Jun 13, 2014; Brooklyn, MI, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle during practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Statistically speaking: a look at Michigan International Speedway

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This weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Brooklyn, Mich., for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. For many drivers, this weekend provides an opportunity to break into the win column to increase their chances at getting into the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship post-season. That includes still winless Greg Biffle, a four-time winner at Michigan over the course of his career. Biffle has won two of the last three Cup races at Michigan, and his car owner, Michigan native Jack Roush, is the all-time winningest car owner at Michigan with 13 victories.

Matt Kenseth, a former Roush Fenway Racing driver now with Joe Gibbs Racing, like Biffle, is still looking for his first win of 2014. He’s a two-time winner at MIS.

But this weekend’s race is more about wins for drivers and increasing Chase chances for said drivers. This race is in the backyards of the manufacturers, specifically Chevrolet and Ford, so this weekend’s race is also about bragging rights for the auto makers.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of the top drivers have fared at Michigan International Speedway:

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.2
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.3
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 110.0
·         311 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         1,261 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 177.840 mph
·         Series-high 3,047 Laps in the Top 15 (86.1%)
·         849 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, four top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 21.2
·         Average Running Position of 15.5, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
·         174 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         2,165 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), ninth-most
·         550 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         One win, four top fives, six top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.5
·         Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.0, seventh-best
·         137 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         1,249 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.018 mph, seventh-fastest
·         2,386 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%), sixth-most
·         669 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.3
·         Average Running Position of 12.8, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 97.0, fifth-best
·         182 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         1,379 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.234 mph, fifth-fastest
·         2,347 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), seventh-most
·         749 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)
·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 8.3
·         Average Running Position of 10.2, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 104.7, third-best
·         198 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         1,290 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.639 mph, fourth-fastest
·         2,925 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7%), second-most
·         Series-high 850 Quality Passes

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; five poles
·         Average finish of 12.5
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
·         159 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         2,195 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), eighth-most
·         609 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 15.0
·         Average Running Position of 14.2, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.7, 10th-best
·         98 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.841 mph, ninth-fastest
·         1,913 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), 11th-most
·         633 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         Four top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 16.8
·         Average Running Position of 11.5, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 101.4, fourth-best
·         Series-high 357 Fastest Laps Run
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.796 mph, second-fastest
·         2,583 Laps in the Top 15 (73.0%), fourth-most
·         691 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
·         One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.4
·         Average Running Position of 15.6, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 89.3, 12th-best
·         170 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         1,340 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.130 mph, sixth-fastest
·         2,033 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), 10th-most
·         665 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
·         Two wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s
·         Average finish of 9.6
·         Average Running Position of 10.0, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 105.6, second-best
·         164 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.665 mph, third-fastest
·         2,868 Laps in the Top 15 (81.0%), third-most
·         801 Quality Passes, third-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)
·         One win, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s
·         Average finish of 11.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.7, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 95.9, sixth-best
·         100 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 177.009 mph, eighth-fastest
·         2,447 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), fifth-most
·         685 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Brian Vickers (No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)
·         One win, two top fives, eight top 10s; three poles
·         Average finish of 14.9
·         Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 176.779 mph, 12th-fastest

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