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Posted on 06/14/2012 7:31:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., boasts a proud, 43-year history of hosting America's best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic Irish Hills. With 18 degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three and four grooves to run around the two-mile speedway.
Cale Yarborough won the first NASCAR race at the speedway on June 15, 1969, in a thrilling duel with LeeRoy Yarbrough. The two drivers battled door-to-door for most of the final 150 laps. On their final circuit, they touched twice-entering turn one, with Yarbrough brushing the outside wall. They then drafted down the back straight, and through turn three. But while coming out of the final turn, LeeRoy Yarbrough spun and crashed just 300 yards from the finish line, handing the victory to Yarborough.
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This Week , The Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan
June 17, 2012
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Michigan race thread is up Ping!
Test shows repaved Michigan could set records
Four drivers top 201 mph; NASCAR expects speeds to decrease slightly by race
The first full-scale Cup test of the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway provided the answer to one question Thursday, but not surprisingly, led to several others.
Yes, MIS is lightning-fast. But at what point does fast become too fast? After three hours of practice, the consensus is that the speeds on the 2-mile oval are certainly attention-getting but not unusual enough to require any major rules changes.
The current NASCAR track record of 194.232 mph — set by Ryan Newman in 2005 — is most assuredly on the extinction list, as three dozen drivers eclipsed it unofficially in the three-hour morning session. All 43 drivers who took to the track in the afternoon session topped that mark.
It’s been 25 years since Bill Elliott laid down a 200-plus mph lap in qualifying, but four drivers — led by Mark Martin’s scorching 201.089 mph — broke through that barrier in race trim in the morning session and seven did so in the afternoon, with Tony Stewart’s 201.896 mph the fastest lap of the day. Odds are good after this weekend, MIS can rightfully lay claim to being the fastest unrestricted track on the circuit.
“Qualifying trim will be spectacular, I am sure,” Greg Biffle said. “It is just how fast this place is. I mean, I knew it was going to be like this when they repaved this place because it has some banking and is wide. The corner entry is a real long arc. It just has a lot of grip and that is how it is going to be.”
But as the temperatures come up — Sunday’s high could come close to 90 degrees — and more rubber is laid down on the track, NASCAR vice president for competition Robin Pemberton expects the optimum conditions drivers experienced Thursday morning will abate somewhat.
200 mph boogity.
Wow. Good job!
Better load up on ice, we got us a heat wave this week-end..
Weather at the track.. looks OK to iffy race day
Brooklyn, MI forecast
We have a weird weather radar image just off shore. My current wife says it must be schools of King Salmon teasing us as the winds continue to keep the sports fleet onshore...
83 for Bend Sat/Sun. Wife got me a stuffed tenderloin for F.D. We might watch this race “live” as we have to be on the road by 6:00PM.
Thanks again for the work -
One of my friends at the bacon plant went on Vacation and drove the Vancouver to go fishin...
Is that what he’s been excited for?
Will salmon oil work in a slug juice sprayer?
Well it’s not working for me Slugger...
I have seen Indy cars 4 wide in the turns, and stock cars 5 wide.
They used to have "Twin 200's", a 200 mile Indy car race, followed immediately by a 200 mile USAC stocker race. Short enough races that there was no laying back...just balls-to-the-wall for 100 laps. And most of the Indy drivers drove stockers too.
Great track, great racing.
Why do they call it the Irish Hills of Michigan?
Because they can’t grow potatoes there?
Why do they call it “The Irish Hills”?
Tubebender thinks they call it the Irish Hills because they can’t grow potatoes there. But the potato famine only lasted for a short time so I think they could be growing potatoes in the infield.
The 24 Hours of Lrmans (24 heurs du Mans) is running now until 9 a.m. EST Sunday. Audi is leading overall in prototype. Michael Waltrip Racing is running a Ferrari 458 in GT class. Brian Vickers is one of the drivers. They seem to be doing well so far, but a long time to go.
Its named after the Irish immigrants in the 1850s. There used to be lots of cheesy old tourist traps around here but most are closed.
WoW... This race is gonna start before I finish my potatoes and eggs. My son is taking me to breakfast and then a tour of the quaint old town of Ferndale where there may be a Irishman or two. Do you have snails and slugs in Michigan?
I spread some shell flour around my cana lilies yesterday to keep the slugs at bay.
A windy day here today. Won’t be good for firefighters north of here. Already over 180 homes lost to the forest fire.
Will be lots of Amish buggies riding the edge of roads since it is Sunday.
Will any of the rain in the area help? ;-]
Looks like the track is about to get cleansed by a passing cell but they should be able to dry the track in a couple hours and git r done.
Take yur time, Tork!
June 17, 2012
8:05 a.m. ET — Michigan International Speedway hosts the Quicken Loans 400 this afternoon. It’s currently 68 degrees and partly cloudy at the track, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 83 degrees. There are scattered showers in the forecast throughout the day (40 percent). Marcos Ambrose will start on the pole for the race, which has been marked by a last-minute Goodyear tire switch due to the scalding speeds at the repaved track. Green flag drops at 1:16 p.m. ET.
We do need the rain.
At least it will be a lot cooler today.
Michigan race on TnT Ping.. looks to be a rain delayed start.. probably 2-3 hours or so before they get it ready for racing. The US Open and oodles of sports and such await..
