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Fantasy NASCAR: FireKeepers Casino 400

Joey leads the way

NASCAR: FireKeepers Casino 400 Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The rules I have implemented for myself are:

1.I will not pick a driver more than 10 times this season.

2.Due to #1 these are “Power Rankings” (in quotations) I’m looking for value here.

My general format for my power rankings:

•Top 2 picks will generally be the favorites, the ones who should be top 5 or top 10 finishes.

• #3 and #4 will be your riskier picks, could be top 5 or bottom 15.

• Pick #5 is the dark horse.

Race Information

Race: FireKeepers Casino 400

Laps: 200

Date: June 10th

Venue: Michigan International Speedway

2017 Winner: Kyle Larson (2:47:24)

Broadcast: Fox (Darrel Waltrip & Jeff Gordon)

Course: Michigan International Speedway. Created in 1968, this 2 mile asphalt D-shaped Speedway has 18 degree banked turns and 12 degree banked front stretch and 5 degree back stretch. It serves as a sister track to Texas World Speedway and hosts two NASCAR races (Firekeepers Casino 400 and Pure Michigan 400). It is not a restrictor plate race and is among the faster tracks on the circuit.

NASCAR: FireKeepers Casino 400 Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Power Rankings

Favorites

1) Joey Logano (4th selection this year). Third at Michigan last year, winner in 2016. He has top 10 finishes in all but three races this year.

2) Brad Keslowski (3rd selection this year). His 16thplace finish here last place was out of character. He finished fourth here in 2016, 6th in 2015 and third here in 2014. He has top six finishes in three of his last four races.

High Risk/High Reward

3) Jamie McMurray (3rd selection this year). Three consecutive top ten finishes at Michigan (more or less on a steady improvement each year culiminating n a fifth place finish last year). Hoping that can overcome just one top ten finish in his last seven races.

4) Kyle Larson (4th selection this year). He has three straight top ten finishes and in each one he danced with wrecking with a myriad of different racers. I have a hunch I’m going to regret this as I think he will wreck at Michigan but he has a strong record there with back to back years of great top three finishes in multiple races.

Dark Horse

5) Matt Kenseth (1st selection this year). In his fourth race of the season, the recent retiree is going to come back and have a top ten finish at Michigan where he has four consecutive top 15 finishes. He shook the rust off with a 36th place finish at Dover, improved to 17th at Charlotte and finished 13th in a crazy packed finish at the Poconos last week.

Average Finish:

Favorites: avg finish 11th (28th percentile)

High Risk/High Reward: avg finish 16th (43rd percentile)

Dark Horse: avg finish 19th (49th percentile)

Poll

which car manufacturer wins?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Chevrolet
    (3 votes)
  • 44%
    Toyota
    (4 votes)
  • 22%
    Ford
    (2 votes)
9 votes total Vote Now