Chevy notes and quotes -- Michigan International Speedway
CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
- Chevrolet drivers have won 20 of 89 races at Michigan International Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
- Kurt Busch, No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, has two (2) victories at Michigan International Speedway (’03 & ’07)
- Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/Superman Chevrolet SS, has made two (2) trips to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway (’08 & ’12)
- Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, has two (2) wins at Michigan International Speedway (’98 & ‘01)
- Ryan Newman, No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, has two (2) trophies from Michigan International Speedway (’03 & ’04)
- Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Michigan International Speedway (’10)
- Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS, has one (1) victory at Michigan International Speedway (’06)
- Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, has one (1) trophy from Michigan International Speedway (’00
- A Chevrolet driver has won two (2) of the last seven (7) races at Michigan International Speedway
- A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Michigan International Speedway 23 times
- Team Chevy drivers have scored 152 top-five and 311 top-10 finishes at Michigan International Speedway
- A Chevrolet has led 6,445 laps (36.4% of possible 17,693 laps) at Michigan International Speedway
- Fans can see a sample of engines, parts and accessories in the Team Chevy Display available for purchase from Chevrolet at their local Chevrolet dealer
“A win at Michigan also brings with it possession of the new Michigan Heritage Trophy, a new tradition started by the speedway at the Fall 2013 race. I'm hopeful that all of the hard work will pay off with a win for Team Chevy on Sunday, and allow us to bring home that trophy.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER(ON POSSIBILITY OF DRAFTING DURING QUALIFYING.): “While you would want somebody to be quite a bit ahead of you to get a ‘tow’ in a perfect world, I think we’ll be better off just being in ‘clean’ air to get through the corners. But if you’re able to get just a little bit of a draft from a car at a distance, every little bit will help. You just can’t get too close, though.”
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/KOBALT TOOLS CHEVROLET SS – 4TH IN STANDINGS“It seems like we run well at Michigan and then something usually happens to us, so we have been chasing a win for what seems like forever. There are always a lot of Chevrolet guests out at the track since its right down the road from Detroit so it would be nice to see a Chevy in the winner’s circle for them. Hoping we can pull off a win at Michigan soon for this Lowe’s team, check it off the list and have a great celebration. I also want to win at Chicago since that is a ‘hometown’ track for Chad (Knaus). So we are looking for a solid run this weekend.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 10TH IN STANDINGS
“I’m looking forward to getting to Michigan this weekend and building off the momentum from the top-five finish at Pocono. Our Target Chevrolets’ seem to be getting better and better, so it will be good to be back on the track and see what we’ve got for this weekend. I had a good race at Michigan last year in the Nationwide car, so I’m excited to see what we can do in the Cup car. We’re always looking for a win, but will just try to stay consistent this weekend as we continue to work on getting into victory lane.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 31 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – 11TH IN STANDINGS
"Michigan is its own unique two-mile track. You really can't compare it to places like California Speedway anymore. They've kind of flip flopped. Before, California was the new pavement and Michigan was old. Now, it's the opposite. I look forward to going back up to Michigan. It's the Quicken Loans 400 race. It's an important race for us because Quicken Loans is one of our partners. We are still looking for our first win of the season and hopefully we can do it right down the road from Quicken Loans headquarters. There's double the importance for us to at least have a solid run for Quicken Loans and all of their team members who will be with us this weekend and supporting us. We actually tested at Michigan a few months back as part of a tire test for Goodyear. The track is fast, especially now with the rules package so I hope that we can build upon last week's top-10 effort."
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CHEVROLET SS – 15TH IN STANDINGS"I've raced at Michigan International Speedway before in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so I'm really looking forward to going back to a track where I've made a few laps. Last year I subbed for Smoke (Tony Stewart) at Michigan and I've also raced a RCR-prepared car there. It's a fast track. I love it. I've had one of my best finishes in the Cup Series at Michigan. I've had some good success at Michigan in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Last year we came pretty close to winning the Nationwide race, but cut down a tire. It's a very raceable track."
