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DATE: Sunday, August 21st
SITE: Michigan International Speedway (1968) -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 108,000; Grandstand Seating: 137,243
ANNUAL: 42nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:16 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 14th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2005 (194.232 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1999 (173.997 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,126,880 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $211,901; 2nd Place - $144,325; 3rd Place - $146,998
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick86Tony Stewart4
2Denny Hamlin337Juan Pablo Montoya5
3Carl Edwards248Martin Truex Jr9
4Greg Biffle69Elliott Sadler23
5Matt Kenseth710Joey Logano27
2010 Pure Michigan 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.029 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 38 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.731 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (187.183 m.p.h.)
Past Pure Michigan 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 144.029 m.p.h.
2009 -- Brian Vickers (1st) -- Toyota -- 131.531 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (27th) -- Ford -- 140.351 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kurt Busch (15th) -- Dodge -- 117.012 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (3rd) -- Ford) -- 135.097 m.p.h.
2005 -- Jeremy Mayfield (11th) -- Dodge -- 141.551 m.p.h.
2004 -- Greg Biffle (24th) -- Ford -- 139.063 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (2nd) -- Dodge -- 127.310 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dale Jarrett (8th) -- Ford -- 140.556 m.p.h.
2001 -- Sterling Marlin (15th) -- Dodge -- 140.513 m.p.h.
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (10th) -- Ford -- 132.597 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (19th) -- Pontiac -- 144.332 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 151.995 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 126.883 m.p.h.
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (11th) -- Ford -- 139.792 m.p.h.
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 157.739 m.p.h.
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1st) -- Ford -- 139.914 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (12th) -- Ford -- (144.564 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (24th) -- Oldsmobile -- 146.056 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (11th) -- Ford -- 142.972 m.p.h.
1990 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 138.822 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 157.704 m.p.h.
1988 -- Davey Allison (4th) -- Ford -- 156.863 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (3rd) -- Ford -- 138.648 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bill Elliott (3rd) -- Ford -- 135.376 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 137.430 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 153.863 m.p.h.
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 147.511 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (10th) -- Buick -- 136.454 m.p.h.
1981 -- Richard Petty (7th) -- Buick -- 123.457 m.p.h.
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.352 m.p.h.
1979 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 130.376 m.p.h.
1978 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 129.566 m.p.h.
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 137.944 m.p.h.
1976 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 140.078 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Dodge -- 107.583 m.p.h.
1974 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Mercury -- 133.045 m.p.h.
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- David Pearson (4th) -- Mercury -- 134.416 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Mercury -- 149.862 m.p.h.
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach (1st) -- Dodge -- 147.571 m.p.h.
1969 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Ford -- 115.508 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Yankee 600 (1969), Yankee 400 (1970-1974), Champion
Spark Plug 400 (1975-93), GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994-96), DevilBliss
400 (1997), Pepsi 400 (1998-2002), GFS Marketplace 400 (2003-06) 3M
Performance 400 (2007-08), CARFAX 400 (2009-10). Race changed from 600
to 400 miles (1970).
 
Past Pure Michigan 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14th
2009 - Brian Vickers -- 1st
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 7th
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 27th
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 42nd
2005 -- Joe Nemechek -- 8th
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37th
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 10th
2001 -- Ricky Craven -- 2nd
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 31st
1999 -- Ward Burton -- 43rd
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6th
1997 -- Johnny Benson Jr -- 24th
1996 -- Jeff Burton -- 9th
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1st
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1st
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 27th
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 14th
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 8th
1990 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 11th
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 5th
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1987 -- Davey Allison -- 5th
1986 -- Benny Parsons -- 26th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 4th
1982 -- Bill Elliott -- 27th
1981 -- Ron Bouchard -- 29th
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 6th
1979 -- David Pearson -- 4th
1978 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1977 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1975 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- Richard Petty -- 4th
1971 -- Pete Hamilton -- 31st
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 1st
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (August 14th)
SITE: Watkins Glen International -- Watkins Glen, New York
MILES: 225.4
LAPS: 92
WINNER: Marcos Ambrose
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Martin Truex Jr.
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 16 minutes, 2 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.417 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kyle Busch - pole; A. Allmendinger 1-8; M. Ambrose 9-16; Kyle
Busch 17-29; M. Ambrose 30-37; J. Montoya 38-41; J. Gordon 42-44;
Kyle Busch 45-57; B. Keselowski 58-59; C. Bowyer 60; M. Ambrose
61-63; J. Johnson 64; J. Gordon 65-67; Kyle Busch 68-90; M.
Ambrose 91-92.
Pure Michigan 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Pure Michigan
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Kroger
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/JDRF/Motorcraft/Quick Lane
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cat Financial
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Erik Darnell (Beach Park, IL)Chevrolet/Red Line
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kingsford/Bush's
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kevin Harvick3rd2nd16th22nd11th15th8th12thWon
Denny Hamlin------------9th5th39th10th2nd
Carl Edwards------10th4th22nd7thWon4th3rd
Greg Biffle---4thWon6th7th19th4th20th4th
Matt Kenseth11th9th8th3rdWon4th5th14th5th
Tony Stewart2nd3rd9th5th3rd10th12th17th6th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------26th25th19th7th
Martin Truex Jr------------30th2nd16th21st8th
Joey Logano---------------------7th10th
Jimmie Johnson7th27th40th10th13th3rd17th34th12th
Clint Bowyer------------33rd17th20th8th13th
Kasey Kahne------5th29th4th31st40th11th14th
Marcos Ambrose------------------43rd35th15th
David Reutimann---------------23rd14th9th16th
Kyle Busch---------43rd39th13th2nd23rd18th
Dale Earnhardt Jr10th32nd21st18th6th12th23rd3rd19th
Jamie McMurray---36th4th20th17th30th10th32nd20th
Regan Smith------------------29th---21st
Ryan Newman31stWon14th12th25th16th21st15th23rd
Jeff Burton4th11th12th26th42nd14th11th18th24th
Jeff Gordon19th30th7th15th2nd27th42nd2nd27th
Mark Martin5th17th2nd17th5th42nd6th31st28th
Brad Keselowski---------------------24th34th
Paul Menard------------20th39th24th26th35th
Kurt Busch39th18th6th7th40thWon36th36th40th
Brian Vickers------22nd9th15th8th7thWon---
 
