Michigan is a beautiful 2 mile track and has always been exciting but with double file restarts that excitement has only grew larger.
This is my predicition fo the top ten on Sunday for the CarFax 400
Kurt Busch has had a great season 1 win and 4th in points. He finished 8th at Michigan and I expect another good showing out of the 2 team. Expect a great qualifying run out of the 2 car and a strong run running top ten most of the day.
Kasey Kahne finished 21st last time out at Michigan. But he has had a great season with a surprising win at Sonoma. The 9 team always excels at tracks like these and seems to be able to qualify up front at tracks like these so expect nothing else but a strong qualifying run and strong finish for Kasey Kahne
Jimmie Johnson has been strong all year with 3 wins and 2nd in points. Last time at Michigan he had the dominant car leading 143 laps of 200. But ran out of gas and finished 22nd. Expect the 48 to start in the first 2 rows and run strong all day long as he gears up for the chase.
Michigan is where Denny changed his season for the better finished 3rd and leading some laps. With a win at Pocono and a 10th at the Glen, Hamlin is riding high and has high hopes for Michigan. Don't expect a strong qualifying run but expect a strong charge to the front.
Mark Martin has 4 wins yet is 11th in points 89 points ahead of 13th place points man Kyle Busch. Mark was victorious last time out at Michigan taking advantage of Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle running out of fuel. Look for a bad qualifying run (to his standards at least) but also look for him to go to the front.
Greg was oh so close to winning for the 3rd time at Michigan. Currently winless this year Greg hopes to change it around after a 4th place finish at the Glen. Look for Biffle to start midpack but at the start quickly charge to the top ten and be a contender before the day is done.
Matt hasn't had the season he had hoped. Despite winning the first 2 races of the year he has only 2 top fives since then. And is 12th in points only 58 points ahead of Kyle Busch in 13th. But look for him to be strong at Michigan. I expect Kenseth to start quite well and in typical Matt Kenseth style hang and be a threat at the end.
Jamie like Kenseth hasn't had the season he had hoped for. Filled with bad luck, mechanical failures McMurray is 20th in points with his best finish being 7th. He lost his ride at Roush due to sponsorship so in a way he is driving for a job. He is bringing his first Brand new car of the 2009 season to Michigan a track he runs well at so look for him to qualify well and race well all day and lead some laps.
What can we about Smoke. He is "the best around and nothing is ever going to keep him down." He is having a dream season as a owner/driver with 3 wins, a series leading 13 top fives, a series leading 18 top tens, and a series leading 7th place average finish. Michigan is the site of one of his worst finishes in his last 10 races (which are all in the top ten 8 of which in the top 5) a 7th. Smoke seems to have won at every track he has raced at. Expect a good qualifying run from Smoke and him to be one of the cars to beat and lead many laps on Sunday.
Carl Edwards won 9 races last year this year 0. But Sunday that will change. After finishing 3rd at the Glen Carl is running some high momentum and will be the guy to beat at Michigan. His stats show that he is the best driver at MIS in the cup series with an average finish of 6.30. Expect him to qualify so so but to march his way to front , dominate and win.
Notables. Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya will have good days finishing 11th and 12th. Gordon has an aling back so expect him to take it easy. Clint Bowyer who is trying to make the chase will finish 13th. The front row will consist of Ryan Newman and Brian Vickers but both wil finish 14th and 15th. Dale Earnhardt Jr will have another trying day in 16th, Kevin Harvick 17th and Kyle Busch in 18th.