THE RACE: FireKeepers Casino 400
TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #15 of 36
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Brooklyn, MI
Title Sponsor: FireKeepers Casino
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on FoxSports1(FS1)
Television Race Coverage: FS1, 3:00pm/et
Friday, June 16, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS2;
Saturday, June 17, 9:00 - 9:55 pm/et, TV-FS2
Saturday, June 17, 12:00 - 12:50 pm/et, TV-FS2
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, June 16 at 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS2;
re-air scheduled: Friday, June 16 at 9:30pm/et on FS1
and Saturday, June 17 at 7:00am/et on FS1
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race Host: Chris Myers
Analysts: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00am/et on FS1
Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00pm/et on FS2;
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, June 15
6:00 - 8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, June 16
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, June 17
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:00 - 12:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, June 18
9:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
200 laps, 400 miles
Stages: stage 1 ends lap 60; stage 2 ends lap 120; final stage ends lap 200 (unless OT)
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: front stretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet
Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Grand Marshal: Country music duo Thompson Square
Command to start engines: Thompson Square
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Michigan State Police
Invocation: Father Geoff Rose, St Francis de Sales High School
National Anthem: Lisa Bascom
Flyover: F-16s, 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard
Saturday Michigan Notebook: Jimmie Johnson takes a wild ride at Michigan; Ryan Reed on standby as Trevor Bayne waits for baby; Short Strokes[More](6-17-2017)
Friday Michigan Notebook: Jimmie Johnson is good to go for three more years-at least; Ryan Blaney: A young driver who respects old-school; Joey Logano: Rain won't nix track rubbering efforts[More](6-16-2017)
Michigan/Gateway Weekend Preview: Keselowski ready to triumph in home state; Allgaier hopes to extend points lead; Bell tries for Gateway repeat[More](6-15-2017)
What to watch for: Michigan: Stats and facts of interest as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway.[More](6-15-2017)
A look at many new, notes and story lines for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Michigan International Speedway
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Michigan International Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Michigan page
Superb restarts propel Kyle Larson to victory in Michigan: Two weeks ago at Dover, Kyle Larson took a painful master class in restarts from Professor Jimmie Johnson. In Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Larson graduated with high honors, using a series of exceptional restarts to win his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season and his second in a row, dating to last August, at the two-mile track in the Irish Hills. At Dover, Larson lost a race in which he had the dominant car when Johnson snookered him on a late restart and seized control of the race.[More](6-18-2017)
Larson wins at Michigan: #42-Kyle Larson won the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 1st win at Michigan, and 3rd career win. Larson started from the pole and led 96 of the 200 laps.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #78-Truex, Jr., #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #48-Johnson.
Larson takes the points lead from Truex, Jr by 5 points.
Stages 1 & 2 were both won by #78-Martin Truex, Jr.
There were 10 lead changes among 4 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 143.369mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway
Kyle Larson won the 49th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400, his third victory in 127 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
Joey Logano (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Erik Jones (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 5 points over Martin Truex Jr.
This is the 14th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory for Chip Ganassi Racing.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(6-18-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Michigan, race 15 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [2 wins], 640
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr , 635, -5
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 510, -130
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 508, -132
5) #24-Chase Elliott, 478, -162
5) #2-Brad Keselowski , 476, -164
7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 450, -190
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson , 449, -191
9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 430, -210
10) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 398, -242
11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 398, -242
12) #14-Clint Bowyer, 391, -249
13) #21-Ryan Blaney , 376, -264
14) #41-Kurt Busch , 359, -281
15) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , 354, -286
16) #77-Erik Jones, 346, -294
17) #31-Ryan Newman , -344, -296
20) #3-Austin Dillon , 297, -343
* encumbered finish, can't be used to make the playoffs
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 120) of the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (lap 120/200):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 60) of the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (lap 60/200):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: none, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 3: #32-DiBenedetto, 28th
Caution 4: #47-Allmendinger, 17th
Caution 5: #10-Patrick, 40th
Caution 6: #13-Dillon, 20th
Caution 7: #3-Dillon, 27th
Caution 8: #95-McDowell, 23rd
Michigan Sunday Pre-Race Schedule (eastern time):
-1:00pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-2:20pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Introductions
-2:58pm: Canadian Anthem: Michigan International Speedway's own, Lisa Bascom
-3:00pm: Presentation of Colors: Michigan State Police
-3:00pm: Invocation: Father Geoff Rose, St Francis de Sales High School
-3:01pm: National Anthem: Michigan International Speedway's own, Lisa Bascom
-3:02pm: Fly-By: F-16s, 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard
-3:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Thompson Square
-3:16pm: Start of the FireKeepers Casino 400 (200 Laps, 400 Miles), FS1, MRN, SiriusXM
See the starting lineup for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #48-Johnson (backup car), #47-Allmendinger (backup car), #34-Cassill (backup car), #19-Suarez (tire change), #4-Harvick (unapproved body modifications), #41-Busch (unapproved body modifications)
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (41,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. took pit stall 23, with an opening in front of it.
