The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Brooklyn, Michigan, this week for the Pure Michigan 400.
Kevin Harvick won the pole for the June race at Michigan. He led the most laps (63 of the 200) and finished second. Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano also had great races, with Gordon leading 36 Laps and Logano 29 Laps. Jimmie Johnson ended up with the best race, though, as he drove the No. 48 Chevy to Victory Lane for the first time at Michigan. Johnson started the race in the seventh spot and led 39 Laps.
Michigan is one of the fastest race tracks on the circuit. Horsepower will determine the race winner this week. The only teams to consistently bring fast race cars to each track are the drivers from Team Penske and the drivers using Hendrick Motorsports engines. The drivers from these organizations will be the drivers to watch Sunday.
Fuel mileage will also be important at Michigan. The tires did not wear out in the last race, so teams will have the option of taking two tires without losing much track position. Teams that do take two tires may gain track position but lose out on a full tank of fuel. There will be many different strategies played out in the race Sunday. Teams with a savvy crew chief will have the advantage.
Here are my picks for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan.