Michigan Speedway Pre - Race Thread

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Some of the drivers entered include: #15-J.J. Yeley, #51-Cole Custer, #62-Austin Hill, #78-Josh Bilicki
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For those living in Michigan and who are players at Firekeepers Casino, all members of the players club have access to discounted seats. A good chunk of the main grandstand was clearly sold to them as part of the sponsorship deal and I'm guessing people who play more than me are getting comp ticket offers. I'm only able to buy seats for $45 or $55; equivalent tickets on the MIS site or Stubhub are $69 and up.
 

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Great race. Manufacturer pride on the line for the Heritage Trophy. I saw US win it in 2015. Need to get that sucker back! LFG.
 

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Can’t wait. Will be there both days!
That's awesome man. I was there in 2015 to see Kenseth win in MY Toyota. Had a ticket to the Champions Club. Greatest time ever start to finish. I will be back....just haven't been able to make it work....but I can tell you this....I will get back there. Absolutely stunning part of our country. Great people. Fabulous track. Loved it.
 

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Kenseth wins in 2015 and the preacher promptly gets rid of him. I think whenever @Revman says "MY TOYOTAS" preacher hears a DING in his ears and it is time for a driver change.
 

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Goodyear Fast Facts — Michigan​

NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 23 – 200 laps / 400 miles
Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval) – Brooklyn, Mich.
Fast Facts for August 5-6, 2023

Tire: Goodyear Eagle 18-inch Speedway Radials

Set limits:
1 set for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race
(6 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying)

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-5186;
Right-side — D-5182

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,263 mm (89.09 in.);
Right-side — 2,279 mm (89.72 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear – 24 psi;
Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 46 psi

Storyline – Combatting heat at Michigan: Unlike the high tire wear track at last weekend’s race at Richmond Raceway, the surface at Michigan International Speedway is relatively smooth with a lot of grip. The high level of grip leads to high speeds and greater tire temperatures. Tires that do not wear much on their own tend to build heat over the course of a run. When a race tire wears, the thinning tread allows heat to dissipate, making it run cooler and at a more optimal level. Goodyear designs the tire set-up for Michigan with that in mind, combatting the lack of wear with less gage (tread thickness) in the tread.

“Tire heat works against what teams are trying to accomplish in gaining as much grip and as much speed as possible,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Michigan has a relatively smooth track surface and produces some of the highest speeds on the NASCAR circuit. That, combined with the lack of wear that the track surface generates, causes heat to build in the tires and creates a challenge for the teams to keep the proper balance under the car.”

Notes – Cup teams move to popular left-side tire at Michigan: Being on 18-inch bead diameter tires, NASCAR Cup teams will run a different tire set-up than those in the Xfinity Series at Michigan this week . . . this is the same right-side tire code that Cup teams ran at Michigan last season, but with a different left-side code . . . compared to last year’s left-side, this year’s version features a construction update that has been rolled into many tracks . . . these teams have run this left-side at five tracks already this season – Auto Club, Las Vegas, Kansas, Nashville and Pocono . . . with this 18-inch tire, and its lower profile sidewall, NASCAR Cup cars will not run inner liners in any of their tires in 2023.
 

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holy crap, the Burton Gerbil just said Berry is stepping into a quality car. :dunce:

I don't think it's a total crapbox. Jones has 4 top tens and an average finish of 19.6.

Hence why I think they can Gragson over this. 0 top 10s and an average finish of... wait for it... 28.2
 

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Not only for this race but more so for the future, I think Legacy uses this to grease the wheels to move Noah out of the 42. He's been dreadful this year in that ride.
 
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