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NASCAR at Michigan: Odds, fantasy advice, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch

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50   //    08 Jun 2018, 02:51 IST
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson couldn't be more excited to get back on the track after his fifth top 10 in his last seven races. Add that to the fact he's the three-time reigning champion in Michigan and Larson is primed for a good week.

The 25-year-old is aiming to become the second driver in the history of NASCAR to win four straight races at Michigan. Bill Elliott is the only other driver to have achieved the feat as he swept the 1985 and 1986 races at the track. Larson also has finished no lower than third in his last four attempts.

Speaking of the Elliott family, Chase Elliott is still looking for his first career win, and Michigan may just be the place to do it. His father obviously had great success there and Chase has carried on the tradition as he has three second-place finishes and one eighth in his last four starts at the two-mile track. It also helps this race has been owned by drivers 25 and younger in the last few years.

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are owning the playoff standings at the moment and remain the only drivers to have multiple wins on the season, but not a single one of them has become victorious in Michigan since the repave in 2012.

All of them have driven well on the D-shaped oval with Busch finishing in the top 10 twice last season, and Truex finishing in the top 6 in four of his last six tries, but wins have been elusive on the fastest non-restrictor plate track for these drivers.

However, we are going out on a limb with this one and picking Chase Elliott to win. He has been threatening to get his first career victory for weeks now and always seems to be lurking in the top 10 and on the verge of seeing the checkered flag. This week would be the place to do it as his father did it before him.

What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Michigan?

Kevin Harvick 5/2
Kyle Busch 9/2
Martin Truex Jr. 5/1
Kyle Larson 5/1
Ryan Blaney 12/1
Brad Keselowski 12/1
Joey Logano 15/1
Erik Jones 15/1
Denny Hamlin 15/1
Chase Elliott 15/1
Clint Bowyer 25/1
Kurt Busch 25/1
Aric Almirola 50/1
Jimmie Johnson 40/1
Daniel Suarez 60/1
Alex Bowman 80/1
Jamie McMurray 100/1
Austin Dillon 100/1
Paul Menard 200/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 200/1
Ryan Newman 200/1
William Byron 200/1
Matt Kenseth 300/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 500/1
AJ Allmendinger 1000/1
Chris Buescher 1000/1
Ty Dillon 2000/1
Michael McDowell 2000/1
Field (all others) 1000/1

Odds via Westgate

Which NASCAR drivers are best for fantasy lineup at Michigan?

Erik Jones started the season great, but has fallen off as of late with only one top 10 in his last seven races. However, the Michigan native has a good history at the D-shaped oval with a 13th and third-place finish in two starts at the track. Also, young drivers have been great as of late, and Jones could be the youngster to win this one.

The luck Clint Bowyer has had in his last few races and his career in Michigan has not been good. He was running well last week, but missed a shift at Pocono and fell back further than he should have. However, he has been fast all year long, and a clean race could easily see him near the top this week.

Denny Hamlin cannot be happy after he was wrecked last week. He was coming off of four top 7s in his previous five starts and had a great history at Pocono, but his day was ruined when he was clipped on a restart. He has seven top 5s and two wins in his career at Michigan. This could easily be his first win of the season.

Speaking of success in Michigan, Matt Kenseth is the active career leader at the track with three victories. In 37 starts, he has finished in the top 10 in more than half (54 percent) of his starts at Michigan. He is still getting back into the swing of things, but at 300/1 and with two finishes in the top 17 in his last two races, he's a good longshot to take a look at.

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