Track: Michigan International Speedway
Type: Superspeedway (2.0 miles)
Time: Sunday, 3:00 pm EST on NBCSN
Keys to this week:
We’re back for round two at Michigan International Speedway for the Consumers Energy 400. Michigan is a long track and speed is king here. Practices times and 10 lap averages will help to determine who we want to use from a speed perspective. Since they raced here earlier this year we can reference that information with some previous years history here. With only 200 laps available, this is not a huge dominator race, but picking the dominator may help you lock it up!
In the last race some of the higher priced drivers qualified poorly and that helped a bit, but wasn’t as helpful if you used them because the lower priced drivers were not as helpful. We want good cars, good drivers, and fast speeds!
Weather by Chris Rothar
Michigan International Speedway
Partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 80’s.
12k+ guys (FD) 10k+ guys (DK), listed in order as I like them.
Kevin Harvick will start the Consumers Energy 400 2nd after a great qualifying run. Fortunately for him he has the speed to back it up posting 1st and 3rd fastest speeds in the practices after qualifying. He’s got a great history here finishing 7th earlier this season and winning this same race last season. Overall his record here is incredible since he has 7 top 5 finishes in the last 10 races here. He’s in a great spot to lead laps, and in an equally great spot to win this race.
Keselowski will be sitting on the pole this week as he tries to get the win in the Consumer Energy 400. His speeds are a bit slower than Harvick’s were in practices, but this package has shown it to make it difficult for passing of the leader, which he should be for some of the race. His track history is pretty good with top 10 finishes in his last 3 here, and 8 top 10 finishes in his last 10 races here. Logano was able to take the pole and win the last race here, so why not Kes?
Martin Truex Jr.
MTJ has shown some decent speed this weekend with 12th and 7th fastests speeds coming after qualifying. He’ll start the Consumers Energy 400 in the 15th position and that speed should help him make his way closer to the top. Truex hasn’t won here in his last 10 races, and if there’s a driver I think could do it from this far back, it’s him. He does have the 3rd most led laps here of all current drivers in the last 10 races, and finished 3rd here after starting 16th in the last Michigan race.
You could definitely play Kyle Busch with the possibility of a huge place differential. I will have some exposure. Logano also has great track history here and he’ll finish well, but you can only play so many of these high priced drivers. You can’t go wrong with any of them in the Consumers Energy 400 in my opinion.
8-12k guys (FD) / 7-10k guys (DK), listed in order as I like them.
I think I may have said this for the last Michigan race, but Kurt Busch drives well here, which makes him a great driver to use in the Consumers Energy 400. His last 3 races here he finished 2nd, 6th, and 3rd. He has shown good speed with 8th and 16th fastest laps in practice. He’ll start this race from the 13th spot which could put him in contention for another good finish in Michigan!
I had Suarez here for the last Michigan race. For the Consumers Energy 400, he’s in another good spot and will be starting 11th. When you look at his course history here you’ll see that he only has 1 top 5 finish, but that was in the last race here, and in his previous race he had a +29 position differential. He’s only raced here 5 times too, so it’s not as bad as it looks. Starting higher than I like, but his practice speeds support it (11th and 5th).
I think Erik Jones should be a popular choice in the Consumers Energy 400 with the way he has been driving lately. He has top 5 finishes in his last 4 races and has shown a ton of speed and passing ability. This week he’ll be starting 16th and if he can make his way to the top again he will net a bunch of points for us. fortunately his speed has been great and he has 4th and 1st fastest speeds in the practices after qualifying.
Your low – mid tier priced players on both sites, listed in order as I like them. Use as needed.
Austin Dillon had an issue with his car and his qualifying time was disqualified for the Consumers Energy 400. That will put him starting 37th in a race where he has shown great speed (14th & 4th). he’s in line for a bunch of position differential points in this race and willmore than likely be a chalkier selection. He also has 2 top 5 and 4 top 10 finishes in his last 10 races in Michigan. should be fun to watch!
Hemric, Dillon’s teammate had the same issue with his car and will be starting in the 38th position. Fortunately for him he’s also driving a pretty fast car with a 12th fastest lap in his last practice this weekend. I don’t think he does as well as Dillon, but I think he’ll also be chalk in the Consumers Energy 400.
The Yellow Flags
These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high priced drivers, but may not do much more. I don’t see a need to use any of these drivers on FanDuel to make your lineups.
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