THE RACE: Pure Michigan 400
TRACK: Michigan International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #23 of 36
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, MI
Title Sponsor: Pure Michigan
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 2:30pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 3:00pm/et
Friday, August 11, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, August 12, 8:30 - 9:25 am/et, TV-CNBC;
Saturday, August 12, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, NBC Sports App
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, August 11 at 5:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Leigh Diffey, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, August 7 at 3:30 pm/et on NBCSN
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, August 10
6:00 PM 8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, August 11
9:00 AM- 6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM-12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, August 12
7:00 AM-4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 AM-9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM-12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, August 13
9:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (MICHIGAN ROOM)
1:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MICHIGAN ROOM)
2:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:00 PM MENCS RACE (200 LAPS, 400 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: front stretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet
Frontstretch Length: 3,600 feet
73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Seating Capacity: 71,000 [down from 84,000(2012), 108,000(2011) and 137,243(2006)]
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: University of Michigan retired hockey coach Red Berenson
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Michigan State Police
Invocation: Father Geoff Rose
National Anthem: Lori Higgins
Flyover: C-130 Hercules, 103rd Airlift Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard, Bradley Air National Guard Base
Sunday Michigan Notebook: Joey Logano knows time is short to make the playoffs; Rookie Daniel Suarez's top 10 streak ends at Michigan; Michigan's Erik Jones ponders a win at his home track. [More](8-13-2017)
Saturday Michigan Notebook: Earnhardt Jr. reminisces about his time at Michigan; Kahne on the search for a ride next season; DiBenedetto will return to Go Fas Racing in 2018; Hendrick teammates will go to backup cars.[More](8-12-2017)
Friday Michigan Notebook: Clint Bowyer is feeling the playoff pressure; Kyle Larson's action-packed schedule isn't slowing; Joey Logano and his wife Brittany are looking forward to being parents.[More](8-11-2017)
What to Watch for: Michigan: Larson Looks to Make It Three Straight at Michigan;Dale Jr. Looks to Break Streak at Michigan... Again; Can Chase Elliott Break Through? Who's Hot and Who's Not and more[More](8-10-2017)
Michigan/Mid-Ohio Weekend Preview: Elliott eyes Michigan win; Sadler hopes to visit Victory Lane at Mid-Ohio; Bell can notch fifth win at Michigan.[More](8-10-2017)
A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Michigan
Michigan will drag tires on track again: Michigan International Speedway, in consultation with NASCAR, is again dragging tires to help provide teams more grip for this weekend's races, but there are a couple of changes, NBC Sports has learned.[More](-2017)
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Michigan, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Michigan page
Daredevil restart gives Larson third consecutive Michigan win: Sitting in his racecar during a red flag delay near the end of the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Kyle Larson pondered the possible routes to an overtime victory. He was in fourth-place and would restart for the final two-lap shootout behind leader Martin Truex Jr. Larson hadn't had a fast racecar all day at Michigan International Speedway, but he thought with a gutsy move on the restart, he could steal a win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Ahead of him, Truex, the race leader, was in the opposite positon. He had had a fast racecar all day, and he figured he needed a strong restart to repel whatever move Larson or somebody else would throw at him. Like Larson, he was trying to figure out which scenario would be most likely to take him to Victory Lane.[More](8-13-2017)
Kyle Larson won the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 3rd win at Michigan, and 4th career win.
Larson led only two laps on the day, the final two. He took the lead from #78-Truex on the final restart, the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime after a late-race accident involving #95-McDowell and #27-Menard.
#78-Truex, Jr. held on to finish 2nd then #77-Jones, #31-Newman, #6-Bayne, #37-Buescher, #3-Dillon, #24-Elliott, #1-McMurray, and #18-Busch.
Pole sitter #2-Keselowski finished 17th.
#78-Truex, Jr. won the second stage. #2-Keselowski won the first stage.
#78-Truex Jr's. driver points lead increases to 129 points over #42-Larson.
There were 14 lead changes among 5 drivers and 5 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps. There was a 5 minute red flag for track cleanup during the final caution.
The average speed of the race was: 150.903mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Race Fast Facts - Michigan
Kyle Larson won the 48th Annual Pure Michigan 400, his fourth victory in 134 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his third consecutive victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan International Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 24 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2017.
Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway.
