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Michigan Driver Tale of the Tape


Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Military Salute Ford)


· Four wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 11.2
· Series-best Average Running Position of 8.3
· Series-best Driver Rating of 110.0
· 311 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
· 1,261 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 177.840 mph
· Series-high 3,047 Laps in the Top 15 (86.1%)
· 849 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

· Two wins, four top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 21.2
· Average Running Position of 15.5, 11th-best
· Driver Rating of 89.6, 11th-best
· 174 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
· 2,165 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), ninth-most
· 550 Quality Passes, 12th-most


Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

· One win, four top fives, six top 10s
· Average finish of 16.5
· Average Running Position of 14.1, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 92.0, seventh-best
· 137 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 1,249 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.018 mph, seventh-fastest
· 2,386 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%), sixth-most
· 669 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard / Superman Chevrolet)

· Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 16.3
· Average Running Position of 12.8, sixth-best
· Driver Rating of 97.0, fifth-best
· 182 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
· 1,379 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.234 mph, fifth-fastest
· 2,347 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), seventh-most
· 749 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 8.3
· Average Running Position of 10.2, third-best
· Driver Rating of 104.7, third-best
· 198 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
· 1,290 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.639 mph, fourth-fastest
· 2,925 Laps in the Top 15 (82.7%), second-most
· Series-high 850 Quality Passes

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

· Two wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s; five poles
· Average finish of 12.5
· Average Running Position of 14.4, ninth-best
· Driver Rating of 89.8, ninth-best
· 159 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
· 2,195 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), eighth-most
· 609 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)


· Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 15.0
· Average Running Position of 14.2, eighth-best
· Driver Rating of 89.7, 10th-best
· 98 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.841 mph, ninth-fastest
· 1,913 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%), 11th-most
· 633 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)

· Four top fives, nine top 10s
· Average finish of 16.8
· Average Running Position of 11.5, fourth-best
· Driver Rating of 101.4, fourth-best
· Series-high 357 Fastest Laps Run
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.796 mph, second-fastest
· 2,583 Laps in the Top 15 (73.0%), fourth-most
· 691 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

· One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 16.4
· Average Running Position of 15.6, 12th-best
· Driver Rating of 89.3, 12th-best
· 170 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
· 1,340 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.130 mph, sixth-fastest
· 2,033 Laps in the Top 15 (57.4%), 10th-most
· 665 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)
· Two wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s
· Average finish of 9.6
· Average Running Position of 10.0, second-best
· Driver Rating of 105.6, second-best
· 164 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.665 mph, third-fastest
· 2,868 Laps in the Top 15 (81.0%), third-most
· 801 Quality Passes, third-most


Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

· One win, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s
· Average finish of 11.7
· Average Running Position of 12.7, fifth-best
· Driver Rating of 95.9, sixth-best
· 100 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
· Average Green Flag Speed of 177.009 mph, eighth-fastest
· 2,447 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), fifth-most
· 685 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Brian Vickers (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)

· One win, two top fives, eight top 10s; three poles
· Average finish of 14.9
· Driver Rating of 91.5, eighth-best
· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.779 mph, 12th-fastest

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Quicken Loans 400 Preview
By Micah Roberts
VegasInsider.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the fourth driver to win two races this season with his first career win at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. In the eight seasons from 2005-13, Junior never had more than one win in a season and took the checkers only four times. Now he’s got some rhythm going, a great car weekly, a great crew chief in his final year, and Las Vegas sportsbooks are taking notice.

When Earnhardt Jr. first came onto the Cup scene in 2000, I was positive that he would win a championship. He won at least two races a season during his first five years and won six times in 2004, but the closest he got to winning a championship was third in 2003. Because he was so popular among the fans and bettors, his odds to win the title were always low in the 6/1 (Bet $100 to win $600) range.

