Marcos Ambrose – Before I talk about Marcos Ambrose in depth it’s important I give out this general warning about him. For whatever reason 2.0 mile tracks are a continual struggle for him. At Michigan his average finish is 27th and his best finish is 15th. Last year he finished 27th and 23rd. Amazingly his track record is even worse at Michigan’s sister track (Auto Club). At California his average finish is 27.7 and he’s never finished in the top twenty. Ambrose has good performances from time to time on 1.5 mile tracks but I urge you to ignore those finishes. For him simply focus on his 2.0 mile performances. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Jeff Burton – Burton has finished 17th or worse in five of the last six races at Michigan. His last top ten was in 2008 and to find his next most recent top ten you have to look all the way back to 2002 when he drove for Roush. He’s really struggled this year and I don’t see a hint of sleeper potential. This season on high speed intermediate tracks he has a 21.2 average finish and has ran in the top fifteen for just 8% of the laps run. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Regan Smith – Regan Smith finished 13th last August at MIS. That’s his only top fifteen and his average finish in his five other races is 27.6. This season on high speed intermediate tracks the #78 hasn’t been good. Their best finish is 15th and their average finish is 19.8. I predict a 20th place finish for the Furniture Row crew Sunday. (Yahoo! B Driver)
Bobby Labonte – Last August Bobby Labonte had his best finish at Michigan since 2007 (finished 15th). Altogether though his results have been pretty dismal here. Before he finished 15th last summer he had a seven race streak where he finished 22nd or worse every race with a 32.1 average finish. High speed intermediate tracks have been a significant weakness for this team. This season he has a 28.8 average finish and has a 52.9 driver rating (tied with Casey Mears). I strongly urge you to avoid him this week no matter what. (Yahoo! C Driver)
David Ragan – Michigan has long been a Roush track and in their “Top Tier” equipment Ragan had two top ten finishes and five top fifteen finishes. I think the best case scenario for him this weekend would be a top 25 finish. Overall at high speed intermediate tracks this season he’s finished 21st, 31st, 35th, 30th and 35th. One notable stat for him on this track type this season is that he’s only ran in the top 15 for 2% of the laps run. (Yahoo! C Driver)