Aric Almirola – Aric Almirola should be on your fantasy NASCAR radar at Michigan. I think he’ll be a low-double digits driver who’ll have a great chance to finish in the top ten. Auto Club Speedway is the most similar track visited this year and at that venue he finished 12th. His team has gotten better since then so set your expectations high. At Michigan, Aric Almirola doesn’t have a track record to brag about. Over the last six races he has two respectable results of 12th and 14th, and his other four finishes are in the low-twenties. Last summer, Almirola had his best ever result at MIS and finished 12th. I will note pit strategy helped him and his 17th place average running position is a better indicator towards his level of competitiveness. Last spring he missed the race due to injury. In 2016 he didn’t run well in either MIS race and his results were 25th and 26th.
Alex Bowman – Alex Bowman should run well at Michigan. Performance Wise I would look for him to be a low-double digits to mid-teens performer. I would probably lean more towards the mid-teens. The best way to gauge his fantasy value is to study how he’s performed at similar tracks this year. Auto Club Speedway is the most similar track visited and at that venue he finished 13th and earned the 16th best driver rating. Charlotte is the most recent intermediate track visited and he finished 9th there. At Michigan, Bowman has five starts under his belt and he has a pitiful 33.6 average finish. When he previously drove the #88 here in his most recent start in August 2016 he showed potential but had problems which led to his 30th place result.
Daniel Suarez – Daniel Suarez will be a driver to watch at Michigan. Last year he was a respectable performer in both races, but when you look at his results you would never know it. This attribute should help give him some dark horse potential. Last August he had a strong car and was top ten contender but finished 37th after wrecking on lap 139. He used some pit strategy at the end of Stage #1 and then ran up front for the entirety of Stage #2. When Stage #2 ended he finished 5th. Last spring in his debut he finished a misleading 24th after having late contact. Strength wise I would say he was realistically about mid-teens good. One lap prior to his involvement in the wreck because of pit strategy he was running in 9th.