But after signing with Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, a move that was supposed to enhance his career, he did just the opposite. He floundered and got a reputation in Las Vegas sportsbooks as being a driver that didn’t have what it takes to be a champion. He let other drivers bully him and whenever he had a chance to win a race, he seemed soft. His odds to win the title were still low at 15/1, but that was only because of supply and demand from the public, who were still betting him regardless.

But now after his Pocono win, sportsbooks like the LVH are starting to believe in Junior a little more. Last week Junior had 12/1 odds to win the title. After his win Sunday, he’s now 8/1. Two wins in the first 14 races is good reason to believe that Junior has a shot this year.

This week’s Cup race takes us to Michigan International Speedway, a place where Junior got his only two wins for Hendrick Motorsports until this season. He won there in 2008 and again in 2012, and despite finishing 37th and 36th in the two races there last season, he should be expected to be competing for the win this week.

Carl Edwards is a two-time winner at Michigan with a track best 8.3 average finish over his 19 career starts. It’s been six races since he last had a Top-5 finish there, but this is Roush Fenway Racing’s home track and the team always gets fired up when coming home in front of all the automobile manufacturer executives from nearby Detroit.

Greg Biffle has been one of those Roush drivers that has excelled at Michigan with four wins over his career, including two of the last three events. He’s only had two top-5 finishes this season, but he should present great value on the odds board at 18-to-1 or higher.

Kevin Harvick has been fast everywhere this season so there’s no reason to think he’ll be any different this week. He won there in 2010 and finished second in both races last season while driving for Richard Childress.

Tony Stewart has always been good at Michigan but hasn’t won there since 2000. He’s finished ninth or better in six of his last seven starts and we’re finally starting to see Stewart look like the Stewart we all know after breaking his leg last season. A win is coming soon for the No. 14 team.

Michigan has shut Jimmie Johnson down over his career. No wins, which amazing considering all his greatness on the down force tracks. He’s been close several times, but has always had some kind of misfortune happen late to keep him out of victory lane.

Joey Logano won at Michigan in the fall last season and should be considered one of the drivers to beat. His Penske team has been one of the best horsepower providers all season and Michigan’s 2-mile layout requires lots of it.

Top-5 Finish Prediction:

1) #22 Joey Logano (8/1)
2) #48 Jimmie Johnson (6/1)
3) #16 Greg Biffle (18/1)
4) #4 Kevin Harvick (6/1)
5) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr (10/1)

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Drivers to Watch - Michigan
By Sportsbook.ag

The NASCAR circuit takes on a second straight long track on Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. This 2-mile D-shaped oval track was built in 1968 and remains one of the fastest tracks out there. Banking is 18° for all four turns, with a frontstretch of 3,600 feet (0.68 miles) banked at 12° and a much flatter 5° backstretch measuring 2,242 feet (0.43 miles). Since 2006, there has been only four repeat winners over these 16 races at Michigan, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, who won last year's Quicken Loans 400, each have two wins during this stretch.

Drivers to Watch


Denny Hamlin (15/1) -
Hamlin has been in a slump at Michigan with five straight non-top-10's at this track, but before this slide, he had ripped off five consecutive top-10's, including two wins (2010 & 2011), a runner-up and a third-place showing. Hamlin's average finish of 15.0 at this track ranks eighth-best among active drivers, which is why he carried a much less favorable 10-to-1 price at last spring's Quicken Loans 400. The No. 11 car has also been racing quite well over the past five starts, climbing from 14th to 8th in the points standings based on a win at Talladega and back-to-back top-5 finishes (5th at Dover, 4th at Pocono). At 15-to-1, Hamlin is clearly the best value on the board, and should be given your largest wager as our pick to win Sunday's race.

