Analyzing Ford’s NASCAR Dominance at Michigan International Speedway

This Sunday, NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series will roll into Michigan International Speedway for the running of the 2019 Consumers Energy 400.

Situated just over an hour from the birthplace of Ford Motor Company, Michigan International Speedway has seen many of Ford Performance’s best results over the years.

Today, we’ll analyze the incredible historical performance of many of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Ford Performance drivers as we look forward to the race this Sunday.

Stewart-Haas Racing

Since switching to Ford at the start of the 2017 season, Stewart-Haas Racing has seen significant improvement at Michigan International Speedway races.

Since the switch, the team collectively has one pole award, three stage wins, and two race wins at Michigan in the last three years alone. At the 2018 running of the FireKeepers Casino 400, Stewart-Haas absolutely demolished the competition, with Ford drivers Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch finishing first, second, and third respectively. 

Later that year, at the 2018 running of the Consumers Energy 400, Kevin Harvick achieved Stewart-Haas’s second win at Michigan since switching to Ford.

Additionally, Stewart-Haas has obtained three top-5s and five top-10s in the last five races at Michigan International Speedway. 

With 2019 drivers Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suárez, and Clint Bowyer on board headed into this weekend’s race, Stewart-Haas racing will seek to continue its impressive performance.

Team Penske

One loyal Ford Performance team that never ceases to tear it up at Michigan is Team Penske. Coming off of a Monster Energy Cup Series Championship win, Penske driver Joey Logano is sure to have his sights set on victory lane this Sunday. In fact, Logano has already earned one win at Michigan this year.

Altogether, Team Penske drivers have managed two pole awards and three stage wins in the last three years. However, where Team Penske really shows its motor city strength is in its consistency. 

In the last five Michigan races, Team Penske has hauled in three top-5 finishes and six top-10s, making drivers Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski a truly intimidating force headed into Sunday.

Roush-Fenway Racing

With only two drivers signed to Roush this year, the prestigious Monster Energy Cup team has an even greater hill to climb this weekend. Much of that pressure may be alleviated however, as Roush driver Ryan Newman seems to be in the middle of a career resurgence fueled by his recent return to Ford.

Since 2017, Roush-Fenway Racing has only managed one top-5 finish and two top-10 finishes at Michigan, but this year Newman alone has accumulated one top-5 and an astonishing seven top-10s. His momentum is expected to carry into this year’s Consumer Energy 400.

Outside of Newman, Roush-Fenway driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has garnered one top-5 and one top-10 this year, and his support will surely assist Roush this weekend as well.

It’s no secret the NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Ford Performance drivers always show out at Michigan International Speedway, and this weekend’s race should be no exception. To experience the power of the Ford Mustang like all of NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Ford Performance drivers, stop in to Haldeman Ford today.

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