The NASCAR Cup Series is back for a second straight day of racing at Michigan International Speedway. The circuit ran the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, and is back on Sunday with the Consumers Energy 400 on the same track. The race gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET, airing on NBC Sports Network.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a few doubleheaders among the various NASCAR series. When a series runs back-to-back races at the same track, the starting lineup for the second race is based off the finishing order of the first race. For the Consumers Energy 400, the first 20 are inverted from the top 20 at the FireKeepers Casino 400, and then the remaining are in order of finishing.
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Saturday, and so will start 20th in this race. Chris Buescher finished 20th and thus will have the pole position in the race. Clint Bowyer joins him on the front row, followed by Tyler Reddick and Matt Kenseth in the second row, and Aric Almirola and Matt DiBenedetto in the third race.
We went with Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano as our best bets. Harvick won and led 92 laps, while Logano finished eighth and led 18 laps. Harvick is the favorite (+250) at DraftKings Sportsbook on Sunday, and sees his DFS price boosted from $11,000 to $11,500. Logano is +1100 at the book, which is seventh among the drivers. His price also went up $500 for Sunday to $10,200. Neither is cheap, but both have a high floor and high ceiling for performance.
The top was loaded with top drivers. Brad Keselowski ($10,500) finished second, Martin Truex, Jr. ($10,800) finished third, Ryan Blaney ($9,900) finished fourth, and Kyle Busch ($9,400) finished fifth. You really can’t go wrong from that group.
Our sleepers were Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer. Busch was a bit more of a square sleeper, but he’d struggled enough that people might have started to move away from him in their lineups. If you went back to the well with him, you got some value in his fifth place, seven laps led finish. Meanwhile, Bowyer finished 19th, finishing with 15 DKFP thanks to no fastest laps or laps led.
Looking at Saturday’s strong finishers, Bubba Wallace ($6,100) might be worth a look following a ninth place finish. He has not had a great history at Michigan, with Saturday being his first top ten finish in the Cup Series. But he could be a value play if he’s found some confidence there.