Michigan International Speedway Pole Speeds

There’s been a huge increase in Michigan International Speedway pole speeds this year. Is it the biggest increase ever?

A vertical bar chart showing the pole speed as a function of year for Michigan International Speedway

The red arrows indicate the first race after a repave.  The pole speed for the Cup race is 12.9 mph more than last year’s pole speed.  The previous record for the largest year-to-year change in pole speed is 6.5 mph.

Data, as usual, courtesy of racing-reference.info.

NOTE: This post was refreshed on 8/17/2021 to clean up the text.

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