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DATE: Sunday, June 15th
SITE: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: 2-mile banked asphalt speedway
ANNUAL: 40th
TELEVISION: TNT
ANNOUNCERS: Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Kyle Petty
RADIO: MRN/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 2:17 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr
POLE WINNER: J.J. Yeley (Finished 28th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: 194.232 m.p.h. (Ryan Newman, 2005)
RACE RECORD: 173.997 m.p.h. (Dale Jarrett, 1999)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,137,383 (2007 figure)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $177,850; 2nd - $154,445; 3rd - $157,586 (2007 figures)
 
2007 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Carl Edwards126Kyle Busch3
2Martin Truex Jr87Kevin Harvick19
3Tony Stewart418Jamie McMurray35
4Casey Mears139Jeff Gordon6
5Dale Earnhardt Jr2310Michael Waltrip18
2007 LifeLock 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 148.072 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 42 minutes, 5 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.668 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 11 drivers
POLE WINNER: J.J. Yeley (187.505 m.p.h.)
Past LifeLock 400 Winners (car) and Speed
2007 -- Carl Edwards (Ford) -- 148.072 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (Dodge) -- 118.788 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (Ford) -- 150.596 m.p.h.
2004 -- Ryan Newman (Dodge) -- 139.292 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kurt Busch (Ford) -- 131.219 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (Ford) -- 154.822 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) -- 134.203 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (Pontiac) -- 143.926 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (Ford) -- 173.997 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Mark Martin (Ford) -- 158.695 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ernie Irvan (Ford) -- 153.338 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (Ford) -- 166.033 m.p.h.
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (Chevrolet) -- 134.141 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (Ford) -- 125.022 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ricky Rudd (Chevrolet) -- 148.484 m.p.h.
1992 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 152.672 m.p.h.
1991 -- Davey Allison (Ford) -- 160.912 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 150.219 m.p.h.
1989 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 139.023 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (Pontiac) -- 153.551 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (Chevrolet) -- 148.454 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 138.851 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 144.724 m.p.h.
1984 -- Bill Elliott (Ford) -- 134.705 m.p.h.
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 138.728 m.p.h.
1982 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 118.101 m.p.h.
1981 -- Bobby Allison (Buick) -- 130.589 m.p.h.
1980 -- Benny Parsons (Chevrolet) -- 131.808 m.p.h.
1979 -- Buddy Baker (Chevrolet) -- 135.798 m.p.h.
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (Oldsmobile) -- 149.563 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (Chevrolet) -- 135.033 m.p.h.
1976 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 141.148 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 131.398 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (Dodge) -- 127.098 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 153.485 m.p.h.
1972 -- David Pearson (Mercury) -- 146.639 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (Mercury) -- 149.567 m.p.h.
1970 -- Cale Yarborough (Mercury) -- 138.302 m.p.h.
1969 -- Cale Yarborough (Mercury) -- 139.254 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Motor State 500 (1969), Motor State 400 (1970-1975),
CAM2 400 (1976-1977), Gabriel 400 (1978-83), Miller High Life 400
(1984-85), Miller American 400 (1986-1987), Miller 400 (1988-97),
Miller Lite 400 (1998), KMart 400 (1999-2001), Sirius 400 (2002-03),
DHL 400 (2004), Batman Begins 400 (2005), 3M Performance 400 (2006),
Citizens Bank 400 (2007)..
 
