The NASCAR XFINITY Series is back in action with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend for the LTi Printing 200 (1:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). I’ve been spot on all season in picking the winner for each of the 12 races, so why not make it 13?
Here are my five favorites to watch at the Michigan International Speedway.
You have to start here right? Busch, is coming off of a win last weekend in Pocono in this very same restrictor plate package. He now has 62 career victories in the series, most all-time. But, only two of those wins have come in Michigan. If he could win on Saturday, he would move into the lead for all-time wins in series history at Michigan. Currently, he and seven other drivers have reached victory lane twice in the Irish Hills.
Plus, out of 10 career Michigan starts in XFINITY Series competition, Busch has finished outside the top five just one. That came way back in 2006 with a 14th place effort.
He’s a newcomer to this list but that’s because of how strong Joe Gibbs Racing has been as a whole in Michigan. JGR has won the last three XFINITY Series races on the 2-mile track and has done so with three different winners. Jones would be up next.
He has also been very solid in his two career Michigan starts with a top 10 finish in each. Furthermore, his No. 19 Toyota has finished in the top 10 in four of the last six races on the season.
You have to go with three JGR drivers right? Bell, should have had a top 10 finish before being wrecked last weekend in Pocono. Over the last five races this season, he has three top four finishes. He came home second in the Truck Series race at Michigan last August and has that same JGR power that has won three straight years there.
He’s been fantastic at Michigan in whatever he straps into. Menard, had a stretch a few years ago in his Cup ride with five straight top eight finishes at Michigan. In XFINITY Series competition, Menard has nine top 10 finishes in his last 10 starts including a win in 2014. He’s competed in this race every year since 2009 and should be a contender this weekend.
He finished eighth in his Team Penske debut last weekend.
His winless streak has to end soon right? Sadler, hasn’t tasted victory in his last 51 races. But, take this year as an example. Out of 12 races completed, he’s finished in the top 10 in each, including his last six inside the top six. He had three ninth place finishes in his last five Cup Series races on the D-Shaped oval and has had three straight top five finishes in this race in particular.
He’s making his third start of the 2018 season. In his first race, he won in Atlanta. Now, he’s looking for two wins in four tries for 2018. Harvick, has seven top five finishes in his last 10 Cup Series starts at Michigan. Five of those seven results are runner-ups. In the XFINITY Series, he has five straight top 10 finishes including eight in 10 tries overall. In the Trucks Series, he won in 2011 and has three straight top 10 finishes with a worst finish of 11th in four tries.
Need I say more?