Mover of the Week
Jeff Burton - Started in the 40th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Jeff Burton
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Clint Bowyer) - Finished 11th
 
NOTES:
Kevin Harvick gambled on fuel and tires last year when he opted to stay on the track, while most of the leaders pitted for the final time during a late- race caution. He passed Denny Hamlin with 11 laps remaining and then beat Hamlin at the finish by 1.7 seconds for his third victory of the 2010 season and the 14th of his Sprint Cup Series career. Harvick also won at Michigan for the first time in his 20th Cup start here.

With the victory, Harvick recorded his first Cup win on a non-restrictor plate track since November 2006 at Phoenix. He also gave RCR its first Cup win at Michigan since Dale Earnhardt did it in 1990.

Although he started on the pole, Brian Vickers led only 12 laps, but it was good enough to capture his second career title in 2009 at Michigan International Speedway. Vickers reclaimed the lead for the third time with just three laps remaining to defeat Jeff Gordon by 1.409 seconds. Jimmie Johnson, who has had little luck at MIS, dominated the race, leading six times for 133 laps, but ran out of gas and placed 33rd. Vickers' win ended an 87-winless streak, with his last triumph in October 2006 at Talladega.

With 18 laps remaining, Carl Edwards assumed control of the race in 2008, and held on for a 0.947 of a second win over Kyle Busch for his 12th career Sprint Cup title. Edwards, who started in the 27th position on the grid, led five times for a race-high 84 laps. Pole sitter Brian Vickers finished seventh. Edwards, who's victory total stands at 16, is winless since posting nine titles in 2008.

After two days of rain delays, Kurt Busch won the 2007 race on a rare Tuesday running at Michigan. Busch led a race-high 92 laps and then held off Martin Truex Jr in a green-white-checkered finish to record his second Cup victory of the season and the 17th of his career. With one win in 2011, Busch's now owns 23 Sprint Cup titles.

In 2006, Matt Kenseth took over the top spot on lap 169 of the scheduled 200- lap event and held on to edge Jeff Gordon by less than a second for his 13th career Sprint Cup title. Kenseth, who now totals 20 wins, led six times for a race-high 87 laps, while Gordon led three times for 12 laps. Pole sitter Jeff Burton failed to finish the race, as he retired after 17 laps due to engine failure and placed 42nd.

Jeremy Mayfield recorded his fifth career Sprint Cup title in 2005, as he edged Scott Riggs by 1.974 seconds. Mayfield took the lead for the first and only time with just six laps remaining and held on for the win. Pole sitter Joe Nemechek led for a total of 30 laps and finished eighth, while Kurt Busch, who finished seventh, led five times for 65 laps.

Overall, the pole winner has gone on to win this race nine of 41 times. Bill Elliott is the only driver to win this race three straight years (1985-87) and is the last driver to repeat as champion. Over the years, Elliott amassed 29 top-10 finishes at Michigan. Harry Gant holds the record for winning this race from the farthest back when he captured the 1992 event from the 24th spot.

David Pearson was a nine-time winner at this track, including five wins in this race. In addition, Pearson was a 10-time pole winner at Michigan.

Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan. Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967. The first Sprint Cup race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969. There have been 84 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Michigan, with 65 won from the top-10 position.

Although Jimmie Johnson owns several top-10 finishes at Michigan, he has never won at the track, sporting a dismal 0-for-19 mark. His best placing was third in 2007.

College Football Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (Michigan) will serve as the grand marshal.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the August 27 IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

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