June 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM #52343
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400 Preview and Prediction
Race: Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway
Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will be at Michigan International Speedway this week for the running of the Quicken Loans 400. Sunday’s race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and it will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
Last week at Pocono, Jimmie Johnson continued to pad his lead in this year’s Sprint Cup point standings by taking the checkered flag for the third time this season. Greg Biffle raced his way to second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted his fourth top-five finish of the season by taking third.
The following is a closer look at our favorite, contender, and longshot picks for this Sunday’s race with odds provided by Sportsbook.
The Favorite (odd of less than 10/1)
Matt Kenseth was the first driver to win three point races this season with victories at Las Vegas, Kansas and Darlington and he has been opened at +700 to add a fourth title this week. The No.20 car has dropped a few spots in the standings to sixth after three-straight finishes out of the top 10, but it is still in solid shape to make the Chase with 418 points. Kenseth has already won two Sprint Cup races at this track and has done well in this race recently with a second-place finish in 2011 and a third-place finish in last year’s race. Adding even more value to his odds is an average finishing position of 9.6 at Michigan.
The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)
In a three-race span in early April, Kyle Busch posted two victories, but he finished out of the top 20 in four of five races after that run. It looks like the No.18 car may be returning to form with a fourth-place finish at Dover followed by a sixth-place finish last week that has the team in seventh-place in the standings with 412 points. Busch has been opened at +1000 to add a third checkered flag to his 2013 resume this week which could be a solid play if he drives like he did here in 2011. That season he took third in this race and first in the second race at Michigan.
The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)
Clint Bowyer is definitely not one of the flashiest drivers in the Sprint Cup series, but he has very quietly raced his No.15 car to third place in the standings with 452 points on the strength of four top-five finishes. Bowyer has been opened as a +2200 longshot to post his first victory of the season this Sunday at Michigan and while he has never won a Sprint Cup race at this track he has finished in the top 10 in his last four races here. This combined with current form could warrant a small play on him to upset the field this week.
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