NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway

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FireKeepers Casino 400
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NASCAR Cup Series
VenueMichigan International Speedway
LocationBrooklyn, Michigan, United States
First race1969 (1969)
Distance312 miles (502.115 km)
Laps156 (Stage 1: 40
Stage 2: 45
Final stage: 71)
Previous namesAUGUST: Yankee 600 (1969)
Yankee 400 (1970–1972, 1974)
Champion Spark Plug 400 (1975–1993)
GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994–1996)
DeVilbiss 400 (1997)
Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss (1998)
Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer (1999–2001)
Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack (2002)
GFS Marketplace 400 (2003–2006)
3M Performance 400 (2007)
3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo (2008)
Carfax 400 (2009–2010)
Pure Michigan 400 (2011–2017)
JUNE: Motor State 500 (1969)
Motor State 400 (1970–1973, 1975)
Motor State 360 (1974)
Cam 2 Motor Oil 400 (1976–1977)
Gabriel 400 (1978–1983)
Miller High Life 400 (1984, 1988–1989)
Miller 400 (1985, 1996–1997)
Miller American 400 (1986–1987)
Miller Genuine Draft 400 (1990–1995)
Miller Lite 400 (1998)
Kmart 400 (1999–2001)
Sirius Satellite Radio 400 (2002)
Sirius 400 (2003)
DHL 400 (2004)
Batman Begins 400 (2005)
3M Performance 400 Presented by Post-it Picture Paper (2006)
Citizens Bank 400 (2007)
LifeLock 400 (2008–2009)
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 (2010–2011)
Quicken Loans 400 (2012–2015)
Most wins (driver)David Pearson (9)
Most wins (team)Roush Fenway Racing (13)
Most wins (manufacturer)Ford (42)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Turns4

The NASCAR Cup Series has held stock car races annually at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan since 1969. Traditionally, the track held two Cup Series races, one in June, around Father's Day weekend and another in August. The August race was not held in 1973 after track owner Roger Penske replaced the race with a Champ Car event.[1] In 2020, both races were held over a single weekend in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the June race was dropped from the schedule as part of a realignment, with its place on the schedule being given to Texas Motor Speedway to host the All-Star Race.

The races have had many different corporate sponsors over the years and the 2021 event was known as the FireKeepers Casino 400. Ryan Blaney is the defending winner of the race.