Jimmie Johnson (7/1) - Johnson continued his rapid ascent towards the top of the points standings last week, as his 6th-place showing at Pocono marked his fourth straight top-9 finish. He now has eight top-6's this season, and has led for multiple laps in 11 of his 14 starts. Johnson has actually never won at Michigan in 24 tries, but he's come awfully close with nine top-10's and four top-5's. And since 2007, Johnson has led for multiple laps in 11-of-14 races at this track. With odds nearly twice as favorable from the 4-to-1 billing he had for both 2013 Michigan races, put down a significant wager on Johnson to end his drought at this track on Sunday.

Greg Biffle (20/1) - Biffle knows how important this race is, as he is looking to stop a slide of four straight finishes outside the top-15. Luckily for the No. 16 car, this is the perfect venue for a slump-buster, as Biffle has the third-best average finish among active drivers at Michigan (11.2). This number is so impressive due to his four victories at this track, including two of his past three starts, and five other 4th-place finishes, the last of which came in 2012. Biffle has led for more than 25 laps in seven consecutive starts at this venue, which is why he had 10-to-1 odds to win at Michigan last fall when he placed ninth. With odds doubling that race on Sunday, Biffle is worthy of a small wager this weekend.

Kasey Kahne (12/1) - He has been wildly inconsistent at this track with nine top-7 finishes, and seven finishes of 28th or worse over his 20 Michigan starts. He has had some bad luck with an engine failure in 2008 and crashes in each of the past two spring races at this venue. But despite starting 31st at the 2013 Pure Michigan 400, Kahne still finished seventh. He has also run into some bad luck recently with a pair of crashes over his past seven races, including last week at Pocono, which sent him out of the top-20 in the points standings. But although Kahne's odds aren't extremely favorable on Sunday, the fact that he went off at 7-to-1 in both Michigan races last year makes me think his 12-to-1 price is worthy of laying a one-unit wager on.

Martin Truex Jr. (60/1) - None of the longshots are particularly enticing, but as a value play, it's tough to beat Truex Jr. whose odds are four times more favorable on Sunday than they were last fall when he was tabbed at 15-to-1. Truex Jr. has a strong 15.7 average finish in his career at Michigan, which ranks 10th-best among active drivers. This has happened because of five top-10's, three top-5's and only 4-of-16 finishes outside the top-20. Truex is also turning around a disappointing start to the 2014 season with a 6th-place finish at Dover and a ninth-place showing last week at Pocono. With such lofty odds, Truex could pay huge dividends on Sunday.


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Drivers to Watch - Michigan
By Sportsbook.ag

The NASCAR circuit takes on a second straight long track on Sunday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway. This 2-mile D-shaped oval track was built in 1968 and remains one of the fastest tracks out there. Banking is 18° for all four turns, with a frontstretch of 3,600 feet (0.68 miles) banked at 12° and a much flatter 5° backstretch measuring 2,242 feet (0.43 miles). Since 2006, there has been only four repeat winners over these 16 races at Michigan, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, who won last year's Quicken Loans 400, each have two wins during this stretch.

Drivers to Watch

Denny Hamlin (15/1) -
Hamlin has been in a slump at Michigan with five straight non-top-10's at this track, but before this slide, he had ripped off five consecutive top-10's, including two wins (2010 & 2011), a runner-up and a third-place showing. Hamlin's average finish of 15.0 at this track ranks eighth-best among active drivers, which is why he carried a much less favorable 10-to-1 price at last spring's Quicken Loans 400. The No. 11 car has also been racing quite well over the past five starts, climbing from 14th to 8th in the points standings based on a win at Talladega and back-to-back top-5 finishes (5th at Dover, 4th at Pocono). At 15-to-1, Hamlin is clearly the best value on the board, and should be given your largest wager as our pick to win Sunday's race.

Jimmie Johnson (7/1) - Johnson continued his rapid ascent towards the top of the points standings last week, as his 6th-place showing at Pocono marked his fourth straight top-9 finish. He now has eight top-6's this season, and has led for multiple laps in 11 of his 14 starts. Johnson has actually never won at Michigan in 24 tries, but he's come awfully close with nine top-10's and four top-5's. And since 2007, Johnson has led for multiple laps in 11-of-14 races at this track. With odds nearly twice as favorable from the 4-to-1 billing he had for both 2013 Michigan races, put down a significant wager on Johnson to end his drought at this track on Sunday.

