“Raw speed,” said Busch of his MIS test. “This place is fast. It’s fun. You always pull the belts down tight for your first lap out.”
A new coat of asphalt made Michigan NASCAR’s fastest track a year ago, and Busch’s top average speed around the two-mile oval -- 195.865 mph with a top speed of 212 mph down the back stretch.
Bayne was nearly as fast on the second day of his test. He clicked off a lap at 193.500 mph with a top speed of 211.500 mph.
Michigan International Speedway officially became NASCAR’s fastest track in June of 2012, when Marcos Ambrose qualified at 203.241 mph for the Quicken Loans 400. It was the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history and the first time the pole winning speed was faster than 200 mph at a track other than Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway.
Wood Brothers Racing is looking to take the new Gen-6 car to victory lane to add to their impressive 11 total Sprint Cup Series victories at Michigan. The Wood Brothers history seems fitting given the location, as it is in the back yard of the Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Company, who has supported the Wood Brothers for many years.
“This would be one of the biggest wins for the Wood Brothers,” Bayne said. “It’s a big deal to run good here.”
MIS is once again host to a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2013. The top series comes to the Irish Hills for the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday, June 16, and returns just two short months later for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 18.