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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Batman Begins 400

Sunday, June 19, 2005 on FOX

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Batman Begins 400 Fact Sheet

What: BATMAN BEGINS 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race (15th event on the 36-race 2005 NNCS schedule) When: Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m. (EDT).

Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

Television: Live on FOX, 1:30 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). WDFN 1130-AM (Detroit). Official pre- and post-race tailgate shows and official Michigan International Speedway WTKA 1050-AM (Ann Arbor), WKHM 105.3-FM (Jackson) and WITL 100.7-FM (Lansing). WWJ 950-AM (Detroit) will carry live traffic reports on the eights prior to the Sunday, June 19 Batman Begins 400.

2004 Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, DuPont Chevrolet, 190.865 mph, 37.723 seconds.

2004 Race Winner: Ryan Newman, ALLTEL Dodge, 139.292 mph, 2 hours, 52 minutes, 18 seconds.

2004 Race Recap: Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 ALLTEL Dodge, battled back from an over-heating engine that put him a lap down early in the race to capture the NEXTEL Cup Series race. Kasey Kahne also struggled early in the race after starting 34th but rallied to finish second. He was closing fast on Newman before a caution flag on the last lap for a crash involving P.J. Jones froze the field with the race finishing under yellow. Kahne, in the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, gave the manufacturer a one-two finish during his sensational rookie season. Third-place finisher Dale Jarrett was competitive all day and while he gave up the final lead to Newman with 23 laps to go, it was, at the time, Jarrett's first top-three finish since February of 2003. Polesitter Jeff Gordon started strong, leading the first 78 laps before suffering a blown engine and retiring after 88 laps.

About the Batman Begins Movie: Batman Begins, the fifth major motion picture in the Batman saga, will open in all theatres on Wednesday, June 15. Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city. Actress Katie Holmes also stars in the film.

Tickets: Reserved seats still available for the Batman Begins 400 by calling the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672) or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. 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 * BATMAN BEGINS 400 FACTS *

* Michigan International Speedway has hosted a NASCAR race in June every year since 1969. The one year that MIS hosted one NASCAR race - 1973 - it took place in June. The Batman Begins 400 will be the 72nd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS.

* Batman Begins is the first major motion picture to serve as a title sponsor of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. However, it is not the first time Warner Bros. Consumer Products has been involved with NASCAR or Michigan International Speedway. Just last August, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics partnered with Michigan International Speedway for the highly successful Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels, as some of NASCAR's top drivers piloted cars emblazoned with the familiar heroes of the Justice League.

* There have been 10 different winners in the last 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races at MIS. The winners include: 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 in August. Will there be a different winner in 2005?

* The pole position has been the most productive starting position at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, producing 14 race winners in 71 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. Most recently was Ryan Newman in last year's June NEXTEL Cup event. Just eight drivers have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS history.

* Since the Batman Begins 400 has been a NASCAR Father's Day tradition for years, it's only appropriate to talk about Father/Son combinations over the years. Richard and Kyle Petty have run 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 (1977,78), Dale Earnhardt (1987,1990), Dale Jarrett (1999) and the most recent is Jeff Gordon in 2001 when he passed Ricky Rudd on the last lap to win.

* Bobby Labonte captured both Bud Poles at MIS in 2003, becoming the first driver to sweep the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series poles at MIS since Bill Elliott accomplished the feat back in 1988. Over the 36-year history of MIS, a driver has swept both NEXTEL Cup poles at MIS eight different times, among only four different drivers. David Pearson swept both NEXTEL Cup poles in 1974,1977,1978 and Bill Elliott swept both poles in 1984, 1985 and 1988. Bobby's brother Terry Labonte is the only other driver to sweep poles at MIS as he did so in 1983.

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

* Don't look for one car make to dominate the Batman Begins 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.

* Recently, Ford and Dodge have combined to win the last seven NEXTEL Cup races at MIS. Ford has taken five checkered flags, while Dodge has put a car in victory lane three times since 2000. Jeff Gordon, who won the June Cup race in 2001, is the last driver to win a Cup race in 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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