Firekeepers Casino 400 (Cup Series) Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks
- It would help Kevin Harvick a lot to keep his Michigan winning streak alive.
- Kyle Larson has been winning everything lately. Why not another “W” on Sunday?
- With the Playoff approaching, it’s about time for veteran Joey Logano to find his mojo.
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The Firekeepers Casino 400 is the 25th race of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season, and that means it’s the penultimate event before the 16-driver Playoff begins.
Fourteen Playoff berths already have been decided, leaving two up for grabs in the final two regular-season events. Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick currently occupy the final two Playoff spots on points, but that’s subject to change.
Sunday’s race will be contested over 200 laps (400 miles) at the two-mile track, with stage breaks scheduled after 60 and 120 laps. Harvick has won the last three races at the track, including a doubleheader sweep last year.
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|FireKeepers Casino 400 Driver||Winner Odds|
|Kyle Larson||+260 |
|Kyle Busch||+700 |
|Kevin Harvick||+700 |
|Martin Truex Jr.||+750 |
|Chase Eliott||+800 |
|Denny Hamlin||+900 |
|Alex Bowman||+1200 |
|William Byron||+1400 |
|Brad Keselowski||+1600 |
|Joey Logano||+1600 |
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How to Watch Firekeepers Casino 400
|Race||FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway|
|Time||Sunday, August 22, 3 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||NBCSN|
After Prolonged Dry Spell, Kevin Harvick Could Use Another Win at Michigan
The enduring mystery of 2021 is Kevin Harvick’s fall-off in performance from one year to the next. How can a driver who won nine times in 2020 fail to score a victory in the first 24 races of the following season?
The ascension of Hendrick Motorsports to the top position in the NASCAR Cup Series pecking order is one explanation. Still, Harvick led 1,531 laps in 36 races last year. Though 24 events this season, he’s led a mere 105.
Michigan might be the track that cures what ails the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team. Harvick has won the last three races there, four of the last five and five overall, most among active drivers. Another win, and he clinches a Playoff spot.
Harvick is posted at +700 to win on Sunday via DraftKings Sportsbook. Given his record at the track, how can you resist? An even more enticing even-money bet, perhaps, is for Harvick to finish in the top five, which he has done in 12 of his last 16 appearances at Michigan.
Kyle Larson Looks to Extend Mind-Blowing Run in August
The most stunning result this month has been Kyle Larson not winning last Sunday’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
Larson led a race-high 28 laps at Indy but got shuffled back on a late restart and had to settle for third.
That’s about the only disappointment this month for the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, who won at Watkins Glen on August 8, claimed the title in the coveted Knoxville Nationals for 410 sprint cars six days later and on Friday night captured the A-main in the prestigious BC39 for USAC midget race cars at the Indy dirt track.
Larson is being described as a generational talent, and he truly is just that. And at Michigan, before Harvick started his roll at the track, Larson likewise won three straight races there.
Given Larson’s superior performance through the current season, it’s hard to prefer anyone else. We recommend a bet on Larson to win at +260 via DraftKings.
Where Have You Gone, Joey Logano? Michigan Turns Its Eyes to You
The one performance that has distinguished Joey Logano’s season so far is an unexpected victory in the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol.
Otherwise, the 2021 season has been one of mediocrity for the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
Unlike Kevin Harvick, Logano already has clinched a Playoff berth with his victory. Like Harvick, though, he could use an injection of momentum entering the Playoff.
Other than Harvick, Logano is the only driver to win at Michigan in the last five races, and his three victories overall are tied with Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch for second-most at the track among active drivers.
Oddsmakers have dismissed Logano as a long shot, but at +1600 to win, +525 to run top three, and +260 to run top five, he’s worth a shot on all three propositions.
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Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]