3M Performance 400, Michigan International Speedway
NASCAR betting fans know that the 3M Performance 400 is the second race of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season held at the Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR betting fans might want to know that the race goes back to 1969 when it was held as a 600 mile race. NASCAR betting fans should know that it has been 400 miles every year since then. NASCAR betting fans know that the Michigan International Speedway is fast and wide. NASCAR betting fans know that this means you have a lot of green flag racing with few cautions. NASCAR betting fans know that this also means that fuel mileage and pits stops are critical. NASCAR betting fans know be aware that the track was built in 1968. NASCAR betting fans know that it is a 2 mile 'D' shaped oval with 18 degrees of banking in the corners. Even the front 'D' has 12 degrees of banking.
NASCAR betting fans should know that the NASCAR Nextel Cup race is 200 laps, which equals 400 total miles. NASCAR betting fans are aware that Kasey Kahne was the winner last season. NASCAR betting fans know that Kahne was the pole-sitter last year in the race and was able to win the rain-shortened race. Kahne passed Sorenson on the 117th lap and pulled away, outracing the rain and Carl Edwards to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup race. NASCAR betting fans know that he led by a full second before the already delayed event was stopped for good after 129 of a scheduled 200 laps. "I just knew I needed to be there by about Lap 100 and try to get back to the front," Kahne said. "We came pretty close to that.”
NASCAR betting fans know that the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Michigan was a fairly typical Michigan race as they ran all day long with just four yellow flags. NASCAR betting fans know that Tony Stewart had the fastest car for most of the day but a late race caution put pit strategy in play. Stewart stopped for tires and Greg Biffle stayed out. NASCAR betting fans know that when the green flag flew Stewart restarted in eighth. He was able to climb back up through the field to second place but he ran out of time. Greg Biffle held on for the win and Tony Stewart had to settle for second.
This year the NASCAR Nextel Cup race favorites will be Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. It may also be a critical race in the points standings as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Bush are jockeying for the last position. With the Chase for the Cup getting close there is no doubt that the 3M Performance 400 will be a key race.