There are just four races left in the regular season and a track like Michigan can be one where drivers gamble at. Paul Menard did so in June and finished fifth. William Byron and Alex Bowman finished 13th and 16th respectively earlier this season too. All three are in positions to gamble and can steal a win for Sunday’s Consumer Energy 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Heck, Jamie McMurray was 10th back in June and has five straight top 10 finishes at Michigan and six in his last seven starts. All four drivers need a win and could shake up the playoff standings if they do reach victory lane on Sunday too.
But, so can some drivers that haven’t won a race yet either but are solidly into the playoff field as wildcards.
Kurt Busch finished third back in June and has scored five straight top 12 finishes at Michigan. Kyle Larson is a three-time Michigan winner and has four top three finishes in five Michigan starts. Ryan Blaney finished fourth in this race in 2016 and eighth in June. Brad Keselowski was sixth in June and has six top 10 finishes in his last eight series starts in the Irish Hills.
But, would you really go with one of these drivers to win over the “Big 3” of Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick or Kyle Busch? I mean Harvick has six runner-up finishes at Michigan since 2013, including a second place run back in June. Ford had seven of the top eight finishers, so he has to be the favorite this weekend.
Truex, has four top six finishes in his last seven Michigan starts while Busch finished fourth in June and seventh and 10th respectively last year. This trio has combined to win all but three races this season on non restrictor plate tracks and all but four non plate races since last September. But, one of the races that they didn’t win at is Michigan.
So, as you can see, if anyone is going to knock off the “Big 3” this may be the week. That in turn will certainly put a dent into the playoff grid and do so because we only have seven winners this year.