
24 Ty Dillon 357 22 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 -1
25 Daniel Hemric # 341 22 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0
26 Michael McDowell 287 22 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 1
27 Bubba Wallace 271 22 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1
28 Ryan Preece # 269 22 0 0 0 1 2 6 0 -2
29 Corey LaJoie 250 22 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0
30 David Ragan 235 22 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0

 

Michigan International Speedway Data

Season Race #: 23 of 36 (08-11-19)

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

Stage 1 and 2 Length: 60 laps (each)

Final Stage Length: 80 laps

 

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Michigan

Chase Elliott……………………….. 101.9

Kevin Harvick……………………….. 98.7

Joey Logano…………………………. 98.6

Kyle Larson………………………….. 96.3

Brad Keselowski……………………. 96.3

Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 94.3

Ryan Blaney…………………………. 92.1

Kurt Busch…………………………… 91.8

Denny Hamlin……………………….. 89.8

Kyle Busch…………………………… 89.2

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races
(29 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2018 pole winner:

Denny Hamlin, Toyota

202.794 mph, 35.504 secs. 08-11-18

2018 race winner:

Kevin Harvick, Ford

140.474 mph, (02:50:51), 08-12-18

Track qualifying record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

206.558 mph, 34.857 secs. 08-17-14

Track race record:

Dale Jarrett, Ford

173.997 mph, (2:17:56), 06-13-99

MICHIGAN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Driver stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)

 

Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)

  • Two top fives, four top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.556, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.347, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.1, seventh-best
  • 53 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 1,214 Laps in the Top 15 (72.4%), 15th-most
  • 261 Quality Passes, 18th-most

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, two top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.519, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.394, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 81.5, 13th-best
  • 62 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 2,867 Laps in the Top 15 (55%), eighth-most
  • 830 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 17.31, 11th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.843, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.8, eighth-best
  • 209 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 3,675 Laps in the Top 15 (65.4%), series-most
  • 988 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.897, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.866, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.2, 10th-best
  • 241 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 3,565 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5), third-most
  • 953 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Monster Energy Series
All-Time Pole Winners at Michigan
Pole Winners (50) Busch Pole Awards
David Pearson 10
Bill Elliott 6
Jeff Gordon 6
Bobby Labonte 4
Joey Logano 4
Alan Kulwicki 3
Brian Vickers 3
Kasey Kahne 3
Kurt Busch 3
Benny Parsons 2
Buddy Baker 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2
Dale Jarrett 2
Davey Allison 2
Geoff Bodine 2
Jeff Burton 2
Ken Schrader 2
Pete Hamilton 2
Richard Petty 2
Ron Bouchard 2
Terry Labonte 2
Ward Burton 2
Bobby Allison 1
Bobby Hamilton 1
Bobby Isaac 1
Brad Keselowski 1
Brett Bodine 1
Cale Yarborough 1
Carl Edwards 1
Charlie Glotzbach 1
Darrell Waltrip 1
Denny Hamlin 1
Donnie Allison 1
Ernie Irvan 1
Greg Biffle 1
JJ Yeley 1
Joe Nemechek 1
Johnny Benson 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Kyle Larson 1
Loy Allen Jr 1
Marcos Ambrose 1
Mark Martin 1
Matt Kenseth 1
Michael Waltrip 1
Neil Bonnett 1
Ricky Craven 1
Rusty Wallace 1
Ryan Newman 1
Tim Richmond 1

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 7.429, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 9.719, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.9, series-best
  • 89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 1,131 Laps in the Top 15 (84.5%), 16th-most
  • 235 Quality Passes, 19th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.259, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.273, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
  • 136 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 3,469 Laps in the Top 15 (66.5%), fifth-most
  • 995 Quality Passes, series-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.621, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.062, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.7, second-best
  • 335 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3,601 Laps in the Top 15 (64.1%), second-most
  • 954 Quality Passes, third-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.448, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.298, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.3, sixth-best
  • 456 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 3,545 Laps in the Top 15 (63.1%), fourth-most
  • 947 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

