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DATE: Sunday, June 19th
SITE: Michigan International Speedway (1968) -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 43rd
CAPACITY: 119,500 (Grandstand Seating)
TELEVISION: TNT
ANNOUNCERS: Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Kyle Petty
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 1:18 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2005 (194.232 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1999 (173.997 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,129,955 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $188,350; 2nd Place - $163,065; 3rd Place - $163,298
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin76Jimmie Johnson3
2Kasey Kahne47Dale Earnhardt Jr27
3Kurt Busch18Jeff Burton5
4Jeff Gordon69Greg Biffle16
5Tony Stewart1710Joey Logano12
2010 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 156.386 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 33 minutes, 28 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.246 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (189.984 m.p.h.)
Past Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (7th) -- Toyota -- 156.386 m.p.h.
2009 -- Mark Martin (32nd) -- Chevrolet -- 155.491 m.p.h.
2008 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.375 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (12th) -- Ford -- 148.072 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (1st) -- Dodge-- 118.788 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (25th) -- Ford -- 150.596 m.p.h.
2004 -- Ryan Newman (4th) -- Dodge -- 139.292 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kurt Busch (4th) -- Ford -- 131.219 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (20th) -- Ford -- 154.822 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Chevrolet-- 134.203 m.p.h.
2000 -- Tony Stewart (28th) -- Pontiac -- 143.926 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (6th) -- Ford -- 173.997 m.p.h. (race record)
1998 -- Mark Martin (7th) -- Ford-- 158.695 m.p.h.
1997 -- Ernie Irvan (20th) -- Ford -- 153.338 m.p.h.
1996 -- Rusty Wallace (18th) -- Ford -- 166.033 m.p.h.
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.141 m.p.h.
1994 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Ford -- 125.022 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ricky Rudd (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 148.484 m.p.h.
1992 -- Davey Allison (1st) -- Ford -- 152.672 m.p.h.
1991 -- Davey Allison (4th) -- Ford -- 160.912 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 150.219 m.p.h.
1989 -- Bill Elliott (2nd) -- Ford -- 139.023 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (5th) -- Pontiac -- 153.551 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 148.454 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bill Elliott (8th) -- Ford -- 138.851 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 144.724 m.p.h.
1984 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 134.705 m.p.h.
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 138.728 m.p.h.
1982 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 118.101 m.p.h.
1981 -- Bobby Allison (4th) -- Buick -- 130.589 m.p.h.
1980 -- Benny Parsons (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 131.808 m.p.h.
1979 -- Buddy Baker (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 135.798 m.p.h.
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- 149.563 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 135.033 m.p.h.
1976 -- David Pearson (8th) -- Mercury -- 141.148 m.p.h.
1975 -- David Pearson (3rd) -- Mercury -- 131.398 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (4th) -- Dodge -- 127.098 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Mercury -- 153.485 m.p.h.
1972 -- David Pearson (3rd) -- Mercury -- 146.639 m.p.h.
1971 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Mercury -- 149.567 m.p.h.
1970 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- Mercury -- 138.302 m.p.h.
1969 -- Cale Yarborough (4th) -- 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), LifeLock 400 (2008-09).
 
Past Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kurt Busch -- 3rd
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 9th
2008 -- None -- Weather
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 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 11th
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1987 -- Rusty Wallace -- 5th
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 15th
1985 -- None -- Weather
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 5th
1982 -- Ron Bouchard -- 12th
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 7th
1980 -- Benny Parsons -- 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: 5-Hour Energy 500 (June 12th)
SITE: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 26 minutes, 21 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 145.384 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.965 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kurt Busch 1; D. Hamlin 2-19; M. McDowell 20; S. Wimmer 21; D.
Hamlin 22-47; J. Johnson 48; D. Hamlin 49-76; J. Montoya 77-97;
D. Hamlin 98-101; J. Montoya 102-116; Kurt Busch 117-139; J.
Gordon 140-141; Kyle Busch 142-143; Kurt Busch 144-156; T.
Stewart 157; J. Montoya 158-159; J. Gordon 160-177; L. Cassill
178-181; J. Gordon 182-200.
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil One
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Red Cross
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Snickers
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Fellowship of Christian Ath
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Cars 2
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/RainEater/Advance Auto
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Toyota/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/TRG Motorsports
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
81Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Whitney's Collision
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
92Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/K-Automotive
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Denny Hamlin------------12th14th14th3rdWon
Kasey Kahne------2nd18thWon32nd2nd21st2nd
Kurt Busch10thWon11th12th9th25th21st8th3rd
Jeff Gordon5th3rd38th32nd8th9th18th2nd4th
Tony Stewart16th8th24th2nd41st3rd5th7th5th
Jimmie Johnson14th16th4th19th6th19th6th22nd6th
Dale Earnhardt Jr22nd7th21st17th3rd5thWon14th7th
Jeff Burton20th11th13th11th11th24th15th26th8th
Greg Biffle---31st23rdWon4th38th20th5th9th
Joey Logano---------------------25th10th
Carl Edwards---------5th2ndWon7th4th12th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------43rd38th6th13th
Matt KensethWon4th7th4th13th42nd3rd20th14th
Mark Martin9th9th34th3rd27th29th25thWon16th
Martin Truex Jr------------16th2nd17th36th17th
David Reutimann---------------15th35th19th18th
Kevin Harvick27th18th17th25th10th7th12th18th19th
Kyle Busch---------9th14th6th13th13th20th
Clint Bowyer------------39th16th26th10th22nd
Jamie McMurray---14th37th13th23rd8th10th11th24th
Paul Menard---------------12th11th34th25th
Brad Keselowski------------------------27th
Ryan Newman3rd41stWon15th15th37th42nd23rd32nd
Brian Vickers------9th41st17th41st4th9th---
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started in the 34th position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Dale Earnhardt Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 21st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Gordon) - Finished 1st
 
