Consumers Energy 400 Preview By Sir Holden Asworth

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Summer Michigan Preview

 by Sir Holden Asworth

Round Two in the Irish Hills.

With four races left until the Playoffs, it’s now do or die time. Chase Elliott dominated at the fan-favorite Watkins Glen last weekend to cement his chances of racing for a title. With the dominance of the Big Three (Harvick, Busch and Truex), sneaking away with a win in the next four weeks will prove to be a bigger challenge than ever before. With a re-emergent Hendrick Motorsports and Kyle Larson’s 2-time winning streak in the Wolverine State, there’s plenty of new Davids to challenge the three-headed Goliath – but will they be successful?

Who to Watch:

 

The Big Three – yup, just like I said before, go ahead and pencil them in at every track from here on out. Busch and Harvick are starting in the top 3, and Truex isn’t too far away in 7th. Both Busch and Harvick have experience winning this race, but it’s been a few years since that’s happened.

Kyle Larson – He’s won this specific race twice, and won here overall three of his last four attempts (last year’s spring race). Be on the lookout for the 42 rim-riding around the wall on his way to grabbing the checkers as he loves to the run the high line with no regard for the risks.

Ford (in general) – They’re the winningest manufacturer here by alot.  They just unveiled their new Mustang for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (starting in 2019), and they’re racing in the manufacturer’s backyard.  Don’t be surprised to see the blue ovals showing off this afternoon.

 

Starting Lineup:

1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota
2 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota
3 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford
4 20 Erik Jones Doosan Toyota
5 3 Austin Dillon Dow WE Are Innovators Chevrolet
6 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota
8 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Knauf Insulation Ford
9 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford
10 88 Alex Bowman Axalta Chevrolet
11 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford
12 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Ford
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fifth Third Bank Ford
14 21 Paul Menard Earn While You Learn/NewFordTech.com Ford
15 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet
16 14 Clint Bowyer Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford
17 42 Kyle Larson DC Solar Chevrolet
18 2 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Ford
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s for Pros Chevrolet
20 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet
21 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet
22 43 Bubba Wallace # Medallion Bank/Petty’s Garage Chevrolet
23 37 Chris Buescher Slim Jim Chevrolet
24 38 David Ragan Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet
26 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Rehydrate Ford
27 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet
28 95 Kasey Kahne WRL General Contractors Chevrolet
29 34 Michael McDowell Dockside Logistics Ford
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Harvest Investments & Properties Ford
31 0 Landon Cassill Mane n Tail Chevrolet
32 72 Corey LaJoie Schluter Systems Chevrolet
33 51 BJ McLeod Jacob Companies Chevrolet
34 99 Gray Gaulding StarCom Fiber Chevrolet
35 15 Reed Sorenson Solomon Plumbing Chevrolet
36 7 Garrett Smithley Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Chevrolet
37 66 Timmy Hill Rewards.com Chevrolet
38 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Xtreme Concepts/Project K9 Hero Toyota
39 23 Blake Jones Tennessee XXX Moonshine Toyota
40 19 Daniel Suarez Stanley Toyota

When to Watch:

Sunday at 2:30pm ET on NBCSN and MRN Radio

Why to Watch:

It’s the fastest track on the circuit, the cars regularly hit 210+. That’s frickin’ awesome.

 

 

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