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Friday, June 13, 2008

Look for a Roush team in victory lane at MIS

Jack Roush’s name is big around these parts. The controversial team owner is from Livonia and his racing business started decades ago as an offshoot of his successful automotive engineering and road-racing equipment business, based in Livonia.

He won back-to-back Cup titles with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch, and his drivers have taken more than 100 Cup victories over the years. Many people hate him, but no one can deny his success.

Of all the tracks in NASCAR, perhaps the one where Roush’s drivers are most dominant is Michigan International Speedway. Nestled in the Irish Hills in the village of Brooklyn, this 2-mile wide-open track is one place the Roush gang figured out years ago. Roush drivers have taken 6 of the last dozen races at the speedway, one each year to be exact. And it’s not just one driver -- Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth have all proven they have the goods to win at the track, and young driver David Ragan shouldn’t be too far behind them this weekend, as his season is on the upswing. Even Jamie McMurray, whose season has been far from perfect, should get a boost this weekend. Don’t be surprised if all five of them finish in the top 10.

They’ll have some competition from the Hendrick drivers, but expect a Roush driver to take the crown Sunday.

If you can' make it out to Sunday's race, I recommend you consider taking a trip to the track on Friday or Saturday. The ARCA race can be very exciting, and the Truck Series is arguably the most exciting of the top three NASCAR series in terms of side-by-side racing. Beyond all that, it's just fun to enjoy the atmosphere at MIS, and stroll along the souvenir trailer lane to pick up some new gear to represent your favorite driver. I recommend showing up early, crossing the bridge and checking out the "unofficial" merchandise booths. They often have the best stuff.

Fantasy tip:
If you don’t start at least one Roush driver this weekend in your lineup, you’re making a big mistake.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson are also good options, and Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers have strong momentum. It might be a good week to sit Kyle Busch … he might still have a hangover from his rough triple-header weekend.


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