#14-Bowyer, who starts 3rd, took the 10th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 8th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(6-17-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #34-Cassill 187.833 & #33-JEarnhardt 187.740
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 19 drivers): #42-Larson 195.416.
notes: #47-Allmendinger got into the outside wall seconds before the end of practice. He suffered rear-end damage and will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (6-17-2017)
First Saturday practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 198.385
slowest: #33-JEarnhardt 187.823 & #34-Cassill 184.516
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 11 drivers): #18-Busch, 196.876mph
notes: #48-Johnson spun off turn 4 and slid into the grass. The team will go to a backup car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf) (6-17-2017)
Larson wins Michigan pole: #42-Kyle Larson won the Coors Light pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 202.156mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 1st at Michigan and 3rd of his career. Larson won from the pole at Auto Club Speedway this year.
#78-Truex, Jr. will start 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #4-Harvick, and #2-Keselowksi.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the first two rounds, but starts 11th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-9-2017)
Kyle Larson edges Martin Truex Jr. for Michigan pole: Martin Truex Jr. thought he had the pole for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400-until Kyle Larson made the last run in the final round of Friday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Driving the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Larson, who won the first Cup race of his career last August at MIS, covered the two-mile distance in 35.616 seconds (202.156 mph), edging Truex (202.117 mph) for the top starting spot by a scant .007 seconds.[More](6-16-2017)
Michigan International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 49th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 with a lap of 35.616 seconds, 202.156 mph.
This is his third pole in 126 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in seven races at Michigan International Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2017 and his seventh in 23 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh in 15 races this season.
Erik Jones (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 201.664
the rest of the top 12: 14 22 21 1 24 2 20
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 48 77 41 5 88 3 31 19 17 95 10 13
First Round of Qualifying for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 200.189
the rest of the top 24: 2 1 11 21 41 88 77 19 31 24 22 20 95 17 14 5 10 13 3;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 37 47 43 6 32 38 27 23 83 72 15 33 34
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 37 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017 at 4:15pm/et.
Television (TV): FS2, 4:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled re-airs: Friday, June 16 at 9:30pm/et on FS1 & and Saturday, June 17 at 7:00am/et on FS1
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #27-Menard.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(6-16-2017)
Friday practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 200.094
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 189.100 & #15-Sorenson 188.585.
most laps run: #43-Wallace, Jr. 28 laps.
Just two drivers ran 10 consecutive laps during practice: #18-Busch 196.591 & #11-Hamlin 194.626.
#34-Cassill wrecked with less than 2 minutes remaining and will have to go to a backup car.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(6-16-2017)
Entry List for the FireKeepers Casino 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Sieg, #33-JEarnhardt, #83-LaJoie*
Driver who does not drive for a team with a Charter and needs to race into the field: #83-LaJoie*.
#55-Cope is not entered and the #51 of Rick Ware Racing has withdrawn.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4702; Right-side -- D-4726
Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.66 in. (2,252 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear - 22 psi;
Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi
Storyline - Multi-Zone Tread Tire Enables Goodyear to Give Cars Maximum Grip on High Speed Tracks: Goodyear's multi-zone tread right-side tire, like the one run at Michigan International Speedway this week, is designed and built with two goals in mind -- (1) use one compound to protect the inboard portion of the tread that sees the most heat and takes the most abuse in the high-camber world of NASCAR Cup racing, and (2) use a second compound on the outboard portion of the tire to give the cars more grip in the corners, which has become increasingly important as NASCAR goes to lower downforce aerodynamic packages in both the Cup and Xfinity Series. When Goodyear introduced the multi-zone tire at Atlanta Motor Speedway back in 2013, the inboard "Endurance Zone" was four inches wide, while the outboard "Traction Zone" took up the remaining eight inches of tread width. In 2017, as it has been over the past several seasons, Goodyear has refined the manufacturing process to expand the "softer" part of the tire out to 10 inches wide, giving the cars even more grip and enhancing the racing.
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Michigan this week . . . the only thing that remains from last year at Michigan for these two series is that the Cup cars will be running the same left-side tire code (D-4702) . . . in Cup, like last year, this right-side tire code (D-4726) is a multi-zone tread tire, which features two different tread compounds on the same tire . . . what's different is that the compound on the outboard 10 inches of the tread has been changed to introduce more wear . . . in Xfinity, compared to what was run at Michigan in 2016, this left-side features a compound change for more grip, while the change on the right-side is the same as in Cup . . . teams in both of these series ran this right-side tire code at Las Vegas earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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