Statistically speaking: a look at Michigan


This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., the home track for manufacturers Chevrolet and Ford, for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. Michigan is a track at which Ford team Roush Fenway Racing has dominated with 13 wins at the track. Four of those previous wins came from RFR’s No. 16 of Greg Biffle, including in the most recent race at the track in June and the August race a year ago.

But there’s one active driver with more wins at Michigan than Biffle — Mark Martin. Martin is a former Roush driver, but now, he’s in a Toyota fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing. Martin has five wins at Michigan and will be the No. 55 driver on rotation for this weekend’s event.

Several drivers have two wins apiece at the track, including Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of NASCAR’s top drivers at Michigan have fared at the track (statistics provided by NASCAR Media Group):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Four wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 11.3

· Series-best Average Running Position of 8.2

· Series-best Driver Rating of 110.0

· 290 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· 1,190 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 177.096 mph

· Series-high 2,862 Laps in the Top 15 (85.7%)

· 802 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 22.0

· Driver Rating of 87.7, 12th-best

· 154 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 1,968 Laps in the Top 15 (58.9%), 10th-most

· 511 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· One win, four top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 15.6

· Average Running Position of 14.1, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 93.1, seventh-best

· 136 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

· 1,181 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.364 mph, seventh-fastest

· 2,241 Laps in the Top 15 (67.1%), sixth-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 15.6

· Average Running Position of 12.7, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 97.5, fifth-best

· 180 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· 1,336 Green Flag Passes, third-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.598 mph, fifth-fastest

· 2,213 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), seventh-most

· 720 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 8.2

· Average Running Position of 10.1, third-best

· Driver Rating of 105.1, third-best

· 194 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· 1,200 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.894 mph, fourth-fastest

· 2,761 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7%), second-most

· Series-high 811 Quality Passes

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; five poles

· Average finish of 12.4

· Average Running Position of 14.3, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 90.7, 10th-best

· 159 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· 2,106 Laps in the Top 15 (63.1%), eighth-most

· 580 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s

· Average finish of 14.7

· Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 91.1, ninth-best

· 97 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.201 mph, ninth-fastest

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Four top fives, nine top 10s

· Average finish of 15.8

· Average Running Position of 10.2, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 104.0, fourth-best

· Series-high 357 Fastest Laps Run

· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.081 mph, second-fastest

· 2,555 Laps in the Top 15 (76.5%), fourth-most

· 675 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· One win, seven top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 16.9

· Average Running Position of 15.6, 11th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.0, 11th-best

· 164 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· 1,232 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.375 mph, sixth-fastest

· 621 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s

· Average finish of 9.4

· Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best

· Driver Rating of 106.0, second-best

· 159 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.931 mph, third-fastest

· 2,707 Laps in the Top 15 (81.1%), third-most

· 751 Quality Passes, third-most

Mark Martin (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)

· Five wins, 18 top fives, 31 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 14.2

· Average Running Position of 15.5, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 86.5, 13th-best

· 105 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.179 mph, 10th-fastest

· 1,974 Laps in the Top 15 (59.1%), ninth-most

· 553 Quality Passes, 11th-most

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