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NASCAR Fantasy Live: Who to pick at Michigan

June 13, 2014, Mike Forde, NASCAR.com

After two Michigan runner-up finishes in 2013, Kevin Harvick is ready to win this week

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A driver's versatility is challenged in the month of June, with every track differing in either length or shape or both.

This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at the fast two-mile Michigan International Speedway, where a driver out of the Roush Fenway Racing stable is usually a must-start. Usually. This weekend, there might be some better choices.

Top Picks

Kevin Harvick, $26.75
-- Poor guy can't catch a break. He's scored driver ratings over 100 in seven consecutive races, but three of those were finishes outside of the top 10 thanks to one oddity after another. Still, keep inking him into your lineup. Harvick finished runner-up in both of last year's Michigan races, scoring fantasy owners fastest lap run bonus points in each.

Matt Kenseth, $27.75 -- Kenseth's strong at Michigan, finishing in the top 10 in five of the last seven races there. Count on a few bonus points with a Kenseth start -- he's tallied fastest laps run in all but one Michigan race.


Greg Biffle, $23.25
-- Biffle has won two of the last three races at Michigan, so "sleeper" is a strong word. But his average finish in his last four races of 2014 is 22.8. Starting Biffle is a high-risk, high-reward proposition. User beware.

Juan Pablo Montoya, $10.00 -- At a cool 10 bucks, Montoya is as near a must-start as anyone this weekend. He's driving the No. 12 Team Penske Ford, which is all you need to know. Team Penske cars have been incredibly fast at intermediate tracks, with Brad Keselowski winning at Las Vegas and Joey Logano winning at Texas. Montoya has been out of NASCAR this season, but don't let that stop you.

Stay Away

Brad Keselowski, $26.25
-- This is the Holy Grail race for the Michigan native, and maybe he puts too much pressure on himself because of it. Whatever the reason, the finishes aren't there for Keselowski at Michigan. He finished 12th in both of last year's races and hasn't led more than 17 laps in a race there and 37 total in nine races. Subpar finish + No bonus points = Not a guy you wanna drop $26.25 on.

Mike Forde is the senior manager of content communications for NASCAR's Integrated Marketing Communications department. He is also known as "Loop Dogg" for his weekly loop data-based fantasy advice on SiriusXM NASCAR and SiriusXMFantasy.