Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. should be on your short list of favorites at Michigan. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks he’s been the class of the field. Over the eight combined races at high-speed intermediate tracks Truex Jr. has the best driver rating, average finish (4.0), average running position (3.6), has led the most laps (823), run the most fastest laps and is the only driver who’s finished in the top ten every race. At Michigan Truex Jr. has been a strong performer. In 3 of the last 5 races he’s finished in the top 6. In the two he finished outside of that range he had a misleading result. This spring Truex Jr. had a strong showing. He won Stage #1 and Stage #2. When the checkered flag waved he finished 6th, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position, led 62 laps and ran 50 fastest laps. Last August at Michigan he had a great car but finished a misleading 20th after having some major problems on pit road that damaged his car. In spring 2016 he had a great car but finished a misleading 12th. Performance wise he likely had one of the best cars but his race wasn’t incident free. On lap 46 while he was running in 2nd racing side by side with Bowyer he spun. That got air under his hood and it buckled up, damaging his car. I’ll also note late in the race he lost quite a few positions. With 5 laps to go he lost 5 positions. In 2015 he finished 3rd both races. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kasey Kahne – At Michigan Kasey Kahne has a great chance to finish in the teen’s if things go his way in the race. In 5 of the last 6 MIS races he’s finished between 13th and 16th. This spring he had his one result outside of the teens and finished 21st, that marked his worst non-accident result since 2011. I will note he ran better than his lack luster finish. His average running position was 15th. Performance wise I would say he was really a mid to high-teens driver. In the five previous MIS races he had a 14.6 average finish and a 14.2 average running position. Last August he had a solid race. He earned the 9th best driver rating, had a 9th place average running position and finished 14th. In spring 2016 he didn’t run that great but finished 13th. It should be noted he had a 20th place average running position and only ran 13.0% percent of the laps inside the top fifteen. In 2015 he finished 15th both races. This year in his incident free races at high-speed intermediate tracks Kahne has a 14.4 average finish. (Yahoo B Driver)

Clint Bowyer – Clint Bowyer should have a strong showing at Michigan and have some out of sync potential. His last three results of 23rd or worse should help keep him below the radar and cause others to avoid him. Historically MIS has been one of his best tracks. This spring Bowyer ran well but finished a misleading 26th. Performance wise he was top ten good but with 14 laps to go while he was running in 7th he got into the wall hard. Additionally from the race it should be noted he started 3rd, had an 8th place average running position and earned the 10th best driver rating. In the three races prior to that I wouldn’t even bother to study what happened in those races because he wasn’t in a competitive situation. In the 9 races prior to his cold streak he had 9 straight top tens. (Yahoo B Driver)

Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin has run very well at Michigan and on Sunday he has a great chance to finish in the top ten. Over the last six races minus spring 2016 when he was caught up in an accident he has a 7.2 average finish, a 10.4 average running position and has finished in the top 11 every race. This spring he ran very well. He finished 4th, earned the 4th best driver rating and had a 7th place average running position. Last August he had a solid showing. He had a 7th place average running position, earned the 8th best driver rating and finished 9th. In spring 2016 he ran fairly well but his race wasn’t incident free. With 12 laps to go while he was running in 12th he blew a tire and crashed hard which led to his 33rd place finish. In the three MIS races prior to that he had results of 5th, 7th and 11th. (Yahoo A Driver)

Jamie McMurray – Jamie McMurray should be counted on for a strong finish at Michigan. He has three straight top tens and since 2014 he has a 10.1 average finish, and the 12th best driver rating. Over his current three race top ten streak his average finish is 7.3. This spring he had a good race. He finished 5th, earned the 8th best driver rating and had a 13th place average running position. In 2016 he was one of six drivers who swept the top ten. Last August McMurray had a solid showing. He finished 8th, earned the 11th best driver rating and had a 13th place average running position. In spring 2016 he finished well in the first race with the “Lowest Down Force Package” and came home with a 9th place result. This year at high-speed intermediate tracks McMurray has quietly ranked as one of the best. Over the last five races on this sub-track type he has a 7.8 average finish and a 10.8 average running position. (Yahoo B Driver)

Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson is a strong performer at Michigan. He’s a past champion and performance wise he’s been good enough to win about 5 races here, but it’s one of those tracks where trouble is often brewing. Currently at MIS he has back to back top tens. This spring he had an good race. He started in the rear of the field but crossed the finish line in 10th. I will note he charged up thru the field pretty quickly (finished 10th Stage #1), but at times he really didn’t run that well. Additionally in the race it should be noted he had a 16th place average running position and earned the 17th best driver rating. Last August at MIS he ran very well. He earned the 4th best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position, finished 6th and led 37 laps. I will note I think he was stronger than his result because his race wasn’t incident free. During green flag pit stops around lap 110 while he was the leader he had a really slow stop that dropped him back in the running order. In spring 2016 Johnson finished 16th. Performance wise he showed top ten potential, but unfortunately his race wasn’t incident free. With 38 laps to go shortly after a restart he was battling Bayne for 16th but that led to him getting into the wall hard. Just before his problem he was running in 7th. In the two races prior to that he had misleading finishes of 19th and 39th. Prior to his two asterisk mark results his finishes were 9th and 1st. (Yahoo A Driver)

Austin Dillon – Austin Dillon has had some solid performances at Michigan. In 2 of the last 4 races he’s finished in the top ten. This spring he was way down on speed and didn’t run well. In the race he had a 26th place average running position, finished 27th and earned the 29th best driver rating. It was just a really bad race from him, and his RCR teammates were all really bad too. I don’t think its possible they’ll be that bad again. In the three races prior to that he had a 9.3 average finish and the 9th best driver rating. Last August he was a mid-teens driver. He had a 14th place average running position, earned the 15th best driver rating and finished 16th. In spring 2016 he started 8th and finished 8th. Throughout the race he ran well earning the 9th best driver rating and having an 11th place average running position. In August 2015 when the high-down force package was used he finished 4th. This season at high-speed intermediate tracks he’s had finishes all across the board. Performance wise I would look for him to likely be a mid-teens to high-teens driver entering the weekend. (Yahoo B Driver)

Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney should run well at Michigan. I think he’ll finish in the top ten and wouldn’t be surprised if he competes for a top five. This spring at Michigan he was very strong but finished a misleading 25th. Late in the race he had a bad restart which also led to him getting some damage. Under yellow right before that restart Blaney was running in 5th. Additionally in the race it should be noted he had a 10th place average running position and earned the 13th best driver rating. Last August at Michigan Blaney was really good and ran well throughout the event. In the race he finished 4th, earned the 5th best driver rating and had a 7th place average running position. In spring 2016 he finished 17th but I’ll note he was slightly better than his result. With 38 laps to go while he was running in 12th he got into the wall hard. That dropped him back to the high-twenties. His results don’t show it but over the last couple of races at high-speed intermediate tracks Blaney ranks as one of the strongest performers in the series. (Yahoo B Driver)

AJ Allmendinger – At Michigan I would look for AJ Allmendinger to be a high-teens to low-twenties finisher. In 5 of the last 6 races at high-speed intermediate tracks he’s finished between 17th and 20th, so it’s a fair assumption he’ll finish around that range again. One of his finishes in that range happened this spring at Michigan. Earlier this year at MIS he finished 18th, had a 25th place average running position and earned the 23rd best driver rating. Last August he had one of his best recent races. He finished 15th and had a 17th place average running position. In spring 2016 Allmendinger finished 38th after being involved in an early accident on lap 62. At that time he was running around 20th and it marked the end of his race. In 2015 he finished in the twenties both races and came home with results of 23rd and 28th. (Yahoo B Driver)

Kurt Busch – Kurt Busch has been a solid driver in recent Michigan races. Since 2015 he has an 11.0 average finish, a 14.4 average running position and the 9th best driver rating. In the last three races he’s finished between 10th to 12th. This spring Busch finished 12th, finished 8th in Stage #2 and had a 15th place average running position. Performance wise I would say his finish is pretty representative of how well he ran. Last August at MIS he finished 12th. That’s good, but keep in mind his average running position was 17th and he earned the 17th best driver rating. In spring 2016 Busch really didn’t run that well but when the checkered flag waved he finished 10th. Additionally in the race he had an 18th place average running position. This year in incident free races at high-speed intermediate tracks Kurt Busch has typically been right around 10th place good. (Yahoo B Driver)