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25. Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class C]

While he does have a couple of top-10s at Michigan, Montoya's overall record at the track has been sketchy. He has never finished in the top five at MIS, and he has finished 20th or worse in his last two starts. Without a lot of upside to look forward to, it is tough to justify the risk.

26. Marcos Ambrose, #9 Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

It appeared as though Ambrose had made a breakthrough at Michigan after he logged a pair of top-10s at the track in 2012. However, a 23rd-place finish at the track in June seems to suggest that his 22.6 average finish at the track is closer to what owners can expect out of him this weekend.

27. David Ragan, #34 CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch, Front Row Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

Although his days as a top-10 driver at Michigan disappeared when he left Roush Fenway Racing, the 2.0-mile oval has remained one of his better tracks. Ragan has finished in the top 25 in all three of his starts at MIS with Front Row Motorsports, making him a potential sleeper option in deeper leagues.

28. Danica Patrick, #10 GoDaddy.com, Stewart-Haas Racing [Yahoo Class C]

The sample size isn't big, but Patrick had one of her best career finishes in her Michigan debut earlier this year. Her 13th-place finish in the June event remains her third-best finish to date, and the ample passing room at the track is likely a major benefit for Patrick. Another top-15 finish might be asking a lot, but a top-20 wouldn't be a huge shock.

29. Casey Mears, #13 GEICO, Germain Racing [Yahoo Class B]

For a driver on a single-car team, Mears has had his moments in 2013. One of his decent runs came at Michigan earlier this year when he finished 21st. If Mears can finish in or around the top 20 again this weekend, he will be a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues.

30. Brendan Gaughan, #51 Phoenix Construction, Phoenix Racing [Yahoo Class C]

After A.J. Allmendinger was listed on the unofficial entry list, it appears Gaughan will drive the No. 51 this weekend. Considering his last Cup start in a competitive car came in 2004, it is tough to expect a lot from him. Gaughan has made just five Cup starts total since the 2004 season, and while he has had success in the lower series since then, there will likely be a sizable learning curve as he gets back up to speed.


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