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GFS Marketplace 400 Fact Sheet
GFS MARKETPLACE 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race
(23rd event on the 36-race 2005 NNCS schedule)
When: Sunday, August 21, 2:30 p.m. (EDT).
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn,
Television: Live on TNT, 2:00 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).
Official pre- and post-race tailgate shows - 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, August 21.
GFS Marketplace 400.
2004 Race Winner: Greg Biffle, National Guard/The
Flash Ford, 139.063 mph, 2 hours, 52 minutes, 35 seconds.
2004 Pole Winner: No Pole Winner. Starting field
set from NEXTEL Cup point standings due to inclement weather.
2004 Race Recap: Greg Biffle captured a commanding
victory in front of MIS' 28th straight sellout crowd. At the time,
it was Biffle's second career victory in 65 NEXTEL Cup starts. The
day wasn't all Biffle's as teammate Mark Martin led on five occasions
for a total of 46 laps and was ahead on lap 130 of the 200-lap event
when the final caution period of a race-record-tying ninth caution
flags came out due to debris on the track. The leaders pitted, but
Martin's team was cited for not completely tightening a lug nut.
It dropped Martin to the rear of the field, but he managed to battle
back and finish second. Team owner Jack Roush put three cars in
the top-10 with Biffle finishing first, Martin second and Matt Kenseth
eighth. Fords swept the top-three with Dale Jarrett finishing third.
About Gordon Food Service: Gordon Food Service
is a 106-year-old
family-owned and managed company. The company's distribution network
services more than 30,000 customers with more than 14,000 products.
The company also operates a chain of retail GFS Marketplace stores.
The GFS Marketplace stores, begun in 1979, service the emergency
needs of GFS truck delivery customers and are also the primary supplier
to many smaller operators who prefer
to pick up their products including: restaurants, churches, day
providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities,
convenience stores and concessionaires. Party planners and fundraising
groups also find a wide variety of restaurant quality products that
will make their event a success. The stores are open to the public
and do not charge a membership fee. With 94 retail stores strategically
located throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, GFS Marketplace
is dedicated to providing superior
customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products.
Tickets: General Admission (infield) tickets for
Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August
21 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel
off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.
PIZZA 250 - 2005 FACT SHEET
What: Domino's Pizza 250 NASCAR Busch Series Race
(25th event of the 35-race 2005 NASCAR Busch Series schedule)
When: Saturday, August 20, 3:00 p.m. (EDT).
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn,
Television: Live on TNT, 3:00 p.m.
2004 Pole Winner: No Pole Winner. Starting field
set from Busch Series point standings due to inclement weather.
2004 Race Winner: Kyle Busch, Lowe's/Gladiator
Chevrolet, 122.166 mph, 2 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds.
2004 Race Recap: There was no doubt Kyle Busch
had the strongest car in the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series race at MIS,
but he had to keep proving it again and again before gaining his
fifth victory of the season. Despite a Busch Series track-record
eight caution periods for a total of 33 laps, the last coming with
12 laps remaining, Busch's Chevrolet easily held off NEXTEL Cup
veteran Mark Martin to win by 3.86 seconds. Martin Truex Jr. finished
third, followed by Casey Mears, Kasey Kahne and Rusty Wallace. Busch
always managed to maintain his lead and eventually pulled away to
garner his second consecutive victory in what was the slowest race
in MIS Busch Series history. The average speed was 122.166 mph.
Busch led for a total of 90 laps, including the final 31. There
were 31 cars that finished on the lead lap, a Busch Series record.
The previous mark was 28, established at
Watkins Glen in 1998 and equaled at Daytona in 2001.
About Domino's: Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza
is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery. Domino's is listed
on the NYSE under the symbol "DPZ." Through its primarily
franchised system, Domino's operates a network of 7,799 franchised
and Company-owned stores in the United States and more than 50 countries.
The Domino's Pizza® brand, named a Megabrand by Advertising
Age magazine, had global retail sales of more than $4.6 billion
in 2004, comprised of nearly $3.2 billion domestically and more
than $1.4 billion internationally. Domino's Pizza was named "Chain
of the Year" by Pizza Today magazine, the leading publication
of the pizza industry and is the "Official Pizza of NASCAR®."
