Idriver Handicaps:/I Michigan

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1. Jimmie Johnson (Points: 2062): Johnson posted his best finish (fourth) in six races at Michigan Int'l Speedway in this event last season. Last August, Johnson stared from the pole - after rain washed out qualifying - but his day ended after 81 laps when the engine expired in the Lowe's Chevrolet placing him 40th, his worst finish and only DNF at MIS. In the 2003 August race Johnson led 50 of his track total 81 laps. This weekend's primary chassis (No. 48339) for Johnson will be the same car that finished seventh at Darlington Raceway last month. The No. 48 will carry two special decals at Michigan for Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy Carter Work Project.

2. Greg Biffle (Points: 1939): Biffle has two top-five finishes at Michigan Int'l Speedway, including a win last August. He will bring back the same car (chassis No. RK-239) that led 73 laps en route to his third victory at MIS, following two wins in the Truck Series. The No. 16 will return in the National Guard/Charter paint scheme.

Quotable: "A win this weekend would be a great rebound from the points we lost last week and a victory in Ford's backyard is always something we want."

3. Elliott Sadler (Points: 1781): Sadler scored his best finish (fourth) at Michigan Int'l Speedway in this event in 2004. The finish was his only top 10 in 12 starts at MIS. Last year he led in both races for a combined total of 21 laps. His finishing average at Michigan is 24.0. Sadler will be behind the wheel of the same car that finished second in the All-Star Challenge and raced in the Coca-Cola 600 and at Dover Int'l Speedway in the MBNA 400.

Quotable: "MIS is also real close to Detroit so of course it's a manufacturer's heaven and we all want to see a Ford in victory lane. It's an RYR type of track."

4. Carl Edwards (Points: 1759): Edwards finished 10th in his first career NEXTEL Cup start at Michigan Int'l Speedway last August. He will race the same car (RK-302) that raced at Dover and will carry the colors of AAA for the first of three races in 2005.

Quotable: "I'm really looking forward to Michigan. It's where I made my first NEXTEL Cup start so it's a special place for me. I really like the track a lot, its fun to race at."

5. Mark Martin (Points: 1734): Martin finished second last August at Michigan Int'l Speedway for his 14th top five at the track. His 25 top-10 finishes at MIS currently leads all active drivers. Martin's last of four victories at Michigan came in this event back in 1998. He has led 21 races at MIS for a total of 841 laps. He will return in the same car (chassis RK-231) that led 46 laps last August in Michigan, and for the second consecutive race the car will sport a Batman paint scheme. Last year it had the Justice League's Batman on it, and this year it will support the new movie "Batman Begins." This chassis has already finished seventh (California), fourth (Darlington) and third (Dover) this season.

Quotable: "Michigan is a great track, where if you have a good car you can really pass some people. We were really good there last fall and had one of the cars to beat."

6. Ryan Newman (Points: 1733): Newman is the defending race winner at Michigan Int'l Speedway. He won the race after falling a lap down and receiving the "Luck Dog" pass on lap 89. The win was Newman's second-straight at MIS. Michigan is one of eight track's Newman has yet to win at pole at however, he has started within the top 12 in seven starts. He will drive chassis PRS-76, nickamed "Viper", this weekend. This is the same car that won this race last year and led a combined total of 92 laps at Darlington and the All-Star Challenge this season.

Quotable: "I enjoy racing at Michigan. I enjoy the racetrack. I enjoy going up there and going fishing. I enjoy the atmosphere. It's probably the closest to home for me from an environment standpoint, knowing my dad's shop was down the street in Niles, Michigan."

7. Kevin Harvick (Points: 1715): Harvick's best finish at Michigan Int'l Speedway was second in the 2003 August race. The finish came after leading 46 laps. It was the second time in Harvick's career he led laps at MIS. The other time came in the summer prior when he held the lead for 42 circuits en route to a third-place finish. Harvick's only other top-10 finish came in his first start the track in 2001. His average finish in eight MIS starts is 16.8. He will enter his first Truck race at Michigan this weekend and will race a brand new car (chassis No. 148) in the Cup race.

Quotable: "Michigan is the home of GM Goodwrench and Chevrolet, so it is an important track for us as a company and for me as a driver."

8. Rusty Wallace (Points: 1714): Wallace leads all active full-time drivers in wins at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His last of five wins came on August 20, 2000. Overall among active full-time drivers, Wallace ranks second in laps led (854), third in top 10's (20) and first in top-five's (15). Wallace tested this weekend's chassis (PRS-081) at MIS earlier this month. This car recently finished seventh at Phoenix last season.

Quotable: "Michigan is a track that usually doesn't have many cautions and that's what produces the fuel mileage races that the place is known for."

9. Jeff Gordon (Points: 1700): Gordon has two wins, four poles, 14 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 24 starts at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His four Bud Poles is currently tied with Bobby Labonte for the active driver lead. He has the best starting average (9.6) and average finish (9.3) among drivers with 12 or more starts. Gordon has led the most laps, with 280, in the past 10 races at MIS.

