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DATE: Saturday, June 16th
SITE: Michigan International Speedway (1968) -- Brooklyn, Michigan
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,600 feet (Frontstretch); 2,242 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 84,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 21st
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:45 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 4:01 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 125
MILES: 250
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2007 (186.548 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $972,992 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $40,200; 2nd Place - $37,568; 3rd Place - $19,450
2011 Finish
1Carl Edwards36Joey Logano9
2Ricky Stenhouse Jr.57Mark Martin11
3Kyle Busch128Elliott Sadler6
4Paul Menard19Brad Keselowski8
5Trevor Bayne710Jason Leffler22
2011 Alliance Truck Parts 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.834 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 43 minutes, 34 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.669 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 14 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (182.030 m.p.h.)
Past Alliance Truck Parts 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Carl Edwards (3rd) -- Ford -- 144.834 m.p.h.
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (1st) -- Dodge -- 150.678 m.p.h.
2009 -- Brad Keselowski (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.077 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 136.571 m.p.h.
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 156.467 m.p.h.
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.524 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (38th) -- Dodge -- 136.986 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 122.166 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (5th) -- Chevrolet-- 140.850 m.p.h.
2002 -- Michael Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 135.644 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ryan Newman (2nd) -- Ford -- 139.557 m.p.h.
2000 -- Todd Bodine (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 162.749 m.p.h. (race record)
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 158.975 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (1st) -- Ford -- 167.910 m.p.h.
1997 -- Steve Park (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 159.681 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Purvis (27th) -- Chevrolet -- 161.038 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 169.571 m.p.h.
1994 -- Bobby Labonte (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 142.461 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 124.611 m.p.h.
1992 -- Todd Bodine (12th) -- Chevrolet --125.414 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Detroit Gasket 200 (1992-97), Pepsi 200 (1998), NAPA 200
(1999), 250 (2000-01), Cabela's 250 (2002-04), Domino's
race distance increased
from 200 miles to 250 in 2000.
Last Race Results
RACE: 5-Hour Energy 200 (June 2nd)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Truex
THIRD: Brian Scott
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Justin Allgaier
POLE WINNER: Ryan Truex (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 48 minutes, 36 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.497 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.526 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Truex - pole; J. Logano 1-42; J. Allgaier 43-45; J. Logano
46-151; R. Truex 152-194; J. Logano 195-200.
Alliance Truck Parts 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Advocare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/Trade Bank
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/Black Cat Wireworks
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Dollar General
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil/Ryobi
20Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Pizza Rance
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Amway/Gaddes Foundation
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/NSW Kids
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Clean Coal
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
99Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------13th2nd
Paul Menard------6th25th7th---10th5th4th
Joey Logano---------------7th---6th6th
Elliott Sadler------9th------------7th8th
Brad Keselowski------------13th11thWonWon9th
Justin Allgaier------------------7th4th13th
Brian Scott---------------------15th17th
Sam Hornish Jr------------25th---------24th
Kurt Busch---------21st---------------
Danica Patrick---------------------27th---
Austin Dillon------------------19th------
James Buescher---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Michael Annett - Started in the 23rd position and finished 11th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Brad Keselowski
Darkhorse - Jason Bowles
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 30th
After falling from the top spot, Ricky Stenhouse Jr will attempt to rebound, not only after two disappointing races, but from a runner-up finish a year ago.

Last season, Carl Edwards won his second Alliance Truck Parts 250 in the past four seasons, as he beat Stenhouse Jr to the finish line by 1.7 seconds.

Edwards and his Roush teammate Stenhouse swapped the lead several times during the second half of the 250-mile race before Edwards passed Stenhouse and ran in front for good with nine laps remaining. The victory was the fourth of eight 2011 titles for Edwards, who will not be on hand to defend his title, as he is focusing his racing in 2012 on the Sprint Cup circuit.

Stenhouse, who now trails Elliott Sadler by 12 points, placed 26th and 32nd the past two races. Despite winning three times this season, Stenhouse is just two points ahead of Austin Dillon, who's third. Stenhouse had led for four consecutive weeks, thanks to nine straight top-10 finishes.

Back in 2010, Brad Keselowski, a Michigan-native, dominated the race by starting on the pole and leading 89 of 125 laps despite stalling while exiting his pit stall two different times due to a clutch issue. With the win, Keselowski became the fifth different driver to score multiple Nationwide victories at Michigan, but the first to win here in consecutive years.

The 2010 Nationwide champion recorded one of his six wins that year en route to the title and has now totaled 18 Series wins. In 10 Nationwide starts this year, Keselowski has six top-10 finishes.

In a thrilling finish in 2009, Keselowski defeated pole sitter Brian Vickers by less than a second for his fifth career Nationwide Series title. Keselowski capitalized on a furious last-lap battle between Kyle Busch and Vickers to win the third of four titles in 2009. Keselowski moved underneath Busch and Vickers in the final turn and then held it for the victory at his home track. Keselowski took two tires only while Busch and Vickers both took four tires during the final round of stops with less than 20 laps to go.

Busch and Vickers ran side-by-side as they crossed the line for the final lap. But Vickers, who was dealing with a loose car, pinned Busch to the apron of the track. The two drivers had dominated the 250-mile race, as they led a combined 110 of 125 laps. Busch came in third, ending his series record streak of finishing first or second at 10 races.

Carl Edwards swept both Michigan races in 2008, including winning this race from the pole. Edwards led five times for a race-high 71 laps, including the final 33 for his 16th career Nationwide Series title. The win came under the caution, as Danny Efland's car spun out in turn 2. Brian Vickers placed second with 17 laps led, followed by Tony Stewart who led for 36 laps.

Denny Hamlin won the 2007 race at Michigan, as he pulled away from the field after the last round of pit stops and never looked back. He crossed the finish line 6.998 seconds ahead of Matt Kenseth for his second Nationwide victory of the season and the fourth of his career.

In 2006, Dale Earnhardt Jr joined a select club as a two-time winner of this race, as he crossed the finish line under the caution for his 22nd career Nationwide Series title. Earnhardt Jr. reclaimed the lead on lap 127 prior to an accident on the backstretch of the final lap as he beat out Casey Mears. Pole sitter Mark Martin placed fifth, while Kurt Busch, who led for a race- high 36 laps, placed 21st. Earnhardt Jr, Keselowski and Edwards have joined Martin, Todd Bodine and Ryan Newman as two-time champions in Michigan.

Newman defeated Greg Biffle by less than a second for his third career Nationwide Series title in 2005. Newman, who started in the 38th position, the furthest back a race-winner has started, jumped up to 10th after only 12 laps. Newman took the lead for the first time, albeit for just one lap on lap 87, but he reclaimed the lead on lap 120 and held on over the final six for the victory. Biffle led three times for 44 laps, while Clint Bowyer, who finished 30th, led for 62 laps. Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr finished fourth.

Jeff Burton and Keselowski are the only pole sitters to win this race. Burton accomplished the feat in 1998 and Keselowski in 2010.

The next Nationwide Series race is the June 23 Sargento 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. Reed Sorenson is the defending race winner.

06/12 16:45:59 ET

As of June 12, 2012, at 04:46 PM ET

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