Monster Energy Series
All-Time Race Winners at Michigan
All-Time Winners (38) Wins
David Pearson 9
Cale Yarborough 8
Bill Elliott 7
Mark Martin 5
Rusty Wallace 5
Bobby Allison 4
Dale Jarrett 4
Greg Biffle 4
Richard Petty 4
Bobby Labonte 3
Davey Allison 3
Jeff Gordon 3
Kurt Busch 3
Kyle Larson 3
Matt Kenseth 3
Joey Logano 3
Carl Edwards 2
Dale Earnhardt 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr 2
Darrell Waltrip 2
Denny Hamlin 2
Kevin Harvick 2
Ryan Newman 2
Benny Parsons 1
Brian Vickers 1
Buddy Baker 1
Charlie Glotzbach 1
Clint Bowyer 1
Ernie Irvan 1
Geoff Bodine 1
Harry Gant 1
Jeremy Mayfield 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Kasey Kahne 1
Kyle Busch 1
Ricky Rudd 1
Sterling Marlin 1
Tony Stewart 1

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One top five, one top 10
  • Average finish of 15, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.813, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 86, 12th-best
  • 23 Fastest Laps Run, 17th-best
  • 588 Laps in the Top 15 (62.7%), 21st-most
  • 147 Quality Passes, 21st-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • Six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.6, third-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.565, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.3, fourth-best
  • 135 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
  • 2,875 Laps in the Top 15 (74.1%), seventh-most
  • 737 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 13.273, fifth-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.785, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.3, fifth-best
  • 114 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 1,476 Laps in the Top 15 (71.1%), 13th-most
  • 386 Quality Passes, 15th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three wins, six top fives, 15 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 11.952, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.793, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.6, third-best
  • 150 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 2,821 Laps in the Top 15 (69.1%), ninth-most
  • 644 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Seven top fives, ten top 10s
  • Average finish of 15, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 15.33, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best
  • 278 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 2,959 Laps in the Top 15 (56.7%), sixth-most
  • 823 Quality Passes, eighth-most

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Michigan International Speedway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Busch 29 0 1 7 11 3 17.9 89.2
2 Joey Logano 21 4 3 6 15 1 12.0 98.6
3 Kevin Harvick 37 1 2 12 18 1 11.9 98.7
4 Denny Hamlin 27 1 2 7 12 3 14.3 89.8
5 Martin Truex Jr 27 0 0 7 10 1 15.0 87.9
6 Brad Keselowski 20 1 0 6 11 0 11.6 96.3
7 Kurt Busch 37 3 3 7 14 8 18.2 91.8
8 Chase Elliott 7 0 0 3 6 0 7.4 101.9
9 Aric Almirola 14 0 0 0 1 0 18.4 73.0
10 Ryan Blaney 9 0 0 2 4 0 14.6 92.1
11 Alex Bowman 8 0 0 0 1 1 26.6 58.3
12 William Byron 3 0 0 0 0 0 22.3 67.9
13 Erik Jones 5 0 0 1 1 0 15.0 86.0
14 Kyle Larson 11 1 3 4 5 1 13.3 96.3
15 Clint Bowyer 27 0 1 2 12 2 17.5 81.5
16 Jimmie Johnson 35 0 1 5 13 3 16.7 94.3

* – Based on last 29 races at Michigan International Speedway (2005 – 2019).

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top Five Leaders In Loop Data:

Michigan International Speedway (Loop Data Era: 2005-Present)

Driver Rating Average Running Position Laps in The Top 15
Drivers Driver Rating Drivers Avg. Running Pos. Drivers Laps in Top 15
Chase Elliott 101.9 Chase Elliott 9.719 Kurt Busch 3,675 (65.4%)
Kevin Harvick 98.7 Ryan Blaney 11.347 Kevin Harvick 3,601 (64.1%)
Joey Logano 98.6 Brad Keselowski 11.565 Kyle Busch 3,565 (63.5%)
Kyle Larson 96.3 Joey Logano 11.793 Jimmie Johnson 3,545 (63.1%)
Brad Keselowski 96.3 Kevin Harvick 12.062 Denny Hamlin 3,469 (66.5%)
Laps Led Quality Passes Fastest Laps Run
Drivers Laps Led Drivers Quality Passes Drivers Fastest Laps
Jimmie Johnson 619 (11.0%) Denny Hamlin 995 Jimmie Johnson 456 (8.1%)
Joey Logano 520 (12.7%) Kurt Busch 988 Kevin Harvick 335 (6.0%)
Kevin Harvick 407 (7.2%) Kevin Harvick 954 Martin Truex Jr. 278 (5.3%)
Kurt Busch 376 (6.7%) Kyle Busch 853 Kyle Busch 241 (4.3%)
Kyle Busch 255 (4.5%) Jimmie Johnson 947 Kurt Busch 209 (3.7%)

 

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969 – won by Cale Yarborough in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Mercury 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 first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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.
  • The 2-mile speedway underwent a repave in 2012.
  • There have been 100 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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.

