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Driver Recommendations for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 8, 2009

Michigan can be described as a big, wide, D-shaped track that gives the drivers plenty of room to maneuver, and build up lots of speed. This track is known for being won by “fuel strategy” and a lot of guys that dominate the race have run out of fuel with a couple laps to go making it difficult to predict the winner.

So, you think I’ve been picking the same drivers all season and taking the easy way out? Well how about this week I give you my chaser and alternate chaser like normal but instead of the usual 1 dark horse, I pick a whole team of them? Truth is I think all of these guys can score top ten finishes on Sunday.

Recommendations this week

Chaser: Carl Edwards
Carl is ridiculous at Michigan. 2 wins, 5 top fives and 8 top tens in only 9 career races. That means he averages a 6.6 place finish here! I don’t know how you can bet against that.

Alternate Chaser: Matt Kenseth
Matt hasn’t been as good as Carl at Michigan, but he has a good record here too. A couple wins, 9 top fives, and 13 top tens in 19 races. He’s also got 4 top fives in the past 5 races here. He started the season off hot, then cooled down, but he’s starting to get it warmed back up. He should be in contention at Michigan.

Brian Vickers
Brian has 3 consecutive top ten finishes at Michigan and 5 in his 10 career races. This is definitely a track that he knows how to navigate and stay out of trouble. This season wasn’t the breakout that he had hoped, but this weekend he should be able to make a good run.

Jamie McMurray
Eek. It’s been a bad year for Jamie, but like a lot of other drivers down in the points, he does have a good record at Michigan. 3 top ten finishes in the last 4 at the track is a good sign, and hopefully he can keep the focus and contend for another top ten.

David Ragan
This will only be David’s 5th race at Michigan, but last season he scored a 3rd and 8th place finish, improving his average finish at the track to 12.5. Confidence should go up for him at Michigan after he starts practice and has his qualifying run. Once the race starts he’ll be ready to go and fight for a top 10 or possibly another top 5 finish.


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