Quicken Loans 400 Preview

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Last June when the Sprint Cup Series was at Michigan, a long winless streak was broken. Junior Nation rejoiced as Dale Earnhardt Jr. pulled into victory lane to celebrate his first Cup win since 2008. It was a day that Earnhardt Jr. and his fans won’t soon forget, but they are also hoping they can get to victory lane again sometime soon. Earnhardt Jr. showed his strength on the freshly repaved Michigan and that could give him a leg-up for this weekend. It’s anyone’s game with the Gen 6 car at Michigan, so it could be Junior celebrating at the end of the race or it could be another driver looking to break through for a victory.

The Quicken Loans 400 is schedule to take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, 2013. Green-flag time is scheduled for 1:16 PM EST. The race will be made up of 200 fast laps and 400 exciting miles. Sunday’s weather forecast shows a chance of rain, but there is a 60% chance of sunshine with scattered thunderstorms. You can catch the race through TNT’s broadcast or on the radio on MRN.

There was a party among Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans last year when he won this race to break his four-year dry-spell. He didn’t just get lucky and win, he was competing up front for most of the afternoon. The track was extremely fast last August after the repave, but with the Gen 6 car this year, it could be even faster. Earnhardt Jr. will definitely have a shot at winning this weekend, but he’ll need an exceptional performance to do so.

As we head to Michigan this weekend, many drivers are hoping to run well to attempt to stay in Chase contention. One driver that likely will run well on Sunday that really doesn’t need to is Jimmie Johnson. He hasn’t seemed to miss a beat this season and his points lead stretches over a full-race. All that sounds good, but could it be undone in one weekend? Likely not, but Johnson’s track record at Michigan doesn’t favor him performing exceptionally well. He’s either on it or not on it at Michigan and its one of the few tracks where he has not scored a victory; he currently sits at 0-22.

Of course, there are more drivers than just Johnson in the field on Sunday. Other drivers that are likely to be running up front include Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, and Greg Biffle among others. To take Johnson off of his throne atop the standings, the drivers directly behind will need to start out-running him and if history proves true again, they’ll have a shot to do so. The Chase is nearing and the summer always seems to fly by so it’s go-time for all the drivers.

Speed. That’s what we’ll be talking about all weekend as a lightning fast race will likely be produced by the mixture of the Gen 6 car and the surface at Michigan. As much as Jimmie Johnson has struggled here in the past, he’ll likely be able to continue his dominance this season and run very well this weekend. It’ll be a battle to control the Motor City until August and whichever driver pulls into victory lane on Sunday will definitely make their manufacturer happy. This win will mean more this weekend since the race is in the car capital of the world and every driver wants to be the one bringing home the trophy.

Event Schedule

11:30 AM- 1:00 PM EST (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

3:35 PM EST (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

9:30-10:25 AM EST (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, not televised

12:30-1:30 PM EST (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, televised on SPEED

1:00 PM EST (Sunday) Sprint Cup Series’ Race, the Quicken Loans 400, televised on TNT

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By Jason Schultz

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank

Race
Attempts

1

1

Jamie   McMurray

Chevy

McDonald’s

Felix   Sabates

21

14

2

2

Brad   Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Miller   Lite

Roger   Penske

9

14

3

5

Kasey   Kahne

Chevy

Farmers   Insurance

Linda   Hendrick

8

14

4

7

Dave   Blaney

Chevy

Sany

Tommy   Baldwin

32

14

5

9

Marcos   Ambrose

Ford

Stanley

Richard   Petty

26

14

6

10

Danica   Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene   Haas

29

14

7

11

Denny   Hamlin

Toyota

FedEx   Express

J   D Gibbs

14

14

8

13

Casey   Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob   Germain

27

14

9

14

Tony   Stewart (PC2)

Chevy

Bass   Pro Shops / Mobil 1

Margaret   Haas

13

14

10

15

Clint   Bowyer

Toyota

5-Hour   Energy

Rob   Kauffman

3

14

11

16

Greg   Biffle

Ford

3M   Give Kids a Smile

Jack   Roush

10

14

12

17

Ricky   Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Zest

John   Henry

22

14

13

18

Kyle   Busch

Toyota

M&M’s

Joe   Gibbs

7

14

14

19

Mike   Bliss(i)

Toyota

Plinker   Tactical

Randy   Humphrey

44

13

15

20

Matt   Kenseth (PC5)

Toyota

Husky   Tools

Joe   Gibbs

6

14

16

21

Trevor   Bayne (i)

Ford

Motorcraft   / Quick Lane

Glen   Wood

41

5

17

22

Joey   Logano

Ford

Shell-Pennzoil

Walter   Czarnecki

18

14

18

24

Jeff   Gordon (PC6)

Chevy

Drive   to End Hunger

Rick   Hendrick

11

14

19

27

Paul   Menard

Chevy

Menards   / CertainTeed

Richard   Childress

12

14

20

29

Kevin   Harvick

Chevy

Budweiser

Richard   Childress

5

14

21

30

David   Stremme

Toyota

Swan   Energy

Brandon   Davis

33

14

22

31

Jeff   Burton

Chevy

Caterpillar

Richard   Childress

23

14

23

32

Ken   Schrader

Ford

Federated   Auto Parts

Frank   Stoddard

38

14

24

33

Austin   Dillon (i)

Chevy

American   Ethanol

Joe   Falk

37

14

25

34

David   Ragan

Ford

Taco   Bell

Bob   Jenkins

30

14

26

35

Josh   Wise(i)

Ford

MDS   Transport

Jerry   Freeze

36

14

27

36

J.J.   Yeley

Chevy

TBA

Allan   Heinke

35

14

28

38

David   Gilliland

Ford

Long   John Silver’s

Brad   Jenkins

31

14

29

39

Ryan   Newman

Chevy

Quicken   Loans

Tony   Stewart

20

14

30

42

Juan   Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip   Ganassi

25

14

31

43

Aric   Almirola

Ford

Eckrich

Richard   Petty

15

14

32

44

Scott   Riggs(i)

Ford

Brabble

Johnathan   Cohen

45

7

33

47

A.J.   Allmendinger

Toyota

Charter

Tad   Geschickter

28

14

34

48

Jimmie   Johnson (PC3)

Chevy

Lowe’s

Jeff   Gordon

1

14

35

51

Bobby   Labonte (PC7)

Chevy

Phoenix   Construction

James   Finch

24

14

36

55

Mark   Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s   Dream Machine

Michael   Waltrip

17

14

37

56

Martin   Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA   Auto Parts

Michael   Waltrip

19

14

38

78

Kurt   Busch (PC4)

Chevy

Furniture   Row / Serta

Barney   Vissar

16

14

39

83

David   Reutimann

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr. Pepper

Ron   Devine

34

14

40

87

Joe   Nemechek (i)

Toyota

TBA

Andrea   Nemechek

40

14

41

88

Dale   Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National   Guard “Man of Steel”

Rick   Hendrick

4

14

42

93

Travis   Kvapil

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr. Pepper

Ron   Devine

39

14

43

98

Michael   McDowell

Ford

Phil   Parsons Racing

Mike   Curb

42

13

44

99

Carl   Edwards

Ford

Fastenal

Jack   Roush

2

14

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