With their storied careers, championship and win counts and a Hendrick Motorsports team that’s hard to beat, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson are usually the two drivers at the top of the “most wins by an active driver” list for most of the tracks on the Sprint Cup Series circuit. Michigan International Speedway, home of the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday, June 15, is one of the exceptions to that statement, however.
Michigan is a Ford track, with Roush Fenway Racing leading the current statistics with 13 Cup Series wins among its past and present drivers. Leading all active drivers with four wins at the 2-mile track is Greg Biffle, currently 14th in Cup Series points and looking for his first win of the season. Biffle has 14 top 10 finishes in 22 starts at MIS, with his most recent wins coming in August 2012 and June 2013. He’s completed an impressive 99.8-percent of the laps (4,330 of 4,339 laps) over those 22 races, and has been running at the end of all 22 races.
Former RFR drivers Mark Martin (four), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one) account for seven wins at MIS, while current driver Carl Edwards has two wins of his own. Edwards, one of the top free agents in the sport right now (his contract with RFR expires at the end of the season), has an average finish of 8.3 at MIS – the only track better for Edwards is Homestead-Miami Speedway (average finish of 6.6). Edwards has 15 top 10 finishes in 19 starts at MIS, including his wins in June 2007 and August 2008.
The current group of drivers at Hendrick Motorsports has an impressive total of wins at Michigan, with Gordon, Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. having two each and Kasey Kahne winning once. Johnson and Earnhardt Jr. have combined to win this season’s last three races, while Kahne is still looking for his first win of the year.
Another team of talented drivers at Michigan is Joe Gibbs Racing, with Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. While Kenseth’s two wins came in his days at RFR, he picked up sixth-place and 15th-place finishes last season at Michigan, his first with JGR. Hamlin earned his two wins in June 2010 and June 2011 with JGR, while Busch’s win came in August 2011.
The Sprint Cup Series qualifies for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday at 3:35 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Source: “Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Quicken Loans 400,” NASCAR Media, June 10, 2014