Thursday, June 9, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan


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
Clint Bowyer - 5
Both with 4 - Matt Kenseth
All with  3 -  Paul Menard, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano 

By Track
Clint Bowyer - 7
All with 6 - Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All with 5 -  Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Greg Biffle

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Kasey Kahne
2014 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Kurt Busch

The Likely Suspects: This two-miler that is sometimes thought of as an intermediate track is a favorite among these drivers who have mastered it: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne and last week's race winner Kurt Busch.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. My next picks are Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Ty Dillon and Ryan Blaney.  

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Michigan with 646 laps in 28 starts.
  • Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in the Cup Series in average finishing position at Michigan with a 9.652.
  • Roush Fenway Racing has the most Cup wins at Michigan with 13. Other drivers: Mark Martin (four), Greg Biffle (four), Carl Edwards (two), Matt Kenseth (two) and Kurt Busch (one).
  • 19 of the 93 (20.4%)Cup Series races at Michigan have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Matt Kenseth last fall.
  • 70 of the 93 (75.2%) Cup races at Michigan have been won from a top-10 starting position.
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