Greg Biffle (20/1) - Biffle knows how important this race is, as he is looking to stop a slide of four straight finishes outside the top-15. Luckily for the No. 16 car, this is the perfect venue for a slump-buster, as Biffle has the third-best average finish among active drivers at Michigan (11.2). This number is so impressive due to his four victories at this track, including two of his past three starts, and five other 4th-place finishes, the last of which came in 2012. Biffle has led for more than 25 laps in seven consecutive starts at this venue, which is why he had 10-to-1 odds to win at Michigan last fall when he placed ninth. With odds doubling that race on Sunday, Biffle is worthy of a small wager this weekend.

Kasey Kahne (12/1) - He has been wildly inconsistent at this track with nine top-7 finishes, and seven finishes of 28th or worse over his 20 Michigan starts. He has had some bad luck with an engine failure in 2008 and crashes in each of the past two spring races at this venue. But despite starting 31st at the 2013 Pure Michigan 400, Kahne still finished seventh. He has also run into some bad luck recently with a pair of crashes over his past seven races, including last week at Pocono, which sent him out of the top-20 in the points standings. But although Kahne's odds aren't extremely favorable on Sunday, the fact that he went off at 7-to-1 in both Michigan races last year makes me think his 12-to-1 price is worthy of laying a one-unit wager on.

Martin Truex Jr. (60/1) - None of the longshots are particularly enticing, but as a value play, it's tough to beat Truex Jr. whose odds are four times more favorable on Sunday than they were last fall when he was tabbed at 15-to-1. Truex Jr. has a strong 15.7 average finish in his career at Michigan, which ranks 10th-best among active drivers. This has happened because of five top-10's, three top-5's and only 4-of-16 finishes outside the top-20. Truex is also turning around a disappointing start to the 2014 season with a 6th-place finish at Dover and a ninth-place showing last week at Pocono. With such lofty odds, Truex could pay huge dividends on Sunday.


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Chassis Selections
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#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-918, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-840 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.
#3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. This is the first time Dillon will race this Chevrolet SS in 2014. Dillon has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, including both 2013 events when he subbed for Tony Stewart in the #14 Chevrolet in August, finishing 14th. He also raced an American Ethanol-sponsored #33 Chevrolet in June, finishing 11th after starting seventh. Dillon finished 24th, after starting 22nd, in June 2012 in a #33 Chevrolet.
#4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 842 in Sunday's event at Michigan. Harvick last raced this car at Kansas in May where he won the pole award, led 36 laps and finished second. Prior to that race, he dominated the event at Phoenix in March with the car, leading 224 of the event's 312 laps before taking the checkered flag for the team's first win of the season. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at MIS. He has earned one win (August 2010) along with five top-five finishes and 10 top 10s. He has an average start of 18.1 and an average finish of 13.8 at MIS.
#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-863 for Sunday's race at Michigan. Kahne first drove this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April and most recently raced it last month at Charlotte, where he started third and finished 14th. In 20 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan, Kahne has one win, seven top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 63 laps at the two-mile oval. He has started from the pole position twice and won from the top starting spot in June 2006. Kahne most recently rallied from a 31st starting position to finish seventh at the Irish Hills track in August 2013.
#7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
#10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-839 which was used in May at Charlotte, where Patrick started fourth, but an engine failure caused her to finish 39th. The backup chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in September at Atlanta, where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas, Darlington, Dover and Pocono.
#11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
#12-Ryan Blaney: Primary Chassis for Michigan is PRS-919, which is a new chassis.
#13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840 debuted in March at Phoenix. It qualified 20th and was en route to a top-10 finish until an ill-timed caution with less than 65 laps remaining left it 16th. The car has since spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start Sunday at Michigan. Stewart has one win, eight top-threes, 12 top-fives, 20 top-10s and has led a total of 224 laps in his 29 career Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average start is 19.2, his average finish is 11.7, and he has a lap-completion rate of 94.2 percent.

