Michigan International Speedway is a Two-mile race track with long sweeping corners with moderate banking. Known for its high speeds, many qualifying at over 200 mph, and multi-groove racing, there’s a lot of opportunity for drivers to pass and it’s usually a cleaner race due to drivers being able to spread out in the corners.
For those of you not familiar with how NASCAR DFS is played, here is the basic rundown of how it works:
- You must select five to six drivers to race, but each driver has a salary assigned to them and you must fit their salaries within a $50,000 cap, so you cannot just load up on the top five to six drivers in the points standings.
- Points are scored by a driver’s place differential (Starting position -finishing position), fastest laps posted, laps led, pass differential (amount of cars passed – times being passed), and their finishing position.
- You will need to find the balance of your front running drivers along with your sleeper drivers you can count on to out perform their salary ranking and finish in the top 15.
Just like each NASCAR DFS race, my picks are separated into three stages, my All Stars, Solid Performers, and Sleepers. Drivers, let’s start making money!
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Kyle Busch ($11,600): Seems like I would be a fool not to pick either Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick with this pick without even looking at their past history at Michigan. I took Kyle based on him being not as expensive, saved a whopping $400, and he starts one position in front of Harvick on Sunday, obviously the difference between them is minimal, but Kyle has been “hotter” as of late.
Brad Keselowski ($10,100): Keselowski returns to his home state of Michigan, along with his owner, Roger Penske so the pressure to preform is even higher. Keselowski starts on the front row in second position and has averaged a seventh place finish in his last seven starts at the two-mile tracks of Michigan and its sister track, California Speedway, both of them once owned by Roger Penske.
Chase Elliot ($9,000): The entire sport of stock car racing has been eagerly and tirelessly waiting for Elliot to claim his first win, as he has matched his father, Bill’s, record of second place finishes before their first win with nine! Elliot starts fifth on Sunday and leads the sport with an average finish of sixth place in his last seven races at the two mile racetracks. If you’re looking to get as much value as you can on your drivers, Elliot is a great option as your lead driver.
Kurt Busch ($8,000): We will quickly gobble up Kurt Busch with this value. Kurt was fastest in practice and backed up by winning the pole at over 203mph average lap speed! Now only one driver ran more than 10 consecutive laps in practice (Clint Bowyer), so we aren’t sure what Kurt’s long run performance looks like, but speed is speed!
Aric Almirola ($8,200): With Danica Patrick’s Racing career ending at this years’ Indianapolis 500, now is a good time to emphasize how much better the 10 car has been since her exit from Nascar this year. Almirola has been an instant upgrade and has brought life to this team. Almirola was ninth in practice and improved to sixth in qualifying.
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Erik Jones ($8,400): Jones has four career starts between both Michigan and California andnhas an average finish of 8.75! Jones has backed that up this weekend with a ninth place qualifying effort.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr ($7,000): Roush Racing, who Stenhouse races for, has been steadily improving this season, mainly with Stenhouse, and looks to keep it going this weekend. Stenhouse starts 7th and is looking for a top 12 to 15 finish.
William Byron ($6,300): No team has had more of a glaring struggle with the new Camero body than He stock Motorsports. However Byron finished 15th at California and backed that up with a 14th place qualifying result.
As you probably didn’t notice, I have been on a hiatus since April. Well I had my second child, ny first son, Nixon on April 10th. Many times I’ve wanted to write, but the lack of sleep told me otherwise. After a paternity leave of two months, I’ll be back weekly for your NASCAR DFS coverage.