2016 Pure Michigan 400
The 2016 Pure Michigan 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on August 28, 2016 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Contested over 200 laps on the two-mile (3.2 km) D-shaped oval, it was the 24th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
|Race 24 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
|Date||August 28, 2016|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan|
Permanent racing facility|
2 mi (3.2 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)|
|Average speed||162.730 mph (261.889 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|No. 42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte|
3.4 million viewers
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Kurt Becker and Jeff Striegle|
|Turn Announcers||Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Alex Hayden (3 & 4)|
Kyle Larson won his first career Cup Series race, the race had thirteen lead changes among different drivers and four cautions for 17 laps.
- 1 Report
- 2 First practice
- 3 Qualifying
- 4 Practice (post-qualifying)
- 5 Race
- 6 Media
- 7 Standings after the race
- 8 References
Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is a two-mile (3.2 km) moderate-banked D-shaped speedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) approximately four miles (6.4 km) south of the village of Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. The track is used primarily for NASCAR events. It is sometimes known as a "sister track" to Texas World Speedway, and was used as the basis of Auto Club Speedway. The track 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 (by open-wheel standards; the 18-degree banking is modest by stock car standards). Michigan is the fastest track in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straightaways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) and corner entry speeds are anywhere from 215 to 220 mph (346 to 354 km/h) after the 2012 repaving of the track.
NASCAR announced in late July that the modified aerodynamic package used at Michigan in June and Kentucky in July was used one more time this past weekend at Michigan. In addition to the aero changes used in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, there was a reduction in spoiler size from 3.5 to 2.5 in (8.9 to 6.4 cm), a two-inch (5.1 cm) reduction of the splitter and resizing the deck fin.
The preliminary entry list for the race included 40 cars and was released on August 22, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Eastern time. Alex Bowman drove in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend as he recovers from a concussion.
|1||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||35.724||201.545|
|2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.797||201.134|
|3||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||35.827||200.966|
|Official first practice results|
Joey Logano scored the pole for the race with a time of 35.697 and a speed of 201.698 mph (324.601 km/h). Logano said afterwards that he was "excited (about the pole). I thought our car was really good in race trim earlier. … In qualifying trim, I didn’t think we would make it happen today, but on the last run, Todd Gordon (crew chief) made some good adjustments and gave me a pep talk, and game on. I was ready to go. I was going to drive the heck out of it and hope for the best. Once you get into the last round (of qualifying) and you are eighth on the board, what is the difference between eighth and 12th? You might as well hammer down.” He also added that Michigan "is very unique. For one, you're going 220 mph. That's freaking insane. But it's a lot of fun."
"It was just an awesome day for this Lowe's race car and this Lowe's race team," Jimmie Johnson said after qualifying second. "We keep stacking pennies and making this car better and better. My hat's off to everyone at Hendrick Motorsports and all the hard work they're putting into things. Great practice and great qualifying. We need some more practice sessions (Saturday) and roll them into a good race."
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||35.999||35.884||35.697|
|2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.797||35.810||35.728|
|3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||35.863||35.801||35.747|
|4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||36.086||35.818||35.753|
|5||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.951||35.692||35.767|
|6||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.963||35.891||35.784|
|7||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||36.054||35.833||35.785|
|8||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||36.026||35.722||35.814|
|9||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||36.035||35.900||35.820|
|10||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||36.140||35.909||35.917|
|11||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||36.078||35.908||35.995|
|12||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||35.884||35.665||36.119|
|13||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||36.000||35.930|
|14||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||35.964||35.936|
|15||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||36.113||35.942|
|16||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||36.102||35.956|
|17||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||36.212||35.981|
|18||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||36.168||35.997|
|19||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||36.004||36.135|
|20||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||35.923||36.144|
|21||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||36.270||36.197|
|22||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||36.159||36.219|
|23||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||36.300||36.227|
|24||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||36.306||36.330|
|25||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||36.315|
|26||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||36.331|
|27||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||36.340|
|28||13||Casey Mears||Germin Racing||Chevrolet||36.446|
|29||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||36.454|
|30||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||36.715|
|31||7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||36.719|
|32||23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota||36.724|
|33||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||36.816|
|34||83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota||36.893|
|35||95||Sam Hornish Jr. (i)||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||37.026|
|36||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||37.337|
|37||98||Cole Whitt||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||37.486|
|38||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||37.512|
|39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||38.102|
|40||32||Jeffrey Earnhardt (R)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||0.000|
|Official qualifying results|
|1||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||35.622||202.122|
|2||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||35.745||201.427|
|3||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||35.786||201.196|
|Official second practice results|
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||36.386||197.878|
|2||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||36.403||197.786|
|3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||36.420||197.694|
|Official final practice results|
Under mostly cloudy Michigan skies, Joey Logano led the field to the green flag at 2:18 p.m. The field started to string out after five laps as is typical at a track like Michigan. Chris Buescher reported engine issues early on that turned out to be a broken spark plug. He said after the race that he knew "it isn’t fun opening a hood of a race car that is as hot as it is and trying to work on it. Kudos to my guys for keeping their heads down and working at it and getting it fixed. Usually when you have engine trouble you are along for the ride. It ended up being something a little more simple than I guess we originally figured. We got back up and running and made some laps, and made a really terrible day into just an okay day. We will have to get it back at the shop and tear it down and take a look at it — and diagnose from there to see if it was a freak accident or something we need to look at going forward.” The first caution of the race flew on lap 21. It was a scheduled competition caution for overnight rain. Regan Smith opted not to pit and assumed the race lead. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead back to Logano. Brian Scott was tagged for his crew being over the wall too soon and restarted the race from the tail end of the field.
