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Pure Michigan 400 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Michigan International Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 86.
  • First Sprint Cup race: June 15, 1969, won by Cale Yarborough.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: June 17, 2012, won by Dale Earnhardt, Jr..
  • Won from pole: 16, last time by Brian Vickers in 2009.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 52 times in 86 races (60%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 66 times (77%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 6 times (7%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 32nd, by Mark Martin in 2009.
  • Most laps led: 162, by Rusty Wallace in 1989.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Mark Martin in 2009.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 173.997 mph by Dale Jarrett in 1999.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 203.241 mph by Marcos Ambrose in 2012.
    • Most lead changes: 65 in 1981.
    • Closest finish: Jeff Gordon's .085 second margin over Ricky Rudd in 2001.
    • Most caution flags: 10 in 2006.

  • From 2007-2012 a typical Michigan race had 20.4 lead changes, 5.7 cautions for 24.6 laps, and an average green-flag run of 26.2 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Ford 31, Chevrolet 20, Mercury 12, Dodge 9, Buick 4, Pontiac 4, Toyota 4, Oldsmobile 2.

  • Victories by owner: Jack Roush 11, Wood Brothers 11, Harry Melling 7, Joe Gibbs 7, Roger Penske 6, Robert Yates 6, Rick Hendrick 6, Harry Ranier 5, Junior Johnson 4, Petty Enterprises 4, all others 19.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Michigan races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte (55 races) Dave Marcis (56 races)
    Top 5: Ken Schrader (47) Ken Schrader (47)
    Top 10: Mike Skinner (18) Jimmy Means (32)
    Pole: Mark Martin (53) Ricky Rudd (60)
    Lap led: Jeff Green (17) Cecil Gordon (24)
    Lead-lap finish: Kenny Wallace (16) J.D. McDuffie (33)


  • Top career marks at Michigan:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Bill Elliott (61) Bill Elliott (61)
    Wins: Bill Elliott (7) David Pearson (9)
    Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (18) Cale Yarborough (21)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (31) Mark Martin (31)
    Poles: Bill Elliott (6) David Pearson (10)
    Laps: Bill Elliott (11,212) Bill Elliott (11,212)
    Laps led: Bill Elliott (1,004) Cale Yarborough (1,308)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (36) Mark Martin (36)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Michigan (3 or more starts):

    1. Carl Edwards (8.4)
    2. Matt Kenseth (9.3)
    3. Tony Stewart (11.2)
    4. Jeff Gordon (11.3)
    5. Greg Biffle (12.4)
    6. Mark Martin (13.6)
    7. Denny Hamlin (13.8)
    8. Bill Elliott (14.6)
    9. Jimmie Johnson (14.7)
    10. Kevin Harvick (14.8)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Michigan (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (40.0)
    2. Hermie Sadler (37.7)
    3. J.J. Yeley (36.6)
    4. Tony Raines (34.8)
    5. Mike Bliss (34.0)
    6. Stacy Compton (32.0)
    7. Scott Speed (31.0)
    8. Kenny Wallace (30.7)
    9. David Gilliland (30.6)
    10. David Stremme (30.0)


    Current top-10 drivers at Michigan:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 21 0 4 9 0 4014 542 9.0 14.7 105.0
    Greg Biffle 19 2 8 11 1 3729 491 13.3 12.4 108.1
    Matt Kenseth 26 2 12 17 0 4971 279 18.8 9.3 103.0
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 2 5 9 2 5051 268 14.7 15.2 97.2
    Brad Keselowski 6 0 1 1 0 1199 3 23.8 21.0 73.4
    Martin Truex, Jr. 13 0 2 3 0 2528 59 13.7 17.1 80.7
    Clint Bowyer 13 0 0 5 0 2489 8 18.8 17.5 79.7
    Tony Stewart 27 1 11 19 0 5053 224 19.6 11.2 98.6
    Kevin Harvick 23 1 3 8 0 4459 149 18.0 14.8 83.2
    Denny Hamlin 13 2 5 7 0 2448 148 14.0 13.8 94.3

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Michigan: Carl Edwards (104.7), Jeff Gordon (95.1), Kyle Busch (94.0), Kurt Busch (91.7), Brian Vickers (91.3), Kasey Kahne (86.4), Mark Martin (86.3).