Go Speed Racer Go!

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives on track during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives on track during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It’s something that NASCAR normally sees on the big tracks of Talladega and Daytona. But average speeds over 200 miles per hour were the norm at Michigan International Speedway Thursday as the Sprint Cup Series spent the day testing the new surface on the 2-mile oval.

Tony Stewart took his Chevy to the top of the charts running a lap of 201.896 mph in the afternoon session. Stewart led a parade of seven drivers who topped the 200 mile per hour barrier.

Jimmie Johnson’s fastest lap was 197.547 which is still three miles an hour faster than Ryan Newman’s pole record speed of 194.232 set here in 2005. MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.