When: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Where: Michigan International Speedway
Defending Champion: Joey Logano
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway, located in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan, on Father’s Day with the running of the FireKeepers Casino 400! It is one of two races held at the Speedway each year with the Pure Michigan 400 taking place in August.
Formerly known as the Quicken Loans 400, Lifelock 400 and Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400 among other names, this 400-mile contest at Michigan International Speedway features some of the fastest action in the sport.
The FireKeepers Casino 400 is at the halfway point of determining who will make the Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and is one of the fastest races in NASCAR despite being one of the shortest.
The track is a two-mile moderate-banked D-shaped superspeedway and is now one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straight-aways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 190 mph and corner entry speeds easily exceed 200 mph.
Cale Yarborough holds the record for most wins in this race with six, while David Pearson and Bill Elliott have four wins. Rusty Wallace has three wins, while seven drivers including Denny Hamlin have two.
The top teams in this race have been Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing and Wood Brothers Racing with six wins. Four teams including Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have four wins while Ranier-Lundy has three wins. M.C. Anderson and Richard Childress Racing have two wins.
Ford has won this race 17 times, while Chevrolet has 14 wins. Mercury has 7 wins, while Dodge has three. Buick, Pontiac and Toyota have two wins while Oldsmobile has one.
The FireKeepers Casino 400 takes place on Sunday on FS1 with Kyle Larson listed as the favorite. Larson won at Michigan last year and he has been very good on two-mile tracks recently. Larson is listed at odds of 5-1, while Martin Truex Jr. is the second choice in the betting, at odds of 6-1. There are seven drivers listed with odds of less than 10-1. Let’s look at the race and NASCAR picks. Continue...
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The Michigan International Speedway has drawn adrenaline junkies from all over the state of Michigan to bet on some of the best drivers tackling the course.
When preparing to bet a track like Michigan always check drivers performances at California for NASCAR Cup during the summer race and their two NASCAR Cup races at Michigan. This will give a good cross section on the drivers ability on the long flat two mile tracks.
Typically races at Michigan consist of long green flag runs that call for smart fuel management strategy.
The Past winners at Michigan International Speedway, all have one thing in common. They all managed their fuel and know how to let their cars ease into the corner using little brake. NASCAR Cup Drivers Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr have captured the last two races held on this date in Michigan.
The track is a two-mile moderate-banked D-shaped superspeedway located on more than 1,400 acres near Brooklyn, MI. Michigan is now one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR due to its wide, sweeping corners and long straight-aways; typical qualifying speeds are in excess of 190 mph and corner entry speeds are in excess of 190 mph and corner entry speeds are anywhere from 205-215 mph. The 18-degree banking is modest by stock car standards.
Opening in 1968, the Speedway has grown considerably over the decades, adding more and the largest sports arena in the state.
Today the seating has increased from its original capacity to four times the amount of spectators that the arena can hold.
Many other renovations have taken place at this track other than the seating such as new ticket gates, improved concession stands and the skylounge area which sits high above the start/finish line.
This year track fans will have a new scoreboard, improved turn one seating, and new campsites. This is definitely on of the countrys premier racing facilities.
Jimmie Johnson finally scored a victory at Michigan International Speedway in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400.
Johnson entered the day 0-for-24 on the 2-mile oval. MIS was one of only five active tracks on the circuit where he hadn't parked his Lowe's No. 48 Chevrolet in victory prior to today.
Johnson scored his 69th career victory and his third checkered flag in the past four Cup events, winning the race by a comfortable margin over pole-sitter Kevin Harvick.
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