Ford stormed out of the gates on a terror to start the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. A Ford driver won seven of the first 12 races. But, over the last 10 events, they’ve reached victory lane just two times. I have a feeling that changes this weekend at the Michigan International Speedway.
One of those two wins came at Michigan in a rain shortened race back in June and I think they can win again this weekend for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
In that June race, Ford drivers took seven of the top eight finishing positions. They were the class of the field. With all the momentum by announcing a new car for the 2019 season surrounding them, why not sweep the year near the Motor City?
They’re the obvious choice as favorites to win here. They went 1-2-3 in June and have won eight of the nine races that Ford has won in 2018. Clint Bowyer won in June and had a string of nine straight top 10 finishes on the 2-mile track between 2011 and 2014. Kevin Harvick has six runner up finishes on the track since 2013 including a runner-up to Bowyer earlier this year. Kurt Busch finished third in June and has five straight top 12 finishes at Michigan. Aric Almirola was 11th in June and will be a factor too.
They have just two wins over the last 43 races, both were on plate tracks. But, they have a good opportunity this weekend. All three cars finished inside of the top 10 in June and all three are good at Michigan. Brad Keselowski was sixth in the first race this year and has seven top 10 finishes over his last nine Michigan starts. Ryan Blaney was fourth in this race in 2016 and eighth in June. Joey Logano was seventh in June but is a two time winner at Michigan.
They’ll be contenders for sure.
You can’t count out Paul Menard. He’s typically very good at Michigan and brought his No. 21 Ford home fifth in June. He needs a win in a bad way and with his advantage this weekend, he could shock the world.