With the 2019 NASCAR season steamrolling into Michigan for the FireKeepers Casino 400, it’s time to take a look at the odds and offer up some expert betting predictions on just which drivers stand the best chances of cashing in this coming weekend.
A year ago, Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag in this fun-filled race which debuted way back in 1969. Despite never winning on this track, current NASCAR leader Kyle Busch is the prohibitive favorite after getting his fourth win of the year at Pocono Raceway last weekend. Now, let’s take a look at the NASCAR odds, before I share my top five picks to find their way into the winner’s circle this weekend.
2019 Firekeepers Casino 400 Odds, Preview & Predictions
- When: Sunday, June 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
- Where: Michigan International Speedway
- TV: FS1
- Live Stream: NASCAR Live
Odds to Win 2019 Firekeepers Casino 400
- Kyle Busch +250
- Kevin Harvick +500
- Martin Truex Jr. +600
- Brad Keselowski +650
- Chase Elliott +1000
- Joey Logano +1000
- Kyle Larson +1600
- Denny Hamlin +1600
- Ryan Blaney +2000
- Clint Bowyer +2000
- Erik Jones +2500
- Kurt Busch +2500
- Alex Bowman +2800
- Aric Almirola +2800
- Jimmie Johnson +3300
No. 5 Brad Keselowski
Fist and foremost, the 35-year-old Keselowski hails from Michigan, so he’s racing in his hometown event and that alone should mean he’s going to want to put on a show in this event. While Keselowski has never won on this track, he did finish sixth in this race last year and second in the 2018 Consumers 400 last fall. Keselowski has six Top 5 finishes at Michigan overall, seven Top 10 finishes this year and a half-dozen Top 5 finishes to go along with three wins.
No. 4 Chase Elliott
Not only has Elliott has finished fifth or better in each of his last five races, but he’s got one victory this year to go along with seven Top 10 finishes and six Top 5 finishes. More importantly, Elliott finished an identical second on this track in three straight races, including consecutive Firekeeper’s 400’s in 2016 and 2017. In addition to that, Elliott has also recorded a trio of other Top 10 finishes at Michigan to make it six straight Top 10 finishes since his debut in 2016. With a finishing average of 5.33, I’m thinking Elliott has a real shot!
No. 3 Joey Logano
Logano finished seventh at Pocono Raceway the last time out, but the 29-year-old Connecticut native and reigning NASCAR champ won this race in 2016 while also taking the checkered flag at Michigan in the fall of 2013. In addition to his past success, Logano also has 10 Top 10 finishes this year and seven Top 5 finishes, not to mention, a top-10 finish in 11 of his last visits to Michigan International Speedway.
No. 2 Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson might be sitting in 16t place in the NASCAR standings with a modest four Top 10 finishes and just one Top 5 finish, but I’m thinking the 26-year-old Californian has a great chance to win this event as a value-packed +1600 pick. You see, not only did Larson win this race in 2017, but he also won the Consumers Energy 400 on this same track in the falls of 2016 and 2017. Three wins at Michigan Speedway in six appearances here since 2016 tell me Larson knows this track very well and that he’s going to be super confident because of his past success.
No. 1 Kyle Busch
Busch cashed in last weekend at Pocono Raceway as my No. 2 pick behind Martin Truex Jr. to take the NASCAR points lead away from Joey Logano. Busch became the first driver to reach four victories this year and while he’s never won this race, he has won at Michigan by taking the checkered flag in the fall of 2011. Right now, Busch definitely has the car and with a whopping 13 Top 10 finishes and 8 Top 5 finishes, he’s driving at a high level that only a few others can truly compete with.