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – 18TH IN STANDINGS
“It’s hard to say but it should be better. That first year, once it cleaned off, it seemed like the track got to be pretty good. It was still a relatively one-groove track, but it got better as the weekend went on. It was even better last year and really we should see more of the same even with the higher speeds. Hopefully, the racetrack will continue on that path and continue to widen out. It was a lot racier than I thought it would be, right off the bat, and it’s just been getting better so I’m anticipating it’s going to be even better when we get back on it this weekend.”
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 CHARTER CHEVROLET SS – 20TH IN STANDINGS
“I think the main thing that comes to mind is having a brand new race car for the first time this year beside the superspeedway races. I’m looking forward to that. That is something that hopefully makes a difference. I feel like on the bigger race tracks we haven’t been way off, but we haven’t been where we need to be either so hopefully that will help a little bit. Michigan is a tough place because with the repave I feel like the track has always got a lot of grip in it especially during practice and it’s really fast. Then after the sun comes out for the race it will turn on you in a heartbeat and be really slick. That is a place that if you are loose it’s a real tough race track to get around. I enjoy it. I think it’s a fun race track to be able to race on. Since the repave the groove is starting to widen out a little bit. The racing has gotten better, but more than anything just try to keep getting better and seeing if all the work that we are doing, brand new car, the hard work the guys put into it going there and seeing if it makes a difference.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S CHEVROLET SS – 23RD IN STANDINGS“Michigan is a fun place to race, but it is completely different since the repave a couple of years ago. It is especially fun because you have guys that run the bottom and others that are way up by the fence all day. The track is really fast and has a ton of grip. It seems that this always comes down to being a fuel mileage race, so pit strategy will come into play on Sunday. We have had really fast cars and I hope we can continue the good finishes that we have had the last several weeks.”
MARTIN TRUEX, JR., NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW CHEVROLET SS – 24TH IN STANDINGS
“I am not sure about Michigan. Since the track was repaved it changed the style of racing there. The track is just too fast right now. I am hoping the new pavement is wearing out a little to slow us down. I enjoyed the old asphalt at Michigan where you could run all over the place. But give credit to the track for making improvements with the repave. We’re professionals and it's our job to deal with the track conditions. I feel our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet will be good at Michigan due to our recent gain in speed. We have some momentum right now with consecutive top-10s and need to build on that. Things are much brighter with our Furniture Row team than they were earlier in the season.”
CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS – 25TH IN STANDINGS
"Michigan is a track where we are looking forward to having a good run. We had always struggled at Pocono over the years, but had a strong race there on Sunday, so we're starting to get our hands wrapped around some of these tracks we've had problems at in the past. The relationship with Chevrolet and RCR (Richard Childress Racing) has been great and we're looking forward to getting to the next few races and finishing up the first half of the season in strong fashion. I'm really proud of the guys on our GEICO team and their hard work is paying off."
KURT BUSCH, NO. 41 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET SS – 27TH IN STANDINGS
“I like Michigan because it’s a balance of trying to make sure you have the speed through the corners, but then every change that you’re making in the back of your mind you have to keep in mind the straightaways are so long there. You’re balancing trying to keep the drag out of the car.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 28TH IN STANDINGS
“I think it’s a momentum track and I feel like I come from a background of carrying a lot of momentum and using a lot of throttle. Being smooth and hopefully that is something that can help me at Michigan. At the end of the day it has to handle well. It has to feel good. It has to be a fast car. Here at this Cup level, it’s very competitive and being a little off is being a lot off. I think my strength of carrying momentum is something I’m used to doing.”
JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 51 ACCUDOC SOULUTIONS CHEVROLET SS – 29TH IN STANDINGS“Michigan [International Speedway] is a very fast and wide two mile track. We are in Chevrolet’s back yard, so that brings a little extra pressure to make sure I do well. We’ve been making gains every week at HScott Motorsports and I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum this weekend."
MICHAEL ANNETT, NO. 7 PILOT FLYING J CHEVROLET SS – 30TH IN STANDINGS"I believe 'Bono' (Manion, crew chief) and I are becoming more comfortable with one another and that has shown in the past few weeks. I think we're getting closer and closer to where we want to be. We had a competitive car at Dover and had a competitive car at Pocono, and I think, at Michigan, we have the chance to have another really good day."