STATESVILLE, N.C. – There’s no comparing notes from other tracks when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes to Michigan International Speedway these days. Since the track was repaved last year, David Gilliland says the two-mile oval is now unique in its racing characteristics.
One thing you can count on, though, is that the track will continue to produce high speeds. And with the new, lighter Gen-6 car, the series could see qualifying records broken once again.
Qualifying is an area where Gilliland and his No. 38 Long John Silver’s team have shown significant improvement in 2013. The team, led by crew chief Frank Kerr, has qualified an average of five positions higher this season than in 2012. They’ll look to bring another fast Ford Fusion to the Brooklyn, Mich., track this weekend for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400.
Gilliland has two top-20 finishes in 13 starts at Michigan, including an 18th-place result in his last visit to the track last August. His best finish was 17th in 2007.