2008 Michigan 400 Preview and Picks

Michigan 400
Date: Sunday, June 15th
Track: Michigan International Speedway
Time: 12:30PM EST
Television: TNT

by Virginia Vroom of Predictem.com

This weekend’s race takes place at Michigan International Speedway. It’s a 2 mile D-shaped oval with 18 degree banking in the turns, 12 degree banking on the front stretch and 5 degree banking on the backstretch. As with most flatter and straighter tracks, Roush is looking for a win this weekend.

The defending champion of this race is Kurt Busch, but prior to his win, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth were the reigning champs. This format is one that the Roush boys thrive on. They like their long runs on these flat tracks and easily dominate. But we can’t forget a couple other guys. Denny Hamlin has a win here in the Nationwide series. He does well here as does last week’s winner, Kasey Kahne. Kasey Kahne has been looking to get back into his groove and has done very well with 2 consecutive wins. I’m interested to see if he can hold onto that consistency and come away with at least a top 10 this weekend.


Some other guys to watch are Greg Biffle, another Roush driver, and Ryan Newman. Although Newman hasn’t necessarily performed all that great this year, this is the type of track that he drives on well. He has a couple previous wins here as well as a pole position.

It seems to be getting harder and harder to pick the winners on a weekly basis because of all of the changes coming into this year, but I’m going to go with the Roush boys this week. If I had to pick any of them, I’d say Carl Edwards. I think that Kyle Busch has the potential to do well here also, but he needs to cool his jets for a little while and regroup after his debacle last weekend with Jaime McMurray.

As of now, your top 12 in points are:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Jeff Burton
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Carl Edwards
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Greg Biffle
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Kevin Harvick
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Tony Stewart

Stewart is in a dangerous position, holding off David Ragan from the number 12 spot by only 7 points. If he can’t manage to get his act together, Stewart will fall out of the top twelve yet again. Fourteen races into the year, Stewart can not afford to be so far behind.

This year, we are seeing a lot of shakeups in the points and a lot of drivers falling in and out of the top 12. I don’t think that people expected Tony Stewart to be fighting with David Ragan of all people for that 12th position. Stay tuned for a great weekend of racing. I’m sure that the points will be shuffling drivers around again.

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