Past August winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1969 August 17 17 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 165* 330 (531.083) 2:51:25 115.508 Report
1970 August 16 99 Charlie Glotzbach Ray Nichels Dodge 197 401.8 (646.737) 2:48:32 147.571 Report
1971 August 16 12 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Mercury 197 401.88 (646.763) 2:40:54 149.862 Report
1972 August 20 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:31 134.416 Report
1973 Not held
1974 August 25 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 3:00:23 133.045 Report
1975 August 24 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 3:43:05 107.583 Report
1976 August 22 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:20 140.078 Report
1977 August 22* 88 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:59 137.944 Report
1978 August 20 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 3:05:14 129.566 Report
1979 August 19 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 3:04:05 130.376 Report
1980 August 17 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:07 145.352 Report
1981 August 16 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Buick 200 400 (643.737) 3:14:24 123.457 Report
1982 August 22 88 Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:53 136.454 Report
1983 August 21 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:42:42 147.511 Report
1984 August 12 11 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:35:59 153.863 Report
1985 August 11 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:54:38 137.43 Report
1986 August 17 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:28 135.376 Report
1987 August 16 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:06 138.648 Report
1988 August 21 28 Davey Allison Ranier-Lundy Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:33:00 156.863 Report
1989 August 20 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 200 400 (643.737) 2:32:11 157.704 Report
1990 August 19 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:53 138.822 Report
1991 August 18 21 Dale Jarrett Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:34 142.972 Report
1992 August 16 33 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Motorsports Oldsmobile 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:46 146.056 Report
1993 August 15 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:01 144.564 Report
1994 August 21 7 Geoffrey Bodine Geoff Bodine Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:32 139.914 Report
1995 August 20 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:32:09 157.739 Report
1996 August 18 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:41 139.792 Report
1997 August 17 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:09:09 126.883 Report
1998 August 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:37:54 151.995 Report
1999 August 22 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:17 144.332 Report
2000 August 20 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:01:00 132.597 Report
2001 August 19 40 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 162* 324 (521.427) 2:18:21 140.513 Report
2002 August 18 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:50:45 140.556 Report
2003 August 17 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 3:08:31 127.31 Report
2004 August 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:35 139.063 Report
2005 August 21 19 Jeremy Mayfield Evernham Motorsports Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 2:49:33 141.551 Report
2006 August 20 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:39 135.097 Report
2007 August 21* 2 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 203* 406 (653.393) 2:55:55 117.012 Report
2008 August 17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:51:00 140.351 Report
2009 August 16 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 3:02:28 131.531 Report
2010 August 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:46:38 144.029 Report
2011 August 21 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 203* 406 (653.393) 2:41:26 150.898 Report
2012 August 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 201* 402 (646.956) 2:46:44 144.662 Report
2013 August 18 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:59 144.593 Report
2014 August 17 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:49:16 141.788 Report
2015 August 16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:18 143.455 Report
2016 August 28 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:27:29 162.73 Report
2017 August 13 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 202* 404 (650.174) 2:40:38 150.903 Report
2018 August 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:50:51 140.474 Report
2019 August 11 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:40:59 149.084 Report
2020 August 9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 156 312 (502.008) 2:09:35 144.463 Report
2021 August 22 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:48:27 142.476 Report

Notes[edit]

  • 1969 & 2001: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1977: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain.
  • 2007: Race postponed twice from Sunday to Tuesday morning due to rain[2][3]
  • 2007, 2011–12, 2017: Race extended due to an overtime finish.
  • 2020: Race shortened by 22% to 500 km (312 mi) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the race retained the "Consumers Energy 400" name.[4]

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
5 David Pearson 1969, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978
4 Kevin Harvick 2010, 2018, 2019, 2020
3 Richard Petty 1975, 1979, 1981
Bill Elliott 1985, 1986, 1987
Mark Martin 1990, 1993, 1997
Dale Jarrett 1991, 1996, 2002
2 Bobby Allison 1971, 1982
Cale Yarborough 1980, 1983
Darrell Waltrip 1977, 1984
Bobby Labonte 1995, 1999
Rusty Wallace 1989, 2000
Greg Biffle 2004, 2012
Jeff Gordon 1998, 2014
Matt Kenseth 2006, 2015
Kyle Larson 2016, 2017

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Roush Fenway Racing 1990, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012
5 Wood Brothers Racing 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1991
Team Penske 2000, 2003, 2007, 2013, 2021
4 Joe Gibbs Racing 1995, 1999, 2011, 2015
3 Petty Enterprises 1975, 1979, 1981
Melling Racing 1985, 1986, 1987
Chip Ganassi Racing 2001, 2016, 2017
Stewart-Haas Racing 2018, 2019, 2020
2 Holman-Moody 1969, 1971
DiGard Motorsports 1977, 1982
Junior Johnson & Associates 1980, 1984
Ranier-Lundy 1983, 1988
Robert Yates Racing 1996, 2002
Hendrick Motorsports 1998, 2014

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
22 Ford 1969, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
11 Chevrolet 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1998, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017
6 Dodge 1970, 1975, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007
5 Mercury 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978
3 Toyota 2009, 2011, 2015
2 Buick 1981, 1982
Pontiac 1989, 1999
1 Oldsmobile 1992

Notable August races[edit]

