We make our first of two scheduled stops in Michigan for the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400, an event that debuted in 1969 and has seen Cale Yarborough win a record six times. There have been 11 drivers to win this event at least twice, and the last 13 races have finished well under three hours.
You guys know the drill by now.
Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is still looking for his first win of the season and has inched closer and closer, which includes a runner-up finish last week. Harvick has now posted four straight top-10 finishes and has finished third or better three times. As for this event, Harvick finished fifth last year and has finished fifth or better in seven of his last eight appearances at the Michigan International Speedway. This is a great track for Harvick to finally find victory lane.
Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first victory, and he's looking for the first win of his career. Elliott has back-to-back top-10 finishes and has finished 10th or better in eight races this season overall. While his history on this track is short, Elliott did finish runner-up in both appearances at the Michigan International Speedway last year. Given his current form and his small sample size of success in Michigan, Elliott is a strong play this week.
Matt Kenseth - Another driver looking for his first win of the year is Matt Kenseth, a driver who has finished 12th or better in his last four races. Kenseth is finally showing signs of consistency over the last month and could be ready to make a strong push towards victory lane. Of course, Kenseth has won three races at the Michigan International Speedway and has top-10 finishes in seven of his last 13 appearances here overall. Kenseth is a nice play this week given his history on this track.
Kurt Busch - Kurt Busch had his chances to win last week before falling behind and having to settle for fourth place. Busch has still finished eighth or better in four of his last six races and could easily have three or four wins under his belt this season. As for Michigan, Busch has won this event twice and has several top-10 finishes on this track overall. Busch has a great chance to win his first race since the Daytona 500 and can become the fifth driver to win this event at least three times.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano has really fallen off the map since his victory in the Toyota Owners 400, as he's finished no better than 21st in his last five races. The good news is Logano did win the FireKeepers Casino 400 last year and has finished 10th or better in each of the last eight appearances at the Michigan International Speedway, which also includes a win in the 2013 Pure Michigan 400. Logano really enjoys Michigan, and there's a history of drivers winning this race multiple times including Denny Hamlin, Davey Allison, Bill Elliott, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough. Logano gets back on track this week.