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CARFAX 400
CARFAX 400
Venue Michigan International Speedway
Corporate sponsor CARFAX
First race 1969
Distance 400 miles (643.7 km)
Number of laps 200
Previous names Yankee 600 (1969)

Yankee 400 (1970-1972, 1974)

Champion Spark Plug 400 (1975-1993)

GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994-1996)

DeVilbiss 400 (1997)

Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss (1998)

Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer (1999-2001)

Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack (2002)

GFS Marketplace 400 (2003-2006)

3M Performance 400 (2007)

3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo (2008)

The Carfax 400 is the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Introduced in 1969 as a 600 mile race, it has since been held as a 400 mile race. In 1973 the race was not held when new owner Roger Penske decided to replace it with an IndyCar race.

From 1998 to 2002, the race was known as the Pepsi 400 but had a secondary sponsor attached to the name of the event, most likely to avoid confusion with the Daytona race of the same name (now known as the Coke Zero 400). For 2007, the race was renamed to the 3M Performance 400 when 3M and Post-it transferred their sponsorship from the Citizens Bank 400 to the August race.

Past winners

Year Date Driver Car Make Winner's Prize
(USD)
Distance
(miles)
Average Speed
(mph)
Yankee 600
1969 August 17 South Carolina David Pearson '69 Ford $21,950 330[1] 115.508
Yankee 400
1970 August 16 Indiana Charlie Glotzbach '69 Dodge $14,275 402 147.571
1971 August 15 Florida Bobby Allison '69 Mercury $15,395 402 149.862
1972 August 20 South Carolina David Pearson '71 Mercury $13,385 400 134.416
1974 August 25 South Carolina David Pearson '73 Mercury $15,765 400 133.045
Champion Spark Plug 400
1975 August 24 North Carolina Richard Petty '74 Dodge $18,140 400 107.583
1976 August 22 South Carolina David Pearson Mercury $16,700 400 140.078
1977 August 22 Kentucky Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $16,820 400 137.944
1978 August 20 South Carolina David Pearson Mercury $16,025 400 129.566
1979 August 19 North Carolina Richard Petty Chevrolet $21,100 400 130.376
1980 August 17 South Carolina Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $19,700 400 145.352
1981 August 16 North Carolina Richard Petty Buick $23,750 400 123.457
1982 August 22 Florida Bobby Allison Buick $26,900 400 136.454
1983 August 21 South Carolina Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $26,100 400 147.511
1984 August 12 Kentucky Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $40,800 400 153.863
1985 August 11 Georgia (U.S. state) Bill Elliott Ford $57,600 400 137.43
1986 August 17 Georgia (U.S. state) Bill Elliott Ford $55,950 400 135.376
1987 August 16 Georgia (U.S. state) Bill Elliott Ford $52,875 400 138.648
1988 August 21 Florida Davey Allison Ford $60,475 400 156.863
1989 August 20 Missouri Rusty Wallace Pontiac $67,900 400 157.704
1990 August 19 Arkansas Mark Martin Ford $71,200 400 138.822
1991 August 18 North Carolina Dale Jarrett Ford $74,150 400 142.972
1992 August 16 North Carolina Harry Gant Oldsmobile $71,545 400 146.056
1993 August 15 Arkansas Mark Martin Ford $76,645 400 144.564
GM Goodwrench Dealer 400
1994 August 21 New York Geoffrey Bodine Ford $89,595 400 139.914
1995 August 20 Texas Bobby Labonte Chevrolet $97,445 400 157.739
1996 August 18 North Carolina Dale Jarrett Ford $83,195 400 139.792
DeVilbiss 400
1997 August 17 Arkansas Mark Martin Ford $93,045 400 126.883
Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss
1998 August 16 California Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $120,302 400 151.995
Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer
1999 August 22 Texas Bobby Labonte Pontiac $121,320 400 144.332
2000 August 20 Missouri Rusty Wallace Ford $110,460 400 132.597
2001 August 19 Tennessee Sterling Marlin Dodge $157,830 324[2] 140.513
Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack
2002 August 18 North Carolina Dale Jarrett Ford $179,530 400 140.556
GFS Marketplace 400
2003 August 17 Indiana Ryan Newman Dodge $155,505 400 127.31
2004 August 22 Washington Greg Biffle Ford $190,180 400 139.063
2005 August 21 Kentucky Jeremy Mayfield Dodge $181,550 400 141.551
2006 August 20 Wisconsin Matt Kenseth Ford $221,091 400 135.097
3M Performance 400
2007 August 21 Nevada Kurt Busch Dodge $190,108 406[3] 117.012
2008 August 17 Missouri Carl Edwards Ford $226,075 400 120.012
CARFAX 400
2009 August 16 North Carolina Brian Vickers Toyota $180,873 400 131.531

