This week, the drivers head north to Michigan International Speedway, a 2 mile, D-Shaped Super Speedway Oval. This track is known for high speeds, fuel mileage, and pushing the motors to the limits. With that said, here’s a quick analysis at how engines are holding up for the manufacturers and teams in 2014 as well as the history of engines woes at the Spring race at MIS.

Make

Engine Issues?

Total Engines

Issues

Percentage

Chevrolet

No

310

300

96.77%

 

Yes

 

10

3.23%

Ford

No

174

171

98.28%

 

Yes

 

3

1.72%

Toyota

No

148

144

97.30%

 

Yes

 

4

2.70%

 

In 2014, there have been 310 Chevrolets, 174 Fords, and 148 Toyota on track (for points paying races only). Chevrolet had 10 engine failures to Ford’s 3 and Toyota’s 4. Chevrolet seems to be at a slight disadvantage compared to the other two so they are going to be the manufacturer to watch come Michigan for any issues.

 

Team

Manufacturer

Engine Issue?

Total

Issues

Percentage

BK Racing

Toyota

No

32

31

96.88%

 

Toyota

Yes

 

1

3.13%

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet

No

28

28

100.00%

Circle Sport

Toyota

No

1

1

100.00%

Front Row Motorsports

Ford

No

34

33

97.06%

 

Ford

Yes

 

1

2.94%

Furniture Row Racing

Chevrolet

No

14

13

92.86%

 

Chevrolet

Yes

 

1

7.14%

Germain Racing

Chevrolet

No

14

14

100.00%

Go Fas Racing

Ford

No

12

12

100.00%

Hendrick Motorsports

Chevrolet

No

56

56

100.00%

Hillman Racing

Chevrolet

No

12

12

100.00%

Hscott Motorsports

Chevrolet

No

15

15

100.00%

Humphrey Smith Racing

Ford

No

4

4

100.00%

JTG Daugherty Racing

Chevrolet

No

14

14

100.00%

Joe Gibbs Racing

Toyota

No

43

43

100.00%

Leavine Family Racing

Ford

No

 

6

85.71%

 

Ford

Yes

7

1

14.29%

Michael Waltrip Racing

Toyota

No

39

37

94.87%

 

Toyota

Yes

 

2

5.13%

NEMCO Motorsports

Toyota

No

1

1

100.00%

Phil Parsons Racing

Chevrolet

No

26

26

10.00%

Richard Childress Racing

Chevrolet

No

55

54

98.18%

 

Chevrolet

Yes

 

1

1.82%

Richard Petty Motorsports

Ford

No

28

28

100.00%

Roush Fenway Racing

Ford

No

42

42

100.00%

Stewart-Haas Racing

Chevrolet

No

56

52

92.86%

 

Chevrolet

Yes

 

4

7.14%

Swan Racing

Toyota

No

16

15

93.75%

 

Toyota

Yes

 

1

6.25%

Team Penske

Ford

No

29

28

96.55%

 

Ford

Yes

 

1

3.45%

Tommy Baldwin Racing

Chevrolet

No

28

27

96.43%

 

Chevrolet

Yes

 

1

3.57%

Wood Brothers

Ford

No

5

5

100.00%

XxxTreme Motorsports

Chevrolet

No

4

1

25.00%

 

Chevrolet

Yes

 

3

75.00%


If you are confused on how to read this chart, let me explain a bit. Let us use Stewart-Haas Racing as an example. They are a 4 car team each week and there have been 14 races this season, thus the number 56 in the total column. This represents how many engines they have had on the track this season. If a team has an engine failure, they are broken into 2 lines; yes (engine failure) and no (no engine failure). For Stewart-Hass, next to “no” we see 52 – they have had 52 engines that did not have an issue. Down one line, we see 4 next to “yes”, being they have had 4 engine issues. That is equal to 7.14% of their engines having a failure. If a team has had no engine failures, they will only have a single entry and a percentage of 100%. No team has a 100% ‘success’ rate at engine failure.

 

Charts always make things more fun! From this chart, we are isolating only those teams who have had engine issues this year. We can see that XxxTreme Motorsports has had the roughest year with engines. As for full time teams, Stewart-Haas jumps out a bit (7.14% of their engines have failed in some way this season). Furniture Row Racing also is on par with Stewart-Haas (7.14% as well), and they are both Chevrolet teams.

 

 

This chart shows the total engine issues each year. The good news is that engine issues are on the decline. For the sake of the teams, I hope it stays this way. The line of “Engine Failures” is read with the axis on your (reading) left. So, in 2004, there were 5 engine failures. The bars represent each manufacturer and how many engine failure they had each year; their number is read with the right side of the chart. So, in 2004 we know there were 5 engine failure and we can now see that Chevrolet had 3 of those failure and Dodge had the other 2.

Conclusion: Chevrolet may want to be extra careful this weekend. This year, they seem to have the worst luck, and when your luck is shakey at MIS, putting extra time on that engine may want to be avoided. The engine builders are sure going to get a work out in this week!