  • 1970: Restrictor plates made their racing debut in the 1970 Yankee 400 and Charlie Glotzbach drove a Dodge Daytona to the win.
  • 1971: Bobby Allison dueled Allison edged Petty at the stripe for a season sweep at Michigan in the Holman-Moody Mercury.
  • 1973: Although the Yankee 400 was on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule at the beginning of the 1973 season, set for August 5, Roger Penske announced on June 8 that the 1973 Yankee 400 would not be held, citing the tight schedule that Michigan International Speedway had to accommodate in the summer of 1973.[1]
  • 1974: Promoter Roger Penske reinserted the Yankee 400 to Michigan's schedule after 1973 after the Michigan 400 that June turned a strong profit. David Pearson and Cale Yarborough fought hard before Cale was stopped by a mismatched set of tires late in the race. The lead changed 45 times among eight drivers.
  • 1975: A late yellow-flag set up a five-lap finish; Pearson and Richard Petty went at it and the lead changed on every lap down to the finish as Petty edged Pearson by a nose.
  • 1977: Rain postponed the race to Monday and Darrell Waltrip edged Pearson to the stripe.
  • 1978: Pearson's final win for the Wood Brothers came on a one-lap shootout as he passed Waltrip. Richard Petty crashed in the final laps, setting up the finish; he was making his debut in a second-hand 1974 bodied Chevrolet after abandoning his 1978 Dodge Magnum.
  • 1979: Pearson was hired to drive Rod Osterlund's Chevrolet after Dale Earnhardt was injured at Pocono and he won the Michigan pole, ultimately finishing fourth. Buddy Baker led late but Richard Petty took tires on a late stop and gunned him down on the final lap; the win began a rally from a 229-point deficit to the season championship.
  • 1981: The most competitive Michigan race ever erupted as Ron Bouchard won his first pole fresh off his electrifying Talladega win. There were 65 lead changes among 14 drivers and Richard Petty, who led 65 laps, roared from fifth to the lead with five to go and held off six other challengers. "This wasn't the toughest race, but it sure was the most aggravating," Petty said afterward.
  • 1987: Fellow drivers revolted against Tim Richmond at Watkins Glen the week before when he reported to the pre race drivers meeting looking sickly and acting belligerently. Before Michigan qualifying Richmond had to be rousted out of his motorhome and when he arrived at the qualifying line asked aloud, "Where are we?" When NASCAR officials Les Richter and Dick Beaty asked Hendrick officials what was wrong with Tim, Richmond appeared from nowhere and confronted both of them, then showed up late for the pre race drivers meeting. During the 400 he had an anxiety attack and the engine blew; he drove to the garage and when the crew checked the tachometer they found it had been pegged, because Richmond had deliberately over revved the engine to blow it. It became his final race ever.[5] Richard Petty rallied to the lead in the final 40 laps but had to pit on a late caution and crashed after colliding with Davey Allison on the final lap as Bill Elliott took the win, his sixth Michigan win in an eight-race span.
  • 1991: Dale Jarrett stayed out on a late caution, and in the final laps Davey Allison ran him down, but became locked in a side-by-side battle won by Jarrett by inches for his first win and the first for the Wood Brothers since 1987 at Charlotte.
  • 1994: Just after Wally Dallenbach, Jr. was released from his seat in Richard Petty's Pontiac, Indycar veteran John Andretti took over the seat and turned heads by qualifying second. However, the story of the weekend was a savage crash in practice that left Ernie Irvan critically injured with head injuries. Irvan would recover from near-fatal injury over a year later. The race itself began with a six-car melee where Bobby Hillin, Jr. nearly flew over the second turn wall. Geoff Bodine won on Hoosier Tires.
  • 1998: Irvan dominated the race, but Jeff Gordon ran down the leaders and won handily. Mark Martin was denied the win, the race coming days after the death of his father in a plane crash.
  • 1999: Goodyear brought tires to Michigan designed for Fontana for Winston West racing, where Hoosier Tire was still a presence in competition against Goodyear; the new tire featured greater stagger and handled more like bias-ply tires than radials. Dale Earnhardt grabbed the lead late and got into a spirited battle with Bobby Labonte before Labonte cleared for the win.
  • 2007. This was the first modern-day NASCAR race to be run on a Tuesday. Kurt Busch dominated all day, leading 96 laps out of the 203. Busch held off Martin Truex Jr and Jimmie Johnson in a Green White Checkered finish for his second win of the season.
  • 2012: Greg Biffle won his second race of 2012 after Jimmie Johnson's engine blew up with five laps to go. The race was also marked by a scary crash on lap 64. Mark Martin was leading Kasey Kahne into turn 4 and was about to lap Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya when Labonte got loose and spun. Montoya got away, but Labonte collected Martin and Kahne. While Labonte and Kahne spun into the trioval grass, Martin's car spun down pit road and was impaled on the left rear side by an opening in the pit wall at Kahne's pit stall. Martin climbed out, unharmed. The day was also a sour day for Hendrick supplied engines as three of the six cars with this engine package - Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart - all had engine part failures (Johnson had two failed engines, as he blew another one in practice). The other three, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Ryan Newman, survived for top ten finishes.
  • 2016: This race is memorable for it being the first NASCAR Cup Series victory for Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott would end up finishing second as he did in the prior June race earlier in the year.