 

Starts

  • A total of 399 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 293 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in Michigan starts with 37 each.
  • A total of 39 different drivers have made their first Monster Energy Series start at Michigan International Speedway. Landon Cassill (6/13/2010) and Garrett Smithley (6/10/2018) are the only active series drivers to make their first career start at Michigan.
  • Bobby Isaac leads the series in average starting position at Michigan with a 3.125 in eight starts.
  • Ryan Blaney leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Michigan with an 9.3 in 10 starts.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Michigan International Speedway (all-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Start Starts Rank Active Drivers Avg. Start Starts
1 Bobby Isaac 3.125 8 1 Ryan Blaney 9.333 10
2 LeeRoy Yarbrough 4.800 5 2 Erik Jones 9.600 6
3 Davey Allison 5.385 13 3 Joey Logano 10.190 22
4 David Pearson 7.655 29 4 Jimmie Johnson 10.771 36
5 Sam Sommers 8.000 2 5 Daniel Hemric 11.000 2
6 Bobby Allison 8.486 37 6 Chase Elliott 11.571 8
7 Pete Hamilton 8.600 5 7 Denny Hamlin 12.000 28
8 Alan Kulwicki 8.714 14 8 Kurt Busch 12.459 38
9 Joe Millikan 9.250 4 9 Kyle Busch 12.690 31
10 Charlie Glotzbach 9.333 6 10 Austin Dillon 13.357 15

 

Poles

Monster Energy Series
Active Pole Winners at Michigan
Pole Winners (7) Busch Pole Awards
Joey Logano 4
Kurt Busch 3
Brad Keselowski 1
Denny Hamlin 1
Kevin Harvick 1
Kyle Larson 1
Ryan Newman 1
  • A total of 50 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award at Michigan International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; seven of the 50 are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in poles at Michigan with 10 poles (1969, 1974 sweep, 1975, 1976, 1977 sweep, 1978 sweep and 1979).
  • Joey Logano (2013, 2016 sweep, 2019) leads all active drivers in poles at Michigan with four; followed by Kurt Busch (2010, 2011 and 2018) with three.
  • Donnie Allison won the inaugural pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph (Ford).
  • Youngest series Michigan pole winner: Joey Logano (August 16, 2013 – 23 years, 2 months, 23 days).
  • Oldest series Michigan pole winner: Mark Martin (August 19, 2012 – 53 years, 7 months, 10 days).
  • Seven drivers have won consecutive Busch Pole Awards at Michigan: David Pearson (1974 sweep) and (1976-1978), Ron Bouchard (1981-1982), Terry Labonte (1983 sweep), Bill Elliott (1984 sweep) and (1988 sweep), Bobby Labonte (2003 sweep), Brian Vickers (2008-2009 sweep) and Joey Logano (2016 sweep).
  • David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five; from the Fall race of 1976 through 1978.
Monster Energy Series
First-Time Pole Winners at Michigan
Pole Winners Date
Marcos Ambrose 6/17/2012
JJ Yeley 6/17/2007
Jeff Burton 8/18/1996
Bobby Hamilton 6/23/1996
Rusty Wallace 6/28/1987
Ron Bouchard 8/16/1981
Pete Hamilton 6/7/1970
  • Seven drivers have posted their first career Busch Pole award in the Monster Energy Series at Michigan International Speedway; JJ Yeley (6/17/2007) is the only one currently still active.
  • Nine different manufacturers have won a pole at Michigan in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Ford leads the series in poles at Michigan with 30; followed by Chevrolet (27), Mercury (10), Dodge (nine), Pontiac (eight), Toyota (six), Buick (three), Plymouth (two) and Oldsmobile (one).

