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Pure Michigan 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/13/17

The 2017 Pure Michigan 400

Pure Michigan 400: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Michigan International Speedway)

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TV: NBCSN

We make our second and final trip to Michigan for the 2017 Pure Michigan 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has been one of the quicker races the last few years. There have been 13 drivers who have won this event multiple times and David Pearson leads the way with five victories.

You guys know the drill by now. 

Pure Michigan 400: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/13/17

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Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)  

Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth is running out of time to get his first victory of the season, but he’s inching closer and closer with four straight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish last week. Kenseth has also won this event twice in his career and has seven top-10 finishes in his last 14 appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. Kenseth has finished fifth or better in six of his last 12 appearances in the last Michigan race of the season. Have to like his chances to sniff victory lane.

Kyle Larson - Kyle Larson is going through his worst stretch of the season, finishing 23rd or worse in his last three races. However, Larson won the first Michigan race this year, won last years Pure Michigan 400 and finished third in last years FireKeepers Casino 400. Simply put, nobody has dominated Michigan the way Larson has the last two years. Not to mention Larson has been too consistent this year to stay in this funk too long. Have to put the 25-year-old on the card this week.

Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first win of the season and returns to a track where he’s had some of his best performances. Elliott has raced at the Michigan International Speedway three times in his career and has finished runner-up all three times. Besides victory lane, it doesn’t get any better than that. Elliott is a must play this week, as there’s a good chance he finally wins his first NASCAR race of his career.

Martin Truex Jr. - We hit on Martin Truex Jr. last week to end our losing streak, and there’s good reason to play him again this week. First, Truex has finished third or better in four of his last five races. Also, Truex has finished third or better five times at the Michigan International Speedway and was sixth in this years FireKeepers Casino 400. Truex doesn’t have a win in Michigan, but he has given himself chances to win and given his current form, there’s no doubt he’ll be in the thick of things yet again this week.

Jamie McMurray - Jamie McMurray has had a really spotty season overall and is searching for his first victory since the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500. He’ll give himself a shot this week considering McMurray has posted four top-10 finishes in four of his last five appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. While the wins haven’t come for McMurray and he’s struggled the last month overall, Michgian has been his most consistent place over the years. If you’re looking for a longshot, McMurray may be your guy.

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