If yesterday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session was any indication of things to come, don’t blink or you will most likely miss the fastest weekend in Michigan International Speedway history. MIS repaved its race track last fall and all 43 drivers who practiced on Thursday posted speeds faster than the track record of 194.232 mph set by Ryan Newman in 2005. No Sprint Cup driver has exceeded 200 mph in qualifying since 1987 when Bill Elliott established the record of better than 212 mph in April of 1987.
During the open test yesterday, a total of seven drivers exceeded 200 mph, led by Tony Stewart at 201.556 mph. Clint Bowyer was one of those who topped 200. Bowyer has 4 top ten finishes at MIS with his best, an eighth place finish, which he has done three times. The racing begins at 5:15 this afternoon with the ARCA Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200.
Tomorrow, it’s the Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250, which you can hear live on the radio beginning at 3:15. And then our coverage of the Quicken Loans 400 starts Sunday at Noon.