Manufacturer Wins

Rank Manufacturer Wins
1 Ford 16
2 Dodge 7
3 Chevrolet 6
4 Mercury 5
5 Buick 2
5 Pontiac 2
7 Oldsmobile 1
7 Toyota 1

References

  1. ^ Race shortened to 165 laps / 330 miles due to rain
  2. ^ Race shortened to 162 laps / 324 miles due to rain.
  3. ^ Race extended to 203 laps / 406 miles due to green-white-checker finish.
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CARFAX 400
Venue Michigan International Speedway
Corporate sponsor CARFAX
First race 1969
Last race
Distance 400 miles (643.7 km)
Number of laps 200
Previous names Yankee 600 (1969)

Yankee 400 (1970-1972, 1974)

Champion Spark Plug 400 (1975-1993)

GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 (1994-1996)

DeVilbiss 400 (1997)

Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss (1998)

Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer (1999-2001)

Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack (2002)

GFS Marketplace 400 (2003-2006)

3M Performance 400 (2007)

3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo (2008)

The Carfax 400 is the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. Introduced in 1969 as a 600 mile race, it has since been held as a 400 mile race. In 1973 the race was not held when new owner Roger Penske decided to replace it with an IndyCar race.

From 1998 to 2002, the race was known as the Pepsi 400 but had a secondary sponsor attached to the name of the event, most likely to avoid confusion with the Daytona race of the same name (now known as the Coke Zero 400). For 2007, the race was renamed to the 3M Performance 400 when 3M and Post-it transferred their sponsorship from the Citizens Bank 400 to the August race.

Contents

Past winners

YearDateDriverCar MakeWinner's Prize
(USD)
Distance
(laps/miles)
Average Speed
(mph)
Race Time
Yankee 600
1969 August 17 David Pearson '69 Ford $21,950165 / 330115.5082:51:25
Yankee 400
1970 August 16 Charlie Glotzbach '69 Dodge $14,275197 / 401.88147.5712:48:32
1971 August 15 Bobby Allison '69 Mercury $15,395197 / 401.88149.8622:40:54
1972 August 20 David Pearson '71 Mercury $13,385200 / 400134.4162:58:31
1974 August 25 David Pearson '73 Mercury $15,765200 / 400133.0453:00:23
Champion Spark Plug 400
1975 August 24 Richard Petty '74 Dodge $18,140200 / 400107.5833:43:05
1976 August 22 David Pearson Mercury $16,700200 / 400140.0782:51:20
1977 August 22 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $16,820200 / 400137.9442:53:59
1978 August 20 David Pearson Mercury $16,025200 / 400129.5663:05:14
1979 August 19 Richard Petty Chevrolet $21,100200 / 400130.3763:04:05
1980 August 17 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $19,700200 / 400145.352 2:45:07
1981 August 16 Richard Petty Buick $23,750200 / 400123.4573:14:24
1982 August 22 Bobby Allison Buick $26,900200 / 400136.4542:45:53
1983 August 21 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet $26,100200 / 400147.5112:42:42
1984 August 12 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet $40,800200 / 400153.8632:35:59
1985 August 11 File:Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Bill Elliott Ford $57,600200 / 400137.432:54:38
1986 August 17 File:Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Bill Elliott Ford $55,950200 / 400135.3762:57:28
1987 August 16 File:Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Bill Elliott Ford $52,875200 / 400138.6482:53:06
1988 August 21 Davey Allison Ford $60,475200 / 400156.8632:33:00
1989 August 20 Rusty Wallace Pontiac $67,900200 / 400157.7042:32:11
1990 August 19 Mark Martin Ford $71,200200 / 400138.8222:52:53
1991 August 18 Dale Jarrett Ford $74,150200 / 400142.9722:51:34
1992 August 16 Harry Gant Oldsmobile $71,545200 / 400146.0562:47:46
1993 August 15 Mark Martin Ford $76,645200 / 400144.5642:46:01
GM Goodwrench Dealer 400
1994 August 21 Geoffrey Bodine Ford $89,595200 / 400139.9142:51:32
1995 August 20 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet $97,445200 / 400157.7392:32:09
1996 August 18 Dale Jarrett Ford $83,195200 / 400139.7922:51:41
DeVilbiss 400
1997 August 17 Mark Martin Ford $93,045200 / 400126.8833:09:09
Pepsi 400 Presented by DeVilbiss
1998 August 16 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $120,302200 / 400151.9952:37:54
Pepsi 400 Presented by Meijer
1999 August 22 Bobby Labonte Pontiac $121,320200 / 400144.3322:46:17
2000 August 20 Rusty Wallace Ford $110,460200 / 400132.5973:01:00
2001 August 19 Sterling Marlin Dodge $157,830162 / 324140.5132:18:21
Pepsi 400 Presented by Farmer Jack
2002 August 18 Dale Jarrett Ford $179,530200 / 400140.5562:50:45
GFS Marketplace 400
2003 August 17 Ryan Newman Dodge $155,505200 / 400127.313:08:31
2004 August 22 Greg Biffle Ford $190,180200 / 400139.0632:52:35
2005 August 21 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge $181,550200 / 400141.5512:49:33
2006 August 20 Matt Kenseth Ford $221,091200 / 400135.0972:57:39
3M Performance 400
2007 August 21 Kurt Busch Dodge $190,108203 / 406117.0122:37:45
3M Performance 400 Presented by Bondo
2008 August 17 Carl Edwards Ford $226,075200 / 400120.0122:51:00
CARFAX 400
2009 August 16 Brian Vickers Toyota $180,873 200 / 400131.5313:02:28
2010 August 15 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet $211,901 200 / 400 144.0292:46:38
  • 1969: Race shortened to 165 laps / 330 miles due to rain.
  • 2001: Race shortened to 162 laps / 324 miles due to rain.
  • 2007: Race postponed twice from Sunday to Tuesday due to rain and extended to 203 laps / 406 miles due to a Green-white-checker finish.

