Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance – Michigan – Michigan International Raceway

By Auto News Log • June 10th, 2010

BROOKLYN, Mich. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
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Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, June 13, 2010


• Dodge has won nine races at Michigan International speedway (Charlie Glotzbach, Richard Petty (2), Sterling Marlin, Ryan Newman (2), Jeremy Mayfield, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch.
• Busch won the rain-shortened race at MIS in August 2007 after starting 15th.
• Dodge set the MIS qualifying record of 194.232 mph (37.069 sec) on June 18, 2005 (Newman).
• Dodge has earned the pole five of the last 15 events at MIS. (Newman -2, Mayfield, Kahne and Busch).
• Busch leads all active Dodge drivers at Michigan with two wins, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 18 starts.


• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent point win came at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 laps en route to his second victory of the season.
• Dodge claimed four Sprint Cup Series victories in 2009.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• Dodge has posted wins each season since it’s return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).
• First Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at MIS: Charlie Glotzbach, 08/16/1970, 1970 Yankee 400, 147.571 mph avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win at MIS: Kurt Busch, 08/21/2007, 3M Performance 400, 117.044 avg. speed.


• When it opened in 1968, Michigan International Speedway consisted of a 12,000-seat center. The speedway now can seat 119,500.
• Dodge’s Kurt Busch is the youngest MIS winner (24 years, 10 months, 11 days) 6/15/2003.
• Three races at MIS have been caution free.


• Penske Racing has six NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Michigan International Speedway.
• Sixteen of 81 NSCS races at MIS have been won from the pole, two by Dodge. Charlie Glotzbach won from the pole in his Dodge at the 1970 Yankee 400 and Kasey Kahne at the 3M Performance 400 in 2006.
• Sam Hornish Jr. earned a season best finish of 11th last weekend in Pocono. Hornish led 16 laps late in the race at the 2.5-mile track.
• Kurt Busch jumped one position in the NSCS driver standing to fifth after his sixth-place finish in Pocono.
• Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is one of eight race winners from Michigan in NASCAR’s three national series. Brad joins his father Bob who won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Michigan in 1997.


“Now we’ll see if all of the engine dynamometer durability testing pays off. What I mean is if you want to know if an engine is durable, you put it on the dyno and program in the toughest test it’ll see all year. That test is a trace of the RPM cycles the engine will see in the 400 miles at Michigan. High speed means high RPM and with very wide and fast corners, the engine never gets a break.”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

Average RPM: 8,700 High RPM: 9,700
Pole Record: 194.232 mph – set by Dodge in June 2005
Race Record: 173.997 mph – June 1999
Top Speed: 207.7 mph, based on a loaded tire roll-out of 84.8″

*Information from August 2009 NSCS race at MIS


• Kurt Busch – Start – Pole – Las Vegas
Finish – Win – Atlanta, Charlotte 1

• Brad Keselowski – Start – 6th – Richmond
Finish – 12th – Martinsville, Darlington

• Sam Hornish Jr. – Start – 2nd – Texas,
Finish – 11th – Pocono

• Laps Led (Race) – Kurt Busch (278) – Bristol

• Laps Led (Total) – Kurt Busch – 726


“I’ve seen more races from the stands at Michigan than I’ll ever have the opportunity to participate in for sure. The track is only about 45 minutes from my hometown in Ohio. It’s pretty cool to compete at Michigan when I’ve seen so many IndyCar and NASCAR races there with my family.”
Sam Hornish Jr. – No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger


“When we get out there on Sunday for the race, it’s like all the manufacturers have moved their temporary headquarters to Brooklyn, Mich., for the day. We’ll be doing everything we possibly can to put our Dodge Charger into the winner’s circle and party down with all our great friends at Dodge.

“We’ve been so proud to take Dodge to Victory Lane in the Atlanta and Charlotte points races and in the big Sprint All-Star Race win. But, winning this weekend at Michigan – at their home track right there in their backyard – would be extra cool and extremely gratifying.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

“It’s going to be hard to tell what the race will be like in Michigan this weekend. Last year, both of the races were fuel mileage races, so we’ll have to make sure we play that out the right way. California and Michigan are a lot alike and we ran well at California earlier this year, so I’ve been looking forward to this weekend. It’s my home race and we get to go home and see family and friends. I always look forward to it for a lot of reasons other than the fact that I like the race track.”
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

“I had so much fun at Michigan last year. It’s one of those tracks that mean so much to me and my family. I remember going there watching my dad race back when I was a little kid and can remember coming through that tunnel amazed at how big this place was to me. It will be fun to be back home and race in front of your family and friends. It’s in Dodge’s backyard and we certainly know how important of a race it is for them. They’ve been a tremendous help to our program this year and to get them in victory lane would be awesome.”
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

Source: Dodge Motorsports


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