Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Michigan Driver Statistics

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray - In 18 starts at MIS, McMurray has earned one top-five, four top-10s and led 14 laps.  He has an average start of 25 and an average finish of 19.5.  His best start is second in 2010, while his best finish is fourth in 2004.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has five Cup starts at Michigan earning one top 5 and one top 10.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Michigan International Speedway, Kasey Kahne has one win, six top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has two pole positions at the two-mile oval, and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Kahne has led 49 laps at Michigan and completed 98.6 percent of all laps attempted. He finished seventh in the track’s most recent event in August 2011.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose' best finish (15) at Michigan International Speedway came in 2010 and his best start (16) came in 2011. He has completed 1,217 of 1,403 laps attempted at the two-mile track. Ambrose enters this weekend’s 400-mile race in 17th-place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.

#14-Tony Stewart - Stewart has one win, seven top-threes, 10 top-fives, 18 top-10s and has led a total of 206 laps in his 26 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 20th, his average finish is 11.5, and he has a lap-completion rate of 95.3 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer - Bowyer will make his 13th NSCS start at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. In his previous 12 starts Bowyer has four top-10 finishes. His best finish at Michigan is eighth, which he has done three times including his last two trips. Bowyer has led seven laps in his 12 starts, averages a 19th place starting position and finish of 18th.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has an average starting position of 13.8 and average finishing position of 12.8 at Michigan. He has two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole and an average finish of 12.8

#17- Matt Kenseth - Kenseth has an average starting position of 19.4 and an average finishing position of 9.5 at Michigan. Kenseth has achieved two wins, 11 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at Michigan in the Cup series.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, three top-fives, five top-10s and has led a total of 169 laps in 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average Michigan finish is 15.5. 

#21- Trevor Bayne - Bayne will attempt to make just his third start at Michigan this week in the Motorcraft Ford. His best finish at the track was sixteenth last year in June.

#22- A J Allmendinger - In nine career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Allmendinger is still looking for his first career top-10 there. He has been running at the finish in all nine of the races and finished on the lead lap six times. He has completed 96.7 percent of possible laps (1,746 of 1,806). Overall, Dinger has a 25.7 average start and 21.2 average finish at Michigan.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 38 starts at the Irish Hills track, Gordon has two wins (1998 and 2001), five poles, 18 top-fives and 24 top-10's. But the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will need to find the groove quickly on the newly paved track if he is to battle for victory.

#27- Paul Menard - In 11 career Spring Cup Series starts at the two-mile oval, Menard has finished each of his contested races and completed 98 percent of his laps (2,164 of 2,209), leading for seven circuits. He has an average starting position of 27.2 and an average finishing position of 23.2. According to NASCAR’s Loop Data statistics, Menard ranks sixth in the category Green-Flag Passes, gaining 1,004 positions under green-flag conditions since its inception in 2006. The Eau Claire, Wis., native recorded both his best start (ninth) and his best finish (fourth) during his last year’s June visit to the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility. He also owns two top fives, five top-10 finishes and one pole award in six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at MIS.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Throughout the course of his Sprint Cup Series career, Harvick has 22 starts at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility, collecting one victory (August 2010), three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The 36-year-old driver holds an average starting position of 18.8 and a 15th-place average finishing position at the two-mile tri-oval. Harvick has completed 4,259 of 4,300 (99 percent) of the contested laps and led 149. In addition to his 2010 Sprint Cup Series win at MIS, Harvick has one Nationwide Series win at the track which came in the fall of 2003.

#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s 400-mile event marks Burton’s 37th start at the two-mile facility and 634th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton garnered four top-five and nine top-10 finishes at the track along with two pole awards in 1996 and 2006. He also led 75 laps at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based race track.

#33- Austin Dillon - Dillon will make his second career Sprint Cup start at Michigan this week. Dillon has four starts at MIS, spread among the NASCAR Nationwide Series (finished 19th in 2009), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (finished fifth in 2010 and 22nd in 2011) and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards (finished second in 2009). The 2011 Camping World Truck Series Driver Champion earned the pole award at the two-mile track in the 2010 edition of the Camping World Truck Series race.

#36- Dave Blaney - Blaney has started 22 races at Michigan with a best finish of sixth in August in August of 2007. Blaney has three DNF's as well at Michigan.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman’s two career Sprint Cup wins at Michigan came in back-to-back fashion (August 2003 and June 2004). He also has, one pole (June 2005), five top-five finishes and six top-10s in 21 starts at the 2-mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - In 10 starts at MIS, Montoya has earned two top-10 finishes.  He has an average start and finish of 17.4 and 23.2, respectively.  His best start came in the summer of 2009, when the driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet rolled off third, while his best finish of sixth came in the spring of 2009.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola knows where Victory Lane is at MIS. He visited there with a race win in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010. In addition to his Truck win, Almirola also has one top-five finish in two Nationwide starts at Michigan. He’ll look to take his Medallion cab-themed Ford back to Victory Lane at the end of Sunday’s 400-mile Sprint Cup Series event.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Johnson has yet to win at Michigan, but has scored three top 5's and eight top tens while suffering only one DNF. Johnsons best finish of second came last year in August at this track.

#51- Kurt Busch - In 22 starts at Michigan, Kurt Bush has two poles, two wins, three top 5's and eight ten's, along with seven DNF's.

#55- Mark Martin - In 52 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Martin owns five victories and 18  top-five finishes. He’s led 911 laps. Martin owns 40 Sprint Cup victories. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 25 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded one win, two pole positions, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He has completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (4,851 laps of 4,894 total) and led 173 laps.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. In his previous 15 starts, Edwards has two wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average start at Michigan is 20.9, his average finish is 8.2. He has completed 99 percent of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only three times in his previous 15 starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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