Past LifeLock 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2007 -- J.J. Yeley -- 28th
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1st
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 15th
2004 -- Jeff Gordon -- 38th
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2nd
2002 -- Dale Jarrett -- 2nd
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
2000 -- Bobby Labonte -- 3rd
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2nd
1998 -- Ward Burton -- 8th
1997 -- Dale Jarrett -- 6th
1996 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 15th
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 2nd
1994 -- Loy Allen Jr. -- 24th
1993 -- Brett Bodine -- 39th
1992 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1991 -- Michael Waltrip -- 34th
1990 -- Mark Martin -- 4th
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 11th
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1987 -- Rusty Wallace -- 5th
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 15th
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 5th
1982 -- Ron Bouchard -- 12th
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 7th
1980 -- Benny Parson -- 1st
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 4th
1978 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
1977 -- David Pearson -- 5th
1976 -- Richard Petty -- 4th
1975 -- Cale Yarborough -- 4th
1974 -- David Pearson -- 3rd
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 2nd
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 26th
1971 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1970 -- Pete Hamilton -- 2nd
1969 -- Donnie Allison -- 27th
Last Race Results
RACE: Pocono 500 (June 8th)
SITE: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Brian Vickers
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr
FIFTH: Jeff Burton
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 59 minutes, 36 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.209 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.702 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 23 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kahne-pole, Johnson 1-16, Kahne 17-28, Riggs 29-34, Kahne 35-41,
Truex 42-43, Johnson 44-58, Vickers 59-63, Johnson 64-85, Sadler
86-89, Hamlin 90-106, Sadler 107-108, Stewart 109-122, Johnson
123-128, Kahne 129-151, Biffle 152-155, Edwards 156, Blaney 157,
Vickers 158-164, Kahne 165-175, Edwards 176, Kenseth 177-178,
Vickers 179-184, Kahne 185-200.
LifeLock 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/TBA
1Martin Truex Jr (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
01Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Principal Financial
2Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Kellogg's/CARQUEST
6David Ragan (Kannapolis, NC)Ford/AAA Insurance
07Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Jack Daniels
7Robby Gordon (Cerritos, CA)Dodge/Camping World
08To be announcedDodge/FUBAR
8Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
9Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Dodge/Budweiser
10Patrick Carpentier (Quebec, Canada)Dodge/LifeLock
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
12Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Dodge/Alltel
15Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Dish Network
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Carhartt
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Dodge/McDonald's
20Tony Stewart (Rushville, IN)Toyota/Home Depot
21Bill Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Ford/Motorcraft
22Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Toyota/Caterpillar
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Dupont
26Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Ford/Crown Royal
28Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Yates Racing
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Shell-Pennzoil
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/AT&T Mobility
34John Andretti (Indianapolis, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Torrance, CA)Ford/Freecreditreport.com
40Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh, Scotland)Dodge/Juicy Fruit Slim Pack
41Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/Target
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Columbia)Dodge/Big Red Slim Pack
43Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Cheerios/Betty Crocker
44David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/UPS
45Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Dodge/Marathon American Oil
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
55Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
66Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
70Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
77Sam Hornish Jr (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Mobil 1
78Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
84A.J. Allmendinger Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Red Bull
88Dale Earnhardt Jr (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard/AMP
96J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/DLP HDTV
99 *Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Office Depot
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last seven years)
Driver2001200220032004200520062007
Carl Edwards------------5th2ndWon
Tony Stewart25th16th8th24th2nd41st3rd
Dale Earnhardt Jr39th22nd7th21st17th3rd5th
Kyle Busch------------9th14th6th
Jeff GordonWon5th3rd38th32nd8th9th
Jimmie Johnson---14th16th4th19th6th19th
Jeff Burton7th20th11th13th11th11th24th
Kurt Busch43rd10thWon11th12th9th25th
Mark Martin16th9th9th34th3rd27th29th
Kasey Kahne---------2nd18thWon32nd
Bobby Labonte13th18th2nd8th14th28th34th
Ryan Newman5th3rd41stWon15th15th37th
Greg Biffle------31st23rdWon4th38th
Matt Kenseth15thWon4th7th4th13th42nd
 
Mover of the Week
Bobby Labonte - Started in the 37th position and finished 11th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Burton
Darkhorse - Matt Kenseth
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 35th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ryan Newman) - Finished 18th
 
NOTES:
Last season, Carl Edwards led three times for a race-high 63 laps, as he defeated Martin Truex Jr by 3.668 seconds for his fifth career Sprint Cup Series victory. Edwards, who started 12th on the grid, reclaimed the lead on lap 166 of the 200-lap race and held on for his first win since 2005 and the first of three victories in 2007. Edwards' victory total now stands at 10, as he has captured three races this year. Last year's win came in Edwards' 100th career Sprint Cup start.

In 2006, Kasey Kahne defeated Carl Edwards and the rain, as he recorded his fifth career Sprint Cup title. The 200-lap race was stopped after 129 laps and Kahne in the lead, as he recorded his fourth win of the 2006 season. Kahne, who started on the pole, led on four separate occasions for a total of 19 laps, while runner-up Edwards led for 25 laps after starting from the 31st position on the grid. Jeff Gordon, who started alongside Kahne, placed eighth after leading five times for a race-high 50 laps.

The pole-sitter has won at this track 15 times, including Kahne in 2006. Bill Elliott is a seven-time winner at Michigan, including four wins in this race and is a six-time Bud Pole winner. Elliott is third on the all-time list behind David Pearson (nine Michigan wins) and Cale Yarborough (eight).

Cale Yarborough won $17,650 in the inaugural race in 1969 and leads all drivers with six victories in this race at Michigan Speedway.

The farthest back a race winner has started in this race is 28th when Tony Stewart won in 2000, breaking the previous record of 20th set by Ernie Irvan in 1997. Davey Allison in 1991-92 was the last back-to-back champion of this race.

Michigan International Speedway first appeared on the NASCAR schedule in 1969, and the second race, on Aug. 17, 1969, was 600 miles. That makes Michigan the only track other than Lowe's Motor Speedway to attempt a 600-mile race. That distance is considered tests of man and machine, and at Michigan, anticipation was high about how cars would handle its 2-mile oval. There have been 76 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway - two a year since the first race there in 1969, except 1973 which had one.

For the second consecutive week, Kyle Busch will race in all three events this weekend. Last week, Busch placed second in the Truck race, 20th at the Nationwide event and last at Pocono on the Sprint Cup circuit.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup championship moves to the road course at Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 22nd, as Juan Pablo Montoya defends his first career title.

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