There is a lot for fantasy owners to love about the front row for Sunday's Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Roush Fenway Racing teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth swept the top two spots in qualifying and will now try to parlay the track position into a trip to Victory Lane. Given the records of both drivers at the 2.0-mile track, there is a good chance one of the will be celebrating when the checkered flag waves.
Granted, Biffle has had a miserable year, especially by his recent standards. However, he is sitting on the pole at a track where he has won twice. More importantly, he has led the most laps in each of the last two races at MIS. As bad as Biffle has been, a win Sunday would thrust him right in the middle of the wildcard battle. His playoff hopes are more or less on the line this weekend, and the extra motivation could be what he needs to seal the deal.
Kenseth is searching or his third win at Michigan as well, and after qualifying on the outside of the front row, he should have jumped to the top of the list as far as fantasy options go. He is one of those drivers that rarely qualify in the top 10, let alone on the front row. When he does start near the front, Kenseth is almost always a factor for the win. Considering he finished second by less than car length at MIS in June, owners have every reason to be optimistic about his chances.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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