Notable moments

  • 1974: Promoter Roger Penske reinserted the Yankee 400 to Michigan's schedule after 1973 after the Michigan 400 that June turned a strong profit. David Pearson and Cale Yarborough fought hard before Cale was stopped by a mismatched set of tires late in the race. The lead changed 45 times among eight drivers.
  • 1975: A late yellow set up a five-lap finish; Pearson and Richard Petty went at it and the lead changed on every lap down to the finish as Petty edged Pearson by a nose.
  • 1977: Rain postponed the race to Monday and Darrell Waltrip edged Pearson to the stripe.
  • 1978: Pearson's final win for the Wood Brothers came on a one-lap shootout as he passed Waltrip. Richard Petty crashed in the final laps, setting up the finish; he was debuting a new Chevrolet after abandoning Dodge.
  • 1979: Pearson was hired to drive Rod Osterlund's Chevrolet after Dale Earnhardt was injured at Pocono and he won the Michigan pole, ultimately finishing fourth. Buddy Baker led late but Richard Petty took tires on a late stop and gunned him down on the final lap; the win began a rally from a 229-point deficit to the season championship.
  • 1981: The most competitive Michigan race ever erupted as Ron Bouchard won his first pole fresh off his electrifying Talladega win. There were 65 lead changes among 14 drivers and Richard Petty, who led 65 laps, roared from fifth to the lead with five to go and held off six other challengers. "This wasn't the toughest race, but it sure was the most aggravating," Petty said afterward.
  • 1987: Fellow drivers revolted against Tim Richmond at Watkins Glen the week before when he reported to the prerace drivers meeting looking sickly and acting belligerently. Before Michigan qualifying Richmond had to be rousted out of his motorhome and when he arrived at the qualifying line asked aloud, "Where are we?" When NASCAR officials Les Richter and Dick Beaty asked Hendrick officials what was wrong with Tim, Richmond appeared from nowhere and confronted both of them, then showed up late for the prerace drivers meeting. During the 400 he had an anxiety attack and the engine blew; he drove to the garage and when the crew checked the tachometer they found it had been pegged, because Richmond had deliberately overreved the engine to blow it. It became his final race ever.[1] Richard Petty rallied to the lead in the final 40 laps but had to pit on a late caution and crashed after colliding with Davey Allison on the final lap as Bill Elliott took the win, his sixth Michigan win in an eight-race span.
  • 1991: Dale Jarrett stayed out on a late caution, and in the final laps Davey Allison ran him down, but became locked in a side-by-side battle won by Jarrett by inches for his first win and the first for the Wood Brothers since 1987 at Charlotte.
  • 1994: Geoff Bodine cleaned house in the Yankee 400 on Hoosier Tires while Indycar veteran John Andretti turned heads qualifying second in Richard Petty's Pontiac after Wally Dallenbach, Jr. was released, but the story of the weekend was a savage crash in practice that left Ernie Irvan fighting to live; Irvan would recover from near-fatal injury over a year later.
  • 1998: Irvan dominated the race, but Jeff Gordon ran down the leaders and won handily. Mark Martin was denied the win, the race coming days after the death of his father in a plane crash.
  • 1999: Goodyear brought tires to Michigan designed for Fontana for Winston West racing, where Hoosier Tire was still a presence in competition against Goodyear; the new tire featured greater stagger and handled more like bias ply tires than radials. Dale Earnhardt grabbed the lead late and got into a spirited battle with Bobby Labonte before Labonte cleared for the win.

Manufacturer wins

Rank Manufacturer Wins
1 Ford 16
2 Dodge 7
2 Chevrolet 7
4 Mercury 5
5 Buick 2
5 Pontiac 2
7 Oldsmobile 1
7 Toyota 1

Television broadcasters

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2010 ESPN Marty Reid Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2009 ESPN Jerry Punch Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2008 ESPN Jerry Punch Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
2007 ESPN then ESPN2 Jerry Punch Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree
2006 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2005 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2004 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2003 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2002 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2001 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons and Wally Dallenbach
2000 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1999 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1998 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1997 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1996 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1995 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1994 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1993 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1992 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1991 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1990 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1989 ESPN Bob Jenkins
1988 ESPN
1987 ESPN
1986 ESPN Jack Arute Dick Berggren
1985 ESPN
1984 ESPN Bob Jenkins
1983 ESPN Bob Jenkins
1982 ESPN Bob Jenkins
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976 CBS Ken Squier Bobby Unser and Ned Jarrett
1975 CBS Ken Squier Johnny Rutherford
  • The 2007 race, which was to be on ESPN, was postponed twice and ultimately shown on Tuesday on ESPN2.

References

  1. ^ Poole, David (2005): TIM RICHMOND: The Fast Life And Remarkable Times Of NASCAR's Top Gun (Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign, IL), pp. 155-8

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