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Michigan International Speedway - It's your Speed

Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:01 am


PURE MICHIGAN 400



GOOD YEAR CONFIRMS NEW TIRE COMBINATION



Goodyear has selected a new combination for the two-mile racetrack – a combination of the original tires from the April test and a slightly softer version of the harder tire used during the June race.

Though top speeds were not official, some drivers went about 210 mph on Monday, but only averaged about 195 mph, a little slower than during the previous test in April and the June NASCAR event at the track.

The last time drivers were at MIS, the tires were very hard, a last-minute change when some drivers experienced blistering on their tires during practice sessions.

To avoid bringing back the same tires, Goodyear developed a new combination

Michigan International Speedway became NASCAR’s fastest racetrack in June. Marcos Ambrose's speed of 203.241 mph for the Quicken Loans 400 was the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history and the first time the pole winning speed was faster than 200 mph at a track other than Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway.

But NASCAR driver Greg Biffle thought the speeds, though slower, would lend themselves to exciting racing at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack.

“Since the speed is down just a tiny bit I think you will see that groove continue to widen out. I have even floored it down lower on the race track and the car has some turn in it down there. I think we are going to see some good racing,” Biffle said. “We were all fearful that this tire would be really low on grip and the car would be hard to drive and it would chatter out from under us. That is certainly not the case.”

Michigan son Brad Keselowski agreed.

“Michigan is a lot different track with the repave, and we saw that here with the spring race. So we’re all still just trying to get a grip on that, literally, and trying to figure it out,” he said. “So Goodyear has us here to kind of reconfirm some things that we saw and hopefully improve the racing another notch here at Michigan International Speedway. So we’re just trying to help out here as we can and also make our cars better at the same time. So it’s a good process for all.”









Monitor Weekend Before Making Michigan Picks


Michigan should provide the best opportunity to have a relevant notebook, but that track was repaved prior to the Quicken Loans 400 this past June and remains an unknown. Four drivers who finished in the 20s last August adjusted quickly to the new pavement and scored top-10 finishes. On the other hand, five of the top performers in the June race either kept alive or started top-10 streaks on this course. The implication for fantasy owners is that many of the choices this week need to be made after the weekend activities are in the books, with decisions heavily influenced by average speed during 10-lap runs and qualification position.



ENJOY THE RACE!!
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Post by sangria on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:40 am

Good Morning Grill!!

Thanks for the great blog......I must admit, though, I coulda smack for calling BB a "sleeper" to watch!!!
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:43 am

Sorry San. Just call them like I see them. lol!
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Post by emcf30 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:52 am

Thanks for the blog Grill, nice job....
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Post by scouter534 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:03 am

Thanks Grill, nice blog.
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Post by Seawall on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:52 am

Can't wait to see what kind of speeds they lay down in practice and qualifying. Have to agree that the new tire combos should make for some exciting racing!
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Post by Seawall on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:59 am

WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE

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Post by Tropic Bunker on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:23 am

Nice blog Grilling.!
I wonder how many here remember the tire wars between Goodyear and Hoosier back in the day!
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:49 am

I was just a small child then Trop. LOL
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:50 am

Thanks for the TV schedule Sea. Any pickum's for this week?
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Post by sangria on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:13 pm

I have one!!!!

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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:22 pm

But San...





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Post by sangria on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:45 pm

Noticed you didn't have your "crush" in the pickums this week....guess cuz he is a

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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:54 pm

Haven't decided on my pickum's this week. So there is still hope. LOL

But honestly I think Jimmy Spencer says it best about old BB.


http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/spencer-stop-trying-so-hard

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Post by Seawall on Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:28 pm

hey trop, I remember those tire battles. Grill; will wait a little bit on the pickums!
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:31 pm

Don't blame ya Sea, I'm interested in how practice works out first.
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:20 am

Good Morning Race Fans!!




Just a reminder of today's activities..

Today on SPEED (all ET):

12:30p - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

2p - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice

3:30p - NASCAR Live

4p - Cup qualifying

5:30p - Trackside Live w/ guests Marcos Ambrose & Timothy Peters
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:40 am

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Post by scouter534 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:37 pm

Thanks Grill, I'm glad to hear that.
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:34 am

Good Morning Race Fans..



Line up for today

8:30 Sprint Cup Practice (Speed)
9:30 Truck Qualifying (Speed)
11:00 Sprint Cup Practice (Speed)
12:00 Truck Race (Speed)
2:00 Nationwide Race (ESPN)

Have a great day!!
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Post by sangria on Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:26 am

Good Morning Grill........

Beautiful picture. Looks like a full day of fun at the track! I might actually see most of them today, if this rain keeps up, here....
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Post by emcf30 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:23 am

sangria wrote:

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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:54 am

So far this morning.

Jimmie changes engines in first practice.

Junior going to a back up car.
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Post by scouter534 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:06 pm

If they change in practice, does that mean they have to start at the back, or is that only after qualifying?
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:11 pm

They qualified last night so both will be going to the back.
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Post by scouter534 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:21 pm

Thanks, should gain some extra points for them moving up then.
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:26 pm

Not sure how that works. I think the league still goes by qualifying position.
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Post by sangria on Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:32 pm

I think you are right Grill....
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:40 am

With the Lowes Chevy team having to change motors at the start of the first practice yesterday, Jimmie Johnson goes to the back because of the engine change and is giving up a third place starting position. He'll be joined back there by the other car under the same roof at Hendrick Motorsports, the 88 of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. who backed into the fence late in Happy Hour. Sam Hornish, Jr. also goes to the back because of a driver change. He's spent the last two days in Montreal so he neither practice or qualified here at MIS.

Casey Mears will definitely be a start and park as I reported last week. He'll then run the next Bristol, Atlanta, Richmond and Chicago and then start and park again at Loudon.

Other Potential start and parks today are Mike Skinner, Joe Nemechek, Scott Riggs, Josh Wise, Jason Leffler, David Stremme,and Reed Sorenson.
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:23 am

Ryan Newman, is feeling under the weather, and his Stewart-Haas Racing team has backup drivers Scott Riggs and David Reutimann on standby.
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Post by scouter534 on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:09 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you Grill. I was going to let my team ride, it I hadn't read your entry above, i would have had a dead duck on my team.

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Post by sangria on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:14 pm

LOL....don't ya just love that monkey!!!
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:40 pm

My pleasure Scout. Don't want anyone at a disadvantage. Well maybe SAN but nobody else. LOL

Oh and I do have this ready for anyone who may need it today..

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Post by sangria on Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:02 pm

Good thing you have that close by....you are gonna need a few of them for your own personal use......
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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:04 pm

Well now that the league is locked. I can share this little tidbit now...

Penske Racing, Paul Wolfe, crew chief Brad Keselowski...We've struggled here this year. We've made some small gains but we just don't have a set-up that fits well with harder tires and new pavement I guess. We are certainly not where we want to be. I think we're top-10 good going in and hope to adjust us into contention.

Good Luck San!!
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Post by sangria on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:14 pm

Hey Thanks, Grill!!!

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Post by GrillinInTheEye on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:16 pm

LOL. Enjoy it while you can....

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Post by sangria on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:40 pm

Here ya go....pass em on to Gordon.....he'll need another box, if he keeps cryin about JR!!!

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Post by sangria on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:53 pm

extra remote for Gordon's garage door.....makes it easier....

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Post by gomexwx on Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:22 am

LMAO at the banter I missed yesterday

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