Race: Consumer Energy 400
Date: August 11th
Venue: Michigan International Speedway
2018 Winner: Kevin Harvick (2:50:51)
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
Kyle Larson (fifth selection this year) — Prior to Kevin Harvick winning last season he had wins here in 2016 and 2017. He comes to Michigan fresh off back to back top ten finishes at Watkins Glen and the Pocono.
Joey Logano (third selection this year) — He has averaged a top ten finish here over the last five years. He finished 23rd last week at Watkins Glen, the last two times he finished outside the top 20 this season he rebounded with a top three finish.
High Risk / High Reward
Denny Hamlin (fifth selection this year) — He doesn’t have a crazy good track record here but he does come into this weekend with four consecutive top 10 finishes. He’s not historically terrible here but he has finished outside the top 10 a few times.
Erik Jones (seventh selection this year) — He just continues to be a top five finisher, until that stops I’m going to keep selecting him.
The Dark Horse
Matt DiBenedetto (second selection this year) — He has top 20 finishes each of the last five races and in three of those five races he has been a top ten finisher, he’s working his way up the rankings one week at a time.
Favorite: Avg Finish 13th (34th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 11th (29th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 18th (49th Percent)