#15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Michigan International Speedway. It's a new chassis for the 2014 season and finished 17th at Charlotte in May. Chassis No. 804 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis finished 15th at Bristol and 12th at Darlington earlier this year. Bowyer has one top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Average start 18.4 and average finish 15.4.
#16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 M Military Salute team will run chassis RK-908 last ran at Chrlotte, finishing 21st. The backup chassis is RK-879 which last ran Las Vegas, finishing 22nd. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Michigan, earning four wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Michigan is Biffle's second-best average finishing track. His average finish is 11.2 from an average starting position of 13.6. Biffle has led a lap in all but six of his 22 starts at Michigan.
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Ecopower Re-Refined Oil Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK-882 at Michigan, which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Kansas where they finished 22nd. The backup Chassis RK- 888, which is the same chassis that the #17 raced at Bristol earning their highest finish of the season, 2nd. Stenhouse has two career Sprint Cup starts at MIS with an average starting position of 18.5 and average finishing position of 17.5.
#18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview. Busch has one win, four top-fives and six top-10s, and has led a total of 169 laps in 18 Sprint Cup starts at Michigan. His average Michigan finish is 16.5.
#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview. In 29 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Michigan, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 9.6 which ranks him second of all active drivers in the series. He's completed 5,572 of 5,695 (97.8 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 284 laps. Kenseth has earned two wins (2002 & 2006), 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes at MIS.
#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-917 for Michigan, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Pocono.
#24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday's race. This chassis has been raced three times previously with finishes of 13th at Fontana, seventh at Darlington and seventh at Charlotte. Gordon has two wins (1998 and 2001) in 42 Cup starts at Michigan. Gordon's five pole positions, 18 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s are tops among active drivers at the Irish Hills track.
#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the 400-mile event at Michigan International Speedway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously raced this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the third and eighth positions, respectively. Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. His best start of fourth came in 2013 and best finish of fourth occurred in 2011 and 2013. The Wisconsin native has completed 2,964 of 3,010 laps attempted (98.5 percent) at the two-mile track.
#31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 462 on Sunday at Michigan. Chassis No. 462 has been utilized in two Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014 (Auto Club - 20th and Kansas - 11th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Michigan, Newman scored back-to-back victories in the fall of 2003 and spring of 2004 events. The "Rocket Man" also owns a pole award. In total, he's recorded five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has led 97 laps in competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 13th and average finish of 12th. In the last six races at the two-mile oval, the RCR driver ranks fifth in most points earned.
#34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
#36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
#38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
#41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 845 in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan. Built new for 2014, Chassis 845 started 23rd and finished 26th in March at Las Vegas. The chassis also started 13th and finished 31st at Darlington in April.
#42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
#43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
#47-A.J. Allmendinger: New Charter Chevrolet SS: "I think the main thing that comes to mind is having a brand new race car for the first time this year beside the superspeedway races," Allmendinger said. "That is something that hopefully makes a difference. I feel like on the bigger tracks we haven't been way off, but we have not been where we need to be either so hopefully that will help a little bit."
"We have high hopes for Michigan International Speedway and we should unload with a competitive car," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We feel like we have a good baseline setup because we ran really good at California (Auto Club Speedway) and we also have a brand new #47 Charter Chevrolet SS that we are rolling out this week. We feel like we will have a little more to showcase this weekend. Also, we were able to get a little rest this week and spend some time with our family after being on the road for nearly two weeks going from Dover International Speedway to Sonoma Raceway to Pocono Raceway."
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-797 for this weekend's 400-mile race at Michigan. Johnson last drove this chassis to Victory Lane in May's 600-mile event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced in March at Bristol Motor Speedway. In 24 starts at Michigan, Johnson has four top-five finishes, nine top-10s and has led 586 laps around the two-mile track. He is the only active driver in the Sprint Cup Series to have a career average starting position (8.9) inside the top 10 at the two-mile oval.
#55-Brian Vickers: 808 finished 26th at Darlington and tested at Kentucky & Pocono. Backup: 801 finished 13th at Las Vegas. Vickers won the pole at MIS for the fall race in 2008 and both poles in 2009. He won the 2009 fall race. The backup chassis is 779, which has not raced.
#66-Brett Moffitt: will drive Chassis No. 796 at Michigan. Jeff Burton finished 17th in this chassis at Las Vegas.. Chassis No. 779 will serve as the backup. It has not raced.
#78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. Earnhardt premiered this chassis in the 600-mile event at Charlotte last month. In 29 Cup starts at Michigan, Earnhardt has recorded two wins, two pole positions, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has completed 97.5 percent of all laps he's attempted (5,554 laps of 5,695 total) and led 347 laps at the two-mile oval.

