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Race Day Need to Know: Michigan

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes their second and final stop of the 2015 season at Michigan International Speedway with the 46th annual Pure Michigan 400.

What you need to know:

Start Time: The green flag is scheduled for approximately 2:46 p.m. ET.

Race Distance: 200 laps, 400 miles around the D-shaped oval

National Anthem: Jena Irene Asciutto (American Idol runner-up)

Grand Marshal: Michael Harris (Executive Director – Michigan Chapter – Paralyzed Veterans of America)

Honorary Starter: Kyle Oliver (MIS Contest Winner)

TV / Radio Broadcast: The pre-race show begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with race coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET … the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90 will carry the radio broadcast

Broadcast Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

Competition Caution: Lap 20

To The Rear: Kyle Busch (backup car), Austin Dillon (engine change)

One Year Ago: Jeff Gordon powered past dominant Joey Logano on a late restart to score third win of the season. It was also his third win at Michigan and first since 2001. Logano, who led a race-high 86 laps, slipped to finish third. The race featured eight cautions for 37 laps and 20 lead changes.

Misc.: Jeff Gordon makes his final start at Michigan today … Kurt Busch looks to become just the fifth driver to sweep a season at Michigan … Chevrolet looks for their fourth consecutive win at Michigan … Brad Keselowski looks to become the ninth active driver to win in his home state

Starting Lineup:

  1. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 197.488 mph.
  2. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 196.990 mph.
  3. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 196.276 mph.
  4. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 195.918 mph.
  5. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 195.477 mph.
  6. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 195.450 mph.
  7. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 195.249 mph.
  8. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 195.228 mph.
  9. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 194.884 mph.
  10. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 194.405 mph.
  11. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 194.133 mph.
  12. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 193.606 mph.
  13. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 193.632 mph.
  14. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 193.554 mph.
  15. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 193.476 mph.
  16. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 193.309 mph.
  17. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 193.309 mph.
  18. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 193.149 mph.
  19. (21)  Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 193.128 mph.
  20. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 193.029 mph.
  21. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 193.009 mph.
  22. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 192.921 mph.
  23. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 192.771 mph.
  24. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 192.622 mph.
  25. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 192.005 mph.
  26. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 191.826 mph.
  27. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 191.586 mph.
  28. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 191.367 mph.
  29. (26)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 190.713 mph.
  30. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 190.527 mph.
  31. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 190.049 mph.
  32. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 190.049 mph.
  33. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 189.384 mph.
  34. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 189.230 mph.
  35. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, 189.091 mph.
  36. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, 188.927 mph.
  37. (23)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
  38. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, Owner Points
  39. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  40. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Owner Points
  41. (32)  Josh Wise, Ford, Owner Points
  42. (33)  Travis Kvapil(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points
  43. (98)  Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points

1 drivers failed to qualify.

  1. (62)  Reed Sorenson, Ford, 186.379 mph.

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