Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, in the foothills of Appalachian Mountains and also being raised on car lot virtually my entire life. I developed a love for cars, hot rods, and the love for racing at an early age. I loved the fact that the cars would go fast, there would be the short track bump & run, and there was the occasional fight, who doesn’t like to watch a fight? Yeah, I can’t think of no one either. I’m sure the dirt is being thrown around tonight at the local dirt tracks on warm Saturday nights all across America, and another thing that will be all across America is that it is Father’s Day the 18th.
Now, I would like to personally thank my dad for introducing me to the car and racing scene at an early age, it’s a love and passion that I am forever grateful for, but nothing like the responsibility that he took on raising me, feeding me, buying me nice things so I could feel like I was someone…to be proud to carry his last name throughout my lifetime.
We do have a NASCAR race this Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, but it is also Fathers Day, at 7am in the morning I will be teeing off with my father on our annual golf outing at the local golf course. Now, with all that being said I want everyone to take time out of there day and look your father in the eye, and tell them how appreciative you are to have them in your life today.
Michigan International Speedway is a two mile D shaped oval track with really only one characteristic and that is a lot of speed, NASCAR’s fastest track as we seen Erik Jones hit 215 mph going into turn 1 in practice. I know one damn thing, in Kentucky we would put that into words by saying “he’s scootin’’ so expect to see a lot of speed tomorrow at Michigan. Each week I will select 6 drivers that I have selected for the weeks upcoming race, and I will also have a couple other pivots for you listed at the bottom. I am now going to jump into my favorite plays for this weekend’s race on DraftKings and I hope that my knowledge will land you in the green and for a big payout Sunday afternoon.
Top Tier – Cash & GPP
Kyle Larson ($10,200)
Now it is no secret that this young gun is well on his way as being the face of NASCAR. Last year, NASCAR introduced the new aero package that they are currently running this year full time. One might ask who performed well last year at this track, Kyle Larson as he took his first checkered flag on the 2 mile track. We have raced at another 2 mile track this year at Fontana which is almost a spitting image too Michigan, besides a few bumps, he won that race. In the past 4 races Kyle Larson has 1 win, 1 top 5, and two top 20’s along with 49 laps led. Kyle Larson should easily find his way into your lineup this week, he will start on the pole.
Martin Truex Jr ($10,000)
As I have stated before Michigan is about all speed, and who has been fast over the last two years and seems to be fast at every single track, that 78 car. Truex will be running the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme and Truex has raced that car 4 times, in those 4 times he has 2 wins and 2 top 10’s.In the last 4 races at Michigan 2 top 5’s, and two top 20’s, Look for the 78 car to lead some laps Sunday, he will start 2nd.
Brad Keslowski ($9,700)
The Blue Deuce showed really good speed in final practice as he posted the fastest time. This is for all of you narrative guys, this is Michigan and the fords always love to bring their best cars to Michigan everyone always wants to have a good showing at their home track. Oh, and by the way Brad is also from Michigan and I’m sure he would love to win in front of his friends and family. In the past 4 races he has 2 top 5’s, two top 10’s, and I won’t be shocked at all if he finds his way to victory lane Sunday, he will start 12th.
Erik Jones ($8,000)
Another Michigan boy, a rookie, and I’m sure he would nothing more to pick up his first cup win at his home track. Around this time last year, Erik lost his father due to cancer…man that gave me chills as I typed that. A teammate of Truex, Erik has had great speed all year just hasn’t been able to finish the races, but that is just part of the rookie learning process. This is first cup start at Michigan, but I am a narrative guy as well and I love Erik Jones this week, he will roll off 14th.
Dark Horses GPP
Paul Menard ($6,500)
For whatever reason, this is a great track for Paul and it looked like he struggled in qualifying as he will start 30th. In the last 4 races, 1 top 10 and 3 top 20’s. Menard will be a staple value play this week, and will provide you some salary relief.
Ty Dillon ($6,100)
Ty never got to make a qualifying attempt but he’s been a great value play all year long. He will start 37th and should be a cash game lock. He will also provide great salary relief as well.
Other top tier drivers to consider:
Kevin Harvick ($9,900)
Kyle Busch ($9,500)
Chase Elliott ($9,400)
Other mid tier drivers to consider:
Denny Hamlin ($8,600)
Jaime McMurray ($8,200)
Dale Earnhardt Jr ($7,800)
Other value drivers to consider:
Daniel Suarez ($7,500)
Ryan Newman ($7,200)
Clint Bowyer ($6,800)
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