Later that year, Junior pulled away from Jeff Gordon - who was at that point the two-time defending Cup champion - for a win in a Busch Series race at MI.
Here are three things to know about the race.
(14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 201.602 miles per hour.
"Michigan is a lot of fun", Bowyer told reporters Friday. A lot of bragging rights are on the line with all the manufacturers being right here - this track being in their back yard.
"We know the guy's an awesome talent". We have good speed in our vehicle. "You lose time in one corner and you can't make it up".
Odds of racing Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Pure Michigan 400 are 100 percent. In 16 starts, Keselowski has earned five top-five finishes - his best was second in 2012. Are they excited for this weekend's Pure Michigan 400?
"You can't worry about those points, you have go out and accumulate and do your job week in and week out", he said. "So, when you have the smallest sliver of success, it just feels magnified". "I think Indy we were pretty good at, probably fourth- or fifth-best vehicle, and then same at Pocono, but we broke a driveshaft at Pocono and got in a wreck at Indy". We've got you completely covered.
Kyle Larson is ready for a hectic weekend befitting his status as one of racing's rising stars. He'll start in ninth.
AmericaJR's Jason Rzucidlo report from the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. The 25-year old from Elk Grove, Calif.
"Ultimately, it's all Chip's decision", Larson said.
"We've got some really good memories here". It's not that stressful either. So Chip is a hero today and this weekend. Joey Logano could join that crowd today.
I am honestly not sure how popular Blaney will be to the general public this week as he has just one top 10 at MI in five races and three finishes of 24th or worse. Which driver, if any, took it too far?
Ganassi is hoping Larson's presence at Knoxville could draw more viewers to Sunday's Cup Series race. "There's a lot to take advantage of". Elliott is qualified for the playoffs by points at the moment but is by no means safe as there are a lot of good drivers still searching for their first victory this season. Place differential is always key as well as we have seen at least 18 drivers pickup positive PD and at least three drivers pickup double-digit PD in each of the last six races.
If Larson wins a third straight Cup race at MI, he'll be the first driver to do that since Bill Elliott, who won four in a row from 1985-86.
"We'll try to be better this time", he said. We didn't tighten up for the last round.
"It feels really good".