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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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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?
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