Wednesday, June 12, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan Speedway

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 20 previous starts at MIS, McMurray has earned one top-five, four top-10s and led 15 laps.  He has an average start of 24.6 and an average finish of 19.  His best start is second in 2010, while his best finish is fourth in 2004.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 7 prior Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, scoring 2 top 5's, 2 top 10's with no DNF's. He has led 20 laps and has an average start of 23.143 with an average finish of 18.286.  Most recently at Michigan, Kahne finished third there in August 2012.

#5- Kasey Kahne - Kahne has had great success in 18 previous Sprint Cup races at Michigan. He has earned 2 poles, 1 win, 7 top 5's, 8 top 10's and only 2 DNF's. His win was scored in June of 2006 driving the #9 Dodge for Ray Evernham. He has led 49 laps and has an average start of 11.222 and an average finish of 15.722. Most recently at Michigan, Kahne finished third there in August 2012.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - In his nine starts in the Irish Hills, Ambrose tallied his best starts and finishes last season. He has 1 pole, 1 top 5 2 top 10's and only 1 DNF at the track. He has led 15 laps and has an average finish of 22.556.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway will mark Danica Patrick’s 25th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Michigan. Patrick started two NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Michigan, with a best finish of 18th in September 2012.

#14-Tony Stewart - The Quicken Loans 400 will mark Stewart’s 515th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 29th Sprint Cup start at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Stewart has one win, eight top-threes, 11 top-fives, 19 top-10's and has led a total of 224 laps in his 28 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 19.4, his average finish is 11.9, and he has a lap-completion rate of 93.9 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  In 14 races Bowyer owns six top-10s. His average start is 18th and finish 17th. He has led 27 laps, including 19 in his last race at MIS. In the last four MIS starts, Bowyer is tied with fellow Toyota driver Matt Kenseth for the most points with 148. He also has the best average finish of any driver (7.5) and  is the only driver with four consecutive top-10s.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 20 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning three wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. Michigan is Biffle’s second-best average finishing track.  His average finish is 11.8 from an average starting position of 13.2. Biffle has led a lap in all but six of his 20 starts at Michigan.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -  Stenhouse has three Nationwide starts at MIS earning one top-five and one top-10 finish. Stenhouse will make his first career Sprint Cup start this weekend at Michigan.  Stenhouse Jr. is currently 20th in the point standings, 34 points out of 10th.

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has one win, three top-five and five top-10s, and has led a total of 169 laps in 16 career points-paying Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average Michigan finish is 16.4. Busch’s next Sprint Cup top-five finish will put him at 100 career top-five finishes in NASCAR’s top series.

#20- Matt Kenseth - In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.6 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series.  Kenseth has completed 5,172 of 5,295 (97.7 percent) career laps, has led for a total of 284 laps.  He has earned two wins, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the 2.0-mile track located in Brooklyn, Michigan. 

#22- Joey Logano - Logano will make his ninth Cup start this week in Michigan. He has 3 top 10's and 1 DNF at the track where he has an average starting position of 18.625 and an average finish of 19.625. His best finish of 7th place was scored in August of 2009.

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 40 starts at the two-mile track, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has two wins, five pole positions, 18 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s. But much of that occurred on a track surface that was repaved prior to last year's events.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 13 starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of ninth and best finish of fourth both came in 2011. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,564 of 2,610 laps attempted (98.2 percent) at the Brooklyn, Mich., track, leading 14 of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick has made 24 starts at the two-mile D-shaped oval dating back to the 2001 season. During that time, the RCR veteran has collected one win (August 2010), three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He holds an 18.7 average starting position coupled with a 14.8 average finishing position, has completed 99.1 percent (4,660 or 4,701) of the laps contested and is credited with 149 laps led. 

#31- Jeff Burton - This weekend’s 400-mile event marks Burton’s 39th start at the two-mile facility and 670th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered four top-five and nine top-10 finishes at the track, along with two pole awards in 1996 and 2006. He has also led 76 laps at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based race track.

#33- Austin Dillon -  Dillon competed in last year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. He posted lap times consistent with the top 10 competitors and ran in the top 15 before a broken radio caused him to fall one lap down to the race leader and finish 24th.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 23 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Newman has two wins, five top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Newman, a 35-year-old from South Bend, Ind., also has led 97 laps, has an average starting position of 11.4 and an average finish of 17.7 at the 2-mile oval.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya -  In 12 starts at MIS, Montoya has completed 2,261 laps out of 2,410 laps possible or 93.8%.  He has earned three top-10 finishes and has an average starting and finishing position of 18.3 and 22.2, respectively.  Montoya’s highest start is third (fall 2009) and highest finish is sixth (spring 2009). 

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has six starts at the Michigan track over all three NASCAR premier series. He and crew chief Todd Parrott are no strangers to Victory Lane at the two-mile oval. Almirola won the truck series race in 2010, while Parrott has three Cup series wins there. Parrott knows how to get around the Michigan track. In his 29 starts as a crew chief, he has an average finish of 12.8 and 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - In 22 previous Sprint Cup races at Michigan, Johnson has no poles, four top-five finishes (18.2 percent) and nine top-10s (40.9 percent) in 22 starts, two DNFs – did not finish (August 2012 and 2004), and an average start of 8.8 and average finish of 15.2.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 54 starts, Martin owns five victories and 18 top-five finishes. He’s led 965 laps and won two poles. He won the pole for the August race. Bill Elliott leads the series in starts at Michigan with 61. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Martin with 54.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 27 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded two wins, two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 99.2 percent of all laps he's attempted (5,252 laps of 5,295 total) and led 293 laps.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International SpeedwaySunday. In his previous 17 starts, Edwards has two wins, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.  His average start at Michigan is 21.1, his average finish is 8.2. He has completed 99 percent of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track.  Only four times in his previous 17 starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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