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NASCAR betting: Pure Michigan 400 preview

Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog CupScene.com and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had a frustrating few weeks. After climbing to the top of the point standings, Earnhardt finished outside the lead lap at Watkins Glen and Pocono. All this after finishing on the lead lap in the season’s first 20 races.

 
Last week at the Glen, Earnhardt was on his way to a Top-10 finish, something that would have been quite an accomplishment considering his record on road courses. But a late race mistake cost him. He came home off the lead lap and out of the points lead after only two weeks.
 
Earnhardt and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series head back for the second stop of the season at Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400. For Earnhardt, it’s an excellent chance to overcome the past weeks' frustrations.

In June, Earnhardt broke a four-year, 143-race winless streak here. Earnhardt wants to repeat that Victory Lane appearance and plans to be aggressive Sunday.
 
“The track has always been fun for me. Even had I not won any races there, it’s just a really fun track,” Earnhardt told reporters. “That’s the kind of race track you hope and pray to build. I think over time the surface will age and we’ll get back to widening up the surface quite a bit.”
 
With a Chase berth all but locked up, Earnhardt now wants to add race wins to gather the all important bonus points.
 
“On the way to getting that done, you want to win more races and we were really conservative all year long,” he said. “We feel like that in the position we are in now, we can gamble a lot more.”

Check out the rest of Greg's Pure Michigan 400 preview as well as his picks to win Sunday's Sprint Cup race.

Odds to win Pure Michigan 400 (Courtesy of SBG Global)

Jimmie Johnson 6-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7-1
Tony Stewart 7-1
Kyle Busch 7-1
Denny Hamlin 10-1
Greg Biffle 10-1
Matt Kenseth 10-1
Carl Edwards 10-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Jeff Gordon 12-1
Kasey Kahne 15-1
Kevin Harvick 20-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Mark Martin 25-1
Clint Bowyer 30-1
Ryan Newman 50-1
Joey Lagano 60-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Paul Menard 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Kurt Busch 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Regan Smith 200-1
Trevor Bayne 300-1
Aric Almirola 300-1
David Ragan 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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