Chase Elliott – Chase Elliott should have a very strong showing at Michigan. This year at intermediate tracks he’s run very well. Performance wise he belongs in the tier just short of the super-elite performers. His success at intermediate tracks this season should definitely correlate to success at Michigan. Kansas is perhaps the most similar intermediate track visited and at that venue he finished 9th. Auto Club is a two-mile oval like Michigan and at that venue he finished 6th. In the Xfinity Series at Michigan Elliott has results of 2nd and 6th. Entering Michigan Elliott has 5 straight top tens.
Ryan Blaney – Don’t overlook Ryan Blaney. I think he has sleeper potential and might be able to nab a really good result. Kansas is the most similar track visited and at that venue he ran really well. He finished 5th and had a 7.3 average running position. At Michigan Blaney has been consistent. He’s raced here twice and in both races he finished 24th. Last August with the high-downforce package he didn’t run well. In addition to finishing 24th he had a 22nd place average running position and earned the 20th best driver rating. In spring 2015 Blaney had a quality showing but finished poorly due to how the race played out. Performance wise he was probably low teens good. In the race he started 5th, had a 15th place average running position and earned the 18th best driver rating.
Ty Dillon – Ty Dillon will once again be racing the #95 at Michigan. Last June when he made his lone Sprint Cup start at MIS he started 22nd and finished 14th. This season in the Sprint Cup Series Dillon has finished between 15th and 25th every race. At Pocono in the #95 car Dillon finished 21st.
Brian Scott – Brian Scott has never raced at Michigan in a Sprint Cup car. In his last three Xfinity Races at MIS he’s had results of 9th, 5th and 10th. At Michigan I think the best case scenario for him is a result in the low twenties. Performance wise that’s simply as good as the #44 team has been this season. At Kansas this spring Scott finished 22nd and had a 23.1 average running position. Auto Club is a big two-mile oval like MIS and at that venue he finished 12th. That result has proven is an outlier so you can’t read into it to much.
Chris Buescher – Chris Buescher hasn’t run well at intermediate tracks this season. That variable doesn’t bode very well for him on Sunday. Performance wise on this track type he’s typically been mid to high-twenties good. I expect him to finish within that range. Last year at Michigan in the Xfinity Series Buescher finished 4th.