Joey Logano – Joey Logano will be a good fantasy NASCAR pick to win the Pure Michigan 400. Since he joined Penske Racing he’s been a phenomenal performer at MIS. In the last five Michigan races he’s finished in the top 9 every race, has the second best driver rating, best average starting position (5.8), best average finish (5.4), second best average running position (6.6) and has led the most laps (194). Earlier this year at Michigan he had an OK car and finished 5th mostly due to pit strategy. In the race he made a huge mistake when on lap 95 he ran out of gas on the back stretch and had to coast back to pit road. Last August he had a great car and was Jeff Gordon’s main competitor. He started 2nd, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position and finished 3rd. Also in the race it should be noted he led the most laps (86). In June 2014 he had a very strong performance. He started 9th, finished 9th, had a 6th place average running position, earned the 3rd best driver rating and led 29 laps. In the race he performed better than his result. He was a top five performer but his pit strategy at the end cost him some positions. In August 2013 Logano raced his way to victory lane. In addition to finishing first he started 1st, had a 4th place average running position, led 51 laps and earned the best driver rating. His car was strong throughout the duration of the race and if it wasn’t for pit cycles he probably never would’ve left the top five. In June 2013 he also had a strong showing. In that race he started in 6th, had a 6th place average running position, led 21 laps and finished 9th. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks Logano has scored the 4th most points and has a 6.3 average finish. (Yahoo A Driver / DraftKings $9,600)
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Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick will be a good fantasy NASCAR pick to win at Michigan. He’s been the driver to beat at high-speed intermediate tracks this year and at Michigan he’s been a stellar performer. Earlier this year at Michigan he had the best car but lost the race on pit road when he had valve stem issues that led to a flat. Prior to that issue he was the leader and had a 4.6 second lead. Also in the race he started 2nd, earned the 2nd best driver rating, led 63 laps and ran the most fast laps (17). He clearly had the best car but that issue on lap 122 shortly before the rain ruined his afternoon and led to him finishing one lap down in 29th. Prior to the race at Michigan this June Harvick had four straight runner-up results. Last August he had one of the best cars throughout the event. He finished 2nd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and had a 4th place average running position. In June 2014 Harvick had the best car but his pit strategy at the end was inferior which led to a runner-up result. Also in that event he started on the pole, earned the best driver rating, led the most laps (63) and had a 4th place average running position. In August 2013 he started 15th, had a 6th place average running position and earned the 3rd best driver rating. In June 2013 Kevin Harvick was the runner-up to Greg Biffle. I wouldn’t say he was 2nd place good though. In the event he started in 21st, had a 10th place average running position and earned the 5th best driver rating. In 2010 Harvick won his only race at Michigan. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks minus Michigan where he had problems he has a 3.7 average finish. (Yahoo A Driver / DraftKings $10,600)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – On the new surface at Michigan Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a phenomenal performer and “speed wise” he’s been top 7 good every race. If he didn’t have any issues in 2013’s races he would unquestionably be heralded as the best performer on the new MIS surface. Even with significant issues in 2 of the 7 races he still has the best driver rating. Earlier this year at MIS Earnhardt Jr. had a strong showing. He finished 2nd, earned the 4th best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. Before the race reached it’s conclusion and was impacted by the late cautions he had the fastest car on the track and was running in 2nd. At that point he was running higher than others and was about a tenth quicker than Harvick. Last August at Michigan he had a good car. He started in 25th but raced his way up through the pack. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 5th and earned the 5th best driver rating. Also in the race he led 4 laps and had a 10th place average running position. In June 2014 he had a great car. He started in 3rd, had an 8th place average running position and finished 7th. Also in the race he earned the 6th best driver rating and led 1 lap. In 2013 he performed well in both races but finished poorly. In August 2013 he was very good but finished 36th. That result doesn’t reflect his level of performance. On lap 135 he was running in 7th but he blew a tire and nailed the wall. In June 2013 he had a great car. He led 34 laps but around lap 120 while he was leading his engine started having problems and on lap 131 he blew up. If he didn’t have any problems there’s no doubt in my mind he had a top five car that had potential to win. In 2012 he was a top tier elite performer in both races. In August 2012 he finished 4th and led 25 laps. In June 2012 he finished first and led 95 laps. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks Dale Earnhardt Jr. has scored the 2nd most points, has the most top fives, and a series best 5.6 average finish. (Yahoo A Driver / DraftKings $9,300)