NASCAR One & Done Picks for Michigan


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to the Irish Hills of Michigan to compete in the FireKeepers Casino 400. The racing on the 1.5-mile and 2-mile ovals have been pretty good this season so I expect a much better race than what we saw at Pocono. It looks like the new aero package does not work well on triangles.  The FireKeepers Casino 400 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

My goal every year in the One & Done game is to have an average finishing position of 15th or better from my drivers. Denny Hamlin performed pretty much as I expected at Pocono. I did not think he would win, but I thought Hamlin would finish near the top 5. Hamlin finished 6th and moved our season average for the One & Done picks to 10.5. Still not inside the top 10 but not too bad. Hopefully our luck continues at Michigan.


Here are my picks for Michigan…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race Driver



Jamie McMurray 22nd Daytona Jamie McMurray 22nd
Atlanta Aric Almirola 8th Atlanta Aric Almirola


Las Vegas

Austin Dillon 20th Las Vegas Brad Keselowski 2nd
Phoenix Kevin Harvick 9th Phoenix Kevin Harvick


Auto Club

Brad Keselowski 3rd Auto Club Brad Keselowski 3rd
Martinsville Clint Bowyer 7th Martinsville Clint Bowyer



Jimmie Johnson 5th Texas Joey Logano 17th
Bristol Matt Dibenedetto 12th Bristol Erik Jones



Kyle Busch 8th Richmond Kyle Busch 8th
Talladega Ty Dillon 17th Talladega Ricky Stenhouse Jr.



Chase Elliott 5th Dover Chase Elliott 5th
Kansas Kurt Busch 7th Kansas Aric Almirola



Daniel Suarez 18th Charlotte Martin Truex Jr. 1st
Pocono Denny Hamlin 6th Pocono Kyle Larson



Erik Jones ? Michigan Clint Bowyer


My One & Done pick this week will be Erik Jones. This Michigan native has made it clear that he wants to win at his home track and JGR has provided him with a car fast enough to get the job done. Jones has really run well in the 550 HP engine, higher-downforce aero package. He finished 3 of the last 4 races on non Superspeedways using this package in the top 4 (Jones finished 3rd at Pocono, 3rd at Kansas and 4th at Texas). Jones was 7th-fastest in final practice with the 3rd-fastest 10-lap and 15-lap average speed. The No. 20 car is fast so I will use Jones this week.


Good luck this week!


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