More information on the Company, in English and Spanish, can be
found on the Web at www.dominos.com.
Tickets: Tickets are still available for the Domino's
Pizza 250 by calling
the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010
517-592-6672) or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com. All seats
are just $50 and children 12 and under are admitted free.
HANTZ GROUP 200 - 2005 FACT SHEET
What: Hantz Group 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race
(17th event on the 23-race 2005 RE/MAX Series schedule)
When: Friday, August 19, 5:15 p.m. (EDT).
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn,
Television: SPEED Channel, 5:00 p.m.
2004 Pole Winner: None
2004 Race Winner: None
2004 Race Recap: It is the Inaugural event for
the ARCA RE/MAX Series in August. Frank Kimmel won the Hantz Group
200 event in June at MIS, while Kyle Krisiloff started from the
About the Hantz
Group: The HantzGroup is a Michigan-based full-service
financial holding company that started in January 1998. The company
is involved with financial planning, tax services and business/retirement
Seats still available for the Hantz Group 200 by calling the
Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or
or by going on-line at www.MISpeedway.com.
YOU KNOW *
GFS MARKETPLACE 400 FACTS
* Michigan International
Speedway has hosted a NASCAR race in August every year since 1969,
except for one. That one year, in 1973, the only race was in June.
The GFS Marketplace 400 will be the 73rd 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-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 in August.
* The pole position has been the most productive starting position
at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, producing 14 race
winners in 72 total races.
* In June, Ryan Newman set a new track qualifying record of 194.232
miles per hour, shattering the old mark set by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
in 2000 (191.149 mph). On that day, a total of 26 drivers broke
the qualifying record.
* If you don't win the pole, you may want to start fourth at MIS.
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 the June NEXTEL Cup event in 2004. Just eight drivers
have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS
* Paul Tracy, current Champ Car World Series driver, is expected
to enter his first ever NEXTEL Cup Series race and attempt to qualify
for the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21 in the #33 Richard Childress
Chevrolet. Qualifying for the GFS Marketplace 400 will take place
on Saturday, August 20. Tracy has made 11 appearances at MIS in
his career, dating back to 1991, with his best finish coming in
1992 (2nd). Tracy still holds the open-wheel qualifying record of
234.949 mph, which he set in 2000.
* Greg Biffle will be going for three-in-a-row at MIS in the GFS
Marketplace 400. Only two drivers in MIS history have won at least
three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in a row at the 2-mile oval.
David Pearson won three-in-a-row in 1972 and 1973 and Bill Elliott
won four-in-a-row when he swept the 1985 and 1986 seasons at MIS.
* Seven drivers have swept both races at MIS in the same year --
Bobby Allison in 1971, David Pearson in 1972 and 1976, Cale Yarborough
in 1983, Bill Elliott in 1985 and 1986 and Bobby Labonte in 1995.
* June's Batman Begins 400 at MIS was the track's 29th NASCAR NEXTEL
Cup Series sellout, dating back to June of 1991. The GFS Marketplace
400 would make the 30th straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout at MIS.
* The winner of the August event at MIS has gone on to win the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup championship five times since the track's first NASCAR
race in 1969. The list includes David Pearson (1969) Richard Petty
(1975, 1979), Rusty Wallace (1989) and most recently Jeff Gordon
* Bobby Labonte captured both 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
37-year history of MIS, a driver has swept both NEXTEL Cup poles
at MIS eight different times, among four different drivers. David
Pearson swept both NEXTEL Cup poles in 1974, 1977, 1978, while 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 in 1983. Ryan Newman, who set the qualifying record in June,
will attempt to sweep both poles since 2003.
* Don't look for one car make to dominate the GFS Marketplace 400.
In the backyard of the automotive capital of the world, only one
manufacturer has swept the top five finishing positions in the 37-year
history of MIS. Chevrolet had cars finish 1-6 in the August Cup
event in 1979.
* No rookie has ever won a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at MIS.
