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  MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Brooklyn, Michigan

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2007 Dates
Michigan 400, June 17
GFS Marketplace 400, August 19
Track Specs
2.0 mile tri-shaped oval
Banking/Turns: 18 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 12 degrees
Banking/Back Straightaway: 5 degrees
June 2006 Results
Winner: Kasey Kahne
Pole: Kasey Kahne
August 2006 Results
Winner: Matt Kenseth
Pole: Jeff Burton
What to watch for
Michigan is Jack Roush country.

The Roush aero package on intermediate tracks has outperformed the best of the rest.

At the 2-mile Brooklyn track, Roush has made a trip to Victory Lane in five of the last 10 races thanks in large part to Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. Last season, Kenseth added a second win at Michigan after leading 87 laps in August. He also won in June 2002. Biffle went back-to-back in '04 and '05. Over the past five races, Biffle's worst finish is a seventh-place run. During that same stretch, the No. 16 car has led 150 laps.

Carl Edwards also has the Roush aero advantage. In only five starts, Edwards has accumulated a runner-up to Kasey Kahne in June '06 as well as two top 5s and an additional top 10 finish. Edwards could join the list of Roush winners in 2007.

Historically, Michigan trends toward Ford and Dodge. Since Bobby Labonte took the season sweep in 1995, Jeff Gordon is the only driver to take the checkers behind the wheel of a Chevy, winning in 1998 and 2001. Since Gordon's second win, a Ford has won six times and a Dodge has won the other five races south of the Motor City.

If Reed Sorenson has his way, he'll take his Dodge to an underdog victory. After finishing fifth and eighth in his first two runs at the track last season, Sorenson could be a surprise contender at Michigan this year.

Keep an eye on...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- Not known for his prowess on tracks like Michigan, Junior has turned it around of late. Last season, he recorded runs of third and sixth.

Kasey Kahne -- The Washington native won last season's spring race and followed it up with a fourth a couple of months later. This is the kind of track where Kahne and the Evernham team excel.

Elliott Sadler -- Michigan was the site of Sadler's first race with EMS last season, when he notched a 10th. That car also had the fuel mileage to get the job done in '05 when Jeremy Mayfield drove it to victory.

Tony Stewart -- Throw out his crash in last year's spring race and Stewart has averaged a 4.75-place finish over his last five trips to Michigan. It was also the track that witnessed the beginning of Stewart's phenomenal run to a championship in '05.


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