Thursday, August 13, 2015

Harvick favored at Michigan again, but margin has closed

It's been a while since Kevin Harvick finished first or second.
LAS VEGAS -- Quite a bit has changed on the NASCAR Sprint Cup scene since the series stopped at Michigan two months ago. With a 29th-place finish in that race, Kevin Harvick’s dominance seemed to come to a halt. He had two wins and eight more top-twos through the first 14 races, but hasn’t placed in the top-two since and hasn't won a race since Phoenix in March.

The biggest change we’ll see from the first Michigan race to Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400, though, is the set-up of the car.

NASCAR made a mid-season announcement that in addition to the special low down-force package debuted at Kentucky, Cup cars would also run a high-drag package at Indianapolis and Michigan. The low down-force package will also be used at Darlington on Sept. 6. However, once the Chase starts, the final 10 races will feature the same set-up they began the year with.

Joe Gibbs Racing has improved with the changes, effectively utilizing the new set-ups and winning five of the seven races since Michigan. Kyle Busch leads the way with four of those wins.

In the first Michigan race, Harvick was the 7-to-2 favorite and Kyle Busch was 15-to-1. This week, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has posted Harvick at 9-to-2 odds, followed by Busch at 7-to-1.

Read More Here....complete list of Michigan odds

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