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GFS Marketplace 400

Sunday, August 21, 2005 on TNT

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(23rd event on the 36-race 2005 NNCS schedule)
When: Sunday, August 21, 2:30 p.m. (EDT).
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.

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 care
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.

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, Michigan.

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

Tickets: Tickets are still available for the Domino's Pizza 250 by calling
the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or
517-592-6672) or by going on-line at All seats are just $50 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

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, Michigan.

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 pole.

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 planning.

Tickets: Seats still available for the Hantz Group 200 by calling the
Michigan International Speedway Ticket Office (1-800-354-1010 or 517-592-6672)
or by going on-line at


* 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. 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 the June NEXTEL Cup event in 2004. Just eight drivers have won from both the second and third starting positions in MIS history.
* 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 in 1998.
* 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 the
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.


* 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 time?
* 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 an
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 set a
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. Keller
also holds the MIS record for miles completed with 2,358.

* 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 at MIS.
* 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.

Source: Michigan International Speedway


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