Dating back to 2010, there’s been seven NASCAR XFNITY Series races at the Michigan International Speedway. The annual June trip has produced seven different winners in those seven visits to the Irish Hills.
This begs the question, will we see number eight in Saturday’s Irish Hills 250 (1:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN)?
The past seven XFINITY Series winners at Michigan are, Daniel Suárez (2016), Kyle Busch (2015), Paul Menard (2014), Regan Smith (2013), Joey Logano (2012), Carl Edwards (2011) and Brad Keselowski (2010).
The last three winners and four past winners overall are entered in Saturday’s field, with Kyle Busch (two wins), Brad Keselowski (two wins), Daniel Suárez (one win), Paul Menard (one win) and Denny Hamlin (one win) entered.
But, will one of those drivers win, or will we see someone new?
Joe Gibbs Racing has won the last two races, so will that trend continue for a third straight year? If so, rookie Matt Tifft is going to be reaching victory lane for the first time of his XFINITY Series career on Saturday afternoon.
But, only two drivers in series history have ever recorded their first career series win at Michigan – Daniel Suárez (2016) and Ryan Newman (2000).
Can Tifft do so Saturday?
He does have two straight top 10 finishes and three in his last four starts on the season.
He will have his hands full though with his teammate Busch. The Las Vegas native has made nine career starts at Michigan, posting one pole (2014), two wins (2004, 2015), eight top fives and an impressive average finish of 3.9.
He’s only made three starts this year, but the all-time winningest driver in the series history has a win (Atlanta) a third place finish (Fontana) and a seventh place effort (Las Vegas) in those races.
If you want an eighth different winner Saturday, but not from the JGR stable of drivers, look at the top two in the points standings right now. The JR Motorsports duo of Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler have been strong all year long and are in the middle of a tight battle for the points lead.
Sadler, has made 12 starts at Michigan posting two top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 12.6. He also has 10 top 10’s in his last 11 starts this season.
Allgaier looks poised to sets his sights on a title this season, though. In six starts at Michigan, he has posted one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 9.7. He also has three top 10’s, and five top 12’s over his last five starts including two runner-ups.
This is going to be an intense fight on Saturday.