Michigan II: Pole day important for winner

Starting up front has proven to be important on AAA pole day at MIS. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Over the years, starting up front at Michigan International Speedway is much more important than many may think. Forty of the 68 NASCAR Winston Cup races at...

Starting up front has proven to be important on AAA pole day at MIS.

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Over the years, starting up front at Michigan International Speedway is much more important than many may think. Forty of the 68 NASCAR Winston Cup races at MIS have been won from the first four starting positions (58 percent). Also, 14 MIS race winners have won from the pole, more than any other starting position.

Only 11 races at MIS have been won from outside the top-10 starting positions (16 percent) and all have occurred in the last 24 races at MIS. Kurt Busch won June's Sirius 400 from the fourth starting postion.

That's why NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series drivers will put a little bit of extra effort in competing for the top starting position in the August 15 AAA Pole Day at MIS. Also, drivers and teams will be shooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s track-record breaking pole speed of 191.149 mph.

AAA Michigan will also continue its long association with MIS and once again sponsor AAA Pole Day on August 15 and the AAA Roadside Assistance program. AAA will also be the sponsor of MIS' Mobile Ticket Office, a trailer that features a Winston Cup Show Car and brings the chance to purchase tickets to MIS events to dozens of locations in the MIS local market area.

"AAA Michigan is a very proud sponsor of AAA Pole Day and its long association with MIS," said Michael Yost, Managing Director of Group Operations for AAA Michigan. "We hope all the guests have a wonderful time and drive safely during their visit to MIS."

"AAA Michigan has been such a loyal supporter of MIS events over the years," said MIS Director of Marketing Keith Karbo. "We're excited to have them back again as pole day sponsor and the race fans will be excited to know that AAA Roadside Assistance will be there if they have problems with their vehicle on MIS property."

Tickets are still available for AAA Pole Day. Seats are general admission and are $10 with children 12 and under free. Tickets are also still available for the Cabela's 250, featuring the post-race concert by 3 Doors Down. All seats are just $50 and children 12 and under are admitted free. The concert will follow the completion of the Cabela's 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.

General Admission (infield) tickets for the GFS Marketplace 400 go on sale Sunday morning August 17 at 6 a.m. at the tunnel entrance and at 8 a.m. at other Speedway ticket offices.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Kurt Busch