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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 17
SITE: Michigan International Speedway -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: 2-mile oval
CAPACITY: 72,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 45th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 15/4:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 1)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 400
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kevin Harvick, June 2014 (204.557 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, June 1999 (173.997 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano16Marcos Ambrose26
2Kevin Harvick157Kasey Kahne31
3Kurt Busch28Jeff Burton5
4Paul Menard209Greg Biffle16
5Clint Bowyer1110Carl Edwards19
2013 Pure Michigan 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.593 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 45 mins., 59 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.018 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 34 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 13 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (203.949 mph)
Past Pure Michigan 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Joey Logano (1) -- Ford -- 144.593 mph
2012 -- Greg Biffle (13) -- Ford -- 144.662 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (17) -- Toyota -- 150.898 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (8) -- Chevrolet -- 144.029 mph
2009 -- Brian Vickers (1) -- Toyota -- 131.531 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (27) -- Ford -- 140.351 mph
2007 -- Kurt Busch (15) -- Dodge -- 117.012 mph
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford) -- 135.097 mph
2005 -- Jeremy Mayfield (11) -- Dodge -- 141.551 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (24) -- Ford -- 139.063 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (2) -- Dodge -- 127.310 mph
2002 -- Dale Jarrett (8) -- Ford -- 140.556 mph
2001 -- Sterling Marlin (15) -- Dodge -- 140.513 mph
2000 -- Rusty Wallace (10) -- Ford -- 132.597 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (19) -- Pontiac -- 144.332 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 151.995 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 126.883 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (11) -- Ford -- 139.792 mph
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Chevrolet -- 157.739 mph
1994 -- Geoff Bodine (1) -- Ford -- 139.914 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (12) -- Ford -- (144.564 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (24) -- Oldsmobile -- 146.056 mph
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (11) -- Ford -- 142.972 mph
1990 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 138.822 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2) -- Pontiac -- 157.704 mph
1988 -- Davey Allison (4) -- Ford -- 156.863 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 138.648 mph
1986 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 135.376 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 137.430 mph
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (7) -- Chevrolet -- 153.863 mph
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (7) -- Chevrolet -- 147.511 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (10) -- Buick -- 136.454 mph
1981 -- Richard Petty (7) -- Buick -- 123.457 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Chevrolet -- 145.352 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Chevrolet -- 130.376 mph
1978 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 129.566 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 137.944 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 140.078 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (4) -- Dodge -- 107.583 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 133.045 mph
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- David Pearson (4) -- Mercury -- 134.416 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Mercury -- 149.862 mph
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach (1) -- Dodge -- 147.571 mph
1969 -- David Pearson (1) -- Ford -- 115.508 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Yankee 600 (1969), Yankee 400 (1970-1974), Champion
Spark Plug 400 (1975-93), GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994-96), DevilBliss
400 (1997), Pepsi 400 (1998-2002), GFS Marketplace 400 (2003-06) 3M
Performance 400 (2007-08), CARFAX 400 (2009-10). Race changed from 600
to 400 miles (1970).
 
