FirstAndMonday‘s Preview of NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400
by Holden Asworth
Get ready for more speed, y’all.
NASCAR’s return to one of its’ faster tracks should be a fun one with how close we are to the playoffs. Forget the finesse driving we’ve seen lately at New Hampshire and Watkins Glen, and get ready for speeds over 201mph. With so many different winners this season, drivers like Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott are scrambling for their chance to either notch a win or race their way in to the postseason. My only hope is that we get Tim Allen to narrate this race, too. Will we see a different winner this Sunday?
Who to Watch:
-Anyone driving a Ford – no, really. Blue Ovals have taken the checkered flag at this race in 9 out of the last 18 times. Keep an eye on the top three – Keselowski, Logano, and Harvick.
-Rowdy – The younger Busch brother finally broke his winless streak, but hasn’t exactly shown his ability to keep the dominance turned all the way up. We’re guaranteed to see either a Kyle Busch win, or a Kyle Busch temper-tantrum.
-The Young Guns – Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney. This is the core of the NASCAR youth movement, and they’re all starting in the top 12. Blaney was hitting 203mph in qualifying Saturday. Will raw talent overtake seasoned experience today?
Why to Watch:
Maybe Dale Jr. will win and qualify for the playoffs in his last season – he needs a win to qualify because the rest of his season has been garbage-like. His win here in the spring of 2012 marked the end of his “seems like eternity”-long winless streak, but a wreck here last year also sidelined him for the rest of the season with concussion-like symptoms.
Where to Watch
Sunday at 3pm ET on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.