Quotable: The track is so wide and there are so many grooves in the corners that the car doesn't have to be perfect. We will be looking for the best possible balance on the DuPont Chevrolet

10. Tony Stewart (Points: 1682): Stewart has competed in 12 races at Michigan Int'l Speedway, posting one win (June 11, 2000) and seven top-10 finishes. He tested his Michigan car (chassis No. 97) at Michigan on June 6-7.

Quotable: "I'm okay with where we're at in the points, but I'm disappointed in the way we're running. Our season has been pretty marginal to this point. We have a lot to gain, obviously."

11. Kurt Busch (Points: 1681): Kurt Busch has one win (June 15, 2003) at Michigan Int'l Speedway in eight starts. Last year he finished 11th and sixth respectively at MIS from the seventh starting position. In his first two starts, he got off to rough start finishing last for two of his three DNFs at Michigan. Busch, who has led five races at MIS for 118 laps, will race chassis No. 65 that most recently finished seventh at Texas.

12. Jamie McMurray (Points: 1670): McMurray posted his first top-10 finish (fourth) at Michigan Int'l Speedway last August. In that event, he led a lap for the first time in four career races at MIS for a total of three laps. Last year in this event, he posted his worst finish at the track after the engine expired on lap 114. The No. 42 will sport a Home123 paint scheme on chassis No. 403 at Michigan. This car will make its seventh appearance of 2005. It best finish was a runner-up at Texas.

13. Jeremy Mayfield (Points: 1659): Mayfield has two top-five and three top-10 finishes at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His best finish (fourth) at MIS came with Penske Racing on June 10, 2001.

14. Dale Jarrett (Points: 1624): Jarrett has four wins in 36 career starts at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His 15 top-five finishes currently leads all active drivers and is second to Cale Yarborough (21) for the all-time lead. Last year, Jarrett finished third in both races for his 10th and 11th top-five finish in the last 15 races. He is money leader at MIS with a career total of $1,972,915 and will pilot a brand new car (chassis No. 50) this weekend.

15. Michael Waltrip (Points: 1579): In 39 starts Waltrip has seven top-10 finishes at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His best finish (fourth) came in this event in 2002.

16. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Points: 1558): Earnhardt Jr. has finished inside the top 10 twice at Michigan Int'l Speedway, most recently in this event in 2003. Michigan is the only track Junior has earned multiple poles (August race in 2000, 2002). Last year he finished 21st in both events. The Budweiser team tested last week at MIS to try and learn for this race and other tracks that are similar. The team has been having problems getting the cars to turn in the corners on this type of speedway. Overall, he has led 64 laps and holds a 21.1 finishing average in 11 races at MIS.

18. Kyle Busch (Points: 1514): Busch will making his first NEXTEL Cup Series start at Michigan Int'l Speedway on Sunday. Last year, he won the Busch Series event at MIS in his first series start at the track. Busch will be shooting for his third-straight Truck Series victory on Saturday. His Cup car will be the same chassis (No. 251) he won the pole with at California Speedway in February.

19. Kasey Kahne (Points: 1491): Kahne has two top-five finishes in two starts at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His best finish (second) came in this race last season. He led a race at MIS for the first time last August, after he held the lead for six circuits.

21. Brian Vickers (Points: 1444): Last year, Vickers finished ninth from outside of the front row in his first start at Michigan Int'l Speedway. For the second straight week, Vickers will be in a brand new race car (chassis No. 353).

22. Sterling Marlin (Points: 1396): Marlin has one win (August 19, 2001) and 12 top-10's in 39 starts at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Last year he finished sixth and led 44 laps. He will drive chassis No. 401 for the sixth time this season. It finished a best fifth at Texas.

24. Matt Kenseth (Points: 1362): Kenseth has competed in 11 races at Michigan Int'l Speedway. He has one win (June 16, 2002), seven top-10's and has led 54 laps at MIS. He did test chassis No. 41 at Michigan earlier this month. This car has raced at Atlanta and Texas this year. For the second of three races in 2005 the No. 17 will carry the Carhartt colors.

29. Bobby Labonte (Points: 1277): Labonte has two wins and 15 top-10 finishes at Michigan Int'l Speedway in 25 starts. He will pilot the same car (chassis No. 99) that finished second in the Coca-Cola 600 last month.

33. Ricky Rudd (Points: 1171): Rudd leads all active drivers with 56 career starts at Michigan Int'l Speedway. His best finish over the past ten races at MIS was a pair of runner-up's in August 2000 and June 2001. Rudd won this event back in 1993 and has led a total of 347 laps at MIS.

44. Bill Elliott (Points: 303): Elliott will make his fifth regular season start (742nd overall) and first in the McDonald's colors at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Although Elliott is racing part-time, he leads all active drivers with the most poles, wins, top fives, top 10's, and laps led at MIS. Elliott will be in the same car (chassis No. 103) he raced at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month.

RacingOne Staff Picks:

Pete Pistone: Ryan Newman
Rick Benjamin: Greg Biffle
Ron Lemasters: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Wackerlin: Mark Martin

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Batman Begins 400
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TV: FOX, 1:30 p.m. (ET).
Radio: MRN/XM Satellite.
Race length: 200 laps/400 miles.

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