NASCAR Cup Series in Michigan Viewers Guide

NASCAR heads to one of its fastest tracks when it returns to Michigan International Speedway for FireKeepers Casino 400. Here’s everything you need to know for the weekend:

NASCAR Cup Series Weekend Schedule and How to Watch

Fans in the US can watch the race on USA Network, USA mobile app (requires cable or satellite subscription), NBC Sports app and Peacock platform. Radio coverage is available on Motorsports Network and SiriusXM.

(All times are Eastern Time)

Saturday August 6

Workout: 12:35 – 1:20 p.m. (streaming on the NBC Sports app)

Qualifiers: 1:20 – 2:30 p.m. (streamed via the NBC Sports app)

Sunday 7 August

FireKeepers Casino 400: 3-6pm ET (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Top drivers and best bets at FireKeepers Casino 400

More in BetMGM Kyle Busch (+650) has the best odds followed by the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson (both +700), Ross Chastain (+750) and Denny Hamlin (+800). Larson, the latest Chevrolet winner at MIS, racked up three consecutive cup wins from 2016-2017 while Hamlin and Bosch both won there in the Xfinity Series.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Bush is the favorite bet to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 Casino for the NASCAR Series at Michigan International Road on Sunday. (Photo by Matthew Oarin/USA Today Sports)

Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports suggests that you can find good mid-level value at Martin Truex Jr. (+1400) and Alex Bowman (+2200) and advises to stay away from Erik Jones (+2800).

Michigan international highway layout, what to expect

The two-mile D-shaped oval in southeastern Michigan has historically been one of the fastest tracks on the Cup Series circuit, with cars leading over 200 mph in the first turn. Up to Atlanta (cornering at 18 degrees, front stretch 12 degrees and back stretch five degrees) so the field is spread out a bit more than the above mentioned super speeds.

Since it was repaved in 2012, traffic has become more difficult and with drivers describing the new Cup as being very aerodynamically sensitive.

Ford has won each of the last seven races on the track, with veteran Kevin Harvick winning four of them.

Weather forecast for the weekend at FireKeepers Casino 400

It’s summer in Michigan, and that means heat, humidity, and thunderstorms. Despite putting it on the calendar, rain has only cut one of the last five races in August in Michigan.

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