This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
It feels as though the Daytona 500 was only last week, but the regular season of NASCAR is winding down. There are only 4 races left before the NASCAR playoffs:
The official playoff season begins on Sunday, September 15 in Las Vegas. Letâs hope those grasshoppers are gone by then!
Right now, a few drivers are likely getting nervous about their chances to get into the playoffs. Though drivers like Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano have a solid foothold in the standings, other drivers like Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer are too close to the cutoff line for comfort. And if winless drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Newman, or Daniel Suarez find their way into victory lane in the next four races, they race their way in and someone near the bottom of the list will get bumped out of position.
With only four races left, you can expect things to get crazier on track. Stage points will become more precious than ever, and drivers will become more aggressive. Chances will be taken, people will get moved, and chaos is sure to ensue. Get ready for edge-of-your-seat racing, which is always fun for us spectators!
View the full list of drivers and current standings to see if your favourite team is in position for the NASCAR playoffs!
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And now, here are this weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway
Second place is the first loser, and thatâs where Kurt ended up last time around this 2-mile track. This time, I donât expect heâll settle for that. The 1 team has a rough go since the last win in Kentucky, but I suspect this week will be much better for all involved.
Logano has been fairly quiet in recent weeks, but this is a great track for him to make some noise. He won here last time out, and his record has been consistent. Look for the 22 at the finish line when the final lap closes out.
Larson has put on an impressive show in the last two weeks, with solid races that turned into solid finishes. Watkins Glen is far from his best track, but he still pulled off an 8th place finish. It seems as though the 42 is ready to break out, and with his record here at Michigan, itâs likely to happen this weekend.
Last week, Chase Elliott absolutely ruled the MECNS. Two stage wins and a final victory was exactly what he needed to take him into this week. He may not have a win at Michigan, but itâs one of his best tracks overall. His average finish is 5th, and heâs never finished out of the top 10. Itâs possible that the 9 repeats this week.
Happy Harvick finally has something to smile about. His last three finishes have been solid, with one win included. Harvickâs last trip to Michigan gave him a 7th place finish, but heâs been solid here for a couple of years now. I have no reason to believe that he wonât get win number two this Sunday.
Menard has a handful of tracks where he contends each time he gets behind the wheel. This is one of them. Heâs finished well here in the past, and though this really is a bold pick, I think heâll finish well again. Does he have what it takes to win? You never know what can happen; and thatâs why heâs here.
Bowman seems to have fallen off the map since his win at Chicagoland. Heâs been outside of the top 10 in his last five races, and over half of those were closer to the 20âs. This hasnât been a good place for the 88 in the past, and I donât expect it that to change this week.
Poor Clint has had a run of bad finishes. Since the all-star race, heâs cracked the top ten twice. Thatâs it. Last time here he finished 35th, and I doubt that his luck is going to change enough to propel him into victory lane.
Though heâs had a win here in the past, itâs not recent enough to warrant him the consideration of a win this week. Along with Watkins Glen, this is historically one of the 48âs worst tracks. While the future might look bright for Johnsonâs collaboration with new crew chief Cliff Daniels, weâll have to wait a bit to see him get back to a place where he shines.