All eyes will be on the NASCAR XFINITY Series race this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway as we could see a Daytona/Talladega type race on Saturday afternoon. With a newly paved track and the capability of running flat out, the LTi Printing 200 (1:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) should be a thrilling one.
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For the second consecutive week, the restrictor plates will once again be on the cars. The package worked extremely well at Indy last July. But, I think most saw last weekend’s race at Pocono as a failure. Now, lets see how it does away from a flat 2.5-mile track. See, Michigan is highly banked with wide sweeping corners. Before restrictor plates, these cars were almost flat out around the 2-mile track already. Add a repave and a restrictor plate and you should get some close racing.
That’s why everyone is anxious to how this car will race.
12 Races Down, 11 Different Winners
We’re 12 races into the 2018 season and we’ve already seen 11 different winners. Will we see a 12th different driver go to victory lane on Saturday? Only Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are on the entry-list who have won this season. While those are some really good names, Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, John Hunter Nemechek, Elliott Sadler and others would like to say otherwise.
Cup Drivers In The Race Again
The four weeks that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers were banned from XFINITY Series action got rave reviews. Now, there’s talk of limiting their participation in the feeder series’ even more. But, since they’ve returned, they’ve dominated the action. This weekend, five different Cup drivers will be in the field. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Ty Dillon and Alex Bowman will each make starts on Saturday. All could win too.
Joe Gibbs Racing Going For 4 Straight
JGR has won the last three XFINITY Series races in Michigan. In fact, they’ve done so with three different drivers. Kyle Busch got it started off with a win in 2015. Daniel Suarez won the next year in 2016 while Denny Hamlin narrowly edged William Byron in a thrilling finish last year. Can they make it fourth in-a-row?
If trends hold true, they will and either Christopher Bell or Brandon Jones will be victorious. If the season trend holds true too, then it’s Jones’ turn for victory.
We have a plate race, so we’ve seen how close those finishes could be. Back at Daytona in February, Tyler Reddick beat Elliott Sadler by 0.000-seconds. A virtual tie. Well, in this very race last year, Hamlin beat Byron by 0.012-seconds. Can we see another photo finish on Saturday?