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Driver Handicaps: Michigan
By: Jeff Wackerlin
Racingone.com

MRN.com's detailed notes and statistics to help you set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Who's HOT at Michigan

• Four-time winner Greg Biffle has won two of the last three races and holds the best average finish in the four races since the repave.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his second June race win in 2012 and leads all drivers in laps led (174) since the repave.
• Clint Bowyer is the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in the last six races.
• Joey Logano won last year's August race and is third in laps led (72) since the repave.
• Two-time winner Carl Edwards leads all drivers with an 8.3 average finish.
• Kevin Harvick - making first track start with Stewart-Haas - finished second in both races last season.
• Tony Stewart has finished ninth or better in six of his last seven starts.
• Two-time winner Matt Kenseth - making his third track start with Joe Gibbs Racing - has only finished outside the top 15 four times in 29 starts.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Michigan

• Brad Keselowski (9.8), Martin Truex Jr. (10.2), Marcos Ambrose (10.8) and Paul Menard (12.2) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the four races since Michigan was repaved.
• Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman, Biffle, Bowyer and Earnhardt participated in the Goodyear tire test at Michigan in April.
• Ambrose and Aric Almirola have tested at Michigan.
• Jimmie Johnson, who has yet to win at Michigan, will return in the same car he won with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Kyle Busch, who won at Auto Club Speedway in March, ranks third in average finish (9.2) and first in laps led (130) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.
• Rookie Kyle Larson will make his first Cup start at Michigan after finishing second there last season (to Regan Smith) in the Nationwide Series.  Rookie Austin Dillon has made three Michigan Cup starts, posting a 16.3 average finish.
• Kurt Busch, who is coming off a much-needed good run at Pocono, led a combined 64 laps last season at Michigan with Furniture Row Racing.
• Jeff Gordon finished sixth in the first race on Michigan's new surface, but an engine issue and an accident have lowered his average finish to 22.5 in the last four races.
• Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished eighth in the first race on Michigan's new surface, will return to the Cup Series this weekend in the No. 12 Ford for Team Penske.

Tire Notes: Teams will run the same left-side tire they ran at Michigan last season.  However, this weekend they will run the same right-side tire they raced at Kansas Speedway earlier this season. Goodyear conducted a test in April at Michigan with the following drivers participating: Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman.

MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Brad Keselowski
Pete Pistone: Greg Biffle
Dustin Long: Kyle Larson
John Singler: Carl Edwards

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by Current Standings

Jeff Gordon:
Last of 25 top 10s came in this event in 2012, sixth place.  An engine issue and an accident have lowered Gordon's average finish to 22.5 in the last four races.  He is a two-time Michigan winner, with his last coming in this event in 2001.  This weekend, Gordon will return in the same car (chassis No. 8612) that he's finished seventh with in its last two starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.