Wins

Monster Energy Series
Active Race Winners at Michigan
Active Winners (9) Wins
Kurt Busch 3
Kyle Larson 3
Joey Logano 3
Denny Hamlin 2
Kevin Harvick 2
Ryan Newman 2
Clint Bowyer 1
Jimmie Johnson 1
Kyle Busch 1
  • A total of 38 different drivers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway; nine are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in wins at Michigan with nine victories (1969, 1972 sweep, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 sweep, 1978).
  • Kyle Larson (2016, 2017 sweep), Kurt Busch (2003, 2007, 2015) and Joey Logano (2013, 2016, 2019) lead all active series drivers in wins at Michigan with three each.

 

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough won the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway driving for Wood Brothers Racing in a Mercury on June 15, 1969.
  • Youngest series Michigan winner: Joey Logano (August 18, 2013 – 23 years, 2 months, 25 days).
  • Oldest Michigan winner: Harry Gant (August 16, 1992 – 52 years, 7 months, 6 days).
  • Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway – Bobby Allison (1971 sweep), David Pearson (1972 sweep – 1973), (1974-1975), Cale Yarborough (1983 sweep), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep – 1986 sweep), Bobby Labonte (1995 sweep), Mark Martin (1997-1998), Ryan Newman (2003-2004), Greg Biffle (2004-2005), (2012-2013) and most recently Kyle Larson who won three-straight at Michigan (2016-2017).
  • Bill Elliott holds the record for the most consecutive wins in the series at Michigan with four (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep).
  • 21 of the 100 (21%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Busch pole; the most recent win from the pole at Michigan was June 2019 (Joey Logano).
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (22) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway – 20 from the Busch Pole and one from the first starting position due to qualifying being cancelled – 1985 (Bill Elliott).

Monster Energy Series Wins by Starting Positions at Michigan International Speedway

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 22 22.0% 13 1 1.0%
2 8 8.0% 15 2 2.0%
3 11 11.0% 17 2 2.0%
4 12 12.0% 18 1 1.0%
5 6 6.0% 19 3 3.0%
6 1 1.0% 20 2 2.0%
7 6 6.0% 24 3 3.0%
8 4 4.0% 25 1 1.0%
9 2 2.0% 27 1 1.0%
10 3 3.0% 28 1 1.0%
11 3 3.0% 32 1 1.0%
12 4 4.0%      
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 22.0% 22
Winning from the Front Row: 30.0% 30
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 59.0% 59
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 75.0% 75
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 7.0% 7

 

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Michigan is 32nd, by Mark Martin in the spring of 2009.

 

  • Among the nine active series Michigan winners, Clint Bowyer (24), Kevin Harvick (19), Kyle Busch (13) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Michigan.
  • Martin Truex Jr. (27), Paul Menard (26) David Ragan (25) and Michigan native Brad Keselowski (20) lead all active drivers in the series in starts without a win at Michigan International Speedway.
  • Only two drivers in series history have recorded their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Michigan International Speedway – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett (August 18, 1991) and Kyle Larson (August 28, 2016).
Monster Energy Series
Active Michigan Winning Organizations
Active Winning Organizations Wins
Roush Fenway Racing 13
Wood Brothers Racing 11
Team Penske 9
Hendrick Motorsports 8
Joe Gibbs Racing 8
Chip Ganassi Racing 4
Richard Childress Racing 3
Stewart-Haas Racing 3
  • A total of 21 different organizations have won in the Monster Energy Series at Michigan International Raceway; eight of the 21 are active this weekend.
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Michigan with 13: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
  • The Wood Brothers Racing organization has the second-most series wins at Michigan with 11; including the inaugural race in 1969 – David Pearson (eight wins), Cale Yarborough (two) and Dale Jarrett (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan; led by Fordwith 38 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 26, Mercury (12), Dodge (nine), Toyota (five), Buick (four) Pontiac (four) and Oldsmobile (two).

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • A total of 42 different drivers in Monster Energy Series have finished runner-up at Michigan International Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes with eight.
  • Kevin Harvick, tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip for second-most all-time, leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Michigan with seven.

 

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Michigan International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Jeff Gordon 8 1 Kevin Harvick 7
2 Darrell Waltrip 7 2 Chase Elliott 3
3 Kevin Harvick 7 3 Martin Truex Jr 3
4 Richard Petty 5 4 Brad Keselowski 2
5 Bobby Allison 4 5 Denny Hamlin 1
  Cale Yarborough 4   Jimmie Johnson 1
Dale Earnhardt 4   Kyle Busch 1
  David Pearson 4   Kurt Busch 1

 

 

  • A total of 92 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have posted top-five finishes at Michigan International Speedway.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21 top fives.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active series drivers in top-five finishes at Michigan with 12.

