For the drivers in NASCAR's top series, winning at the fast two-mile Michigan track is important not only because it is one of four chances to secure position for the Chase, but also for bragging rights in Motor City.
Michigan International Speedway is located near the home of the major American car manufacturers. Placing a Chevrolet, Ford or Dodge in Victory Lane is a special source of pride for the entire team.
Drivers dive into turns at speeds of 200 mph with banking of 18 degrees. At superspeedway speeds, it appears almost as a flat track to the pilot of the race car. Grip and balance with the car is mandatory.
The Pure Michigan 400 gave us racing that was fast and furious with much at stake for many drivers. Along the way to the checkered flag, we learned a few lessons, so let's see what they were.