NASCAR Preview Double Header Weekend with 2020 FireKeepers Casino 400

It is a dual weekend for NASCAR! The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Michigan this weekend for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday and the Consumers Energy 400 on Sunday. The doubled race weekend is being done to catch up on races that were missed due to the COVID-19 hiatus.

For this article, as odds are only available for the Saturday race, the focus will be on the FireKeepers Casino 400. Oddsmakers seem to be favoring a Ford driver to take the Checkered flag as three of the top-five favored drivers to win outright pilot Blue Ovals.

Kevin Harvick comes in at +350 for the weekend with fellow Ford Drivers falling in line close behind him. Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski are at both riding in at +700.

Last week Keselowski held off Denny Hamlin (+450) for the win at New Hampshire. It was Keselowski’s third win of the 2020 season. Hamlin was my bright spot for the race followed by Logano and Harvick finishing in fourth and fifth giving me four drivers in the top-ten. Check out the article for more insight.

Here are the top-five favored drivers to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 outright according to intertops.

Kevin Harvick +350

Denny Hamlin +450

Joey Logano +700

Brad Keselowski +700

Martin Truex Jr +800



Michigan Dual Race Weekend Info
(Two Cup Races – Saturday and Sunday)

Track: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan

Type: 2 miles, Oval

Banking: Turns: 18°, Front: 12°, Back: 5°

Race Distance:  156 laps, 312 miles

Defending Track Winner: Joey Logano

TV/Radio: NBC-SN / MRN

Start Time: Saturday and Sunday, 4:30 PM Eastern

Wins by manufacturer: Ford 39, Chevrolet 26, Toyota 5, (Mercury 12, Dodge 9, Buick 4, Pontiac 4, Oldsmobile 2.)

Kevin Harvick +350

Kevin Harvick has been bank for me all season long with only a few hiccups during the season. It’s hard to argue betting against a driver that has won at Michigan three times in their Cup Series career with two of those checkered flags coming in the last three races at the track.

Brad Keselowski +700

Keselowski’s win last week was not a fluke! He held off Hamlin for several laps towards the end of the race with a dominating ride. It looks like the No. 2 team has found the power that they had earlier in the season when Keselowski racked up two wins in May. He’s a favorite at Michigan every year and 2020 is no different.

Chase Elliott +900

Chase Elliott has been the strongest Chevrolet drivers this season and has been close to getting his second win of 2020 several times this year. That win could come at Michigan where he’s finished in the top ten seven times out of eight starts at the track.


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Others I like

Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr: I would rate both drivers higher, but consistency has been an issue for each of their teams in 2020. Logano has three Michigan wins – Truex has yet to win at the track. Both drivers have scored wins this season.

FireKeepers Casino 400 Odds

Kevin Harvick +350

Denny Hamlin +450

Joey Logano +700

Brad Keselowski +700

Martin Truex Jr +800

Kyle Busch +900

Ryan Blaney +900

Chase Elliott +900

Aric Almirola +1400

Kurt Busch +2800

Erik Jones +3300

Alex Bowman +3300

Matt Dibenedetto +4000

Clint Bowyer +4000

William Byron +5000

Jimmie Johnson +5000

Christopher Bell +5000

Tyler Reddick +5000

Cole Custer +8000

Austin Dillon +8000

Matt Kenseth +8000

Ryan Newman +10000

Ricky Stenhouse Jr +20000

Chris Buescher +30000

Darrell Wallace Jr. +30000

Ryan Preece +30000

John Hunter Nemechek +50000

Ty Dillon +75000

Michael McDowell +100000

Daniel Suarez +100000

Corey Lajoie +200000

Brennan Poole +200000

J.J. Yeley +300000

Joey Gase +300000

Timmy Hill +300000

Garrett Smithley +300000

Reed Sorenson +300000

Quinn Houff +400000

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·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

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