|Jimmie Johnson looks like a strong contender to win at Michigan.|
The new package which was used on a trial basis in the June 12 Michigan race and last month at Kentucky Speedway uses a shorter splitter and spoiler with the idea of creating more passing and giving more appeal to the fans. The Team Penske Fords had things dialed in the most with wins in the those races, but the Hendrick crew looks stronger this week.
Adjusted odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook show just how much respect they have for the Hendrick duo following practices with Johnson being adjusted from 15-to-1 down to 8-to-1 and Elliott from 20-to-1 to 10-to-1. Both start in the top-five where 56 of the past 94 Michigan winners (60 percent) all-time have started.
Elliott had the third fastest lap (201.196 mph) in Saturday's early practice and was second fastest (197.786) during a shortened happy hour, where he also had the second-best 10-consecutive lap average. Johnson had the second best 10-consecutive lap average in the early session and the third fastest lap (197.694) in happy hour.
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Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 11:18 am PT
RATING DRIVER ODDS PRACTICE 1 QUALIFIED PRACTICE 2 PRACTICE 3
1. Jimmie Johnson 15/1 2nd 2nd 9th 3rd
2014 winner with 16.9 average finish in 29 starts; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
2. Joey Logano 6/1 3rd 1st 16th 7th
Two-time winner (2013, 2016), both from the pole. Four of past six Michigan races won from pole.
3. Brad Keselowski 7/1 13th 18th 14th 5th
2012 runner-up; the Michgan native has finished ninth or better in past five on home track.
4. Chase Elliott 20/1 7th 5th 3rd 2nd
Career-best runner-up in June race leading 35 laps; looks to have car just as good as Johnson's.
5. Kyle Busch 8/1 6th 16th 12th 21st
2011 winner, but 34th-place average last six starts; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
6. Denny Hamlin 12/1 11th 3rd 17th 1st
Two-time winner (2009, 2010), fifth in this race last season; 4.8 average in past five 2016 races.
7. Kevin Harvick 6/1 12th 4th 7th 20th
2010 winner, runner-up in five of last seven; using Kentucky chassis - led 128 laps finishing ninth.
8. Carl Edwards 8/1 10th 9th 11th 9th
Two-time winner (2007, 2008), active leader with 9.5 average finish. Two wins in Xfinity Series.
9. Kyle Larson 15/1 5th 12th 5th 8th
Career-best third in June race using same package; best 10-consecutive lap average practice 3.
10. Tony Stewart 30/1 9th 15th 1st 12th
2000 winner with 12.3 average finish in 33 starts; finished fifth at Kentucky using same package.
Note: NASCAR is using a reduced downforce package (shorter spoiler and splitter) on a trial basis. It's been used this season during the first Michigan race and Kentucky -- both won by Team Penske Fords.
Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1994. Follow on Twitter @MicahRoberts7