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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 18, 2006 on FOX
3M Performance 400 Fact Sheet

What: 3M Performance 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race
(15th event on the 36-race 2006 NNCS schedule)

When: Sunday, June 18, 1:40 p.m. (EDT).

Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

Television: Live on FOX, 1:00 p.m.

Radio: Live on MRN. Area affiliates include: WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor); WWWW 102.9-FM (Ann Arbor); WITL 100.7-FM (Lansing); WKHM 970-AM (Jackson); WABJ 1490-AM (Adrian); WCSR 1340-AM, 92.1-FM (Hillsdale); WDTW 106.7 FM (Detroit).

Official pre- and post-race tailgate shows will be aired on WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor), WKHM 105.3-FM (Jackson) and WITL 100.7-FM (Lansing). WJR 760-AM (Detroit) will carry live traffic reports on the eights prior to the Sunday, June 18, 3M Performance 400.

2005 Pole Winner: Ryan Newman, alltel Dodge, 194.232 mph, 37.069 seconds. (new MIS qualifying record)

2005 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, Charter-National Guard Ford, 150.596 mph, 2 hours, 39 minutes, 22 seconds.

2005 Race Recap: Greg Biffle drove the competition batty at Michigan International Speedway on June 19, 2005 as he won the Batman Begins 400 for his fifth win of the season and second consecutive win at MIS. Team owner Jack Roush saw three of his other drivers finish in the top five. Mark Martin was third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards. Tony Stewart broke up the Roush Racing reign with a second-place finish for Joe Gibbs Racing. Biffle led for a total of 63 laps, but was able to run Stewart down every time he would gain the lead. Biffle inherited the lead from Stewart for the final time with 31 laps remaining in the race and never relinquished the advantage again. The last of four caution flags came out with 31 laps remaining. Stewart pitted for four tires and fuel while Biffle and the other Roush drivers stayed out. It was a gamble that paid off. Ryan Newman captured the pole with a new track record of 194.232 mph. The old record was held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2000 (191.149 mph). It was the 29th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout at MIS, dating back to 1991.

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Tickets: Reserved seats are still available for the 3M Performance 400 by calling the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or by going online at www.MISpeedway.com. The ticket hotline is open 9 A.M. - 9 P.M. seven days a week. General Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday’s race go on sale Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.

Did You Know...3M Performance 400 Facts


… Michigan International Speedway has hosted a NASCAR race in June every year since 1969. In the one year that MIS hosted one NASCAR race – 1973 – the race took place in June. The 3M Performance 400 will be the 74th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS.

… There have been 11 different winners in the last 13 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS. The winners include: 2005- Jeremy Mayfield, Greg Biffle; 2004- Greg Biffle, Ryan Newman; 2003- Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch; 2002- Dale Jarrett, Matt Kenseth; 2001-Sterling Marlin, Jeff Gordon; 2000- Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart; 1999- Bobby Labonte (August). Will there be a different winner in 2006?

… For the last two June races, the winner of the previous year’s August race has emerged victorious. August 2003 winner Ryan Newman prevailed in June 2004, and Greg Biffle repeated his August 2004 win in June 2005. Is the August 2005 race winner Jeremy Mayfield the next to repeat?

… The pole position has been the most productive starting position at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, producing 14 race winners in 73 total races.

… If you don’t win the pole, you may want to start fourth at MIS. Since NASCAR’s top series began racing at MIS in 1969, 12 drivers have won races starting from the fourth position. The most recent winner from the fourth spot was Ryan Newman in the June 2004 NEXTEL Cup event. Just eight drivers have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS history.

… Since the 3M Performance 400 has been a NASCAR Father’s Day tradition for years, it’s only appropriate to talk about historical father/son combinations. Richard and Kyle Petty ran together on Father’s Day eight times, the first of which was June 15, 1980 as Richard finished fifth and Kyle finished behind his dad in seventh place. Richard and Kyle have competed in the June race at MIS 12 different times, with Kyle finishing higher than Dad six out of the 12 times. In August of 2000, Dale Earnhardt and his sons Kerry and Dale Jr. all drove in the Cup race at MIS, which was the first and only time all three competed together in a NASCAR event.

… The winner of the June event at MIS has gone on to win the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship seven times since the track’s first NASCAR race in 1969. The list includes Richard Petty (1974), Cale Yarborough (1977, 1978), Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990), Dale Jarrett (1999), and most recently, Jeff Gordon in 2001 when he passed Ricky Rudd on the last lap to win.

… In August 1981, there were nine caution flags during the race, which set an MIS record. Since then, the record has been tied in three of MIS’s last six races. The yellow flag came out nine times in June 2003 and in both Cup races in 2004. Eight caution flags came out in August 2003.

… Don’t look for one car make to dominate the 3M Performance 400. In the backyard of the automotive capital of the world, no manufacturer has swept the top five finishing positions in the June race at MIS, although Ford came close with four of the top five last season.

… Recently, Ford and Dodge have combined to win the last nine NEXTEL Cup races at MIS. Ford has taken five checkered flags and Dodge four since June 2001, when Jeff Gordon won with a Chevrolet. Sterling Marlin’s August victory in 2001 at MIS was the first time a Dodge won a Cup event since 1977.

Source: Michigan International Speedway

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