NASCAR betting: Pure Michigan 400 preview

Aug 17, 2013 |
NASCAR betting: Pure Michigan 400 preview
Greg Biffle (+900) won at Michigan International back in June.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Greg Biffle (+900) won at Michigan International back in June.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Michigan International Speedway hosts the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday and the track ran fast as can be in qualifying.

The two mile oval track saw 25 drivers top 200 mph in the qualifying session.

Here is our betting preview:

Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (3-1)

The points leader had a run-in with the wall at a Saturday practice session and will be racing his backup car Sunday. Johnson qualified third Friday, but due to the wreck, he'll start at the rear. He has never won at Michigan International Speedway.

Live dog:
Greg Biffle (9-1)

If you're talking Michigan International Speedway, you have to talk Greg Biffle. Biffle turned in some great performances at the Michigan Speedway throughout his career. He has four wins and 10 top-5 finishes in his resume and won the Quicken Loans 400 at the track in June. Oh, he's also the 2012 Pure Michigan 400 winner as well.

Long shot: Clint Bowyer (39-2)

Bowyer has some decent races and finishes at Michigan over the past five seasons. In the nine races over that span, Bowyer has seven top-10 finishes and an average finish of 10. He finished seventh a year ago and finished seventh in the Quicken Loans 400 at the track in June.

Weather watch: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low-80s with sunny and clear skies.

Key stat: 52 of the 88 races at Michigan International Speedway have been won from a top-5 starting position, good enough for 59 percent.

Notable quotable: “It’s been a great place for me and a great track for Roush-Fenway as a whole. It’s a fun track, a two-to-three-wide downforce type of track with a lot of opportunities to run up and down.” - Greg Biffle on racing at Michigan International.

Odds to win the Pure Michigan 400 courtesy of 5dimes:

Jimmie Johnson       3-1
Kasey Kahne          17-2
Greg Biffle               9-1
Matt Kenseth          10-1
Kyle Busch             21-2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.    23-2
Joey Logano           13-1
Kurt Busch             27-2
Carl Edwards          27-2
Brad Keselowski     27-2
Kevin Harvick          33-2
Denny Hamlin         17-1
Clint Bowyer           39-2
Jeff Gordon             20-1
Martin Truex Jr.       45-2
Ryan Newman        33-1
Mark Martin            33-1
Jeff Burton              44-1
Austin Dillon           44-1
Jamie McMurray     66-1

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