Thursday, June 13, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: In the Irish Hills



Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Pocono Raceway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Tony Stewart - 5
All with 3 - Brian Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer

By Track
Both with 6 - Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart
All with 5 - Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin

Recent Pole Winners:
2012 Marcos Ambrose
2011 Kurt Busch

The Likely Suspects: When it comes to Michigan racing, these drivers consistently perform well: Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin.  

My 2 Cents: If you have trouble picking this week, think Roush Fenway or Hendrick Motorsports. Both of these racing powerhouses have dominated this track. Also, keep in mind that most good finishes come from the top-10 starting positions. In fact, 66 of the 87 (75.8 percent) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.

My "no brainer" pick is Jimmie Johnson, followed closely by Matt Kenseth. Tony Stewart is definitely a tempting pick with an 11.4 average finish compared to Matt Kenseth's 10.9.  My next picks are Roushkateers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., followed by Hendricks Motorsports' Dale Earnhardt Jr. I will complete my team with David Ragan.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

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