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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the FireKeepers Casino 400

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Michigan
Chase Elliott............................ 125.1
Matt Kenseth.......................... 102.2
Jimmie Johnson...................... 100.0
Joey Logano............................. 97.0
Dale Earnhardt Jr...................... 96.0
Kevin Harvick............................ 94.0
Kyle Larson............................... 94.0
Brad Keselowski........................ 93.3
Kurt Busch................................ 89.8
Denny Hamlin............................ 89.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (24 total) among active drivers 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 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 MENCS 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 95 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
· 381 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway; 284 in more than one.
· Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active series drivers in starts with 35.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Michigan with a 9.467.
· A total of 38 drivers have made their first series start at Michigan International Speedway.
· Landon Cassill (6/13/2010) is the only active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver to make his first career start at Michigan International Speedway.

Poles
· 47 different drivers have won Coors Light poles at Michigan, led by David Pearson with 10.
· Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano lead all active drivers in poles at Michigan with three each.
· Donnie Allison won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Michigan in 1969 with a speed of 160.135 mph.
· Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Michigan. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Michigan with five; fall 1976 through 1978. Most recent driver to post consecutive poles at MIS - Joey Logano's last season sweep.
· Youngest Michigan pole winner: Joey Logano (08/16/2013 - 23 years, 2 months, 23 days).
· Oldest Michigan pole winner: Mark Martin (08/19/2012 - 53 years, 7 months, 10 days).
· Nine different manufacturers have won a pole at Michigan in the MENCS; led by Ford (27 poles) and followed by Chevrolet (26), Mercury (10), Dodge (nine), Pontiac (eight), Toyota (five), Buick (three), Plymouth (two) and Oldsmobile (one).

Wins
· 37 different drivers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway, led by David Pearson with nine wins.
· Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth lead all active MENCS drivers with three each.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough won the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway driving for the Wood Brothers in a Mercury.
· Eight drivers have posted consecutive wins at Michigan International Speedway. Bill Elliott (1985 sweep and 1986 sweep) holds the record for the most consecutive wins in the series at Michigan with four.
· Ryan Newman (2003-2004) is the only active driver to win consecutive series races at Michigan.
· Youngest Michigan winner: Joey Logano (08/18/2013 - 23 years, 2 months, 25 days).
· Oldest Michigan winner: Harry Gant (08/16/1992 - 52 years, 7 months, 6 days).
· Roush Fenway Racing has the most wins at Michigan in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 13: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
· The top six winning MENCS organizations at Michigan are Roush Fenway Racing (13), Wood Brothers Racing (11), Joe Gibbs Racing (eight), Hendrick Motorsports (eight) and Team Penske (eight).
· Eight different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan; led by Ford with 35 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 24, Mercury (12), Dodge (nine), Toyota (five), Buick (four) Pontiac (four) and Oldsmobile (two).
· 20 of the 95 (21.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent won from the pole - Joey Logano (June 2016).
· The Coors Light pole position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Michigan International Speedway.
· 28 of the 95 (29.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the front row: 20 from the pole and eight from second-place.
· 56 of the 95 (58.9%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-five starting position.
· 71 of the 95 (74.7%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· Seven of the 95 (7.4%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recent: Kurt Busch (started 24th) in June, 2015.
· 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 11 active series Michigan winners, Kevin Harvick (19), Kyle Busch (13) and Joey Logano (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
· Jamie McMurray has made the most series starts (28) among active drivers at Michigan without a win.

Additional Finishing Position Stats
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in runner-up finishes at Michigan with eight; followed by Darrell Waltrip with seven and Kevin Harvick with six.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in top-five finishes at Michigan with 21; Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 14.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in top-10 finishes at Michigan with 31. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 20.
· Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the MENCS in average finishing position at Michigan with a 2.0.

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 MOV of 0.085 second.
· There have been four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in NASCAR Overtime at Michigan International Speedway:
· Five of the 95 (5.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
· 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; June, 2008.
· Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led at MIS with 1,308. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 687 laps led in 30 starts.

Female Competitor Stats
· Four female drivers have competed at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint 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).

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