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DATE: Sunday, August 19th
SITE: Michigan International Speedway (1968) -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 84,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 43rd
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: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (Finished 20th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Marcos Ambrose, 2012 (203.241 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1999 (173.997 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,079,398 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $204,941; 2nd Place - $175,661; 3rd Place - $136,108
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch176Jeff Gordon9
2Jimmie Johnson197Kasey Kahne14
3Brad Keselowski68Clint Bowyer35
4Mark Martin59Tony Stewart18
5Ryan Newman310Matt Kenseth2
2011 Pure Michigan 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 150.898 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 41 minutes, 26 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.568 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Greg Biffle (190.345 m.p.h.)
Past Pure Michigan 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (17th) -- Toyota -- 150.898 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Greg Biffle -- 20th
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: Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen (August 12th)
SITE: Watkins Glen International -- Watkins Glen, New York
MILES: 220.5
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Marcos Ambrose
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Jimmie Johnson
FOURTH: Clint Bowyer
FIFTH: Sam Hornish Jr.
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 33rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 48 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 98.145 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.571 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Montoya - pole; Kyle Busch 1-26; J. Montoya 27; B. Keselowski
28-38; M. Ambrose 39-45; B. Keselowski 46-56; Kyle Busch 57-58;
C. Edwards 59; B. Keselowski 60-74; Kyle Busch 75-89; M. Ambrose
90.
Pure Michigan 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmer's Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Fifth Third
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Ford/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Wheaties
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/TBA
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Long John Silver's
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Clorox
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
91Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
98Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Geek Squad
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kyle Busch------43rd39th13th2nd23rd18thWon
Jimmie Johnson27th40th10th13th3rd17th34th12th2nd
Brad Keselowski------------------24th34th3rd
Mark Martin17th2nd17th5th42nd6th31st28th4th
Ryan NewmanWon14th12th25th16th21st15th23rd5th
Jeff Gordon30th7th15th2nd27th42nd2nd27th6th
Kasey Kahne---5th29th4th31st40th11th14th7th
Clint Bowyer---------33rd17th20th8th13th8th
Tony Stewart3rd9th5th3rd10th12th17th6th9th
Matt Kenseth9th8th3rdWon4th5th14th5th10th
Dale Earnhardt Jr32nd21st18th6th12th23rd3rd19th14th
Jeff Burton11th12th26th42nd14th11th18th24th17th
Martin Truex Jr---------30th2nd16th21st8th19th
Greg Biffle4thWon6th7th19th4th20th4th20th
Joey Logano------------------7th10th21st
Kevin Harvick2nd16th22nd11th15th8th12thWon22nd
Jamie McMurray36th4th20th17th30th10th32nd20th23rd
Juan Pablo Montoya------------26th25th19th7th25th
Paul Menard---------20th39th24th26th35th26th
Marcos Ambrose---------------43rd35th15th27th
Kurt Busch18th6th7th40thWon36th36th40th34th
Denny Hamlin---------9th5th39th10th2nd35th
Carl Edwards---10th4th22nd7thWon4th3rd36th
 
Mover of the Week
Travis Kvapil - Started in the 42nd position and finished 24th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Darkhorse - Jamie McMurray
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kurt Busch) - Finished 31st
 
NOTES:
The Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway for the second time in two months this weekend. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended his four year, 143-race winless streak when the series ran at this two-mile racetrack for the first time this season the third weekend June.

Kyle Busch won at Michigan one year ago. Busch made a late-race pass on Jimmie Johnson for the lead and then held off Johnson during a green-white-checkered finish for his fourth Sprint Cup win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Busch, who led in the point standings at the time, became the first driver to clinch a spot in the 12-member field for last year's championship Chase. He has only one Sprint Cup victory since the Aug. 2011 race at Michigan. Busch won this year's spring event at Richmond.

Johnson's second-place run one year ago at Michigan marked his career-best finish there. Michigan is one of five tracks on the current Sprint Cup schedule where Johnson has yet to win. Chicagoland, Homestead, Kentucky and Watkins Glen are the others.

David Pearson holds the record for most Cup wins at Michigan with nine. Cale Yarborough is second with eight, followed by seven for Bill Elliott. Of the 45 drivers entered for the Pure Michigan 400, Mark Martin leads the way with five victories at this racetrack. Martin is running a limited schedule in the series this season.

Since the series began competing at Michigan in 1969, there have been seven season-sweeps there. Bobby Labonte was the last driver to win both races at Michigan in the same season, doing so in 1995. Elliott won four straight races there from 1985-86.

Sixteen of 86 races at Michigan have been won from the pole position. Brian Vickers is the last driver to start on the pole and win there. Vickers did it in Aug. 2009.

Carl Edwards and Landon Cassill are those active drivers who made their first career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. In June, Marcos Ambrose claimed his first pole in the series with a new qualifying record at this track. Jeff Burton and J.J. Yeley's maiden poles also came at Michigan. No active driver has scored his inaugural race win there.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the Aug. 25 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

08/14 17:17:49 ET

As of August 14, 2012, at 05:18 PM ET

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