Another newly paved track - NASCAR visits Michigan for Fast Times at MIS
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't had a win in four years. Jeff Gordon is having a season from hell, where everything that can go wrong does. He sort of reminds me of Dale Earnhardt Sr trying to win the Daytona 500 (is that a seagull I see? Look out Jeff!)
However, with the support of their crews, fans, owner, families and friends, these guys keep on keepin' on. Even Kurt Busch is back in the seat of the 51 car this weekend, having had his "come to Jesus meeting" with Jame Finch.
Dale Jr is teaming up with "The Dark Knight Rises" and has a car painted to promote the movie. You can see it with the actual car from the movie in the picture.
Will that help him win the race? No, but it could make the fans cheer even louder when he takes the lead. Dale Jr's last win came here in Michigan four years ago, but that win came as a result of rain and a fuel mileage decision. While a win is a win, Jr is going to be battling to prove he can win here, no matter what. However, there is a chance of rain for Sunday......
Jeff Gordon has won here twice, both times early in his career when he was dominating every track and winning the groan "Anybody but Gordon". He has, however, recorded 18 top fives and 24 top tens at the track, so winning isn't that much of a long shot.
Both of these men will have to get past Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, the two who grabbed the checkers in last year's races. In fact, Denny has taken the last two spring races, so he is a safe bet, if you are playing Fantasy Racing.
As I mentioned above, Kurt Busch is back in the 51 car for James Finch and Phoenix Racing. Remember last week when David Reutimann kindly stepped in and filled that seat, while Dave Blaney took over his ride in the 10 car? Tony Raines then took over Blaney's ride. Well, something is definitely fishy now. Raines will be in the 10 car this weekend, while Reutimann's name doesn't even appear on the entry list. Dave Blaney is back in his 36 ride. So where does that leave Reut?? According to Tommy Baldwin Racing, the team had anticipated Reutimann being in the 51 car again this week, so had made other arrangements for their drivers to fill seats. It seems Reutimann will be back in the 10 for Kentucky.
Of note for the Cup Race, Austin Dillon will be in the 33 car for Richard Childress Racing Sunday, and in his regular 3 car for the Nationwide Race Saturday. It will be fun watching him progress as a driver, just as his younger brother, Ty, will do. Richard Childress has a plan for the future of his grandsons, and so far it seems to be working out just fine.
So, what do you think? Is it going to be Denny in Victory Lane again? Kyle Busch? Or maybe Jr will finally get a win again. Maybe Jeff Gordon's seasonw ill take an about face and he'll be the guy celebrating. Give us you thoughts and picks and we'll see you here for some racing.