Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Michigan


The NASCAR Cup Series will travel to the Irish Hills of Michigan to compete at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. This will be the second race for the Gen-7 car on a 2-mile oval track. The last race was way back in February at Auto Club Speedway. The drivers always put on a good show at Michigan since fuel strategy typically comes into play and there are plenty of lanes to find grip. It should be another exciting race as the Cup Series drivers compete for spots in the playoffs, which start next month.



Michigan International Speedway brings out the best in the Cup Series. Some teams may have been trying out new setups over the summer to prepare for the playoffs. That will not be the case this week. Many of the CEO’s of the OEM’s (manufacturers) show up for this race. Ford, Chevy and Toyota invest a lot of money into their teams because they believe “if you win on Sunday, you sell on Monday.” The Cup Series will have their best cars on the track this weekend to show the OEM’s that their money is well spent.

So how do we handicap this 2-mile D-shaped track? Auto Club Speedway is the sister track to Michigan International Speedway. Both tracks are 2-miles in length, are D-shaped and have almost identical banking. I will use some of the data from the race at Auto Club to help predict what will happen at Michigan. The teams learned a lot about the Gen-7 car since February, so we cannot simply think the results at Auto Club will be the results this week. I will also use the data from the intermediate tracks (1.5-mile ovals) and momentum over the last four races on non-road courses and non-superspeedway tracks. This should give us enough data to help predict the drivers who will be the best for our Fantasy NASCAR lineups Sunday.

Here are my Driver Rankings for the FireKeepers Casino 400…

1. Kyle Larson
2. Tyler Reddick
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Ross Chastain
5. Chase Elliott
6. Christopher Bell
7. Kyle Busch
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Joey Logano
11. Kurt Busch
12. Daniel Suarez
13. Erik Jones
14. William Byron
15. Alex Bowman
16. Kevin Harvick
17. Austin Dillon
18. Aric Almirola
19. Brad Keselowski
20. Chris Buescher
21. Chase Briscoe
22. Bubba Wallace
23. Michael McDowell
24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25. Austin Cindric
26. Harrison Burton
27. Justin Haley
28. Cole Custer
29. Noah Gragson
30. Austin Hill
31. Corey LaJoie
31. Todd Gilliland
32. Ty Dillon
33. Cody Ware
34. Josh Bilicki
35. J.J. Yeley
35. B.J. McLeod

* These rankings will be updated Saturday after qualifying


Good Luck This Week!


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