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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Consumers Energy 400

lam_19060918025DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – 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 Ford with 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.

 

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