Matt Kenseth: Has finished in the top 10 in the last three June Michigan races, including a sixth-place run in this event last year - his first track start with Joe Gibbs Racing.  Kenseth holds a 10.3 average finish among all drivers in the four races since Michigan was repaved.  He's also tied for first in average finish (8.0) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Won this race in 2012 for his second in 12 Michigan starts with Hendrick Motorsports.  He leads all drivers in laps led (174) in the four races since the track was repaved. Earnhardt participated in the Goodyear Tire test and will return in the same car (chassis No. 882) that he finished 19th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jimmie Johnson: Has yet to win at Michigan and engine issues have taken him out of contention in two of the last three races.  Johnson's last of nine top 10s (fifth) came in the first race on Michigan's new surface in 2012.  He did dominate at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway earlier this season, leading 104 laps until suffering a blown tire with seven laps to go.  This weekend, Johnson will return in the same car (chassis No. 797) that he won with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski: Ranks fifth in average finish (9.8) among drivers that have competed in all four of the races since Michigan was repaved.  Led 38 laps but finished 26th due to a tire failure in the race on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway earlier this season.  Keselowski will debut a new car (chassis No. 918) in the Quicken Loans 400.

Kyle Busch: Fourth-place finish in this event last year is his only top 10 in the four races since Michigan was repaved.  Busch, who won at Auto Club Speedway in March, ranks third in average finish (9.2) and first in laps led (130) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.

Carl Edwards: Ranks fourth among all drivers in average finish (8.8) since Michigan was repaved. Edwards' last of two wins at Michigan came in August 2008.  He is tied for first in average finish (8.0) among drivers that have competed in all four races on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.

Denny Hamlin: Won this race in 2011 for his second Michigan victory but has failed to finish in the top 10 in his last five starts.  Hamlin did not race in the first event on a two-mile speedway (Auto Club) this season due to an eye injury.

Joey Logano: Coming off first Michigan win in 10 starts.  Logano led 72 laps and posted an average finish of 5.0 in his first two track starts with Team Penske last season.  He ranks fifth in average finish (13.0) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.  This weekend, Logano will debut a new car (chassis No. 917) in the Quicken Loans 400.

Kyle Larson: Will make first Cup start at Michigan after finishing second there last season in the Nationwide Series.  Larson also posted his best career Cup finish (second) at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in March.

Ryan Newman: Only top 10 in the four races since Michigan was repaved came in the 2012 August race, 12th place.  Newman, who won earlier in his career at Michigan with Team Penske, did participate in the Goodyear Tire test in April as he gears up for his first track start with Richard Childress Racing. The car (chassis No. 462) Newman will drive is the same one he last finished 11th with at Kansas Speedway.

Kevin Harvick: Finished second in both races last season to help give him the third-best average finish (7.5) among all drivers in the four races since Michigan was repaved.  Harvick also ranks sixth in average finish (13.2) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.  This weekend, Harvick will make his first Michigan start with Stewart-Haas Racing in the same car (chassis No. 842) that he last led 36 laps and finished second with at Kansas Speedway.

Brian Vickers: Won the 2009 August race with Red Bull Racing.  Last Michigan start came in August 2011, when he finished 15th - snapping a streak of six consecutive top 10s.  This weekend, Vickers will make his first track start with Michael Waltrip Racing in the same car (chassis No. 808) that he last finished 26th with at Darlington Raceway.  Vickers finished seventh in March in his first start with the team on a two-mile speedway (Auto Club).

Greg Biffle: Is the leader in wins (4) at Michigan among active drivers and has won two of the last three races, including this event last year.  Biffle also leads all drivers in average finish (3.8) and is second in laps led (140) in the four races since the speedway was repaved.  He ranks seventh in average finish (14.0) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.  Biffle participated in the Goodyear Tire test in April and will return in the same car (chassis No. 908) that he finished 21st with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Austin Dillon: Has posted a 16.3 average finish in three Michigan starts.  This weekend, Dillon will debut a new car (chassis No. 475) in the Quicken Loans 400.

