Quicken Loans 400 Predictions
BROOKLYN, MI (ATS Consultants) - The Sprint Cup Series heads to Michigan for the 15th Cup race on Sunday, June 17 for the Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson is the co-favorite along with Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. Last year, Denny Hamlin was the winner and is going for three straight after also winning in 2010. Mark Martin won in 2009 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in 2008. The race starts at 1:19pm from Brooklyn, Michigan.
This is Biffle’s fourth-best track on the circuit and he has recorded ten top 10s in eighteen career starts, seven of which were top 5s, and two of them being victories (in 2004 and 2005). Biffle has had the best driver rating over the last two years at Michigan (114.2) and his 6th-place finish in the rain-shortened race at Fontana back in March was no fluke. Greg just lost the lead in the NASCAR point standings this past weekend and wants to try and get that back.
Tony Stewart got back on track at Pocono last week and has four straight top-10 finishes at Michigan. Nobody in the series has been better than Tony over the last two years at Michigan, and the fact that he has finished between 5th and 9th in all four races is the reason for that. Stewart won at Auto Club Speedway back in March, and although he got some help from the rain, he did lead almost one-third of that race so it’s not like he had a bad car. Despite only having one victory here at MIS, Stewart has been quite consistent on this 2-mile race track and has recorded eighteen top 10 finishes over his span of twenty-six starts. In the last fifteen, in fact, Smoke has just three finishes outside of the top 10, and one of those was a 12th-place effort back in 2008.
Logano started 8th in March at Fontana and looked to be a decent pick but finished 24th. At Michigan, Joey has made six career starts and has finished inside the top 10 in half of them. He finished 18th and 21st in the two events here during the 2011 season, but all three of his top 10s came in his three previous starts. But his win last week at Pocono should give him some momentum and confidence to become a player in the Sprint Cup race.
2012 Quicken Loans 400 Information
Race Date: Sunday, June 17
Location: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.
Start Time: 1pmET
Green Flag: Approx. 1:19PM ET
TV Coverage: TNT
Radio Coverage: Performance Racing Network (MRN/Sirius NASCAR Radio)
Track Type: 2 mile oval (200 laps, 400 miles)
2011: Denny Hamlin
2010: Denny Hamlin
2009: Mark Martin
2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2007: Carl Edwards
Last year’s top 5