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Matt McLaughlin's Driver Handicaps: Michigan Edition

Matt McLaughlin · Wednesday June 13, 2007

 

2007 Michigan “1” Driver Handicaps

Jeff Gordon – Gordon has won two Cup races at Michigan, but the most recent of them was back in 2001. While he's typically run well here (fifteen Top 5 finishes in 28 starts), for the last four or five years Gordon has struggled at times in the Irish Hills. However, he did rebound nicely here last August with a second place run.

Matt Kenseth – Kenseth won at Michigan in 2002 and again here last fall. He's managed Top 10 finishes in ten of the fifteen Cup races he's run here, recording Top 10s in seven of his last eight starts at this track.

Denny Hamlin – Hamlin finished twelfth and ninth here last year in his only two Michigan Cup starts. He failed to lead a lap in either event.

Jimmie Johnson – This track hasn't been very good to Johnson. He has managed just one Top 5 finish in ten Cup starts here. His average finish is about sixteenth in those ten races.

Jeff Burton – Burton has never won at Michigan and has just four Top 5 finishes in 26 Cup races he's run here. His average finish at this track is about sixteenth.

Carl Edwards – Edwards finished second in this race last year and has Top 10 finishes in four of his five Michigan Cup starts.

Tony Stewart – Stewart won here back in 2000 and has Top 10 finishes in ten of his sixteen Cup starts at Michigan. However, he crashed out of this race last year and finished 41st.

Clint Bowyer – Bowyer appears to have struggled here as a rookie last year, recording two finishes outside the Top 30. However, he led six laps and had a possible Top 5 until his engine blew last August.

Kevin Harvick – Harvick finished second at Michigan in 2003, but that was one of just two Top 5 and four Top 10 finishes he's managed here in twelve starts. His average Michigan Cup finish is about seventeenth.

Kyle Busch – Busch has struggled here, with an average finish of 26th in four Cup starts.

Mark Martin – In 42 career Michigan Cup starts, Mark Martin has won four times and posted 27 Top 10 finishes. His average finish over those 42 races is twelfth. In nine Michigan Busch starts, Martin won twice and never finished worse than eleventh.

Martin Truex, Jr. – Truex finished sixteenth and thirtieth here last year. That won't get it done.

Jamie McMurray – While McMurray finished fourth here in 2004, his overall average finish in eight Michigan Cup starts is 21st.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – This is an odd track for Earnhardt. He has one Top 5 and four Top 10 finishes in fifteen Cup starts here. Last year, when he punted Carl Edwards out of the way to win a Busch race, fans actually booed him.

Ryan Newman – Newman won here back in 2003 and 2004, but since then the Rocket’s come back to earth. In the four races after that last victory, he finished between twelfth and fifteenth before sliding back to a 25th place result here last August.

Bobby Labonte – Labonte has won at Michigan three times and scored Top 10 finishes in fifteen of his 29 Cup starts here. As of late, though, he's been slipping, with just two Top 10 finishes in the last twelve races.

Kurt Busch – Busch won here in 2003, but that was his only Top 5 finish in twelve Michigan Cup starts. His five Top 10 finishes in those twelve races are offset by four DNFs. Oh, and after one Michigan race, Busch decided to get in Jimmy Spencer's face and wound up with a punch to the yap for his impertinence.

Greg Biffle – Biffle won here in 2004 and 2005 and has Top 10 finishes in the last five Michigan Cup races. He's also scored two Truck Series wins here.

J.J. Yeley – Michigan was rough for Yeley last year with finishes of 37th and 40th. He didn’t even finish the race in August after a wreck three quarters of the way through the event.

Elliott Sadler – Sadler scored his third Top 10 finish in sixteen Michigan starts last August.

Editor’s Note : Looking for even more fantasy info that’ll tickle your fancy? Cami Starr and Mike Neff go in-depth with a Michigan racing guide to who to pick – and drop – off your fantasy teams. Click here for all the analysis you’ll ever need.

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