* In June, Roush Racing put four Ford Taurus' in the top-five during
Batman Begins 400, led by Greg Biffle, who won his second career
NEXTEL Cup race at MIS (Mark Martin-3rd, Matt Kenseth-4th, Carl
Edwards-5th). Ford's success at MIS isn't unusual as the manufacturer
has placed four of its Taurus' in the top-five on five other occasions
since 1994 (June of 1998, twice in 1997 and 1994). The only other
manufacturer to place four cars in the top-five of an MIS race is
Chevrolet, who has accomplished the feat nine times, but not since
August of 1995.
* 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.
DOMINO'S PIZZA 250 FACTS
* There has never been
a repeat pole winner in NASCAR Busch Series competition at MIS.
In 2003, Kasey Kahne became the seventh straight driver to break
the Busch Series track qualifying record in 2003 with a 186.490
mph qualifying lap. With last year's Busch qualifying rained out,
could we see another driver break the record for an eighth straight
* Since 1992, when the NASCAR Busch Series started competing at
MIS (13 races), only one driver has won from the pole (Jeff Burton-1998).
On the other hand, a series-record five drivers have won from the
second starting position, most recently Kyle Busch in 2004. Other
drivers who have won from the second starting spot include Michael
Waltrip (2002), Ryan Newman (2001) and Mark Martin (1995 and 1993).
* Eight drivers, who are currently competing in the NEXTEL Cup Series,
have won nine NASCAR Busch Series races at MIS, including five in
the last six years. Kyle Busch (2004), Kevin Harvick (2003), Michael
Waltrip (2002), Ryan Newman (2001), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1999), Jeff
Burton (1998), Mark Martin (1995, 1993) and Bobby Labonte (1994)
have all won Busch Series races at MIS.
* In 2004, Kyle Busch became the second rookie to win a NASCAR Busch
Series race at MIS. Steve Park was the other in 1997.
* The 2004 race was the slowest in MIS Busch Series history with
average speed of just 122.166 mph. The race also featured eight
caution flags, which was also a track record.
* In his first Busch Series race at MIS since 1999, Mark Martin
track record in 2004 when he started in 43rd position but ended
the day in second place, an improvement of 41 positions. Martin
had to start last because of a rainout during qualifying.
* Jason Keller will be making his MIS record 12th NASCAR Busch Series
start when he races in the Domino's Pizza 250 on August 20. Keller
had been tied with Holt, Mich. native Tim Fedewa for most Busch
Series starts at MIS with 11 each. Keller has competed in every
Busch Series race at MIS since
1994, finishing with a career-best eighth-place showing in 2001.
also holds the MIS record for miles completed with 2,358.
HANTZ GROUP 200 FACTS
* In 22 ARCA RE/MAX Series races at MIS, the pole-sitter has set
a track qualifying record 13 times, including last year's speed
of 188.210 mph by Justin Hobgood. His mark bettered Casey Mear's
speed of 188.073 mph, which was set in 2003.
* The pole-sitter has won five of the 22 ARCA RE/MAX Series races
* After finishing seventh in June's ARCA RE/MAX Series event, Evernham
Motorsports development driver Erin Crocker will be making her second
trip to MIS when the series competes in the Hantz Group 200 on Friday,
August 19. Crocker's seventh-place showing was the second highest
finish by a female in an MIS history, trailing only Christi Passmore's
fifth-place mark in the 2004 ARCA event. So far this season, Crocker
has raced in four ARCA RE/MAX Series events with three top-10 and
two top-five finishes, including a season-best second at Kentucky
Speedway in July.
* Rusty Wallace's son, Stephen, will be making his first-ever appearance
at MIS when he races in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Hantz Group 200.
In contrast, Rusty will be retiring after the 2005 season, making
the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 21 his final appearance at MIS
in a NEXTEL Cup event.
* ARCA RE/MAX Series veterans Bobby Gerhart and Frank Kimmel are
tied with the most ARCA starts at MIS with 15.
* Just three drivers have won ARCA RE/MAX Series races at MIS and
gone on to win the points championship later that same year. Tim
Steele did it twice (1996, 1997) and Frank Kimmel once (1998). Kimmel,
the currents points leader, won the June ARCA event at MIS.
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