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CATEGORIES (articles) > American Motorsport > Race Circuits > Michigan International Speedway Race Circuit

Michigan International Speedway Race Circuit


Michigan International Speedway
Location Brooklyn, Michigan
Track length 2.0 miles (3.22 kilometres)
Track shape Tri-oval
Banking Turns - 18°
Major events NASCAR Nextel Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Indy Racing League
Capacity 137,243
Address 12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn, Michigan 49230
Owner International Speedway Corporation

Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3.22 km), moderate-banked, tri-oval superspeedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,200 acres (5 km²) near Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. It is used for NASCAR and high-level open wheel motor racing events.

Michigan is now one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 190 mph and corner entry speeds easily exceed 200.

The track opened in 1968 and is owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC).Michigan International Speedway is recognized as one of motorsports' premier facilities because of its wide racing surface and high banking (to open-wheel standards; the 18-degree banking is modest to stock car standards).

From 1996 to 2000, the track was referred to as Michigan Speedway. This was to keep consistency with other tracks owned by Roger Penske's Motorsports International before its merger with ISC.

In addition to motor racing, the venue hosts the Michigan High School Athletic Association cross country finals for the Lower Peninsula. ([1] index.htm) ([2] index.htm)


Current Events

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup - 3M Performance 400 presented by Post-It Picture Paper
  • NASCAR Nextel Cup - GFS Marketplace 400
  • NASCAR Busch Series - Carfax 250
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Con-way Freight 200
  • IRL IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 400

Records

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Qualifying: Ryan Newman, 37.069 sec. (194.232 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Race: Dale Jarrett, 2 hrs. 17 min. 56 sec. (173.997 mph), 1999
  • NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying: Kasey Kahne, 38.608 sec. (186.490 mph), 2003
  • NASCAR Busch Series Race: Mark Martin, 1 hr. 10 min. 46 sec. (169.571 mph), 1995
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Kyle Busch, 39.645 sec. (181.612 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race: Brendan Gaughan, 1 hr. 17 min. 54 sec. (154.044 mph), 2003



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