NSCS: Pure Michigan 400 Preview

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Information 

Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Time: 1pm ET
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Laps: 200 ; Miles: 400
Broadcast: TV – ESPN ; Radio – MRN/Sirius XM NASCAR

Weather
Sunday: High-80°F ; Low-62°F
10% Chance of Rain
Winds NW at 6mph

Fantasy Picks: Michigan- 

Target: Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Denny Hamlin

Avoid: Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Newman

Analysis: Edwards has five top-fives in the last six races, and teammate Biffle has three in the last four races. Hamlin has finished third or better in four of the last five races, with a win this past June.

Bargain: David Ragan benefits from Roush’s success here. Regan smith finished P23 and P21 in 2010.

Entry List: 

#00 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Aaron’s Dream Machine

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Dodge/Miller Lite

#4 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Toyota/Red Bull

#5 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com/Carquest

#6 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/UPS

#7 Robby Gordon (Orange, CA) Dodge/Speed Energy

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Freight

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Toyota/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Pure Michigan

#17 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Ford/Kroger

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Interstate Batteries

#20 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Toyota/Home Depot

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/JDRF/Motorcraft/Quick Lane

#22 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/DuPont

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell

#29 * Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Jimmy John’s

#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/TBA

#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Cat Financial

#32 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Ford/FAS Lane Racing

#33 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper

#34 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/TBA

#36 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#37 Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN) Ford/TBA

#38 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Long John Silver’s

#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Wix Filters

#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target

#43 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Ford/Best Buy

#46 Erik Darnell (Beach Park, IL) Chevrolet/Red Line

#47 Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX) Toyota/Kingsford/Bush’s

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe’s

#50 T.J. Bell (Reno, VA) Chevrolet/Green Smoke

#51 Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction

#55 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/TBA

#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts

#60 Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA) Toyota/Big Red

#66 Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY) Toyota/HP Racing

#71 Andy Lally (Northport, NY) Ford/Interstate Moving Services

#78 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing

#83 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Red Bull

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat’l Guard

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Aflac

Preview Notes: 

-Kevin Harvick gambled on fuel and tires last year when he opted to stay on the track, while most of the leaders pitted for the final time during a late- race caution. He passed Denny Hamlin with 11 laps remaining and then beat Hamlin at the finish by 1.7 seconds for his third victory of the 2010 season and the 14th of his Sprint Cup Series career. Harvick also won at Michigan for the first time in his 20th Cup start here.

-With the victory, Harvick recorded his first Cup win on a non-restrictor plate track since November 2006 at Phoenix.

-Although he started on the pole, Brian Vickers led only 12 laps, but it was good enough to capture his second career title in 2009 at Michigan International Speedway.

-After two days of rain delays, Kurt Busch won the 2007 race on a rare Tuesday running at Michigan.

-In 2006, Matt Kenseth took over the top spot on lap 169 of the scheduled 200- lap event and held on to edge Jeff Gordon by less than a second for his 13th career Sprint Cup title.

-David Pearson was a nine-time winner at this track, including five wins in this race. In addition, Pearson was a 10-time pole winner at Michigan.

-Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan.

-Although Jimmie Johnson owns several top-10 finishes at Michigan, he has never won at the track, sporting a dismal 0-for-19 mark. His best placing was third in 2007.

-College Football Hall of Famer Desmond Howard (University of Michigan) will serve as the grand marshal.

All information courtesy of racing-reference.info

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