Past June winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1969 June 15 21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 250 500 (804.672) 3:35:26 139.254 Report
1970 June 7 21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:02 138.302 Report
1971 June 13 12 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Mercury 197 401.88 (646.763) 2:41:13 149.567 Report
1972 June 11 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:43:40 146.639 Report
1973 June 24 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:36:22 153.485 Report
1974 June 16 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 180* 360 (579.363) 2:48:46 127.098 Report
1975 June 15 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 3:02:39 131.398 Report
1976 June 20 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 200 400 (643.737) 2:50:02 141.148 Report
1977 June 19 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson &
Associates
Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:57:44 135.033 Report
1978 June 18 11 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson &
Associates
Oldsmobile 200 400 (643.737) 2:40:28 149.563 Report
1979 June 17 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:56:44 135.798 Report
1980 June 15 27 Benny Parsons M.C. Anderson Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 3:02:05 131.808 Report
1981 June 21 28 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy Buick 200 400 (643.737) 3:03:47 130.589 Report
1982 June 20 27 Cale Yarborough M.C. Anderson Racing Buick 200 400 (643.737) 3:23:13 118.101 Report
1983 June 19 28 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:00 138.728 Report
1984 June 17 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:10 134.705 Report
1985 June 16 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:45:48 144.724 Report
1986 June 15 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:53:21 138.851 Report
1987 June 28 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:41:40 148.454 Report
1988 June 26 27 Rusty Wallace Blue Max Racing Pontiac 200 400 (643.737) 2:36:18 153.551 Report
1989 June 25 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:38 139.023 Report
1990 June 24 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:39:46 150.219 Report
1991 June 23 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:29:09 160.912 Report
1992 June 21 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:37:12 152.672 Report
1993 June 20 5 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:41:38 148.484 Report
1994 June 19 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:11:58 125.022 Report
1995 June 18 18 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:58 134.141 Report
1996 June 23 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:24:23 166.033 Report
1997 June 15 28 Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:36:31 153.338 Report
1998 June 14 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:31:14 158.695 Report
1999 June 13 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:17:56 173.997 Report
2000 June 11 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 194* 388 (624.425) 2:41:45 143.926 Report
2001 June 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:50 134.203 Report
2002 June 16 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:35:01 154.822 Report
2003 June 15 97 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 3:02:54 131.219 Report
2004 June 20 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:18 139.292 Report
2005 June 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:39:22 150.596 Report
2006 June 18 9 Kasey Kahne Evernham Motorsports Dodge 129* 258 (415.21) 2:10:19 118.788 Report
2007 June 17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:42:05 148.07 Report
2008 June 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 203* 406 (653.393) 2:47:34 145.375 Report
2009 June 14 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:34:21 155.491 Report
2010 June 13 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 2:33:28 156.386 Report
2011 June 19 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 400 (643.737) 2:36:50 153.029 Report
2012 June 17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:29 139.144 Report
2013 June 16 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:52:19 139.278 Report
2014 June 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:19 143.441 Report
2015* June 14 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 138* 276 (444.179) 2:21:55 116.688 Report
2016 June 12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 200 400 (643.737) 2:58:47 134.241 Report
2017 June 18 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 400 (643.737) 2:47:24 143.369 Report
2018 June 10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 133* 266 (428.085) 2:00:15 132.723 Report
2019 June 10* 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 203* 406 (653.393) 2:52:50 140.945 Report
2020 August 8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 161* 322 (518.208) 2:34:55 124.712 Report

