Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Pure Michigan 400

One year ago, at the Pure Michigan 400, Kyle Larson scored his first Cup series win; he also won at Michigan International Speedway earlier this year.

Michigan International Speedway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 2 Mile D-Shaped Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 200 (400 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 60
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 120
  • Turns 1-4 banking: 18°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 3,600 feet
    • Banking: 12°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 2,242 feet
    • Banking: 5°

Pure Michigan 400 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 2007, 2011, & 2012
  • Caution Finishes: N/A
  • Rain Shortened: N/A

Trending of the past 5 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.209 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 8
    • Final Caution: Lap 185 (15 laps to go)
  • 20 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.120 seconds
  • 7 cautions
    • First Caution: Lap 13
    • Final Caution: Lap 185 (15 laps to go)
  • 22 drivers on the lead lap

Pure Michigan 400 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 16.0
  • Average laps lead: 38.2 laps (19.1% of the race)
  • 30.8% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 146 (73.0% of the race) by Matt Kenseth in 2015
    • He went on to win that race

Pure Michigan 400 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 10.3
    • Carl Edwards started from P27 in 2008, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The median starting position of the race winner is 11
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1
  • 38.5% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 46.2% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 56.9 laps (28.5% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Jeremy Mayfield led 6 laps (3.0% of the race) in 2005
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Matt Kenseth led 146 laps (73.0% of the race) in 2015
  • There have been 11 different race winners from 8 different teams since 2004
    • Matt Kenseth leads the field with 2 wins
    • Roush Fenway Racing leads the field with 4 wins

Pure Michigan 400 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Pure Michigan 400 Predictions & Analysis

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

What better way to combine 2 of my favorite things, NASCAR and statistics, than providing y’all with an analytical report each weekend during the NASCAR season.

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