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Statistical Advance: HELUVA GOOD! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 13, 2011) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Michigan International Speedway going into the HELUVA GOOD! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 13.

 

MICHIGAN-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Greg Biffle (No. 16 RED CROSS Ford)

 

· Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 12.3

 

· Average Running Position of 9.0, third-best

 

· Driver Rating of 104.8, third-best

 

· 155 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

 

· 852 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.862 mph, third-fastest

 

· 1,937 Laps in the Top 15 (83.0%), third-most

 

· 580 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

 

 

 

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

 

· Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

 

· Average finish of 20.5

 

· Average Running Position of 14.1, ninth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 95.3, ninth-best

 

· 122 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.433 mph, eighth-fastest

 

· 1,564 Laps in the Top 15 (67.0%), eighth-most

 

· 405 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

 

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Snickers Toyota)

 

· One top five, three top 10s

 

· Average finish of 17.8

 

· Average Running Position of 14.6, 10th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 90.7, 11th-best

 

· 75 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

 

· 796 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

 

· 1,580 Laps in the Top 15 (67.7%), seventh-most

 

· 437 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)

 

· One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

 

· Average finish of 15.7

 

· Average Running Position of 12.7, eighth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 95.9, eighth-best

 

· 114 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

 

· 920 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.380 mph, ninth-fastest

 

· 1,500 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%), ninth-most

 

· 493 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)

 

· Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 6.3

 

· Average Running Position of 8.1, second-best

 

· Series-best Driver Rating of 110.5

 

· 146 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

 

· 899 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.975 mph, second-fastest

 

· Series-high 2,086 Laps in the Top 15 (89.3%)

 

· Series-high 642 Quality Passes

 

 

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

 

· Two wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles

 

· Average finish of 11.4

 

· Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 96.2, seventh-best

 

· 127 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.434 mph, seventh-fastest

 

· 1,641 Laps in the Top 15 (70.3%), sixth-most

 

· 458 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

 

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

 

· One win, four top fives, six top 10s

 

· Average finish of 10.9

 

· Average Running Position of 11.1, fourth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 98.3, fifth-best

 

· 83 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.487 mph, sixth-fastest

 

· 1,431 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), 10th-most

 

· 460 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

 

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

 

· One win, three top fives, seven top 10s

 

· Average finish of 14.7

 

· Driver Rating of 83.9, 13th-best

 

· 68 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

 

· 920 Green Flag Passes, second-most

 

· 382 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

 

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

 

· Two top fives, seven top 10s

 

· Average finish of 15.2

 

· Series-best Average Running Position of 8.0

 

· Driver Rating of 110.3, second-best

 

· Series-high 258 Fastest Laps Run

 

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 174.078 mph

 

· 1,979 Laps in the Top 15 (84.8%), second-most

 

· 489 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

 

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)

 

· One win, six top fives, six top 10s; two poles

 

· Average finish of 15.1

 

· Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 86.6, 12th-best

 

· 104 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

 

· 887 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.089 mph, 12th-fastest

 

· 1,230 Laps in the Top 15 (52.7%), 12th-most

 

· 403 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

 

 

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)

 

· Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 9.8

 

· Average Running Position of 11.8, fifth-best

 

· Driver Rating of 101.2, fourth-best

 

· 92 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

 

· 884 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.642 mph, fourth-fastest

 

· 1,791 Laps in the Top 15 (76.7%), fourth-most

 

· 552 Quality Passes, third-most

 

 

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

 

· One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s

 

· Average finish of 11.8

 

· Average Running Position of 12.4, seventh-best

 

· Driver Rating of 97.9, sixth-best

 

· 77 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

 

· 823 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.503 mph, fifth-fastest

 

· 1,722 Laps in the Top 15 (73.7%), fifth-most

 

· 472 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

 

 

Brian Vickers (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota)

 

· One win, two top fives, seven top 10s; three poles

 

· Average finish of 15.3

 

· Average Running Position of 15.5, 11th-best

 

· Driver Rating of 93.6, 10th-best

 

· 89 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

 

· Average Green Flag Speed of 173.090 mph, 11th-fastest

 

· 1,175 Laps in the Top 15 (60.7%), 13th-most

 

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10 Following Race 14 of 36

 

Rank Season

 

Last Driver

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Week Rating

 

 

 

1. Carl Edwards 492 1 2 1 103.5

 

2. Jimmie Johnson 486 1 0 2 98.7

 

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 482 0 1 3 90.5

 

4. Kevin Harvick 481 3 0 4 92.7

 

5. Kyle Busch 467 2 0 5 110.1

 

6. Kurt Busch 457 0 2 6 93.2

 

7. Matt Kenseth 448 2 1 7 93.6

 

8. Clint Bowyer 419 0 0 9 92.2

 

9. Tony Stewart 417 0 0 8 89.6

 

10. Ryan Newman 417 0 0 10 86.4

 

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season. After race 26, the top 10 earn Chase berths. Spots 11 and 12 go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20. Those outside the top 10 with wins are shown above parenthetically (X).

 

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.

 

· The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).

 

 

 

Notebook

 

· There have been 83 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.

 

· Donnie Allison won the first pole.

 

· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.

 

· There have been 40 different pole winners, led by David Pearson, with 10.

 

· 33 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 have more than one victory there.

 

· The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers was the last driver to win from the pole the fall race of 2009.

 

· 65 of 83 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 46 from the first four spots.

 

· The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the 2009 June race.

 

· The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.

 

· Among active drivers, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.3. Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.8.

 

NASCAR in Michigan

 

· There have been 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan.

 

· 96 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Michigan.

 

Michigan International Speedway Data

 

Race # 15 of 36 (6-19-11)

 

Track Size: 2 miles

 

· Race Length: 400 miles

 

· Banking/Corners: 18 degrees

 

· Banking/Frontstretch: 12 degrees

 

· Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

 

Driver Rating at Michigan

 

Carl Edwards 110.5

 

Jimmie Johnson 110.3

 

Greg Biffle 104.8

 

Matt Kenseth 101.2

 

Denny Hamlin 98.3

 

Tony Stewart 97.9

 

Jeff Gordon 96.2

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 95.9

 

Kurt Busch 95.3

 

Brian Vickers 93.6

 

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (12 total) at Michigan.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

 

2010 pole winner: Kurt Busch, 189.984 mph, 37.898 seconds

 

2010 race winner: Denny Hamlin, 156.386 mph, 7-13-10)

 

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (194.232 mph, 37.069 seconds, (6-18-05)

 

Track race record: Dale Jarrett (173.997 mph, 6-13-99)

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