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Last Updated Sunday, Aug 23, 2009 2:36 am, EDT

Race Capsule

Michigan International Speedway
  • What:

    Race 23 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

  • When:

    August 15, 2009 3:46 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    125

  • Track Length:

    2. miles

  • Race Length:

    250.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,232,690

Drivers to Watch

Brian Vickers Vickers has only one top-10 finish in 10 starts at Phoenix. He started fifth in the spring race and led two laps but ended up 19th. Vickers said the team's goal for the last two races of the year is "just about having fun. Let's just try to enjoy the rest of the year, and where we finish (in the Championship Chase) is where we finish." Vickers is 80 points back of 11th-place Carl Edwards and 121 points out of the top 10.
Kyle Busch Busch has one win and six top-10 finishes in nine starts at Phoenix. His string of four straight top-10 finishes ended in April when he finished 17th after starting second. "We ran really well in the spring, but I got busted for speeding on pit road and that hurt our finish," said Busch. "I know everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing has been working extremely hard on our flat-track program, and hopefully we're heading in the right direction on the flat-track stuff."
Burton has two wins and 11 top-10 finishes in 20 starts at Phoenix. He hasn't finished outside the top 15 in the last 16 races there. "It seems that we run between eighth and 12th every time we go to Phoenix, all with different setups," said Burton. "Clint (Bowyer) and Kevin (Harvick) have led the way for RCR, and I've been playing catch-up the whole time (he has been with RCR)."
Greg Biffle Biffle, who remained seventh in the standings and is 247 out, has no wins, three top-five finishes and four top-10s in 11 Phoenix starts. However, three of the top-10s were in his last four starts, and the only time he missed the top 10 he was 11th last November. He was fifth in April.
David Reutimann Reutimann finished eighth in the spring race at Phoenix for his first top-10 finish in four starts at the track. "After how well we ran there in April, we are really looking forward to this weekend," said Reutimann. "We want to win another race before the year is over. We feel we have two real good shots in these last two races (of the year)."