2012 Pure Michigan 400

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2012 Pure Michigan 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 23 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
Date August 19, 2012 (2012-August-19)
Location Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.22 km)
Distance 201 laps, 402 mi (640 km)
Scheduled Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Weather Clear with temperatures around 76°F; wind out of the W at 6 mph.
Pole position
Driver Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing
Time 36.053
Most laps led
Driver Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing
Laps 54
Winner
No. 16
Greg Biffle
Roush-Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2012 Pure Michigan 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 19, 2012 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 201 laps, it was the twenty-third race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Greg Biffle of Roush Fenway Racing won the race, Brad Keselowski was second and Kasey Kahne finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Michigan International Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Michigan International Speedway, is one of six superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the others being Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.[3] The standard track at Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at eighteen degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at twelve degrees.[4] The back stretch, has a five degree banking.[4] Michigan International Speedway has a seating capacity of 137,243 people.[5]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson led the Drivers' Championship with 777 points, and Greg Biffle stood in second with 776. Matt Kenseth was third in the Drivers' Championship with 775 points, 15 ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and 42 ahead of Brad Keselowski in fourth and fifth. Martin Truex, Jr. with 728 was eleven points ahead of Clint Bowyer, as Tony Stewart with 716 points, was six ahead of Kevin Harvick, and 23 in front of Denny Hamlin.[6] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 157 points, 32 ahead of Toyota. Ford, with 109 points, was 16 points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions will be held before the Sunday race—one on Friday, August 17, and two on Saturday, August 18. The first session lasted 90 minutes, while the second and third are scheduled for 55 minutes.[8] Johnson was quickest with a time of 36.465 seconds in the first session, less than two-tenths of a second faster than Kasey Kahne.[9] Mark Martin was just off Kahne's pace, followed by Harvick, Truex, Jr., and Carl Edwards. Ryan Newman (who was battling the flu and wasn't sure he would be able to race; Stewart-Haas had David Reutimann on standby[10]) was seventh, still within four-tenths of a second of Johnson's time.[9]

Forty-five cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three could qualify for the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[11] Martin clinched the 55th pole position of his career,[12] with a time of 36.053 seconds.[13] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Edwards.[13] Johnson qualified third, Kenseth took fourth, and Kahne started fifth.[13] Trevor Bayne, Truex, Jr., Marcos Ambrose, Landon Cassill and Paul Menard rounded out the top ten. The two drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley.[13] Once the qualifying session concluded, Martin said, "I've had a few years of practice. I don't need a whole bunch of practice. I need fast race cars. That's what Rodney Childers is giving me. All it is is driving the car. I've been doing that since I was 15."[12]

Race[edit]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.053 199.706 1
99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 36.249 198.626 2
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.283 198.440 3*
17 Matt Kenseth Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 36.330 198.183 4
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.386 197.878 5
21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 36.404 197.781 6
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.428 197.650 7
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 36.457 197.493 8
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 36.468 197.433 9
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.518 197.163 10
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.527 197.115 11
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.546 197.012 12
16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 36.568 196.893 13
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.571 196.887 14
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.598 196.732 15*
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.641 196.501 16
22 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 36.688 196.249 17*
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 36.694 196.217 18
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 36.701 196.180 19
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.725 196.052 20
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 36.743 195.956 21
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.768 195.822 22*
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 37.248 193.299 23
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 37.254 193.268 24
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 37.279 193.138 25
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 37.308 192.988 26
91 Reed Sorenson Humphrey Smith Racing Ford 37.362 192.709 27
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 37.384 192.596 28
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 37.391 192.560 29
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 37.395 192.539 30
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 37.430 192.359 31
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 37.445 192.282 32
19 Jason Leffler Humphrey Smith Racing Ford 37.460 192.205 33
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.465 192.179 34
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 37.477 192.118 35
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.541 191.790 36
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.554 191.724 37
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 37.906 189.943 38
10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 38.088 189.036 39
32 T. J. Bell FAS Lane Racing Ford 38.894 185.118 40
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
41
36 Dave Blaney Front Row Motorsports Chevrolet
42
98 Mike Skinner Phil Parsons Racing Ford 37.907 189.939 43
Failed to Qualify
33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet 38.006 189.444
37 J. J. Yeley Max Q Motorsports Chevrolet 38.266 188.157
  • Jimmie Johnson will start from the rear of the field for changing an engine.
  • Ryan Newman will start from the rear of the field for having a back-up driver.
  • Sam Hornish, Jr. will start from the rear of the field for having a back-up driver qualify the car.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will start from the rear of the field for switching to a back-up car.

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 13 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 201 47
2 19 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 201 43
3 5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 201 41
4 22 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 201 41
5 8 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 201 39
6 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 201 39
7 12 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 201 38
8 15 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 201 36
9 10 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 201 36
10 7 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 201 35
11 21 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 201 34
12 17 22 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 201 0
13 23 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 201 31
14 24 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 201 30
15 30 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 201 29
16 20 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 201 28
17 4 17 Matt Kenseth Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 201 28
18 36 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 201 26
19 32 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 201 25
20 41 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 201 24
21 39 10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota 200 23
22 28 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 199 22
23 37 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 199 21
24 6 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 199 0
25 9 83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 198 20
26 25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 197 18
27 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 195 18
28 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 167 16
29 18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 154 15
30 26 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 135 14
31 16 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 132 13
32 14 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 109 12
33 40 32 T. J. Bell FAS Lane Racing Ford 108 11
34 31 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 72 10
35 1 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 64 11
36 35 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 38 0
37 29 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 36 7
38 42 10 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 34 6
39 43 98 Mike Skinner Phil Parsons Racing Ford 25 5
40 34 26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 24 4
41 38 23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 20 3
42 27 91 Reed Sorenson Humphrey Smith Racing Ford 15 0
43 33 19 Jason Leffler Humphrey Smith Racing Ford 14 0

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (August 15, 2012). "The Pure Michigan 400". RotoWorld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "NASCAR Track: Michigan International Speedway". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Michigan International Speedway". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Manufactures' Championship Classification". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "THE RACE: Pure Michian 400". Jayski NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ Newman overcomes flu to stay in contention
  11. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Ryan, Nate (August 17, 2012). "Mark Martin captures fourth pole of his part-time season". USA Today (Brooklyn, Michigan). Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Race Official Lineup". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 


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