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MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 15, 2008 on TNT

 

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10 – 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.
9 – 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.
8 – 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.
7 – 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.
6 – 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.
5 – 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).
4 – 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 since 1969.
3 – 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 MIS.
2 – 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 at MIS.
1 – 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).
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

 

Only days remain until the start of Michigan International Speedway’s 40th season of racing.

Tickets 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 13.

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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