BROADCAST INFORMATION: Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 3 p.m. ET. Can’t make it to a television? The race can be heard live on MRN and SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio. Below is the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the weekend.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
11 a.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2
4:15 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, FOX Sports 2
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
9 a.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2
12 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 2
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
3 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series race, FOX Sports 1
THIS WEEKEND’S PAINT SCHEMES: Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 5 Farmers Chevrolet SS, Chase Elliott will man the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS, Jimmie Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will debut the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT MICHIGAN: Hendrick Motorsports drivers have led 2,478 laps en route to eight wins, 51 top-five finishes and 93 top-10s in addition to 11 pole positions at Michigan. The organization swept both races at the two-mile oval in 2014, and in the June 2015 race at Michigan, Earnhardt earned a runner-up finish.
KAHNE AT MICHIGAN: Kahne has found success at the Brooklyn, Michigan, track and has earned three pole awards – in 2006, 2010 and 2015 – which ties him with Joey Logano for the most pole awards among active drivers at the two-mile oval. The 37-year-old swept the weekend in June 2006 by winning the pole award and powering through 17 lead changes to win the race. He has led 67 laps throughout nine races at Michigan with 19 of those coming during his race-winning run.
ELLIOTT’S MICHIGAN STATS: The 21-year-old driver is set to make his third career NASCAR Cup Series start at Michigan this weekend. In Elliott’s two previous starts at the two-mile speedway, he collected second-place finishes. In addition to his average finishing position of 2.0, he averages a starting position of 7.5 at the track. In Elliott’s two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at Michigan, he collected one top-five finish and two top-10s.
JOHNSON'S MICHIGAN DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics since 2005, Johnson has the third-best driver rating at Michigan with an average score of 100. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
EARNHARDT, VICTORY IN THE IRISH HILLS: Earnhardt's most recent victory at Michigan International Speedway came on June 17, 2012, when he started 17th and led 95 laps before crossing the stripe with a 5.393-second lead to earn the victory. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has also earned two pole-position starts at the two-mile track, tying his career bests. He also has two poles at Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway.