Race: Consumer’s Energy 400
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Track Length: 2.0 miles
Distance: 400 miles (200 laps)
Defending Champion: Kyle Larson (back to back winner)
Hello NASCAR fans! From a DK perspective, it wasn’t a fun week. But from an entertainment standpoint and seeing Chase Elliott break through for his first victory, it was a good week. We’re getting closer to the Chase and guys on the bubble or on the outside looking in are jockeying for their position in the playoffs. We will begin seeing more gambles and more aggressive driving from those guys, but we’ll also see the guys at the top continue to run hard to earn playoff points.
We’re headed to Michigan this week where a couple of drivers have been successful the last couple of years. Let’s go ahead and dive into those Drivers to Watch.
Drivers to Watch
Chase Elliott $8,900: It would be a mistake if I didn’t start with the mrt5#4ost recent winner on the Cup circuit. Chase wheeled his way to victory last week at Watkins Glen for his 1st career Cup win. Now we’re heading to Michigan, where Chase has been extremely successful. In 5 races, he has 3 runner up finishes and has never finished out of the T10. A little underpriced IMO and will probably be chalky, but hard to fade with his momentum and track history. Someone to be over exposed to if nothing changes in practice/qualifying.
Kyle Larson $10,600: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the guy that Elliott has been Chase-ing (I’ll be here all night) at Michigan. Larson has 3 win at Michigan, sweeping both 2017 races. Has great history at 2 mile tracks (Michigan and California) and among the favorites to keep the Big 3 out of victory lane this week. Should help even out ownership at the top.
Jamie McMurray $7,600: I’m hoping he doesn’t get mentioned by many folks this week and stays a good sleeper option. McMurray has 5 straight T10s at Michigan and 6 of the L7. Has been running mid pack for the last couple of months but ran well at The Glen with a 7th place finish. Nice core play with a consistent track record.
We get a lot of action on the track this week with practice Friday before qualifying and two more practices on Saturday. I’ll most likely be posting Made, Fade, & Trade early Saturday, hopefully after one practice. But I’ll be sure to update on any big information that happens after the post. See everyone Saturday!