Past Pure Michigan 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Joey Logano -- 1
2012 -- Mark Martin -- 35
2011 -- Greg Biffle -- 20
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2009 - Brian Vickers -- 1
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 7
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 27
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 42
2005 -- Joe Nemechek -- 8
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Bobby Labonte -- 37
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 10
2001 -- Ricky Craven -- 2
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 31
1999 -- Ward Burton -- 43
1998 -- Ernie Irvan -- 6
1997 -- Johnny Benson Jr -- 24
1996 -- Jeff Burton -- 9
1995 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1994 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 27
1992 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 14
1991 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 8
1990 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 11
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 5
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1987 -- Davey Allison -- 5
1986 -- Benny Parsons -- 26
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1983 -- Terry Labonte -- 4
1982 -- Bill Elliott -- 27
1981 -- Ron Bouchard -- 29
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 6
1979 -- David Pearson -- 4
1978 -- David Pearson -- 1
1977 -- David Pearson -- 2
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1
1975 -- David Pearson -- 2
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Not Held
1972 -- Richard Petty -- 4
1971 -- Pete Hamilton -- 31
1970 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 1
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Aug. 10)
SITE: Watkins Glen International -- Watkins Glen, New York
MILES: 220.5 (355 kilometers)
LAPS: 90
WINNER: A.J. Allmendinger
RUNNER-UP: Marcos Ambrose
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Kyle Larson
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 34)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 26 mins., 48 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.123 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.160 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon 1-29, Kahne 30-32, Ambrose 33-51, Johnson 52-57,
Edwards 58-60, Allmendinger 61-85, Ambrose 86, Allmendinger
87-90.
Pure Michigan 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Black & Decker
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Roush Performance
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Burger King
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
33Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kingsford Charcoal
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Joey Logano------------7102131Won
Kevin Harvick221115812Won22162
Kurt Busch740Won36364034303
Paul Menard---20392426352694
Clint Bowyer---331720813875
Marcos Ambrose---------4335152756
Kasey Kahne29431401114737
Greg Biffle6719420420Won9
Carl Edwards4227Won4336610
Brad Keselowski------------24343212
Ryan Newman1225162115235813
Austin Dillon------------------------14
Matt Kenseth3Won45145101715
Jeff Gordon152274222762817
Denny Hamlin---9539102351120
Kyle Busch43391322318Won1331
Dale Earnhardt Jr.186122331914436
Jimmie Johnson1013317341222740
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Larson - started 23 and finished 4
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Last Week's Pick to Win (Marcos Ambrose) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway is the 23rd race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Located roughly 70 miles west of Detroit, Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile oval with 18 degrees of banking in all of its turns, as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 2 degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 3,600 feet, and the backstretch measures 2,242 feet. Ground-breaking of this track took place on Sept. 28, 1967. It underwent a repave prior to the June 2012 race.

There have been 90 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Michigan. The track has hosted two events each season since 1969, with the exception of 1973, which had just one race there.

The inaugural Cup race at Michigan on June 15, 1969 was 500 miles in length. Cale Yarborough won that event. The second race there on Aug. 17 of that year was 600 miles long.

Michigan was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the second race in 1970 and both events in 1971, with the distance being 402 miles. All other races at this track have been scheduled for 400 miles.

Bill Elliott holds the record for most starts at Michigan with 61. Jeff Gordon's 43 starts is tops among those drivers on the entry list for this race.

David Pearson holds the record for most victories at Michigan with nine. Greg Biffle has four wins, which is the best among those entered.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins at Michigan with 13, followed by Glen Wood with 11.

A season-sweep at Michigan has occurred seven times: 1971 (Bobby Allison), 1972 (David Pearson), 1976 (Pearson), 1983 (Cale Yarborough), 1985 (Bill Elliott), 1986 (Elliott) and 1995 (Bobby Labonte). Jimmie Johnson won at this track for the first time in June.

Pearson also has the most pole wins at Michigan with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.

The race winner at Michigan has started from the pole 17 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Joey Logano most recently did it in August 2013.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Michigan occurred on June 10, 2001 when Gordon beat Ricky Rudd to the finish line by just 0.085 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Michigan is 32nd, accomplished by Mark Martin in June 2009. Martin drove for Hendrick Motorsports at the time.

Only one driver on the entry list for this race scored his maiden Sprint Cup pole at Michigan: Marcos Ambrose (June 17, 2012).

Two drivers entered in this race made their Cup debuts at Michigan: Carl Edwards (Aug. 22, 2004) and Landon Cassill (June 13, 2010).

No active driver won his or her first race in the series at this track.

Logano holds the record as the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Michigan. He took the checkered flag there on Aug. 18, 2013 when he was 23 years, 2 months and 25 days old. When Harry Gant was 52 years, 7 months and 6 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Aug. 16, 1992.

The next event is the Aug. 23 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.

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