Kyle Larson looks for the sweep at Michigan International Speedway after also winning at the other 2-mile track at Fontana earlier this season.
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
Sponsor: Pure Michigan
Shape: 2.0 mile speedway
Similar tracks: California (Fontana)
Defending champion: Kyle Larson
T.V.: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
– 6 of last 8 race winners started in the top-8 (front four rows) including five pole sitters.
– The farthest back a race winner has started is 32nd (M Martin/2009 & J Gordon/1998).
Season: Just 3 top-10s in his last six races including a win at Pocono.
Track: 4 top-5s and a win in 25 career races including just 2 top-10s since his lone win here in 2011; 7th in June.
Season: 5 top-10s, L9 including 4 top-5s and a runner-up; runner-up at Fontana.
Track: 5 top-5s in 16; 16th in June.
Kyle Larson (Defending Champion)
Season: Finished 26th or worse in five of his last seven races; won from the pole at Fontana.
Track: 4 top-10s in seven career races including back-to-back wins; won from the pole in June.
Martin Truex Jr.
Season: 4 top-5s and two wins in his last five races.
Track: 5 top-5s in 23 career races including sixth or better in three of his last five; 6th in June.
Season: Just 2 top-10s, L6.
Track: Has three runner-up finishes here in all three races including June.
Season: 12 top-10s, L16 including 8 top-5s, two runner-ups and a win.
Track: 10 top-5s and a win in 33 career races including 7 top-5s in his last nine with five runner-ups; 14th in June.
Season: Four straight top-10s including 3 top-5s and a runner-up (last week at Watkins Glen).
Track: 14 top-5s and three wins in 36 career races; 11th in June.
Season: Just 2 top-5s, L13; 5th at Fontana.
Track: 12 top-10s, 5 top-5s and two wins in 17 career races including nine straight top-10s with 5 top-5s, two wins a combined 356-laps led; 3rd in June.
Season: 8 top-10s, L11 including 7 top-5s and a win.
Track: 7 top-5s and two wins in 23 career races (has not led a lap here in his last seven races); 4th in June.
Note: Hamlin may have to leave the race with the impending birth of his child.
Season: No top-5s in his last eight races.
Track: Just 1 top-10 in five career races; 25th in June.
Season: Just 1 top-5 (win at Dover) in his last 14 races; has also finished 27th or worse in four of his last five races.
Track: 5 top-5s and a win in 31career races including leading a combined 687-laps; 10th in June.
Season: Just 1 top-5, L12; 6th at Fontana.
Track: Just 2 top-5s in 29 career races, but has 4 top-10s in his last five including 5th in June.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Season: No top-10s, L6.
Track: 8 top-5s and two wins in 35 career races including 5 top-10s in his last six with 2 top-5s and a runner-up; 9th in June.
Season: Just 1 top-5 since winning the Daytona 500.
Track: 11 top-10s and three wins in 33 career races; 12th in June.
Season: Four straight top-10s including 3rd last week; 7th at Fontana.
Track: 24th in first Cup race here in June, but won here last here in the Xfinity Series.
RACE PICKS: WEEK 23
RACE RECORD: 12 for 22
RACE TOTAL: +30
WEEK 23 RACE PICKS
M Truex Jr. (5-1)…25
K Larson (5-1)…25
B Keselowski (5-1)…20
C Elliott (9-1)…20
J Logano (12-1)…10
For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
RACE RECORD: 10 for 22
RACE TOTAL: -135
WEEK 23 RACE PICKS
M Kenseth (10-1)…30
J Logano (12-1)…30
B Keselowski (5-1)…25
J McMurray (35-1)…5
Dale Jr. (45-1)…5
D Suarez (55-1)…5
For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)
Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).
100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.
The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.
After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.
Championship Odds (8/11)
3-1…Kyle B and M Truex Jr.
7-1…K Harvick and J Johnson
15-1…C Elliott and B Keselowski
50-1…R Blaney, J Logano and R Newman
80-1…C Bowyer and J McMurray
100-1…A Dillon, Dale Jr., K Kahne,
E Jones and R Stenhouse Jr.