From Harvick to Busch to Truex
Harvick. Busch. Truex. Harvick. Busch. Truex. We feel like those are the only three drivers we’ve talked about.
And could you blame us? Two of those drivers—Harvick and Busch—have combined to win nine of the first 13 races. And Harvick did lead 89 laps at Pocono.
But it was Martin Truex Jr., lost in the shuffle of a season focused largely on Busch and Harvick’s finishes, who took the checkered at the Pocono 400.
The Furniture Row Racing driver’s key move came on a caution late in the race. He chose to stay out to take the lead and then made his gap from the rest of the field with seven leaps remaining.
So fine, now you have a 2018 finishing trio of Harvick-Busch-Truex has has captured 10 of 14 races.
Here we go again
Who will the winner be on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway for the FireKeepers Casino 400? Will it be Harvick? Truex? Busch?
Well, actually, Busch did claim the pole. But not Kyle.
The No. 41 driver Kurt Busch will start in the No. 1 starting position at the two-mile track. And with NASCAR being NASCAR this season and the same drivers dominating, it will probably come as no surprise to you that Kurt Busch has been here before. It’s his second pole of the season and his third at Michigan. He ran the distance in 35.405 seconds (203.361 miles per hour), which was .034 seconds faster than Brad Keslowski (203.166 mph)
And since we haven’t mentioned their names in a full paragraph, yes, Kyle Busch took the third spot and Kevin Harvick the fourth starting spot.
That’s what Michigan is made for: to fulfill the need for speed, because man can you hit some ridiculous speeds when you can really open up on a 2-mile track.
Kurt Busch’s No. 41 had the best day for Ford in Michigan, but six of the top seven starting spots at Michigan are Ford. Keslowski was second with Ford’s Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. picking up spots four through seven, respectively.
For those of you keeping track, that leaves out Kyle Busch, who drives a Toyota. But that hasn’t caused him from winning this season.
The last time Kurt Busch took the pole was at Texas Motor Speedway in April. He finished that race in seventh and while he hasn’t won this season, he’s amassed seven top-10 finishes.
What about last week’s winner? Truex Jr. sits at 17th.
Dare we bet against Busch or Harvick?
Kevin Harvick may not have topped the pole, but he did top the first two qualifying sessions. This will be his 13th race (of 14) this season to start in the top 10. However, when it comes to Harvick’s history at Michigan, well, it’s not great. He’s only topped the podium once in 34 races. And the same for Kyle Busch, with one victory in 26 races.
And while Kyle Larson is last year’s FireKeepers Casino 400 winner, we’re not sure he’s really up to pulling off the win either. We’re going total dark horse: Brad Keselowski.