Clint Bowyer: Holds the distinction of being the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in the last six Michigan races.  He ranks second among all drivers in average finish (6.5) in the four races since Michigan was repaved.  Bowyer, who participated in the Goodyear Tire test in April, will return in the same car (chassis No. 813) that he finished 14th with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Paul Menard: Has posted a 12.2 average finish in the four races since Michigan was repaved.  Menard ranks second in average finish (8.8) among drivers that have raced in all four events on two-mile speedways with the Gen-6 car.  This weekend, Menard will return in the same car (chassis No. 454) that he last finished eighth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Tony Stewart: Finished fifth last year in this race and missed the August race due to injury.  His run in this event last season marked his sixth finish of ninth or better in the last seven races.  Stewart's lone Michigan win came in this event in 2000 with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Aric Almirola: Tested at Michigan International Speedway as he seeks his first top 10 at the track.  His best finish is 17th twice, in the last two June races.

AJ Allmendinger: Finished 19th in this race last year with JTG/Daugherty Racing.  Allmendinger has yet to finish in the top 10 in 11 starts and has a 20.8 overall average finish.  He will debut a new car in the Quicken Loans 400.

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Quicken Loans 400 Post-Practice Notes
By: Micah Roberts 
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LAS VEGAS -- Last week we were blown away by the superiority of Chevy during the Pocono practices, and while Ford gave a strong fight during the race with Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Chevy came away with the win. This week at Michigan, things are a little bit different. Chevy looks to be even stronger with a few more quality candidates having a chance to win.

All the same cast of Chevy characters from last week were flexing their muscles during Saturday's final practices at Michigan International Speedway, except a few more candidates with Hendrick Chevy engines were added to the mix. Kevin Harvick was again fastest in the 10-consecutive lap category during both sessions, but joining the party with fast speeds was Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, both of whom have the look of possibly getting their first win of the season.

For Larson, who grabbed his third top-5 finish of the season last week at Pocono, it would be his first career win. His best finish of the season was second-place at Fontana, which is the sister track of Michigan. Both tracks run vastly different, but both are wide 2-mile D-Shaped ovals.

The perfect example of Michigan not necessarily correlating well with Fontana is Jimmie Johnson, who has five wins in 20 Fontana starts, but none in 24 starts at Michigan. It's one of only five tracks that Johnson has never tamed. During final practices, Johnson was strong and posted the fast speed in the early session. He's driving his winning Coca-Cola 600 chassis from last month and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him finally check this track off his 'things to do' list.

I came into the week thinking that Ford would show up simply because they always do at Michigan. Jack Roush has a track record 13 wins as an owner at his home track and the Penske cars have been great all season on down-force tracks. But the manufacturer collectively laid an egg during the sessions, which isn't good news for the brand because all the executives from the manufacturers will be seated high above in their luxury boxes. This race is like the Super Bowl of manufacturers, and right now all the guys with bow-ties (Chevy) have the smug look of knowing they are going to be better in this round of competition on Sunday.

Jeff Gordon hasn't won at Michigan since 2001, but he's been strong all season on the down-force tracks, including his win at Kansas, which some drivers say compares the best to Michigan.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be feeling pretty good about his chances Sunday because Michigan was the only track he won at for Hendrick Motorsports prior to this season. Now he's got just as many wins in 2014 -- two -- as he had from 2008-13.

While I'd like to believe that the cat in the hat (Jack Roush) has something up his sleeve for this race, speed is speed and there is no way to hide it. Ten of the top 13 fastest laps during 'happy hour' were from Chevy, and none of the others were from Ford (Keselowski 14th). If a Ford were to win, it would be the equivalent of a 14-point underdog winning outright.

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