In the mean time.. HaPPy Father’s Day!!
The hills here are now brown,, they were green a month ago.. had 3 thermometers showing 106 103 and 102 Saturday.
We’re supposed to drop at least 10 degrees today.. The tomatoes love it.. but the dang pool is almost 80.. still felt real good.
The game between the Tigers and Rockies will probably be delayed as well.
Ya Hoo! Let’s go Batman! It’s time and this is the place!
Rain delay start? First time all year that I was going to watch a race “live” as we boogie out of town ‘bout 4:30PM Pacific. ‘Bout the only thing gone wrong for the ‘Raiders this year...
88 yesterday, 74 today and freeze tonight w/high of 57 tomorrow. Central Oregon living and gardening at its finest.
Happy Father’s Day to all you Fathers out there. Hope you feel blessed -
12:42 p.m. ET — Ryan Newman on with daughter Brooklyn ... both dad and his lady have that same “You talkin’ ta ME?!” Al Pacino face built-in come interview time. Ah, genetics.
12:37 p.m. ET — Another tidbit to keep an eye on once they go green from MIS: two, count ‘em two, competition cautions slated for both laps 20 and 45 for car adjustments.
12:33 p.m. ET — Brad Keselowski killing it like Johnny Carson on the TNT set. This guy has a serious post-race career in the booth...
12:25 p.m. ET — And, by the way, Happy Father’s Day to all the Pops out there! Best Dad’s Day quip so far goes to Kyle Petty on Countdown to Green on TNT, who says: “You’ve seen my career, my father never taught me anything.” You don’t really know how to drop a good burn unless you can put one on yourself ... kudos, Prince Ponytail.
12:21 p.m. ET — Big Daddy Kes on the Countdown to Green set. Oh yeah.
12:10 p.m. ET — Behind Mr. Ambrose (203.241 mph qualifying time!!!), the top five is rounded out with Kevin Harvick starting second, followed by Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth. Ryan Newman was slated to start fifth, but he and Jimmie Johnson have changed engines and will start from the back.
12:06 p.m. ET — Light rain currently in Michigan, with a thunderstorm cell directly over the track right now. Showers are moving east and hopefully won’t be a problem for too long. No change yet on the 1:16 p.m. ET green-flag time.
12:01 p.m. ET — TNT’s coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at MIS is live!
8:05 a.m. ET — Michigan International Speedway hosts the Quicken Loans 400 this afternoon. It’s
It should pass soon..
Local Loop .. look for the crosshairs..
The sky is lightening here. (I’m inside the bullseye.)
I have been watching almost every minute of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on SPEED channel since yesterday morning, I have it recorded on my DVR, down to the 4 hour mark right now.
Its a shame nobody mentioned this on FR, it was by no means boring, wrecks and equipment failures were constant, new technology from hybrids to diesels to even the Nissan Delta Wing car.
I have had more entertainment from this race than the last couple of Nascar races.
My tomatoes are so dang happy. Not sure if they will make fruit, but they are thick as a forest, couple of feet tall.
1:45 p.m. ET — Remember to stay updated with NASCAR’s Twitter feed.
1:27 p.m. ET — Pre-race ceremonies slated to start at 1:45 p.m. ET!
1:24 p.m. ET — Marcos Ambrose explaining what Vegemite is ... and making the TNT crew eat it. Priceless.
1:18 p.m. ET — Jet dryers are out!
1:17 p.m. ET — A look at the radar has this storm cell nearly past MIS...
1:12 p.m. ET — Sir Jimmie of the Rainbow Wig up next on TNT...
1:10 p.m. ET — That’s a smart New York accent Tommy Baldwin’s sporting ... the question on set is can TBR be competitive? Fuggeddaboutit!
12:55 p.m. ET — PS: Drivers all still in tees and caps, doing funny interviews, so that 1:16 p.m. ET start time is washing away like raindrops on a windshield at 203 mph...
12:51 p.m. ET — You’d never know about his 143-race winless streak by the confident demeanor Junior’s presented lately...
12:49 p.m. ET — Dale Jr. up next on TNT’s Countdown to Green, so tune in if you haven’t already. It was four years ago exactly at this race when he posted his last victory (check out a great David Caraviello column on the topic). Is another in the air today?
Might have to move that start back a wee bit more..
2:12 p.m. ET — Starting to drizzle again after driver intros... Stop. It. Now.
2 p.m. ET — Drivers signing autographs en route to their cars ... it’s almost time!
1:54 p.m. ET — Great chats on TNT between Elliott, Petty, etc. father-son teams on this special day.
Jets are circling close by. I haven’t seen them but the dog is hiding under the bed.
Fingers crossed.. wind looks brisk and skies are not gloomy, track is drying..
2:33 p.m. ET — Nice fly over by F-16s of the 112th Fighter Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard.
2:32 p.m. ET — Members of the US Army Chorus perform National Anthem.
2:31 p.m. ET — Invocation under way with Pastor Doug Bradshaw, Williamston Free Methodist Church.
2:30 p.m. ET — One driver after another bringing up basically the same point in interviews: replacement tires/fast track/slick pavement equal extremely uncertain race at MIS.
2:21 p.m. ET — That’s right, rain. You better stop. Jet dryers back out, blue skies opening up...