The NASCAR season is coming down to the wore, as we now have just 6 races remaining before we get into the Round of 16 playoffs in September. NASCAR has done a fantastic job of getting in as many races as possible in very difficult circumstances, and they are pushing the limits again this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway. We will start out the weekend with the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, which will be followed by the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday. Rather than breaking down both races individually, let’s instead look at some of the favorites to pick up at least one win over the weekend so you can wager on their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Betting – FireKeepers Casino 400 & Consumers Energy 400
You simply cannot get a tighter race at the top of the driver standings, with Kevin Harvick tied on points with Denny Hamlin. Given that he has 1 less win than the leader, Harvick currently sits in the #2 spot, having picked up 4 wins in the season to this point. It has been the level of consistency that Harvick has delivered that needs to be recognized here, as he has 17 top 10 finishes out of 20 races. He has also been great at this tracking, finishing first there on 3 occasions, including twice in the past 3 seasons. He looks a good bet to win one of these races this weekend.
As mentioned earlier, Hamlin is your current leader in the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings. He certainly deserves to be there, as he has more wins this season than any other driver, taking the checkered flag 5 times thus far. You do have to wonder if he will be able to maintain that lead this weekend, though, as he has not had the best of luck at the Michigan International Speedway. He finished second there last season, and while he has won there twice, those victories came back in 2010 and 2011. I have a feeling that he might end up losing some ground to Harvick in the standings by the time these races are over.
Logano is well worth a look this weekend for a number of different reasons, starting with the fact that he has drawn the pole position for the Saturday race. He is also the defending champion of the FireKeepers 400, winning it at this track last season for his 3rd career win at Michigan. Those seem like rather convincing arguments to take him to win again on Saturday. Logano is 4th in the driver standings and has 2 wins and 0 top 10 finishes from his 20 races this season.
Keselowski is coming into this weekend on a bit of a high after picking up the win at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in New Hampshire last Sunday. That moved him into 3rd in the driver standings, just 7 points off the pace being set by the 2 drivers ahead of him. You do, though, have to question his chances of getting a win at this track, as he has failed to win in 21 attempts at the Michigan International Speedway. Could this be the weekend when he cracks that goose egg?