The Frontstretch: Flat, Fast, and Furious-Fantasy Insight by Dennis Michelsen -- Thursday June 16, 2005

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Flat, Fast, and Furious-Fantasy Insight

Dennis Michelsen · Thursday June 16, 2005


Flat, Fast, and Furious-Fantasy Insight
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway is by far one of the widest tracks on the Nextel Cup circuit. Cars can easily navigate the turns three and even four wide sometimes. The beauty of this track lies in a design that allows drivers to pick a line that will help an ill-handling car stay fast until the next pit stop. But once in a while someone hits on the setup just right and turns this race into a laugher. The new spoiler and gear rule is likely to keep the field closer together than ever before. This place is super fast, which means it is all about horsepower"¦so the Roush/Yates engines will be battling the Hendricks engines once again. Who will come out on top? My money is on Roush racing on their home track in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

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Michigan Horses for Courses Ratings Top Five
Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman

Consistency Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Elliot Sadler, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick

Power Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler

Handicapping the Race

Top Pick (6th Last Week; 2 for 14 for Season, Expect Top 5)
Mark Martin
Can Mark make his fifth visit to Victory Lane on his next to last race here? You better believe he can!

Strong Picks (7th, 21st, 34th Last Week; 20 for 41 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Ryan Newman
Best chance for the Dodge contingent

Greg Biffle
Won at California earlier this year and Michigan last season

Tony Stewart
Always races tough at this track

Hunch Bet (11th Last Week; 7 for 14 for Season, Expect Top 10)
Kasey Kahne
Two top five finishes in his only two starts here makes Kasey a wise choice

Longshot (16th Last Week; 5 for 14 for Season, Expect Top 15)
Bobby Labonte
His frequent withdrawals from the "Bad Luck Bank" have him at a robust 45-1 this week, he is due for good luck and has won here 3 times

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