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Comments: NASCAR Picks for Michigan

The Sprint Cup Series heads back to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and the fast 2.0-mile oval seems to have gotten even faster with the introduction of the "Gen-6" car. In addition to dialing in the new car, drivers will have to deal with a new tire compound this weekend. That being said, the "Gen-6" car didn't really seem to shift the balance of power at MIS, and for fantasy purposes, hopefully the same thing can be said about the new tire after this weekend's race. After all, Michigan's wide racing groove has traditionally allowed the drivers with the fastest cars to move through the field and get to the front. Yes, Michigan has also been notorious for fuel mileage races, but if the cautions fall right, the drivers with the best cars tend to deliver great finishes. Many of NASCAR's big names have performed very well at the track. In other words, Sunday's trip to Michigan provides fantasy owners with a chance to pile up some points, and with a couple of short track events looming in the coming weeks, owners need to take advantage of the opportunity.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  2. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  3. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  7. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  8. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  9. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  10. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  11. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  12. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  13. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  14. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  15. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  16. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  17. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  18. Paul Menard, Menards
  19. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  20. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  21. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  22. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  23. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  24. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  25. Juan Montoya, Target
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  28. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  29. Casey Mears, GEICO
  30. Brendan Gaughan, Phoenix Construction
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Brian, Thanks for your article and insight. I believe that the NO. 51 team is currently in a start and park mode pending its sale. Allmendinger bowed out in that situation. I fear that Gaughn is here only get the car through practice, qualifying, a dozen laps and a pay check.

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ALLSTAR1 08/12/13 10:19 PM
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I can't say I have seen anything confirming that strategy, but that could be. The sale is reportedly finalized but not supposed to be announced officially until the week of the Atlanta race so maybe Finch and Turner Motorsports have a deal to keep the current assets relatively intact until then.

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Brian Polking 08/13/13 06:20 AM
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