By the Numbers: Pure Michigan 400by Kyle Pokrefky August 16, 2015 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — As the Chase draws closer and closer, the Sprint Cup Series makes its return to the Irish Hills of Michigan for today’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The fourth race until the start of the Chase, Michigan has been host for an interesting combination of recent trends that may provide an insight as to who should be strong in today’s event.
Who should be considered a favorite for today? Here’s the Pure Michigan 400 by the numbers.
2 – Consecutive races in which the Pure Michigan 400 winner started from the pole – Jeff Gordon 2014, Joey Logano 2013. Matt Kenseth is on the pole for today’s race.
4 – Number of wins that Greg Biffle has at Michigan International Speedway, the most of all active drivers.
6 – Number of different teams that have won the last six Pure Michigan 400s – Hendrick Motorsports 2014, Team Penske 2013, Roush Fenway Racing 2012, Joe Gibbs Racing 2011, Richard Childress Racing 2010, Red Bull Racing 2009.
7.4 – Average number of cautions in the last 10 Pure Michigan 400s.
9.7 – Average starting position of the last 10 Pure Michigan 400 winners.
9.8 – Carl Edwards’s average finish at Michigan International Speedway, the lowest of all active drivers.
12.92% – Percentage of laps at Michigan International Speedway that Jimmie Johnson has completed while leading, the highest percentage of all active drivers.
20.9 – Average number of lead changes in the last 10 Pure Michigan 400s.
34 – Number of wins Ford has at Michigan International Speedway, making them the winningest manufacturer at the track.
107.1 – Greg Biffle’s driver rating at Michigan International Speedway, the highest of all active drivers.
157.739mph – Speed at which Bobby Labonte completed the 1995 Pure Michigan 400, making for the fastest completed Pure Michigan 400 in the race’s history.
177 – Average lap of the final caution in the last 10 Pure Michigan 400s.
187 – Average lap of the final pass for the lead in the last 10 Pure Michigan 400s.
1995 – Last year a driver swept both the Quicken Loans 400 and Pure Michigan 400 in a season. Bobby Labonte completed the feat for Joe Gibbs Racing.
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