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FireKeepers 400 2022 Betting Preview/Prop Pick

05 August 2022

The 2022 FireKeepers 400 is coming up next on the NASCAR Cup Series calendar. This race is held at the Michigan International Speedway right in Brooklyn, Michigan. 

Even though Chase Elliot finished 16th at the Brickyard for the last race, he still has a decent lead in first place for the Cup Series and is another betting favorite to win here. Below you can see which drivers make the case for victory.

 

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Race Details

Date: Sun, Aug 7, 2:00 PM
Watch on: USA
Track: Michigan International Speedway

Betting Overview

The Michigan International Speedway is a D-shaped track that is roughly two miles. It is rated as moderate banked, so drivers should also have a good time while navigating turns. 

Many drivers are needing a victory to pull ahead in the Cup Series rankings. Since this track is fairly good to drive on, anything can happen for a lucky driver.

Head to Head Matchup to Watch

Chase Elliott (199.503) and Tyler Reddick (201.618) are the drivers to watch for the next few races. Elliot is currently holding onto his first place standing in the Cup Series while Reddick is 11th. 

Reddick has two victories now on the season and has been competitive over the last month. He is also coming off of a victory at the Brickyard, so Elliot may have his hands full soon.

Dunkel Index For This Event 

The Dunkel Index is showing these top 10 drivers that could win this event. The following ten are:

1    Chase Elliott    199.503
2    Tyler Reddick    201.618
3    Christopher Bell    202.745
4    Ryan Blaney    204.256
5    Martin Truex Jr    208.569
6    Kyle Larson    210.534
7    Denny Hamlin    210.616
8    Ross Chastain     212.321
9    Kyle Busch    212.782
10    Erik Jones    213.010

*index is subject to changes

Drivers That Could Win

It is hard not to bet on Chase Elliott (199.503), and the current Cup Series lead he has on the field. In fact, he has a 125-point lead and should be comfortable for a few races if he continues to finish well. Looking at his performances, he always has a shot on a decent track. 

Kyle Busch (212.782) came in seventh at this race last year and could sneak his way into the top five Cup Series standings with a win this time around. He has one victory and six top-five finishes on the season, so anything is possible for a track that he did well on last year.

Potential Winning Pick

Kyle Larson (210.534) needs this race more than anyone, or at least he will put the pressure on himself that way. He is currently fifth in the Cup Series standings and has one victory so far this season. 

While that is disappointing in comparison to his dominance last season, he had a shit to gain momentum at the right time. He placed third here last year, and he needs to do better if he wants to start gaining on Elliot.

Prop Pick

Head-To-Head Matchup: Ryan Blaney (-110) OVER Martin Truex, Jr.

After winning the All-Star Race and following that with four Top 10s in five races, Blaney has hit a rough patch. His 26th place finish at Indy was his third straight outside the Top 10. Heading back to Michigan should help as the No. 12 car took the checkered flag at last year’s Firekeepers 400. Blaney ranks No. 2 in Average Position (10.8) and No. 3 in Driver Rating (95.1).

Truex has yet to win this season and his 21st place finish at Indianapolis was his fifth outside the Top 10 in the last seven races. The No. 19 car ranks No. 4 in Average Position (12.0) and No. 7 in Driver Rating (90.6).

With Blaney rated No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel Index and Truex at No. 5, look for both drivers to bounce back this weekend, but take the defending-champion Blaney (-110) to have the edge at Michigan.

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