Michigan is one of those tracks that many refer to as cookie cutter. But drivers will tell you, Michigan has its own personality that makes it both fun and challenging to drive.
“I think, obviously we talk a lot about the track has changed a lot since they paved it,” said Matt Kenseth. “It seems to be changing a little bit more as we keep coming back.”
One of the biggest changes drivers see is it’s slick, it’s wide and its fast. Sometime so smooth and fast, drivers don’t realize just how fast they are going.
“You don't really get that sensation because the track is so wide and smooth,” said Paul Menard. “The cars handle really well around the track with all the aero, so there are some tracks where we get a bigger sensation. The biggest thing you realize is when you look up in to the stands and see how fast the catchfence goes by, then you understand just how fast you're going."
There are 14 former Michigan winners in the field on Sunday, led by Greg Biffle who has four MIS wins. Two time winners include Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch each have a single Michigan win.
“In June, we qualified well, ran well and had a strong car,” said Gordon. “But it was all about track position, track position, track position. We lost it, and it was tough to get back.”
Gordon will have it again on Sunday, as he will lead the field to the green from the pole. Joey Logano will start second, with Carl Edward, Brian Vickers and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.
"I have a good car in race trim too,” said Logano “I have something similar to what I had in this race last year that we won the pole and race with. Hopefully we can do it in the race."
The green flag is set to drop at about 12:15 pm Central Time. It’s is 400 miles long or 200 laps around the two mile track.