Top Five In Top Five-Finishes at Michigan International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 Cale Yarborough 21 1 Kevin Harvick 12
2 Jeff Gordon 19 2 Denny Hamlin 7
3 Richard Petty 19 3 Kurt Busch 7
4 Mark Martin 18 4 Kyle Busch 7
5 Bill Elliott 17 5 Martin Truex Jr 7
  Darrell Waltrip 17   Brad Keselowski 6
David Pearson 17   Ryan Newman 6

 

  • A total of 147 different drivers have finished inside the top-10 at Michigan in the Monster Energy Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31 top 10s.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in top 10s at Michigan with 18.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Michigan International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top 10s Rank Active Drivers Top 10s
1 Mark Martin 31 1 Kevin Harvick 18
2 Bill Elliott 29 2 Joey Logano 15
3 Jeff Gordon 27 3 Kurt Busch 14
4 Cale Yarborough 26 4 Jimmie Johnson 13
5 Bobby Allison 25 5 Clint Bowyer 12
  Dale Earnhardt 25   Denny Hamlin 12
Darrell Waltrip 25
  Richard Petty 25

  • Sam Sommers leads the Monster Energy Series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 6.0 in two starts.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 7.4 in seven starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Michigan International Speedway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Finish Starts Rank Active Drivers Avg. Finish Starts
1 Sam Sommers 6.000 2 1 Chase Elliott 7.429 7
2 Chase Elliott 7.429 7 2 Brad Keselowski 11.600 20
3 Carl Edwards 9.400 25 3 Kevin Harvick 11.946 37
4 Cale Yarborough 9.611 36 4 Joey Logano 11.952 21
5 Larry Smith 9.667 3 5 Kyle Larson 13.273 11
6 LeeRoy Yarbrough 10.200 5 6 Denny Hamlin 14.259 27
7 Ed Hessert 10.500 2 7 Ryan Blaney 14.556 9
8 Bobby Allison 11.108 37 8 Erik Jones 15.000 5
9 Matt Kenseth 11.342 38 9 Martin Truex Jr 15.000 27
10 Brad Keselowski 11.600 20 10 Ryan Newman 16.139 36

Track/Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway was the June 10, 2001 race won by Jeff Gordon over Ricky Rudd with a margin of victory of 0.085 second.
  • Below are the top five closest Monster Energy Series margins of victories at Michigan:
Margin of Victory Race Winner Runner-Up Date
0.085 Jeff Gordon Ricky Rudd 6/10/2001
0.131 Matt Kenseth Dale Jarrett 6/16/2002
0.147 Joey Logano Kurt Busch 6/10/2019
0.168 Dale Jarrett Mark Martin 8/18/1996
0.270 Bobby Labonte Jeff Gordon 6/18/1995

 

  • There have been six Monster Energy Series races resulting with NASCAR Overtime at Michigan:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps NASCAR Overtime Laps Race Winner
6/10/2019 200 203 3 Joey Logano
8/13/2017 200 202 2 Kyle Larson
8/19/2012 200 201 1 Greg Biffle
8/21/2011 200 203 3 Kyle Busch
6/15/2008 200 203 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr
8/21/2007 200 203 3 Kurt Busch

 

  • Five of the 100 (5%) series races at Michigan have been shortened due to weather:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps No. of Fewer Laps Race Winner
6/10/2018 200 133 -67 Clint Bowyer
6/14/2015 200 138 -62 Kurt Busch
6/18/2006 200 129 -71 Kasey Kahne
8/19/2001 200 162 -38 Sterling Marlin
6/11/2000 200 194 -6 Tony Stewart
8/17/1969 300 165 -135 David Pearson

 

Track/Event Specific Stats

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway four times: June 1985; June 1990; August 2004 and June 2008.

 

Laps Led & Lap Leaders

  • A total of 152 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy Series at Michigan International Speedway.
  • Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at Michigan with 1,308 laps led in 36 starts.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 700 laps led in 35 starts.

