Comments: NASCAR Picks for Michigan

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Michigan

After a trip to Pocono Raceway and its difficult passing conditions, a majority of the Cup Series drivers will be glad to exchange the flat corners of the triangle-shaped track for multiple racing grooves of the Michigan International Speedway. The 2.0-mile, D-shaped oval has one of the widest racing surfaces in the series, providing drivers with plenty of options and plenty of room to move through the field. Cars will be running up by the wall, down near the apron and everywhere in between during the course of the afternoon. Wherever a driver can find the most grip is where they will be running this Sunday.

For fantasy owners, the trip to MIS should be a decent opportunity to score a lot of points. Fuel mileage has played a factor on occasion, and ample racing room generally allows the drivers with the fastest cars to get to the front of the field. Clean air and track position are always important, but the multiple racing grooves helps neutralize some of the aero issues that often cause drivers to get trapped in traffic. More often than not, fantasy owners are rewarded for fielding a solid team at a Michigan track that has been fairly predictable.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  2. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  3. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  6. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  7. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  9. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  10. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  11. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  12. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  13. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  14. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  15. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  18. Paul Menard, Menards
  19. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  20. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  21. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  22. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  23. Regan Smith, Haas Automation
  24. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  25. Juan Montoya, Target
  26. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  27. Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare
  28. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  29. Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness
  30. David Ragan, Mars Brand
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