Erik Jones (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 129 points over Kyle Larson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(8-13-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Michigan, race 23 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [4 wins], 933
3) #42-Kyle Larson , 804, -129
2) #18-Kyle Busch , 797, -136
4) #4-Kevin Harvick , 787, -146
5) #2-Brad Keselowski , 720, -213
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs:
[after Michigan, race 23 of 36, 3 more races until the playoffs]
drivers in with at least one win
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 4 wins
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins
3) #42-Kyle Larson, 3 wins
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins
5) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2 wins
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 1 wins
9) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win
10) #31-Ryan Newman, 1 win
11) #5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win
12) #3-Austin Dillon, 1 win
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win
currently in on points
14) #24-Chase Elliott, 685, +62 ahead of 17th
15) #1-Jamie McMurray, 675, +52
16) #20-Matt Kenseth, 654, +31
currently outside the playoffs
17) #14-Clint Bowyer, 623, -31 behind 16th
18) #22-Joey Logano, [1 win but can't be used for playoffs], 556, -98
19) #77-Erik Jones, 524, -130
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 120) of the Pure Michigan 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 Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway (lap 60/200):
#2-Keselowski, 10 pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 7pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #10-Patrick, 22nd
Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 20th
Caution 3: #21-Blaney, 15th
Caution 4: #11-Hamlin, 16th
Caution 5: #14-Bowyer, 23rd
Michigan Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:00pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:20pm: Drivers Introductions
2:58pm: Canadian Anthem by: MIS' Own, Lisa Bascom
3:00pm: Presentation of Colors: Michigan State Police
3:01pm: National Anthem
3:02pm: Flyover TOT by: C-130 Hercules, 103rd Airlift Wing, Connecticut Air National Guard, Bradley Air National Guard Base
3:07pm: Drivers, Start Your Engines: Red Berenson, Retired University of Michigan Hockey Team Coach
3:16pm: Start of the Pure Michigan 400 (200 Laps, 400 Miles)
See the starting lineup for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #32-DiBenedetto (failed pre-qualifying inspection 4 times), #48-Johnson (backup car), #5-Kahne (backup car)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: 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 Pure Michigan 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 #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #22-Logano, Jr. took pit stall 3.
#4-Harvick, who starts 3rd, took the 8th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 7th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-12-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
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 Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 200.172
slowest: #55-Sorenson 188.299. #48-Johnson did not complete a lap.
best 10 consecutive lap average (of 17 drivers): #42-Larson 198.331mph.
notes: #17-Stenhouse got into the outside wall. The team will repair the car. #48-Johnson wrecked and will have to go to a backup car. #5-Kahne also hit the outside wall and will have to move to a backup.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (8-12-2017)
Saturday 1st practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #15-Cope 189.245 & #51-McLeod 188.363.
most laps run: #13-Dillon, 32 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap average (of 5 drivers): #18-Busch 199.966mph.
Christopher Bell ran a few laps in the #11. He will fill in for Hamlin if Hamlin would leave the track for the birth of his second child.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)(8-12-2017)
#2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 203.097mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 1st at Michigan and 14th of his career. Keselowski has won 2 times from the 13 previous poles.
#22-Logano will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray, #77-Jones, #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #14-Bowyer, and #21-Blaney.
Blaney was fastest in both the first and second rounds.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 possible spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(8-11-2017)
Michigan's Brad Keselowski wins the pole at his home track : Brad Keselowski will start on the pole for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, after taking the top spot from fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney, who had posted the fastest times to that point, but bobbled twice in his run in the final qualifying round on Friday at Michigan International Speedway.[More](8-11-2017)
Michigan International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 48th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a lap of 35.451 seconds, 203.097 mph.
This is his 14th pole in 292 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 17th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 17 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2017 and his 11th in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 15th in 23 races this season.
Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 24 77 11 18 1 20 14
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 78 17 41 19 3 10 88 37 6 48 5 43
First Round of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 22 17 78 11 18 5 48 20 14 2 1 41 37 19 6 3 10 88 43;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 31 95 32 38 47 27 72 34 13 23 83 33 15 55 51.
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5:05pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
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 Pure Michigan 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 #20-Kenseth.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #11-Hamlin.
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).(8-11-2017)
Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 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. 201.856
slowest: #15-Cope 187.047 & #51-McLeod 184.016.
most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 27 laps.
No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
#18-Busch got into the outside wall with less than 10 minutes left. The team will repair the car.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(8-11-2017)
Entry List for the Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 39 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-Cope, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-McLeod*, #55-Sorenson*, #83-Moffitt*.
Since only 39 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
Set limits: Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4702; Right-side -- D-4726
Tire Circumference: 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 Matters at Michigan: Michigan International Speedway is the highest speed track on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup circuit, with speeds at the end of the straightaway reaching 212 mph. All that speed generates heat in the tires, so to combat that, Goodyear brings its multi-zone tread tire to Michigan. The multi-zone tire features two compounds, with one on the inboard two inches of the tread that is tougher and more heat resistant to combat the high operating temperatures and protect the part of the tread that takes the most abuse and runs the hottest. The second distinct compound is across the outboard 10 inches of the tread and is "softer" to provide more grip.
"When we brought the multi-zone tread tire to the Racing Division in 2013, high-speed tracks like Michigan are what we had in mind," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "The speeds that these Cup cars run at big tracks like Michigan generate a lot of heat in the tires. With the camber that teams build into their set-ups, the tire runs only on the inboard edge of the tire all the way down the long straightaways. Running the tougher compound on the inboard allows us to
run a more tractive compound on the outboard so cars will have maximum grip through the corners."
Notes: While teams in NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4726) at Michigan this week, they will run distinct left-side tire codes . . . this is the same combination of tires that Cup teams ran at Michigan in June . . . Michigan is the only track at which Cup teams run this left-side code (D-4702) . . . in addition to here, Cup teams did run this right-side 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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