CONCORD, N.C. – This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series is headed to Michigan International Speedway.
At the two-mile, D-shaped track, Hendrick Motorsports has compiled eight wins, 52 top-five finishes, 97 top-10s and 2,478 laps led.
Here’s a closer look at how the organization has performed at Michigan International Speedway over the years.
- Hendrick Motorsports’ eight NASCAR Cup Series victories at Michigan have come via five different drivers: Jeff Gordon (three), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd.
- Chevrolet has won six of the last eight races at Michigan since June 2014, with two of those wins belonging to Hendrick Motorsports courtesy of Johnson and Gordon.
- It has been 17 years since the last time the NASCAR Cup Series raced at Michigan on June 10. Jeff Gordon won the 2001 race from the pole after leading 143 laps. It marked the organization's 100th Cup win. The organization will look to capture its 250th victory this weekend.
- In all four career Cup Series starts at Michigan, Chase Elliott has captured top-10 finishes, including three runner-up results. His mark of four consecutive starts prior to finishing outside of the top 10 at Michigan is tied for the second-longest streak all-time and leads all active drivers.
- In his four starts at Michigan, Elliott has compiled an average finish position of 3.5, his second-best average finish at a track in the Cup Series. The driver’s best mark is an average finish of 2.5 at Chicago.
- William Byron will make his first career Cup start at Michigan, but the driver has had success in his other NASCAR national series races at the venue. Byron earned two top-five finishes in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and one NASCAR Xfinity Series start, including a runner-up result in his Xfinity race in 2017.
- On 10 different occasions, a rookie has earned a top-three finish at Michigan – with Hendrick Motorsports accomplishing the feat four times. Gordon finished inside the top three in both of his rookie races at the venue in 1993 and Elliott captured a pair of runner-up finishes in 2016.
- Johnson has 32 starts at Michigan International Speedway with an average starting position of 10th and average finish of 16.3. Johnson’s lone win came on June 15, 2014, when he led 39 laps to beat competitor Kevin Harvick to the stripe by 1.214 seconds. The win at Michigan came during a four-race stretch that season when Johnson won back-to-back races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 600-mile event and at Dover the very next week, then finishing sixth at Pocono followed by a win at Michigan.
- At Michigan, Alex Bowman has starts in the NASCAR ARCA, Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup Series. The driver earned a runner-up result in his only ARCA race, finished inside the top 15 in all three of his Xfinity starts, won the pole in a 2016 Xfinity event and earned an 11th-place finish in his Camping World Truck Series debut. Bowman has five Cup Series starts at the track, including a 26th-place finish with BK Racing in 2014.