This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
As we put the high speeds and high thrills of the three-turn oval in Pocono behind us, we look forward to this weekend when the Monster Energy Cup Series will pay their first visit of the season to Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400. This will be the first of two events at the two-mile oval in Brooklyn, Michigan. This facility wowed us in 2012 when the Cup Series took to the freshly-paved track and promptly blew all the speed records at MIS away. Marcos Ambrose won the pole position with a blazing-fast 203.241 mph lap. That was almost 10 mph faster than the old record set back in 2005. The fresh pavement and new tire technology that Goodyear brought to the oval combined to make Michigan International Speedway the fastest oval on the circuit. The teams were running somewhere close to 12 mph faster average laps than they do at Talladega Superspeedway. Six years have passed since that repave and Mother Nature has had several seasons of the winter/summer cycle to wear down this racing surface. However, the speeds are not dropping off hardly at all. We would credit much of this to the rules package on the cars. In our last Michigan race last August, we saw Brad Keselowski claim the pole with his 203.097 mph qualifying lap. We've seen consistently 200+ mph average poles at this facility the last two seasons. We'll see if these Monster Energy Cup Series cars continue to post laps over