It was Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry (god rest his soul) that wrote a song named “Speed.” The focus of the song was a man trying to outrun a memory of a woman he lost, and do so by driving a powerful Camaro. Yet all the while, memories of her come about. As hard as he tries, he can’t outrun her.
In a way, NASCAR has been like that this season when two drivers have been so dominant, so strong, no one has been able to outrun them.
Being fast is important, and it often means the automakers want to get everything they can on the track to help ensure their product is the best, and the fastest. NASCAR has a long history of speed, and a strong relationship with the automakers, and this week the manufacturers take center stage. It’s a homecoming of sorts, because off in the distance is a place known as “Mo Town.”
In the shadows of Detroit, it’s to one of the fastest tracks on the circuit, but also one that has been popular among everyone in the garage. Multiple lanes to run, different strategies to play, and truly the fastest driver comes out a winner. Michigan International Speedway has always been fun for drivers, and fans alike, and this should be no different this time around.
The League players had a bit of an extended week to prepare, which will be shown as to why, so they maybe have figured out their own strategy to victory. Here’s who they think will celebrate at the end of the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Misan Akuya: Kurt Busch
Busch is the forgotten SHR car. With Harvick setting the world on fire, Bowyer having speed every week, Almirola impressing as the new kid on the block and even Cole Custer running well in Xfinity and getting some starts in Cup with the possibility of promotion, Kurt is actually having a quiet year. This is not a bad thing as he is solidly in the top ten in points. He just needs a win to really get his season going. With three here in the Irish Hills, he has the odds in his favor.
Rob Blount: Kevin Harvick
Had fastest car at California before making a mistake.
Billy Fellin: Kyle Larson
No reason given.
Ashley Hobbs: Kyle Larson
Defending race winner, and defending MIS winner – Kyle Larson gets back to victory lane in what has to be his favorite place.
Ashley Hull: NO PICK
Deadline passed with no pick submitted.
Dustin Parks: Brad Keselowski
The hometown driver wants to win here so bad, and he has yet to taste victory this season. This time, the deuce finished P1.
Trisha Rodisch: Kevin Harvick
No reason given.
Sal Sigala Jr: Martin Truex Jr.
No reason given. AUTHOR NOTE: The deadline for picks this week was extended for a full day as Sal went in for surgery on Wednesday evening. Surgery was successful, now he’s recovering, and already has been taking pics from his hospital bed. With his fiance at his side, he’s starting to feel a lot better. Get well Sal.
Rob Tiongson: Kyle Larson
Consistently, Larson’s Chevrolet has been the best of the Bowtie Brigade. Considering his runner up finishes at Fontana and Pocono, and the awesome speed displayed at Kansas, Larson will make it four wins in a row at MIS.
Penny Whitecotton: Kevin Harvick
No reason given.
Standings following Pocono:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 546 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (3) 17
Ashley Hobbs – 523 – Kyle Larson finished 2nd (5) 26
Rob Tiongson – 517 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (2) 10
Penny Whitecotton – 485 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (5) 24
Trisha Rodisch – 483 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (4) 21
Misan Akuya – 475 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (4) 22
Dustin Parks – 453 – Ryan Blaney finished 6th (0) 2
Billy Fellin – 439 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (3) 19
Rob Blount – 420 – Martin Truex Jr WON (2) 12
Ashley Hull – 343 – NO PICK SENT (2) 12
Summary of Picks:
Martin Truex Jr-1