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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Pure Michigan 400

Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking reveals his top drivers for this weekend's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway!

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Pure Michigan 400

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The Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and the 2.0-mile oval will pose a much different challenge for drivers and fantasy owners than last weekend's short track race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Wrecks should be much less of a concern this weekend thanks to the wide racing surface of Michigan, and while fuel mileage often plays a role in deciding the outcome, the race should be more predictable overall.

At Bristol, Jimmie Johnson was the only driver who had finished in the top 10 in more than half of the previous 10 races at the track. There are five drivers who have accomplished the same feat in the last 10 races at Michigan.

There are still some sleeper drivers worth keeping an eye on heading into Sunday's race, but you shouldn't be afraid to load up on big names either.

1. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]

Logano is going for a season sweep at Michigan after a dominating win in June, and he has been the man to beat here since joining Team Penske. He has cracked the top 10 in all seven of his starts at MIS with the organization, winning twice and compiling a 5.0 average finish.

2. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

Since the start of the 2013 season, Harvick has compiled a series-leading six top five finishes in seven starts at Michigan. In fact, Harvick has finished second an incredible five times during the same stretch.

3. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]

His 7.2 average finish over the last 10 races at Michigan is the best in the series, and Keselowski has finished in the top 15 in every race during the stretch. He has four top five finishes during the same stretch, including a fourth-place run in June, and he has cracked the top 10 in his last five races here.

4. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

Kenseth is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he had the field covered last summer, leading 146 of the 200 laps. Over the last 10 races here, he has eight top 15s, and he ranks fourth in driver points scored in that span.

5. CARL EDWARDS, #19 ARRIS/STANLEY, JOE GIBBS RACING[YAHOO CLASS B]

The two-time Michigan winner has been moving toward another win at the track since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. He has an 8.0 average finish in three starts here with JGR, and he finished sixth in both the August race last year and the June race this season.


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