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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Michigan Speedway's reputation for speed continues to grow with record pole run by Jeff Gordon

BROOKLYN, Mich. – 206.558 miles per hour. And that's an average.
That's the number Jeff Gordon put up to take the pole for the Cup race scheduled for today at Michigan Speedway (I saw scheduled because the skies are a bit weepy today, but we should still get the race in). 
 
Since the repave here at MIS a few years back, it's been the fastest track in NASCAR ... and what's interesting is that the drivers say it doesn't even feel like a record-breaking speed.
"It doesn't feel that fast, to be honest.” Gordon said. β€œIt feels fast in the corners because I know I've got a tremendous amount of throttle in it and I'm carrying a lot of speed, at the same time when you're carrying that much speed in the corners you don't feel like you're going that fast on the straightaways. It's not a big acceleration or change. The only thing that gets my attention is when I look up there (at the scoring tower) and I see the speeds. You don't realize you're going that fast. Alan (Gustafson, crew chief) and the guys did a perfect job. This is exciting. To be running this good and have cars that are this great: back-to-back poles from Watkins Glen (Last Sunday) to Michigan, we're having a lot of fun right now.”

To put things in perspective, the first pole Gordon put up at MIS was in 1995 -- at 186.611.Seven total drivers broke the previous track record -- and conditions for speed were perfect on Friday -- but the question now is: How fast can they go here at MIS going forward?


 Toyota notes after Truck Series win at Michigan International Speedway
-- Johnny Sauter picked up the victory in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Michigan International Speedway.
-- Sauter crossed the finish line .43 seconds ahead of second-place Matt Crafton -- Sauter's teammate at ThorSport Racing.
-- Tundra drivers Kyle Busch (fifth), German Quiroga (sixth), Timothy Peters (seventh), Jeb Burton (eighth) and Joe Nemechek (10th) all recorded top-10 finishes.
-- Darrell Wallace Jr. finished 11th, but led the field three times for a race-high 48 laps (of 100).
-- Other Tundra drivers to lead laps at the 1.5-mile Michigan oval included Sauter (21 laps), Busch (14 laps) and Crafton (seven laps).
-- Tundra drivers have won 11 of 12 NCWTS races this season.
-- Tundra race-winners in 2014 include Busch (five wins), Wallace Jr. (two wins), Crafton (two wins), Jones (one win) and Sauter (one win).
-- Since 2004, Tundra drivers have recorded 123 NCWTS wins.
-- Sauter now sits first in the unofficial NCWTS point standings after 12 races this year.  He is nine points ahead of second-place Crafton.  Wallace (fifth), Quiroga (sixth), Timothy Peters (seventh) and Jeb Burton (10th) are also in the top-10 in the standings.

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