12 days remaining until the final weekend of MIS' 35th Anniversary BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Only 12 days remaining until the 2003 finale to a record-breaking season at Michigan International Speedway in its 35th anniversary season. As we count...
12 days remaining until the final weekend of MIS' 35th Anniversary
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Only 12 days remaining until the 2003 finale to a record-breaking season at Michigan International Speedway in its 35th anniversary season.
As we count down the days, here are 12 facts, one for each day, as the final race weekend at MIS quickly approaches.
Media Note: Feel free to use this daily countdown leading to the GFS Marketplace 400 and Cabela's 250 event weekend at MIS.
12 -- The Cabela's 250 will be the 12th NASCAR Busch Series race in Michigan International Speedway history. Todd Bodine, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte, Steve Park, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Michael Waltrip are all past champions of the Cabela's 250 and are all current Winston Cup Series regulars. Jeff Purvis is the only driver to win a Busch Series event at MIS that is not a current Winston Cup Series regular.
11 -- Four-time MIS winner Bobby Allison had 37 career starts at MIS with an average finish of 11.11.
10 -- David Pearson leads all Winston Cup drivers with 10 poles at MIS. Bill Elliott leads among active drivers with seven career poles at MIS. His last pole at MIS was August of 1988, some 29 Winston Cup races ago at MIS.
9 -- Tony Stewart has 9 Winston Cup Starts at MIS with one win, one second place and a third. He is expected to make his first NASCAR Busch Series start in the 3 Doors Down sponsored car for Chance 2 Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. The start will also be Stewart's first Busch Series start since 1998.
8 -- There have been no repeat winners in the last eight Winston Cup events dating back to August of 1999. The streak started with Bobby Labonte's win in the 1999 Pepsi 400. Winners since then have included Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Sterling Marlin, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett and Kurt Busch most recently in June's Sirius 400.
7 -- Seven drivers have swept both races at MIS in the same year -- Bobby Allison in 1971, David Pearson in 1972 and 1976, Cale Yarborough in 1983, Bill Elliott in 1985 and 1986 and Bobby Labonte in 1995. Will Kurt Busch make it eight in the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 17?
6 -- Robert Yates Racing has a total of six all-time wins at MIS. Yates wins include Dale Jarrett in 1996, 1999 and 2002 all coming in the August race. Ernie Irvan won in 1997 and the late Davey Allison captured victories for Yates in 1991 and 1992. Yates ranks third all-time in car owner wins at MIS. The late Harry Melling ranks second with seven and the legendary Wood Brothers hold the all-time win record at MIS with 11.
5 -- MIS is the fifth-fastest track on the current NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. Only Talladega, Daytona, Atlanta and Texas have quicker track records. Dale Earnhardt Jr holds the current track record at 191.149 mph set in August of 2000.
4 -- All four of the manufacturers competing in the GFS Marketplace 400 have scored at least one victory in the last seven races at MIS. In the time span, Ford has four wins with Pontiac, Chevrolet and Dodge all with single victories. Ryan Newman is also the only driver to capture four victories on the 2003 Winston Cup schedule.
3 -- All three Earnhardts (Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kerry Earnhardt) all raced in the 2000 Pepsi 400 at MIS. They finished sixth, 31st and 43rd respectively. It would be the only time all three Earnhardts would race together in Winston Cup competition.
2 -- Brothers Bobby and Terry Labonte finished one-two in the 1995 GM Goodwrench Service Dealers 400 at MIS. The race marked the only time brothers have swept the top two postions in a Winston Cup event at MIS.
1 -- The last driver to win from the first starting position was Bobby Labonte in August of 1995. Labonte won the pole for June's Sirius 400 at MIS, but finished second to Kurt Busch by .774 seconds.