Top 5 Drivers to Watch:Michigan



The #5 driver had his last win here, #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Sadly though, that win was 144 races ago when Dale won this race in 2008.  Dale is riding a very much talked about winless streak but Dale is doing well this year. He comes into this race #2 in points AND #2 hottest over the last six weeks. Dale has struggled since that win four years ago, but maybe it is time to turn his luck around here in the Irish Hills.


My #4 driver to watch has the highest average finish at Michigan, #99 Carl Edwards. Carl is a two-time former winner here. Carl has two wins and nine Top 5’s in just 15 starts, and his owner Roush/Fenway has the most wins here in the last 10 years. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Carl is rated #2 on Down-force tracks like this.


My #3 driver is a former winner here, #14 Tony Stewart. Tony won here in 2000 and has 10 total Top 5 finishes in his 26 starts. Tony is currently 8th in points. Summer is usually when Tony starts to get hot and he needs to start heating up now, because he doesn’t want to fall out of the Top 10. In my opinion, there’s nowhere better than here, where he is #1 ranked on tracks like this.


The #2 driver is the hottest driver on the circuit, #17 Matt Kenseth. Matt is the hottest driver over the last six weeks and rolls into Michigan where he has two wins in his 25 starts plus 11 Top 5 finishes. If this comes down to a mileage race, and it might, Matt is the kind of driver to make that work well for him.


The #1 driver is the defending champion of this race, #11 Denny Hamlin. Denny has 12 starts, five Top 5’s, plus two wins here in car-country. Denny has won two of the last four races at this track and his owner Joe Gibbs Racing has three of the last four wins.


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