Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 | Michigan International Speedway

One year ago. Current pole sitter Mark Martin during drivers meeting at Michigan International Speedway on August 20, 2011. Credit: Bob Ellis (NASCAR Ranting and Raving).

Mark Martin always runs strong at MIS. Last year I was talking with him after the drivers meeting and he exuded a quiet confidence in his car and told me he had a top five hot rod, and he did.

This year is no exception for Martin as he is sitting in the P1 spot for today's race. And he is even doing it with a different team as he is racing for MWR this time around.

I'm thinking if I were to approach him after today's driver's meeting he'd still tell me he has a top five hot rod and he'd do it with that quiet confidence he has become known for in his twenty plus years of racing at NASCAR's top level.


I'm personally cheering for him to be in Victory lane today. To me Martin is everything a Sprint Cup Champion should be, and could be, even though he has not won the darn thing ever.

Other favorites to win today? Dale Jr., Ky. Busch, Edwards, and Kenseth. Anyone else? Hmm ... Johnson and Truex Jr. (especially if teammate Martin mentors him over the course of the race).

Starting line up is after the jump. See you on the other side.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 199.706 36.053 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Geek Squad 198.626 36.249 -0.196
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 198.440 36.283 -0.230
4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 198.183 36.330 -0.277
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 197.878 36.386 -0.333
6 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 197.781 36.404 -0.351
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 197.650 36.428 -0.375
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 197.493 36.457 -0.404
9 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 197.433 36.468 -0.415
10 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 197.163 36.518 -0.465
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger / AARP 197.115 36.527 -0.474
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 197.012 36.546 -0.493
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 196.893 36.568 -0.515
14 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 196.877 36.571 -0.518
15 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Wix Filters 196.732 36.598 -0.545
16 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 196.501 36.641 -0.588
17 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 196.249 36.688 -0.635
18 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 196.217 36.694 -0.641
19 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 196.180 36.701 -0.648
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy Johns 196.052 36.725 -0.672
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 195.956 36.743 -0.690
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 195.822 36.768 -0.715
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 193.299 37.248 -1.195
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mercury 193.268 37.254 -1.201
25 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 193.138 37.279 -1.226
26 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet HendrickCars.com 192.988 37.308 -1.255
27 191 Reed Sorenson Ford Plinker Tactical 192.709 37.362 -1.309
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox 192.596 37.384 -1.331
29 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 192.560 37.391 -1.338
30 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 192.539 37.395 -1.342
31 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 192.359 37.430 -1.377
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 192.282 37.445 -1.392
33 119 Jason Leffler Ford Plinker Tactical 192.205 37.460 -1.407
34 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 192.179 37.465 -1.412
35 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 192.118 37.477 -1.424
36 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 191.790 37.541 -1.488
37 34 David Ragan Ford Long John Silver's 191.724 37.554 -1.501
38 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 189.943 37.906 -1.853
39 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet TMone.com 189.036 38.088 -2.035
40 32 T.J. Bell+ Ford Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome 185.118 38.894 -2.841
41 43 Aric Almirola+ Ford Eckrich - - -
42 36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing - - -
43 98 Mike Skinner Ford Phil Parsons Racing 189.939 37.907 -1.854
Did Not Qualify
44 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com
189.444 38.006 -1.953
45 37 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Max Q Motorsports 188.157 38.266 -2.213
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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