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GFS Marketplace 400 - Michigan International Speedway

Kenseth Takes Michigan Checkered Flag Ahead of Gordon
Matt Kenseth outran Jeff Gordon by 0.622 seconds (and made sure that there wouldnít be a repeat of Chicago where Gordon spun Kenseth to win the race) and claimed victory in the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kensethís 13th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory comes in his 243rd career start. Kenseth drove his No. 17 DeWalt Ford to his third win of the season, also winning at California and Dover. This is Kensethís second victory at Michigan International Speedway and his 11th victory on a superspeedway. His last victory at Michigan came in June of 2002. With the win, Kenseth moved into 46th on NASCARís all-time winners list tied with Tim Richmond and Dick Rathmann. Kenseth led the most laps for the third time in 2006 and the first time since Chicagoland, five races ago. Kenseth led the race six times for a total of 87 laps, including the final 32 laps in the GFS Marketplace 400. Kenseth continued Roush Racingís dominance at MIS. He gave team owner Jack Roush his 93rd NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory and his ninth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup win at Michigan. In the Race to the Chase, Kenseth remained second in the point standings, now 58 points out of first place. All that Kenseth and point leader Jimmie Johnson have to do is start the next three races to lock in their spots in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. Gordon ran out of laps while chasing down Kenseth and settled for the runner-up spot, scoring his 19th top-10 finish in 28 races at Michigan. This is Gordonís sixth runner-up finish at Michigan. Gordon climbed from ninth to sixth in the point standings and is 99 points ahead of 11th place. Tony Stewart finished third, posting his 13th top-10 finish in 2006. It was his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at Michigan. Stewart climbed from seventh to fifth in the point standings, 127 points ahead of 11th place Kasey Kahne. Kahne came home fourth on the day, his 12th top-10 finish in 2006 and his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Michigan. Kahne is still 11th in the standings, now 49 points behind 10th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mark Martin edged Earnhardt Jr. at the stripe to take the fifth position. It was his 27th top-10 finish in 42 races at Michigan International Speedway. Martin climbed from sixth to fourth in the point standings, 138 points ahead of 11th place Kahne. Three races remain in the Race to the Chase, any driver leading the 11th-place driver by 381 points following Bristol is guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

GFS Marketplace 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· WIX Filters Lap Leader Notes
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Final Practice Quotes
· Rookie Final Practice Quotes
· Practice 2
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Todd Kluever Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Jeff Burton Runs to Pole Position at Michigan
Jeff Burton won the pole position for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon. Burton knocked Elliott Sadler off the top spot and spoiled Sadlerís fairy tail moment in his debut driving the No. 19 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports. Burton qualified in 38.311 seconds, at an average speed of 187.936 mph, to capture his sixth career Bud Pole in 426 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is Burtonís fourth pole and 10th top-10 start in 2006. He now moves into a tie with Kasey Kahne for the most Bud Poles this season. This is Burtonís second pole in 26 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. He posted his career-first Bud Pole here in this race in 1996. This is the 40th career pole position for Richard Childress Racing. It is the eighth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2006, Dodge has 10 and Ford has four. Elliott Sadler posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 38.488 seconds, at an average speed of 187.071 mph, and will start second on Sunday. Sadler posted his sixth top-10 start in 16 races at Michigan. Matt Kenseth qualified in the third position. He has started from the top-10 in just two of his 15 races at Michigan. He started fifth in August 2004 when qualifying was canceled. This is his first qualifying effort of better than 13th. Ryan Newman will start fourth on Sunday. He has started from the top-10 in eight of his 11 races at Michigan, including five top fives. This is his 11th top-10 start in 2006 and his fifth straight. Last weekís winner Kevin Harvick qualified fifth, posting his fifth top-10 start in 12 races at Michigan.


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