Pepsi 400

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Michigan International Speedway's 2-mile D-shaped oval with 18-degree banking, 3,600-foot frontstretch and a 2,242-foot backstretch in Brooklyn, Mich.

Broadcast: Television TNT; Radio Motor Racing Network

Last year's winner: Rusty Wallace

Morris News Service's pick to win: Ricky Rudd

Others to watch: Jeff Gordon, Johnny Benson, Dale Jarrett and Sterling Marlin

Notes: There's nothing difficult about Michigan. It's wide, it's smooth, and it's fast. The biggest keys are horsepower and a setup that allows the car to rocket off the fourth turn. ... The fastest groove early will be along the bottom, but by the end of the race, racing will be three-wide. ... Michigan is so easy to drive there aren't likely to be many cautions. That creates situations where fuel mileage becomes important.

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