Kyle Busch got the job done last week at Pocono where there are only three corners, how will he handle the Irish Hills of Michigan? Fords were pretty good in Qualifying, occupying 8 of the top 10 spots, and the last time Toyota won was way back in 2011. What does today hold?
Here’s what to look for:
–Joey Logano is the first of those Fords we mentioned up there, lookin’ pretty good on his hot lap. Through his last ten attempts here, he sports an 8.3 average and a pile of Top 10s, the only one that didn’t fit the bill was a rogue 28th in the 2017 Fall race. His last victory here was the 2016 Spring race, and could very well find himself there again today.
–Aric Almirola finished 11th and 7th last year at Michigan, but neither of those featured a launch point from 2nd. Simple logic suggests that he should finish better this year all things considered, and he’s got the talent and the firepower to get the job done. Each of his last three finishes here have been new personal bests for Michigan.
–Kyle Larson won three straight races just a few years ago here, hard to believe the way things have been going lately. On top of that, he’s mired back in the field, just 22nd when the green flag drops. But when you’re averaging 1.5 across the four races featured in 2016-2017, you’ve got to be one to keep an eye on, right? Right?
–Clint Bowyer was the winner of last Spring’s race, and has been strong all weekend so far. He wasn’t good enough for the Pole, but will look to find his way to the front early. He’ll begin his trek to clean air from the 5th position.
–Chase Elliott has the best average among active drivers, six starts and he’s yet to finish outside of the Top 10. He’s been trending that direction, however, after opening up with three straight 2nd place finishes.
Congratulations to Greg Biffle who returned to NASCAR in a special deal driving the #51 in the Truck series..and won! What a way to bounce back, the dude still has the chops to get it done; would absolutely love to see him back out there on a more regular basis, and even more so in the Cup series. Preferably in the #16 Roush-Fenway Ford, but I won’t hold my breath that hard. Great job, Biff!
Coverage of today’s race starts on FS1 at 2:00pm, green flag scheduled for 2:10pm. Some rain in the area could push things back a bit.