FireKeepers Casino 400: NASCAR Preview, Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 6/10/18
The 2018 FireKeepers Casino 400
FireKeepers Casino 400: Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Michigan International Speedway)
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We make our first of two scheduled trips to Michigan for the FireKeepers Casino 400, a race that debuted in 1969 and has finished under three hours each of the last 14 years. After hitting on everybody but the winner in the Coca-Cola 600, we returned to victory lane last week with Martin Truex Jr. getting his second win of the season. Let’s cash on another driver this weekend.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t released when this article was posted)
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Denny Hamlin - Denny Hamlin hasn’t won a race since the 2017 Bojangles' Southern 500 and is coming off a rough showing last week. However, Hamlin has finished seventh or better in four of his last six races and heads into an event he’s won twice. Hamlin won this event back-to-back years in 2010 and 2011, and he finished fifth last year. Hamlin has also finished ninth or better in four of his last seven appearances at the Michigan International Speedway overall. This should be one of the better showings of the season for him.
Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch is somebody we include on the card once in a while and haven’t cashed out on him yet. In fact, Busch hasn’t won a race since winning the Daytona 500 last year. The good news is Busch has a couple of wins in Michigan, including this event back in 2015. The last three years at this event, Busch has an average finish of 7.6 place. If there’s one race that can get him back on track and a fair chance at victory lane, it’s probably this week in Michigan.
Kyle Larson - Another driver who has yet to win a race this season, Kyle Larson, but he’s finished seventh or better each of his last three tries, which includes a runner-up spot last week. If that wasn’t enough, Larson has won each of his last three races at the Michigan International Speedway, and that doesn’t include a third place finish at this event in 2016. Needless to say, Larson owns Michigan more than any driver recently, and he has a chance to become the fifth driver to win this event at least three times. Larson is a must play this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. put money in our pocket last week and we’re going to double dip with him this weekend. Truex has finished no worse than fourth in each of his last four races and has either won or finished runner-up in four of his last 10 races. Truex has never won in Michigan, but he did have an average finish of fourth place in the two races here last year and has finished sixth or better in four of his six appearances at the Michigan International Speedway overall. Truex also has a recent history of stringing wins together, so don’t be shocked if we see a repeat of last week.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano has had a frustrating year, as he’s consistently in the top-10 but has just one win to his name. That’s not stopping us from including him on our card this week. Logano won this race in 2016 and has finished in the top-10 in each of the last five years. In fact, Logano has finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 10 appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. In his last five tries at this event, Logano has an average finish of 5.6 place. It’s hard not to throw this guy on the card given his consistency and history.