June 15, 2008 on TNT
10 Countdown to Race Weekend
– Patrick Carpentier will pilot the
No. 10 LifeLock car for Gillett Evernham Motorsports
during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400
at MIS. Carpentier is no stranger to the two-mile
MIS oval as the Joliette, Quebec native has registered
six career open wheel starts, which includes a victory
in the final CART-sanctioned race ever held at the
speedway. It will be his first start in a stock
car at MIS if he qualifies.
– Carl Edwards, driver of the No.
99 Office Depot car, is the defending champion of
last year’s June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
race at MIS. The Missouri native is one of the most
successful drivers in MIS history having registered
six top-10 finishes in seven career Cup starts in
the Irish Hills. His 7.286 average finishing position
at the track ranks first all-time among drivers
with at least five Cup starts.
– Mark Martin, driver of the No.
8 U.S. Army Chevrolet is one of the most successful
drivers in MIS history with four career Cup victories,
which ties him for fifth all-time. Despite running
a part-time schedule in 2008, Martin is scheduled
to race in the LifeLock 400, which will be his 45th
career Cup start at MIS. He has 27 career top-10
finishes in his previous 44 starts.
– Sam Hornish Jr. will attempt to
qualify for the LifeLock 400 in the No. 77 Mobil
1 car for Penske Racing. Hornish, the hometown favorite
from Defiance, Ohio, made his MIS stock car debut
in June 2007, earning the pole and finishing second
in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at MIS. He would
compete in the IndyCar and Nationwide events later
that year, becoming the first driver in MIS history
to compete in all three series in the same season.
– By taking the pole for last year’s
3M Performance 400 at MIS, Jeff Gordon now ranks
third all-time in track history with five career
pole awards. His speed of 189.026 was the fastest
at the track since 2005. He will try for No. 6 during
qualifying for the LifeLock 400 on June 13. Besides
his five poles, Gordon has also won two Cup races
at the two-mile oval, which includes Chevrolet’s
last victory at the track in 2001.
– Five former winners of ARCA RE/MAX
Series races at MIS are currently competing in the
three major NASCAR touring series, including three
who will compete in events during the LifeLock 400
weekend - Sprint Cup Series drivers Casey Mears
(2003), Reed Sorenson (2004) and NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series driver Erik Darnell (2007).
– 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 Sprint Cup event. 15
drivers have won Cup races from the pole at MIS
– Defending MIS NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series race winner Travis Kvapil will attempt
to become the first driver to win three NCTS races
at MIS, when he enters the Cool City Customs 200.
Kvapil made a last lap pass of Kyle Busch last season
to win his second NCTS race at MIS. His other victory
in the series came in 2004. Kvapil is also scheduled
to run in the Sprint Cup Series LifeLock 400 at
– Martin Truex Jr., who drives the
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, is looking to break
into victory lane at MIS after finishing second
in both Cup races at the two-mile oval in 2007.
It was Truex’s first top-five and top-10 finishes
– Team owner and Livonia, Mich. resident
Jack Roush had three drivers finish first in all
three June events at MIS in 2007. Erik Darnell (ARCA
RE/MAX Series), Travis Kvapil (NCTS) and Carl Edwards
(Sprint Cup) all won races for Roush last June.
With Edwards’ win, Roush now has 10 Cup victories
as an owner at MIS, which trails only the Wood Brothers
by one (11).
we count down the days, here are 10 facts, one for
each day, as the beginning of the MIS race season
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days remain until the start of Michigan International
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are still available for the LifeLock 400 on Sunday, June
15, along with all events at MIS during Father’s
Day weekend, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Cool City Customs 200 on Saturday, June 14 and the ARCA
RE/MAX Series Racing for Wildlife 200 on Friday, June
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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