Greg Biffle Will Win this Week at Michigan International Speedway

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Last week NASCAR was at a big triangle and Jimmie Johnson dominated. This week NASCAR is at another of the largest tracks on the circuit. Greg Biffle is one of the best drivers there and he hopes to continue where he left off last August. Greg Biffle wants to win the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is a 2 mile “D” shaped oval.  It has 18 degrees of banking in the corners, 12 degrees in the frontstretch, and 5 degrees in the backstretch.  Although this is a two mile speedway it is very much like the 1.5 mile “D” shaped tracks that dominate the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.  The major difference is that this track is faster and wider.  They can and do race five wide here at times on restarts.  This track has been wicked fast after the repaving. It will be interesting to see what a whole season of weather has done to the track and the speeds.

Greg Biffle leads all active drivers at Michigan with a driver rating of 108.9. Matt Kenseth his old teammate follows at 105.5 in a statistical tie with Carl Edwards at 105.2. Jimmie Johnson who has never won at Michigan has a rating of 104.2 and will also be a threat.

Greg Biffle won the race at Michigan in August and had a much improved second place finish last week at Pocono. He will be running the same car he won with in August.

Biffle said, “I couldn’t be happier coming off the run at Pocono going into Michigan. We finished fourth the first race and got a win there last year at Michigan. We are working hard on our cars, trying to get them better, but we still have a little work to do. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks; it’s a big fast place and has lots of room to race. We can get strung out a bit, but there is always something going on, someone is always catching someone else.

The Michigan International Speedway is a track where setting up the car and speed is very important but it also is a track of strategy. More times than not fuel millage and pit strategy come into play when wining. If there is a late caution sometimes the leader can get caught, by not pitting with everyone else with old tires. If it is fuel millage the winner might come from third place of deeper by saving fuel.

Biffle said, “There is always a lot of strategy going on. Fuel mileage and pit stops are very important. I’ve had a lot of success at Michigan in the past and I think this will be a good weekend for us.

If you can’t get to the Michigan International Speedway the race will be on TNT, Fathers Day, June 16th. starting at 12 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Michigan
Greg Biffle………………………….. 108.9
Matt Kenseth……………………….. 105.5
Carl Edwards………………………. 105.2
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 104.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 97.1
Tony Stewart…………………………. 95.9
Jeff Gordon………………………….. 94.7
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 93.7
Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.9
Brian Vickers………………………… 91.5
Kurt Busch……………………………. 89.5
Kasey Kahne………………………… 88.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Michigan International Speedway.


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