Top 10 All-Time Lap Leaders at Michigan International Speedway

Rank All-Time Drivers Led Completed % Led Starts
1 Cale Yarborough 1308 6553 19.96% 36
2 Jeff Gordon 1059 8581 12.34% 46
3 Bill Elliott 1004 11212 8.95% 61
4 Mark Martin 988 10285 9.61% 56
5 David Pearson 864 4638 18.63% 29
6 Rusty Wallace 855 8101 10.55% 44
7 Jimmie Johnson 700 6525 10.73% 35
8 Darrell Waltrip 689 8884 7.76% 48
9 Bobby Allison 664 6711 9.89% 37
10 Dale Earnhardt 596 7976 7.47% 43

Top 10 Active Lap Leaders at Michigan International Speedway

Rank Active Drivers Led Completed % Led Starts
1 Jimmie Johnson 700 6525 10.73% 35
2 Joey Logano 520 3933 13.22% 21
3 Kevin Harvick 495 7135 6.94% 37
4 Kurt Busch 494 6438 7.67% 37
5 Kyle Busch 255 5075 5.02% 29
6 Martin Truex Jr 232 5177 4.48% 27
7 Denny Hamlin 192 5110 3.76% 27
8 Brad Keselowski 186 3876 4.80% 20
9 Kyle Larson 150 1970 7.61% 11
10 Ryan Newman 125 6754 1.85% 36

  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Michigan International Speedway is 163 laps led by Joey Logano on June 10, 2019 – he won the event starting from the Busch Pole position.
  • The most laps led in a Monster Energy Series race at Michigan International Speedway by a driver that did not win the event was 146 laps led by Jimmie Johnson who finished 22nd on June 14, 2009 – he started third.

Female Competitor Stats

  • Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR 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
Danica Patrick 18 22 8/13/2017
Danica Patrick 23 37 6/18/2017
Danica Patrick 25 21 6/12/2016
Danica Patrick 23 25 8/16/2015
Danica Patrick 19 16 6/14/2015
Danica Patrick 14 18 8/17/2014
Danica Patrick 27 17 6/15/2014
Danica Patrick 28 23 8/18/2013
Danica Patrick 37 13 6/16/2013
Patrick Averages 23.8 21.3
Shawna Robinson 32 34 6/10/2001
Robinson Averages 32.0 34.0
Robin McCall 29 33 8/22/1982
Robin McCall 35 29 6/20/1982
McCall Averages 32.0 31.0
Janet Guthrie 18 27 8/20/1978
Janet Guthrie 15 10 8/22/1977
Janet Guthrie 12 26 6/19/1977
Guthrie Averages 15.0 21.0

NASCAR in Michigan

  • There has been a total of 152 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Michigan.
Tracks in Michigan
Track Name City Cup XFINITY Truck Total Races First Year
Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn 100 28 19 147 1969
Grand River Speedrome Grand Rapids 2 0 0 2 1951
Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit 2 0 0 2 1951
Monroe Speedway Monroe 1 0 0 1 1952
Totals 105 28 19 152

 

  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held in the state of Michigan was at Grand River Speedrome in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 1, 1951. The race was won by Marshall Teague from the pole in a Hudson.

 

Michigan Drivers In NASCAR

  • A total of 100 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Michigan.
  • Nine of the 100 have won at least one race in NASCAR’s national series; they combined to win 152 NASCAR national series races.
  • Below are the nine Michigan winners:

 

Winners From  Michigan
Driver Monster Energy Xfinity Gander Outdoors Combined
1 Brad Keselowski 30 39 1 70
2 Paul Goldsmith 9 0 0 9
3 Johnny Benson 1 3 14 18
4 Erik Jones 1 9 7 17
5 Tim Fedewa 0 4 0 4
6 Butch Miller 0 2 1 3
7 Tracy Leslie 0 1 0 1
8 Jack Sprague 0 1 28 29
9 Bob Keselowski 0 0 1 1
Totals 41 59 52 152

Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Starts            
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 499   Needs: 1
To become the 42nd driver all-time to make 500 or more series starts.
Ryan Blaney   Has: 148   Needs: 2
To become the 167th driver all-time to make 150 or more series starts.
Monster Energy Series – Achievable Milestones
Wins            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 83   Needs: 1
To tie Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for fourth on the all-time series wins list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 55   Needs: 21
To tie Dale Earnhardt for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 46   Needs: 2
To tie Herb Thomas for 15th on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 34   Needs: 3
To tie Bobby Isaac (37) for 22nd on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Kurt Busch   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 30   Needs: 2
To tie Dale Jarrett for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins list.
Joey Logano   Has: 23   Needs: 2
To tie Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly for 32nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 23   Needs: 2
To tie Jim Paschal and Joe Weatherly for 32nd on the all-time Monster Energy Series wins list.