Notes[edit]

  • 1974: The race was shortened by 10% in response to the fuel crisis.
  • 2000: Race shortened due to rain/darkness.
  • 2006, 2015, and 2018: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 2008, 2019, and 2020: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
  • 2015: The race was red-flagged for a record of four times, laps 13, 19, 44, and 139.
  • 2019: Race postponed from Sunday to Monday afternoon due to rain and extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish.
  • 2020: Race postponed from June 7 to August 8 and shortened to 500 kilometers (312 miles) due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortened races caused by new rules for two races on the same weekend. However, the race retained the "FireKeepers Casino 400" name.[6]

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
6 Cale Yarborough 1969, 1970, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983
4 David Pearson 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
Bill Elliott 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989
3 Rusty Wallace 1988, 1994, 1996
2 Bobby Allison 1971, 1981
Dale Earnhardt 1987, 1990
Mark Martin 1998, 2009
Denny Hamlin 2010, 2011
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2008, 2012
Greg Biffle 2005, 2013
Kurt Busch 2003, 2015
Joey Logano 2016, 2019

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
6 Wood Brothers Racing 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
Roush Fenway Racing 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013
Hendrick Motorsports 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014
5 Team Penske 1994, 1996, 2004, 2016, 2019
4 Melling Racing 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989
Robert Yates Racing 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999
Joe Gibbs Racing 1995, 2000, 2010, 2011
3 Ranier-Lundy 1979, 1981, 1983
Stewart-Haas Racing 2015, 2018, 2020
2 Junior Johnson & Associates 1977, 1978
M.C. Anderson Racing 1980, 1982
Richard Childress Racing 1987, 1990

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
20 Ford 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
15 Chevrolet 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
7 Mercury 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976
3 Dodge 1974, 2004, 2006
2 Buick 1981, 1982
Pontiac 1988, 2000
Toyota 2010, 2011
1 Oldsmobile 1978

Notable June races[edit]