The race restarted on lap 25. Kevin Harvick took the lead from Logano going into turn 1. The second caution of the race flew the same lap for a single-car spin. Exiting turn 4, Kyle Busch got loose and spun out.
The race restarted on lap 30. By lap 39, Alex Bowman – who was subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. – fell from sixth to out of the top-10 in what was later determined to be an ignition issue. Denny Hamlin radioed in electrical issues, but these subsided after a while. Martin Truex Jr. powered by Harvick on the frontstretch to take the lead on lap 59. Ryan Blaney hit pit road on lap 63 and triggered a rush of green flag pit stops. Truex pitted from the lead a lap later and handed the lead to Harvick. Truex lost time on pit road after his car fell off the jack. Harvick pitted from the lead on lap 67 and handed the lead to Brad Keselowski. He pitted on lap 71 and the lead cycled to Jimmie Johnson.
The routine of strung-out racing was the norm for the next 36 laps until Blaney kicked off the next round of green flag stops on lap 107. Johnson pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Chase Elliott. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Keselowski. He would stay out for another eight laps before pitting on lap 117 and the lead cycled to Elliott before debris brought out the third caution of the race on lap 118.
The race restarted on lap 126. Kyle Larson beat Elliott going into turn 1 to take the lead. After that, the field settled into place until Logano kicked off the final round of green flag stops with 47 laps to go. Larson pitted from the lead, along with Elliott, with 44 laps to go and handed the lead to Keselowski. Elliott beat Larson off pit road, which allowed him to take the lead when the pit stop cycle concluded. Keselowski pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Matt Kenseth. He pitted with 35 laps to go and handed the lead to Ryan Newman. He pitted with 33 laps to go and handed the lead to Greg Biffle. He pitted with 32 laps to go and the lead cycled to Elliott. During the pit cycle, Aric Almirola was black-flagged for an uncontrolled tire and was forced to serve a pass through penalty.
The race restarted with nine laps to go. Larson was pushed to the lead by Keselowski and drove on to score the victory.
Larson said in victory lane that his team has "worked hard to get a win, and we just haven't done it Finally, all the hard work by everybody, the hundreds of people at our race shop, people who have gotten me to the Cup Series all paid off. I couldn't quite catch my breath there after I got out of the car because I spent two minutes screaming. I was so pumped up. It was pretty special, and I will remember it forever. I have been close a few times in my career and to get it before my 100th career start next week is pretty awesome." He also took time to dedicate the victory to his friend, the late Bryan Clauson, saying "This one is for the Clauson family. We really miss Bryan. We love you guys. We’re going to miss him. We parked it for him, so that’s really cool."
Following a runner-up finish, Elliott said he "made another mistake. Had two opportunities to get out front there and kind of control the race and let Kyle get a better start on me. I spun the tires and didn’t do my job right. It’s about as simple as that. When your tires are spinning, you aren’t going forward. It’s definitely unfortunate. I hate to let my guys down like that. They bailed me out a few times today, and I gave it right back.’’
All in all, a lot to be proud of,” Keselowski said of his third-place finish. “Seems like every time we come here, we want to win so bad, we run third or fourth every time, which is really good in the Sprint Cup Series, but it is certainly not the win we’ve been looking for. I think this package is pretty strong. I like it a lot, personally. It’s not perfect, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of stuff to still work on. I think it’s a smaller improvement in showcasing driver talent to win races.”
On the Wednesday following the race, the No. 2 team was issued a P2 penalty for failing post-race technical inspection. As a result, Keselowski and Paul Wolfe were fined $15,000, and Keselowski was docked 10 points.
|1||12||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||200||45|
|2||5||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||40|
|3||18||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||200||29|
|4||7||21||Ryan Blaney (R)||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||200||37|
|5||4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||37|
|6||2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||36|
|7||9||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||35|
|8||8||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||200||33|
|9||3||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||32|
|10||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||200||32|
|11||22||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||200||31|
|12||19||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||29|
|13||13||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||29|
|14||11||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||27|
|15||25||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||200||26|
|16||17||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||26|
|17||10||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||25|
|18||20||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||23|
|19||16||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||199||22|
|20||14||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Toyota||199||22|
|21||15||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||198||20|
|22||28||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||198||19|
|23||23||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||198||18|
|24||24||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||198||17|
|25||26||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||198||16|
|26||31||7||Regan Smith||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||198||16|
|27||29||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||198||14|
|28||30||44||Brian Scott (R)||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||197||13|
|29||32||23||David Ragan||BK Racing||Toyota||196||12|
|30||6||88||Alex Bowman (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||195||0|
|31||35||95||Michael McDowell||Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing||Chevrolet||195||10|
|32||34||83||Matt DiBenedetto||BK Racing||Toyota||195||9|
|33||36||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||195||8|
|34||37||98||Cole Whitt||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||194||7|
|35||21||34||Chris Buescher (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||193||6|
|36||39||55||Reed Sorenson||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||193||5|
|37||40||32||Jeffrey Earnhardt (R)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||192||4|
|38||38||30||Josh Wise||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||192||3|
|39||33||38||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||174||2|
|40||27||15||Clint Bowyer||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||160||1|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 13 among different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 4 for 17
- Red flags: 0
- Time of race: 2 hours, 27 minutes and 29 seconds
- Average speed: 162.730 miles per hour (261.889 km/h)
NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
The Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Kurt Becker
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Alex Hayden
Standings after the raceEdit
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