Busch Poles            
Ryan Newman   Has: 51   Needs: 3
Tie Bill Elliott for eighth on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 36   Needs: 1
To tie Geoff Bodine for 16th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kyle Busch   Has: 31   Needs: 1
To tie Fred Lorenzen and Fireball Roberts for 21st on the all-time series poles list.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 30   Needs: 1
To tie Kyle Busch and Fonty Flock for 24th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 29   Needs: 1
To tie Denny Hamlin for 25th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Kurt Busch   Has: 27   Needs: 1
To tie Kevin Harvick for 27th on the all-time Monster Energy Series poles list.
Joey Logano   Has: 22   Needs: 1
To tie Dale Earnhardt, Jack Smith, Ken Schrader for 33rd on the all-time series poles list.
Laps Led            
Jimmie Johnson   Has: 18,784   Needs: 216
To become the ninth driver in the series to lead 19,000 laps.
Kyle Busch   Has: 16,864   Needs: 136
To become the 10th driver in the series to lead 17,000 laps.
Kevin Harvick   Has: 13,625   Needs: 375
To become the 11th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 14,000 laps.
Kurt Busch   Has: 9,601   Needs: 399
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Denny Hamlin   Has: 9,511   Needs: 489
To become the 18th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 10,000 laps.
Martin Truex Jr.   Has: 8,054   Needs: 946
To become the 21st driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 9,000 laps.
Brad Keselowski   Has: 7,105   Needs: 895
To become the 26th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 8,000 laps.
Joey Logano   Has: 5,706   Needs: 294
To become the 36th driver in the MENCS all-time to lead 6,000 laps.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NASCAR COMMUNICATIONS

Julie Giese, ISM Raceway President, named to 2019 “Game Changers” Class by Sports Business Journal

Phoenix International Raceway 2011 By Paul Dubbelman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Julie Giese (courtesy ISM Raceway)

 

PHOENIX– ISM Raceway’s president, Julie Giese, has been selected by Sports Business Journal for recognition this fall in their ninth annual “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.” This distinction highlights women in the industry who have played key roles in their respective fields and are recognized as executives who have brought new approaches and ideas to sports business, who have been out front on significant projects and programs and who are leaders and mentors to other women in sports business.

“Julie’s leadership in the redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway and ISM Raceway has not only helped transform NASCAR’s fan experience, but has set a new benchmark,” stated Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to witnessing Julie’s continued evolution as a significant contributor to the future of motorsports.”

Giese was named president of ISM Raceway in October 2018 after previously serving as the Managing Director of Business Operations for International Speedway Corporation’s (ISC) Design & Development where she worked tirelessly on the design and project management of ISM Raceway’s $178 million modernization project. Prior to this, she spent 12 years overseeing consumer marketing, branding, creative, advertising, digital, public relations and event entertainment for Daytona International Speedway, playing a leading role in the DAYTONA Rising project.

“Julie is one of the most dedicated and motivated individuals I have ever worked with and this honor is incredibly well deserved,” stated Joie Chitwood III, ISC COO. “She has proven time and again that she is a game changer from her work at Watkins Glen International, Daytona International Speedway and now leading the facility and team as president at ISM Raceway.”

Giese and the other honorees will be featured in the September 16 issue of the Sports Business Journal and will be recognized at the “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business” conference on September 17 in New York City.

 

About ISM Raceway

Home to the 2020 NASCAR Championship Weekend, ISM Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest since 1964. As part of a $178 million modernization project, the track officially became ISM Raceway in 2018 as a result of a naming rights partnership with ISM Connect, a pioneer in smart venue technology bringing the digital fan engagement experience to Phoenix. Phoenix hosts two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends each year. The 2019 season at ISM Raceway began with the FanShield 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend on March 8, 9 and 10. The 2019 ISM Raceway schedule is anchored on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Semifinal Playoff Weekend after which the field is reduced to the final four championship contenders. For more information, visit www.ISMRaceway.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Rodney Scearce, ISM Director of Communications, Greg Fresquez, ISM Manager of Communications; NASCARmedia.com

 

 

 

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