Sunday, August 21 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, MI
The NASCAR circuit returns to Michigan International Speedway on Sunday for the second time in three months for the Pure Michigan 400. This 2-mile D-shaped oval course is comprised of 18-degree turns. The frontstretch measures 3,600 feet with a 12-degree incline, while the backstretch is just shy of 2,250 feet with a 5-degree incline. Vegas odds.
1t. Kyle Busch -
1t. Carl Edwards -
3. Jimmie Johnson -6
4. Kevin Harvick -14
5. Matt Kenseth -28
6. Kurt Busch -40
7. Jeff Gordon -52
8. Ryan Newman -66
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -82
10. Tony Stewart -93
——————————————— Wild Card Spots
11. Clint Bowyer -118
12. Denny Hamlin -126
Drivers to Watch
Kyle Busch (8/1) – He is now tied for first in the points standings with top-5 finishes in six of his past nine races. He finished runner-up at Pocono and placed third at Watkins Glen last week. With 10 top-3 finishes on the season, including at this very track in June, he’s always a strong bet, especially with favorable 8-to-1 odds. Betting lines.
Matt Kenseth (12/1) – He is one of three drivers with an average top-10 finish at Michigan, clocking in at 9.5. Kenseth has two victories in Michigan (2002 and 2006), as part of 11 top-5 finishes. Five of these have occurred in his past eight races at this track including a runner-up in June. He provides a pretty big payoff at 12-to-1.
Carl Edwards (7/1) – He has the best career average finish at Michigan with an impressive 6.2, thanks to nine top-5’s including two wins (2007 and 2008). With his current winless skid now reaching 19 races, he’s certainly hungry to taste victory, making him a solid play at 7-to-1.
Kurt Busch (8/1) –Although he’s had some bad luck at this track with three accidents and three engine failures inflating his career average finish to 20.0, Busch has also posted eight top-10’s and two victories at Michigan (2003 and 2007). With top-11 finishes in eight of his past 11 starts this season, he’s worth a Unit or two at 8-to-1.
Denny Hamlin (8/1) – He has finished third, second, first and first in his past four races in Michigan, improving his career average to 10.0 at this track, the third-best mark in the Sprint Cup Series. But Hamlin has only had one top-10 in the seven races since that last Michigan victory in June, including a 36th-place finish last week due to an accident. Don’t put too large of a wager on Hamlin to three-peat at this track.
Jimmie Johnson (7/1) – Despite his recent dominance on the circuit, Johnson has never won any of his 19 starts at Michigan and has a paltry 20.0 average finish in his past five races at this track. And since his lone win this season in Talladega, Johnson has only one top-3 finish in 14 races. Put your money elsewhere.
Joey Logano (30/1) – The youngster is starting to make some noise with top-6 finishes in four of his past seven races. He’s also done pretty well in Michigan, with top-10’s in three of his past four starts. At 30-to-1, Logano presents the best longshot odds in the field. Sports scores.
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