  • 1969: NASCAR's debut at Michigan International Speedway was a 500-miler where the lead changed 35 times and writer Benny Phillips wrote afterward, "If they gave an Oscar for NASCAR's most exciting race, it would win hands down." Cale Yarborough escaped to the win when LeeRoy Yarbrough crashed on the final lap.
  • 1970: A scoring controversy marred Cale Yarborough's rally to edge Pete Hamilton in a four-lap battle to the flag. Yarborough had lost two laps earlier but was scored on the lead lap at the end; Hamilton's car owner Richard Petty protested, "The (scoring) cards have Cale lapping Pete (on a late caution) without the pace car lapping Pete. That's impossible." Hamilton and Petty led over 100 laps between them in high-winged Plymouth Superbirds.
  • 1971: Bobby Allison edged Bobby Isaac by a car length for his third straight win of the season, driving the Holman-Moody Mercury. The lead changed 35 times with Allison, Isaac, and Donnie Allison at times racing three abreast down the mammoth trioval and the lead changing twice on several laps between Bobby Allison and Isaac.
  • 1972: David Pearson took the second of his record nine Michigan wins, dominating in the Wood Brothers Mercury; the win was the third for the Woods in the Michigan 400's first four runnings. It was the final season the track was operated under the aegis of the defunct empire of Larry Lopatin, as Roger Penske would purchase the facility in 1973.
  • 1974: The rivalry between Richard Petty in the STP Dodge and David Pearson and the Purolator Mercury had begun intensifying in 1973 and reached a new level in 1974 as Petty won the Daytona 500 and Carolina 500 while Pearson had stormed to win the Rebel 450, Winston 500, and World 600. Petty and Pearson faced off with challenges from the Allison brothers, Cale Yarborough, and Buddy Baker, but on this June 1974 day a rookie from Alsa Craig, Ontario, Earl Ross, found himself in the fight as well. A late crash put the race under yellow in the final four laps; Pearson pitted for tires thinking the race would restart but it didn't, as Petty took the win and the Canadian rookie Ross finished second with Pearson third. The lead changed 50 times among nine drivers. Also, this race marked the only Top 5 finish for Marty Robbins.
  • 1976: Pearson's superspeedway vengeance tour of 1976 hit Michigan as Cale Yarborough dominated before losing enough power to finish second to the late rally of The Silver Fox, who posted his seventh win of the season.
  • 1977: Cale Yarborough took his seventh win of the season over Richard Petty, but was upset after the race over the track surface, which had buckled after a hard winter and caused "my car (to jump) out of gear three times."
  • 1979: The lead changed 47 times among eleven drivers and the finish shook into an eight-car battle. In the final laps rookie, Dale Earnhardt hit the apron of Turn Three trying a pass and nearly crashed into Neil Bonnett, Petty, and Darrell Waltrip; both Waltrip and Petty were pointedly critical of Earnhardt ("He nearly took us all out," Waltrip said afterward). Waltrip's blown transmission in the final two laps secured the win for Buddy Baker.
  • 1980: Benny Parsons, raised in Detroit, took the win at the speedway in his home state.
  • 1981: Another eight-car battle exploded with five to go when Kyle Petty blew his engine in, Turn, Two as the leaders were entering One; Bobby Allison was running seventh when five of the top seven spun in the oil, then down the backstretch, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt collided and crashed. The win was Allison's fourth of the 1981 season and the race turned out to be the final one for car owner Rod Osterlund as he sold his team to mysterious J.D. Stacy.
  • 1982:Televised live on CBS, the race completed 56 laps before rain delayed resumption until late in the evening. Cale Yarborough setup Darrell Waltrip for a last-lap pass on the backstretch, with Waltrip, aggressively blocking and making contact. Yarborough made the pass and won, while Waltrip tried to make contact with Cale after the checkered, but thought better of it and spun into the turn 1 infield. An agitated Waltrip gave a very blunt interview to CBS pit announcer Larry Nuber for the late-night race summary, as the live telecast was abandoned after the rain delay. Helped by the very late mid-June sunset in Michigan, it is probably the latest a NASCAR Cup race ever concluded (about 9:15 pm EDT) at a track without night lighting.
  • 1984: Cale Yarborough's bid for a ninth Michigan win faltered and Bill Elliott ran away from Dale Earnhardt for his first Michigan win and first win on an oval.
  • 1986: Elliott posted a third straight Michigan 400 win, edging Harry Gant, who was competing despite injuries sustained at Pocono the week earlier.
  • 1987: Dale Earnhardt took the win as Tim Richmond finished fourth, what would be the final top-five of Richmond's career.
  • 1989: Rusty Wallace dominated but on a late pitstop Barry Dodson missed the peg under the door for the jack to be secured; the lengthy stop dropped Wallace too far back to challenge Bill Elliott, who took his fourth Michigan 400 win. Darrell Waltrip led late but "I had too high a gear and it was killing me off the corners."
