Look for Kyle Larson to be one of the drivers to beat on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400.
Elliott and Kenseth are among the drivers battling for the last three open spots in the 16-car field for The Chase, which begins September 17 at Chicagoland Speedway. After picking up his fourth win of the season last week, Martin Truex Jr. has opened up a huge lead at the top of the standings (881 points) over Kyle Larson (765 points) and is likely going to grab those extra 15 playoff points awarded to the regular season champion.
Check out my DFS NASCAR cheatsheet which includes Track History (2-Year Trend & Career), Track Type History (2-Year Trend), Current Form, Practice/Qualifying Data, and a weighted system to get an overall rank for each driver each race. With 14 different winners this season and 13 of the 16 spots available already occupied by winners (Joey Logano's Richmond win was encumbered) the importance of getting to victory lane has never been greater.
Larson plans to fly back to MI late Saturday night.
Rookie Daniel Suarez has really hit his stride over the last four races, as he has four straight top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at Watkins Glen. Elliott is qualified for the playoffs by points at the moment but is by no means safe as there are a lot of good drivers still searching for their first victory this season. Denny Hamlin is the only one of the group that has won a race recently showing you the consistency of this group.
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Keselowski has now won three poles this season thanks to Friday's winning time of 35.451 seconds. Matt Kenseth is listed at attractive 18-1 odds this weekend and should not be forgotten when looking for favorites for the Pure Michigan 400. He'd go on to win four more Cup races in 2014 and three in 2015. Joey Logano could join that crowd today. We are not in bad shape, but with so many drivers with victories, that puts us pretty much in a box where we have to win.
I am honestly not sure how popular Blaney will be to the general public this week as he has just one top 10 at MI in five races and three finishes of 24th or worse.
Busch countered, telling ESPN, "Brad's a [expletive] moron". If he can't get the win this weekend, the next three races prior to the playoffs are pretty good tracks for him as well. MI is extra special to Keselowski and he has had five top five finishes and eight top tens here despite not having a victory.
I haven't been on the #88 in awhile as the speed and results just haven't been there. We actually have a new engine package here this week.
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