Mash The Gas: NASCAR Michigan Preview

Keselowski wins pole for Pure Michigan 400

This week the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels back to Michigan International Speedway for the second time in 2017 for the Pure Michigan 400 this Sunday. Going into this weekend there are 13 drivers who have picked up an official win and are already locked into the Playoffs leaving three final spots to either a first-time race victor in 2017 or it will come down to a points race. Michgian's wide track fits Kyle Larson's style perfectly as he is known to use every inch of a racetrack in search of the fastest groove.

Including this race, there are just four races remaining until the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup begins, and there are still numerous drivers without a win, with one of the more notable ones being Dale Earnhardt Jr. Johnson also had to go to the backup auto in June at MI after a practice mishap. A possible side trip on Saturday night to Knoxville, Iowa to race in the Knoxville Nationals sprint auto event could provide extra motivation or could become a distraction. He also won his first stage of the season at the Glen, but still is looking for his first Cup series win of his career. He has had success in his career at the track, racking up two wins, eight top-five finishes, and 15 top-10 finishes in 35 races. (198.813mph), Suarez (198.703mph), Logano (198.621mph), Truex Jr. Truex has a 116-point lead over Kyle Busch in the standings.

(20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 202.577 miles per hour. There's a lot of opportunity that arises in those moments.

Kyle Larson is trying for a third straight Cup win at MI after victories this June and last August. He also finished third in the spring race of 2016. His average finish of 13th is seventh best amongst the current drivers. We have to take risks on the strategy side, I have to take risks on the race track just to put ourselves in position for a win. Three of the last six races have seen one driver (Larson, Logano, Kenseth) lead 90 or more laps with the other three races having two or three drivers share the laps led. Nonetheless, the usual drivers are the favorites again this weekend, according to Las Vegas odds makers.

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The bad luck and bad finishes just seems to keep piling up on Joey Logano this season.

"I get to compete there and come back and go for three in a row here, so it's a cool weekend for me, and I'm really excited for it", he said.

Starting 33rd this week, Dillon makes an elite value pay considering the #13 vehicle got better on Saturday posting the 28th and 24th fastest speeds. "Let's bring him back to win here in MI, and then I want all you fans in Knoxville to be turning your TVs on NASCAR on Sunday". With that, let's jump in and take a look at some of the top picks this week.

Keselowski is locked into the playoffs, but Logano isn't.

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