The NASCAR Cup Series will have another double header weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The first race has been more predictable than the rerun when the Cup Series had the back-to-back race schedule. I would not be surprised if the favorites dominate the race Saturday and then we see an upset on Sunday. The races at Michigan often come down to fuel strategy so I am sure we can find a few long-shots to through a few dollars at. Here are my “Best Bets” for Michigan…
I don’t think you need me to tell you that Kevin Harvick (4-1) and Denny Hamlin (6-1) are good bets this week. Harvick has a 3.1 average finishing position of his last seven races. That may be the best stretch of races in his career. Hamlin has finished first and second in his last two races. Both of these drivers are the easy picks this week.
Brad Keselowski (7-1): Can Brad Keselowski go to Victory Lane in back-to-back weeks? He has a lot going for him this week. Keselowski just signed an extension to stay with Team Penske Racing so now he can focus on racing. He has been red hot lately. Keselowski finished first and second in his last two races. Michigan is his home track and he said he desperately wants to win at this track before he retires. Keselowski will have a good chance to get to Victory Lane again Saturday.
Ryan Blaney 13-1: The most similar track to Michigan International Speedway is Auto Club Speedway. Ryan Blaney had that race won until his car ran out of gas with just a few laps left in the race. Blaney led 54 laps in that race and looked very fast. The No. 12 car has looked fast in every race using the 550 HP Aero package. Blaney is a good bet at 13-1 odds.
Alex Bowman 33-1: I was surprised to see the odds for Alex Bowman were 33-1. Everyone knows that the speeds from Auto Club usually translate into success at Michigan. Bowman not only won the race in California, he dominated the race. Bowman led 110 of the 200 laps on his way to Victory Lane. The No. 88 car will be the best bet in the field if Bowman has the same speed Saturday.
Tyler Reddick 50-1: We had one rookie go to Victory Lane this season. Can we have another this week at Michigan? Tyler Reddick won the Xfinity Series race at Michigan last year. He is the best at running the top lane and passing cars now that Kyle Larson in not in the series. Reddick finished 11th at Auto Club earlier this season. He has a lot more experience now. Reddick has the fourth-best average finishing position over the last five week. His average finishing postion since early July is better than Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott. I will throw a few bucks at him at 50-1 odds.
Here are my friends for Caesar’s Palace Sports Book in Las Vegas picks for the race at Michigan. Las Vegas Picks to Win at Michigan. Micah Roberts has correctly picked four winners so far this season. He likes Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola. I agree that all of these drivers are good bets this week.
Good luck this week!
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