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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Heluva Good 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on June 13, 2011

In the Pocono race Jeff Gordon showed he still has the fire, collecting his 2nd win of the season and 84th of his career.  Will that fire carry over into this week’s race at Michigan?  Races here usually come down to fuel efficiency and how well the pit crew performs.  Races in Michigan are also notorious for having very few cautions and long green flag runs.  The track is very wide, so there is plenty of maneuvering room for the drivers to avoid trouble and stay out of each other’s way.  Hopefully that doesn’t mean the race will be boring, and we’ll get some good side-by-side racing and a close finish!

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
As far as wins go, this is the most successful season Gordon has had since 2007 when he won 6 times.  Could Boy Wonder be back and getting on track to winning 5 or 6 races in 2011?  I don’t think things will ever be like they were back in the mid to late 1990s when he was winning 7 – 13 races per season, but he is showing life and looks to be showing that he’s a contender for the title again.  Michigan is a track that Gordon has done well at with 2 wins, 18 top five and 23 top ten finishes in 36 races, averaging an 11.4 place finish.  I think he’s ready to go on a roll and start collecting top five finishes and possibly another win or two along the way.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
There’s no driver with a better average finish at Michigan than Carl Edwards.  His 6.3 average finish here is 3 ½ spots better than 2nd place.  Edwards is also one of the hottest drivers over the past five races averaging a 13.4 place finish.  If you don’t think Jeff Gordon is going to get it done this weekend, then there is no reason to leave Edwards off your team.  He’s the points leader, and less than 25% of you had him on your team last week.  In 13 career races at Michigan he has 11 top ten finishes, 8 top five, and 2 wins.  He needs to be on your team this week!

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There is no driver hotter than Earnhardt Jr. right now.  Over the past five races Earnhardt is averaging an 8.2 place finish with three consecutive top ten finishes and a top five finish in there as well.  Earnhardt doesn’t have the best record at Michigan with a 15.7 place average finish, but has done pretty well here recently with two top ten finishes in the past 3 races.  Obviously this isn’t much of a secret to most since 56% of you have him on your team already, but if he isn’t on your team what are you waiting for?  You’re losing points to everyone else.

Joey Logano
Joey Logano, have I lost my mind?  He only has two top ten finishes in 2011.  Hang on though.  Michigan is actually a track that he has done very well at.  He’s finished in the top ten in three consecutive races here.  Logano has also perked up some over the past few races with a 3rd and 11th place finish.  He is down in 23rd place, but has climbed up four spots over the past few weeks.  It’s a gamble, but if you’re willing to take the risk you’ll be getting some points that everyone else will miss out on.  Logano was only owned by just over 6% of you last week.

Dark Horse: Brian Vickers
Vickers is finding his 2011 comeback tougher than expected, sitting way down in 26th in points.  This should all turn around at Michigan.  He missed both of the races here in 2010, but going back to 2007 Vickers has 5 consecutive top ten finishes with a win mixed in there as well.  He took the pole position for the last three races he participated in here as well.  This is obviously a track that he knows and is confident in racing on.  Look for Vickers to have a solid week and collect his 5th top ten finish of the season.

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