Driver Group Game Picks for Michigan


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will compete this week at Michigan International Speedway. The racing should be more exciting than what we saw last week at Pocono. It seems like the 2019 aero package does not work well on Triangles. I expect the racing to be closer to what we saw at Kansas and Charlotte.  The FireKeepers Casino 400 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

One of the changes this season for the Driver Group Game is that your league commissioner has the ability to change to number of allocations for each driver and can place drivers into any group they choose. My picks will be based on the default settings (8 allocations per driver and the original group settings).

Here are my picks for Michigan…


Driver Group Game A Picks

Kevin Harvick (5): I was trying to make it through this race without using Kevin Harvick or Kyle Busch but I cannot do it. The word in the garage is that Harvick has the car to beat Sunday. The No. 4 car finished 2nd in the June race and won the August race at Michigan last year. It looks like this car is fast again. I will use another allocation with Harvick if he qualifies up front Saturday.

Group A Driver Rankings: 1) Kevin Harvick2) Brad Keselowski 3) Chase Elliott 4) Kyle Busch 5) Martin Truex Jr. 6) Kyle Larson 7) Joey Logano


Driver Group Game B Picks

Clint Bowyer (4): The No. 14 car has been running well lately and he is fast again this week. His crew chief said in final practice, “The car is so good there is nothing more we can do to it.” Bowyer has finished 7 of the last 8 non Superspeedway races in the top 10. He also won the June race at Michigan last year. Bowyer posted the 8th-fastest 10-lap average speed and the 3rd-fastest 20-lap average speed in final practice. He should be a threat to win again this week.

Kurt Busch (6): Busch unloaded with a lot of speed at Michigan. Busch posted the 6th-fastest lap in final practice with the 6th-best 10-lap average speed. Busch has a series-high 3 wins at Michigan. If he is going to win his first race of the season it should happen this week. I have no problem using another allocation with Busch.

Group B Driver Rankings: 1) Kurt Busch 2) Clint Bowyer 3) Erik Jones 4) Daniel Suarez 5) Aric Almirola 6) Denny Hamlin 7) Alex Bowman 8) Jimmie Johnson 9) Ryan Blaney 10) Austin Dillon


Driver Group Game C Picks

Daniel Hemric (3): Hemric said before the race at Pocono on SiriusXm NASCAR radio, “I just want to get through the race at Pocono without making any mistakes and move onto Michigan. I love that track (Michigan). He looked like the best driver from Group C in practice. Hemric posted a 10-lap average speed almost identical to Joey Logano. I am running low with allocations with Hemric but this is a great track for him.

Group C Driver Rankings: 1) Daniel Hemric 2) Chris Buescher 3) Matt DiBenedetto 4) Ty Dillon 5) David Ragan


Driver Group Game Team

Group A: Kevin Harvick (5)

Group B: Clint Bowyer (4), Kurt Busch (6)

Group C: Daniel Hemric (3)


*Stats from and career stats from Racing-Reference.Info


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