  • 1990: Bill Elliott's blown engine opened the door to a late duel between Dale Earnhardt and fiery upstart Ernie Irvan, who finished 1–2; Irvan was driving Oldsmobiles for Morgan-McClure Motorsports and before the race, it was revealed that Chevrolet would provide the team with factory backing.
  • 1991: Only one caution flew as the first half of the race erupted into a ferocious multicar duel. Geoff Bodine and car owner Junior Johnson returned to action after Johnson was suspended for several races, but the primary battle was between Earnhardt, Davey Allison, Mark Martin, and upstart Hut Stricklin, driving for Davey's dad Bobby; the foursome fought it out after a Lap 35 caution and the lead changed over 30 times officially and otherwise, with Earnhardt, in particular, blasting his car into the corners two full seconds deeper than anyone else and the draft kicking into striking effect for Michigan. Past halfway the race shook into a caution-free breeze home for Allison and Stricklin and a satisfying day for Bobby Allison.
  • 1994: A slow stop put Rusty Wallace, in his first year in a Ford, well behind Dale Earnhardt, but Wallace handily clawed his way forward and stormed to his third straight win of the season.
  • 1995: Chevrolet's controversial Monte Carlo dominated as Jeff Gordon was bested by Bobby Labonte; Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy ran Hendrick Motorsports engines, a fact that irked primary Hendrick driver Gordon afterward and led to plans by Gibbs to hire Mark Cronquist to organise its own engine progamme that started from 1997 to 2010.
  • 1997: Ernie Irvan, two months removed from a controversial weekend and bad crash at Texas Motor Speedway, ran away for the Michigan win, his lone win of the season, final win for Robert Yates, and only career win at the track where he was gravely injured three years earlier.
  • 1999: For the first and only time at Michigan, the race goes caution-free.
  • 2001: Jeff Gordon out-dueled Ricky Rudd to score the 100th win for car owner Rick Hendrick.
  • 2008: On Father's Day and hanging around in 5th conserving fuel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled off the biggest upset of the year by winning at Michigan for the first time and snapping a 76 race winless streak (his father won 76 races) and scored his first points race win with car owner Rick Hendrick in the 88 car. At the time it was Chevrolet's first win at Michigan since Jeff Gordon won there in June 2001.
  • 2012: First race on the new surface. Four years and two days after scoring his first win with Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a 143 race winless streak by leading 95 of the 200 laps to score the win for the second time on Father's Day. His last win also came at Michigan on Father's Day in 2008. The race was delayed for two hours because of rain.
  • 2014: Jimmie Johnson won his first Michigan race after a streak of bad luck that included engine failures and poor fuel strategy.
  • 2015: Kurt Busch, driving in a back-up car, was declared the winner after the race was called for rain after 138 laps. The first 50 laps had seen three red flags resulting from persistent rain.
  • 2017: Martin Truex Jr. led for most of the race but after a late-race debris caution, Kyle Larson bested him on the restart to win the race. It would be Larson's 2nd of 3 wins in a row at Michigan.
  • 2019: Due to rain and FS1's broadcasts of World Cup games in France on Monday, the race started at 5 pm EDT with more than three and a half hours before sunset. Despite the fact it started late, darkness was never a factor. Joey Logano led a Michigan-record 163 of the 203 laps in a green-white-checkered finish, holding off Kurt Busch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "8 Jun 1973, Page 27 - at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Race Results at Michigan International Speedway". Racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  3. ^ "Race Winners of the Pure Michigan 400 1972 - 2011". NASCAR. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "NASCAR OEMs to battle this weekend for coveted Michigan Heritage Trophy". Michigan International Speedway. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020. The NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 pm (NBCSN), while the Consumers Energy 400 will take place the following day at 4:30 pm (NBCSN). [...] The distance for each race will be 312 miles.
  5. ^ Poole, David (2005): TIM RICHMOND: The Fast Life And Remarkable Times Of NASCAR's Top Gun (Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign, IL), pp. 155–8
  6. ^ "NASCAR OEMs to battle this weekend for coveted Michigan Heritage Trophy". Michigan International Speedway. August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020. The NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 4:00 pm (NBCSN), while the Consumers Energy 400 will take place the following day at 4:30 pm (NBCSN). [...] The distance for each race will be 312 miles.

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