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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.

2016 Pure Michigan 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 24 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Pure Michigan 400 logo.jpeg
Date August 28, 2016 (2016-08-28)
Location Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan
Course Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 200 laps, 400 mi (640 km)
Average speed 162.730 mph (261.889 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Team Penske
Time 35.697
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Laps 41
Winner
No. 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Nielsen Ratings 1.9/3 (Overnight)[11]
2.1/4 (Final)[12]
3.4 million viewers[12]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
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.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Michigan International Speedway

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.

Aero packageEdit

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.[13] 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.[14]

Entry listEdit

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.[15]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman (i) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 35.724 and a speed of 201.545 mph (324.355 km/h).[16]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
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

QualifyingEdit

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).[17] 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.”[18] 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."[19]

"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."[20]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
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

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Tony Stewart was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 35.622 and a speed of 202.122 mph (325.284 km/h).[21]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
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

Final practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 36.386 and a speed of 197.878 mph (318.454 km/h).[22]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
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

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

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.[23] 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.”[24] 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.[25]

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.

Second halfEdit

 
Kyle Larson pulls a burnout following his first career Cup win in the Pure Michigan 400

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.

A tire carcass that came off the No. 46 of Michael Annett brought out the fourth caution of the race with 13 laps to go.[26]

The race restarted with nine laps to go. Larson was pushed to the lead by Keselowski and drove on to score the victory.[27]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

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."[28] 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."[29]

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.’’[30]

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.”[31]

PenaltiesEdit

On the Wednesday following the race, the No. 2 team was issued a P2 penalty for failing post-race technical inspection.[32] As a result, Keselowski and Paul Wolfe were fined $15,000, and Keselowski was docked 10 points.[33]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps 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

Race summaryEdit

  • 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)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

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.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

The Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Kurt Becker
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Alex Hayden
Kim Coon
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

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