NOTES:
Denny Hamlin will try to become the first driver since Davey Allison in 1991-92 to repeat as champion at Michigan International Speedway. Last year, Hamlin led a race-high 123 laps and held a 10-second advantage over Kasey Kahne before the last caution came for debris on the track with 19 laps remaining. He quickly pulled away from Kahne after the final restart with 14 laps to go, and then cruised to his fifth of eight victories last year. Hamlin, who owns 16 Sprint Cup titles, defeated Kahne by 1.246 seconds. Hamlin boasts four straight top-10 finishes at MIS and six in 10 starts.

Mark Martin's win in 2009 was his first at Michigan since he won back-to-back races in 1997-98. Martin dominated MIS in the 90s, posting four Sprint Cup wins and two Nationwide titles. During that span, Martin had 25 top-10 finishes in 27 races.

When Martin won in 2009, he started from the 32nd position and led only one lap, the final circuit for his third of five wins that season. Martin is winless this season in 14 starts, but ranks 15th on the points list with four top-10 finishes. His win total stands at 40. Jeff Gordon placed second in that race, while pole sitter Brian Vickers finished ninth. Jimmie Johnson dominated the race, leading for 146 laps, but an error in fuel consumption had him finishing 22nd. Johnson held the lead before running out of gas just short of crossing the line to start the final lap. Greg Biffle then inherited the top position, but he too ran out of fuel on the backstretch, allowing 50-year- old Martin to lead just the last lap.

Martin will attempt to post his 50th Coors Light Pole this week. Other milestones of note, David Reutimann will be making his 150th series start and David Stremme will attempt to make his 125th series start.

Dale Earnhardt Jr led only 14 laps in the 2008 race, but it was the final five laps that propelled him to victory, as he defeated Kasey Kahne under the caution for his 18th and last Sprint Cup title. With 31 lead changes among 13 drivers, the 2008 race was a wild event from start to finish. Jimmie Johnson led all drivers with 65 laps on six occasions, as he placed sixth. Earnhardt led five times, while Brian Vickers led four times for 44 laps. The win was the first for Earnhardt at this track in 19 previous Sprint Cup races. He has posted two Nationwide Series wins in Michigan. Since his win, Junior has gone 107 races without a victory.

Back in 2007, 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, who's victory total now stands at 19, won in 2007 in his 100th career Sprint Cup start.

In 2006, Kasey Kahne defeated 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 16 times in 83 previous races, 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.

Jeff Gordon has raced 36 times at MIS with only two wins. Speed Racer does own 23 top-10 finishes in those starts with five poles. His average finish is 11.4. With his win last week, Gordon moved into a tie for third-place on the all-time wins list with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.

Don't look for Jimmie Johnson to contend at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson, currently second on the points list, has never won in 18 visits, with his best finish third in 2007. MIS is one of few Sprint Cup tracks that Johnson has never won on.

The farthest back a race winner has started in this race is 32nd when Martin won in 2009, breaking the previous record of 28th set by Tony Stewart in 2000. 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 August 17, 1969, was 600 miles. That makes Michigan the only track other than Charlotte 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 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway - two a year since the first race there in 1969, except 1973 which had one.

The Sprint Cup Series moves on to Sonoma, California for the June 26th running of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, as Johnson defends his title.

06/14 19:13:08 ET

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