2019 Michigan International Speedway
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Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, MI
June 7-9, 2019
Senior Photographers Nelli Thomas and Charles Rush
Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod
When you hear the names Roger Penske, Jack Roush and Darrell Waltrip, you know you are referring to legends in the world of NASCAR. On June 9th 2019, these legends was inducted into the Michigan International Speedway Wall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees was honored during the pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced 527 major race wins, 597 pole positions and 34 championships.
In its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Penske purchased Michigan International Speedway in 1973 and throughout the years he made various improvements to the facility with the goal of making the speedway one of the best in the world. Over the 26 years of his ownership the grandstands were expanded and numerous buildings were added, including three garages, 28 pit terrace suites, an administration building, a warehouse, a sign shop, an entertainment shop, a Competition Tire building and a Motorsports International building. In 1988, Roush launched his first NASCAR team, Roush Fenway Racing, with Hall of Fame driver Mark Martin. The team has won 325 NASCAR races and eight championships since debuting across the top three series in NASCAR.
Roush has led his team to 12 wins at his hometown track, the most of any car owner. Roush initially built his powerhouse organization by pairing with fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Martin who won 83 NASCAR national series races for RFR from 1988-2005. Known for his trademark Panama hat, Roush has displayed a prowess for discovering and developing talent. He helped Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) grow into premier series champions. Roush was the 2001 recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence.
Waltrip had a Hall of Fame driving career that saw him post 84 wins before transiting to his current role as a broadcaster for FOX. He is tied with Bobby Allison for fourth all-time in series victories. His 59 poles rank fifth all-time in NASCAR premier series history. He competed from 1972-2000, another highlight being his 1989 Daytona 500 victory in a Rick Hendrick-owned Chevrolet. Waltrip’s first series title came in 1981, when he finished with 12 wins and 21 top fives in 31 races. He won the title by 53 points over Bobby Allison. In his second championship season, 1982, he finished with 12 wins and 20 top 10's in 30 races, sweeping both races at four tracks. In his third championship season, 1985, Waltrip finished with three wins and 21 top 10's in 28 races.
The victory was Tyler Reddick’s first at Michigan and the sixth of his career, accomplished with three different organizations (Chip Ganassi Racing, JR Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing, his current ride). Reddick overcame a Lap 33 snafu on pit road where he slid through his pit stall and dropped to 10th for a restart on Lap 38.
Reddick came to pit road for the final time on lap 78 and got 47 laps out of his last tank of fuel. “I just didn’t want to burn a lot of fuel there,” the driver of the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet said of the closing run. “Our Chevrolet was really good, but I made some mistakes on pit road, and we didn’t get the track position until the end there. “A great team effort. I didn’t do the thing I needed to do on the race track but, man, that was a great car and we put ourselves in position to win.” The victory was Reddick’s third in the last five races.
Joey Logano Team Penske, dominates FireKeepers Casino 400, wins in overtime. Logano holds on to beat Kurt Busch by two car lengths for his second win of the year.
NASCAR Xfinity Series event: Tyler Reddick drove to victory lane