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during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. | Getty Images
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Michigan Fantasy Racing Preview

Here are some pertinent facts and information to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Who’s HOT in Michigan

Chase Elliott – The most recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner has stellar stats at Michigan. He’s made five series starts there and never finished outside the top 10 including a streak of three straight second-place performances.

Kyle Larson – Still winless in 2018, Larson’s best chance at erasing the goose egg in the win column might be this weekend. He had a disappointing 28th-place finish in June at the track when he spun out, but Larson’s previous three MIS starts all ended with a victory.

Joey Logano – Has a 7.4 average finish in his last 10 Michigan starts including a pair of victories.

Kevin Harvick – There are a lot of “2’s” in Harvick’s Michigan record in recent years including five second-place finishes in the last 10 races. He was strong in June before settling for – you guessed it – second place behind teammate Clint Bowyer in the rain-shortened affair.

Brad Keselowski – The Michigan native would like nothing more than to win at his home track in NASCAR’s top division, something that’s eluded him. Keselowski has seven top-10 finishes in the last 10 MIS Cup Series races.

Who’s NOT

Daniel Suarez – If the second-year Cup Series driver is going to be the next first-time winner of 2018, he’ll have to work to improve his Michigan performance. In three starts at the two-mile track, Suarez has put together a bloated 30.3 average finish.

Kyle Busch – Believe it or not, Michigan hasn’t been kind to Busch over the years although he did finish fourth in the June race. Prior to that, there are three finishes of 40th or worst on Busch’s MIS resume.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – The Roush Fenway Racing driver is trying to stay alive in the playoff race and a return to the organization’s previous Michigan form is much needed. Stenhouse has only one top-10 finish in his last 10 Michigan races.

AJ Allmendinger – The JTG Daugherty Racing driver could have a hard time putting last week’s Watkins Glen in the rear view mirror based on his past Michigan outings. Allmendinger has a 21.3 average finish in his last nine MIS starts.

Trevor Bayne – He’s back in the Rough Fenway Racing No. 6 ride that Matt Kenseth has driven in recent weeks. Bayne’s 19.2 average finish in the last nine races do include a top five in this event one year ago.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Michigan

Clint Bowyer – Won his second race of the season in June’s rain-shortened Michigan outing. Overall, Bowyer has five top-10 finishes in the last 10 Cup races held at the track.

Ryan Blaney – Led 15 laps in June on his way to an eighth-place finish. But Blaney has shown more speed on a consistent basis than his two Team Penske teammates many times this year and his Roush Yates engine horsepower will be an advantage.

Jamie McMurray – Maybe a sleeper in the field who gets overshadowed by his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Kyle Larson. McMurray goes into the weekend riding a string of five consecutive top-10 finishes including a tenth place at Michigan in June.

Kurt Busch – Was third in June and he won at MIS as recently as 2015.

Aric Almirola – Had a strong outing in June in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford and ran Michigan well during his Richard Petty Motorsports days. Almirola heads into the weekend coming off an 11th-place run in MIS’ June race.

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” will have live coverage of Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 from Michigan International Speedway, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) – with live streaming at MRN.com.