The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes its way to Michigan International Speedway with just four races remaining before the playoffs begin. Clint Bowyer drove to victory lane at Michigan in June, but it’s Kevin Harvick that has the top odds at +285 to grab the checkered flag in the Consumers Energy 400.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Harvick Sportsbook at +285 followed by current point leader, Kyle Busch, at +450, Martin Truex Jr. at +450, Kyle Larson at +850, Brad Keselowski at +1200, Chase Elliott at +1200, Clint Bowyer at +1500, and Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney all at +2000 to round out the top 10 odds.
Harvick, once again, has top odds to win
A seemingly broken record this season, Harvick at +285 is the favorite to drive to victory lane. And this year, he has backed it up frequently, sharing the most wins on the season at six with Kyle Busch. The California native has won at Michigan once in his career, back in 2010, and has found himself the runner-up six times in the 15 races since. Additionally, in the June running at Michigan Harvick led the most laps, but once again finished second and four of the last six races there he has finished inside the top five.
Steer clear of Kyle Busch
As dominant as Kevin Harvick has been this year, he still looks up at Kyle Busch in the drivers’ standings. Busch has matched Harvick in wins (6) top five’s (16) and top 10s (18) this season but holds a 70-point lead. However, the Nevada native has not found much success at Michigan through his career, having an average finishing position of 18.9 in 27 starts. He did earn a win at this track, though, but that came in 2011 and he has finished in the top five just twice since then and no better than fourth place. As great as he’s been over the past few years, he has only led 64 laps over the last six runnings at this track. At +450 for this race, Busch is a rip-off.
Does Kyle Larson have another win up his sleeve
Although Kyle Larson has a 199-point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the final playoff spot, a win this week would take some pressure off as it would secure his chance for the Monster Energy Cup. And what track better than Michigan for the California native to earn his first win of the season? The 26-year-old has made nine career starts at this track and has driven to victory lane three times and has four top-five finishes as well. Additionally, he has led at least one lap in seven of his nine starts at Michigan, including leading 96 of 200 laps in 2017 when he earned the pole and picked up the win in a dominant performance. Larson has finished third or better in four of the last five races here, including all three of his wins.
The Californian had his struggles in his last running at Michigan, finishing 28th which is his worst finish at this track besides 2014 when he crashed and finished in last place. Larson has been flirting with the victory this season, despite not earning a checkered flag, having six top-five finishes including four second-place finishes. At +850, Larson may be the best bang for your buck.
Here’s a look at the odds for the rest of the field for the Consumers Energy 400: