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NASCAR Drivers Top 200+ MPH Again at MIS

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Just in case you were wondering, Michigan International Speedway is still wicked fast.

Friday at MIS, Ryan Blaney wheeled the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford to a fast lap of 203.591 miles per hour in practice for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 Monster Energy Cup Series race.

That’s fast.

But the track record at MIS is even faster — 206.558 miles per hour, which was set by Jeff Gordon three years ago, after the track was repaved.

That run made MIS the third-fastest track in NASCAR, behind only Daytona and Talladega.

This is a track where drivers need great horsepower, efficient aerodynamics and a lot of guts.

And a slight mistake can be costly, as Kyle Busch found out when he tagged the wall in practice on Friday. 

“If you’re just a little bit loose (at MIS), now you’re nervous that just any little bit of getting outside the groove or having a little bit too much yaw will lead to a wreck,” said Busch, who was second in practice. “It was really intense last year in our tests and in the races there.”

 

Here’s what some of the drivers had to say about the speeds and racing here.

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“When I think of Michigan, there is only one word that comes to mind: speed. We go so fast at Michigan.” — Aric Almirola

“The good thing about the racetrack is that it has definitely aged and the groove has spread out over the last couple of races, so you have a lot more options than you did a few years ago when they repaved it.” — Kevin Harvick

“You do get a sensation of speed when you get loose, that is for sure. When a car is not handling well you feel out of control, so you’ve got to have a solid piece under you.’ — Austin Dillon

“You are hauling there now, for sure, and we know that corner speeds are up overall this year at other places.” — Kyle Busch

“Michigan is always all about momentum and it’s really important to be able to get through the corners faster than everyone else. “ — Matt Kenseth

“At the end of the day, the car has to handle well. It has to feel good. It has to be a fast car.” — Danica Patrick

“I like Michigan. I’ve always liked going up there. I really love that area. It’s just a cool part of the United States to go to. I like it up there – it’s a nice area and that is kind of why I like going.” — Chase Elliott

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Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with FOXSports.com, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.