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MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 17, 2007 on TNT

 
Top 10 Countdown to Race Weekend
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10 - Defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has never had tremendous success at MIS. In 10 career Cup starts at the 2-mile oval, Johnson has just four top-10 finishes. Despite his struggles at MIS, Johnson did have two solid finishes in 2006 after placing sixth in June and coming back from an early accident and going a lap down in August to finish 13th.
9 - Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge, will attempt to win his second consecutive June NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at MIS during the Citizens Bank 400. Kahne started from the pole and won his first race at MIS during the 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-it Picture Paper on June 18, 2006.
8 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet, will try for his first NEXTEL Cup win at MIS during the Citizens Bank 400, Sunday, June 17. Earnhardt has four top 10's in his 15 Cup starts at MIS and also has two wins in NASCAR Busch Series events at the two-mile oval, including last year's CARFAX 250. The Citizens Bank 400 could also potentially mark Earnhardt's first race after announcing what team he will drive for in 2008 as he will leave the team his father Dale Earnhardt built, DEI, at the conclusion of this season.
7 - Seven top-five finishes have been obtained at MIS by two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. Stewart, who finished third last August, has proven to be successful at MIS, finishing almost 50 percent of his 16 NEXTEL Cup starts in fifth or better. He also has one NEXTEL Cup win at Michigan, which came in 2000.
6 - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will return to MIS on June 16 for the Michigan 200. Six drivers have won a truck race on the two-mile oval, with Greg Biffle being the only repeat winner with victories in 1999 and 2000. Drivers who followed Biffle's lead include Robert Pressley (2002), Brendan Gaughan (2003), Travis Kvapil (2004), Dennis Setzer (2005), and most recently Johnny Benson (2006).
5 - During the 2006 race season at MIS, five NEXTEL Cup drivers finished in the top 10 during both Cup Series events. Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Reed Sorenson, and Jeff Gordon all experienced top 10's in both the June and August Cup Series races and will try to repeat their success this Father's Day.
4 - Jeff Gordon will attempt to extend his four poles at MIS to five during qualifying on Friday, June 15 for the Citizens Bank 400. Gordon, who has won two times, has an average finish of 10th at MIS. The Citizens Bank 400 will be held on Father's Day, and there is a chance Gordon will experience a different kind of thrill than he is used to. Gordon and his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, are expecting their first child the week following action at MIS. If their baby comes early, Gordon will likely be replaced by veteran Mark Martin, causing Gordon to miss his first Cup Series race of his career.
3 - The most recent woman to start a stock car race at MIS, Erin Crocker, has raced three times at MIS in the ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Crocker will attempt to make her fourth start on the two-mile oval when she qualifies for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Michigan 200 on June 15. Crocker finished fourth in last June's ARCA race, making her the highest-finishing female driver in MIS history.
2 - Matt Kenseth has visited Gatorade Victory Lane two times during his 15 starts at MIS. Ironically, both Kenseth victories have come with very close finishes. In June 2002, Kenseth finished ahead of Dale Jarrett by only .131 seconds, and in August 2006 Kenseth finished .622 seconds ahead of four time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon in MIS' 75th Cup event. Kenseth will race to win his second consecutive Cup race at MIS during the Citizens Bank 400.
1 - IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. will make his first stock car start at MIS during the June 15 ARCA RE/MAX Series Michigan 200. Hornish, who was fastest during an ARCA test at MIS on May 29, is scheduled to pilot the No. 27 Mobil 1 Dodge for Roger Penske.
As we count down the days, here are 10 facts, one for each day, as the beginning of the MIS race season quickly approaches.
Source: Michigan International Speedway

 

Tickets are still available for the Citizens Bank 400 on Sunday, June 17, along with all events at MIS during Father's Day weekend, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Michigan 200 on Saturday, June 16 and the ARCA RE/MAX Series Michigan 200 on Friday, June 15.

Fans can purchase tickets by logging on to www.MISpeedway.com, or by calling the MIS ticket hotline at (800) 354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. seven days a week.

 

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