NASCAR Sprint Cup - Quicken Loans 400 Picks and Preview

NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400 Preview & Picks

If you’re a NASCAR racing fanatic that is up to your eyeballs in World Cup futbol and you’re ready to take a piece of the sporting spotlight back this coming weekend, then Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400 is just what the doctor ordered!

NASCAR Quicken Loans 400
You’ve waited all year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to return to Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. The wait is over!

Starts: 06/15/2014 1:16PM
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan

 

Better yet, if you’re looking to add to the annual racing betting coffer, then you’re really in luck. My expert betting picks for Father’s Day Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 race will help you narrow the field on your potential betting selections and maximize your NASCAR betting bucks.

First, let’s take a look at this weekend’s TV lineup and a look back at last year’s Quicken Loans 400 results.

Friday, June 13

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 

Saturday, June 14

9:30-10:20 AM ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 2 
12:30-1:20 PM ET: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 2

Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400

  • When: Sunday, June 15 at 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Michigan International Speedway — Brooklyn, Michigan
  • Track: 2-mile oval
  • Laps: 200
  • Miles: 400
  • Capacity: 72,000 (Grandstand Seating)
  • Year: 46th
  • TV: TNT
  • Race record: Dale Jarrett, 1999 (173.997 mph)
    Qualifying record: Joey Logano, August 2013 (203.949 mph)

Who are the favorites to win the Quicken Loans 400?

  • Jimmie Johnson #48 13/2
  • Kevin Harvick #4 7/1
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 8/1
  • Brad Keselowski #2 9/1
  • Joey Logano #22 9/1
  • Matt Kenseth #20 9/1
  • Jeff Gordon #24 12/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won last weekend at Pocono Raceway to nab his second win of the year after taking the prestigious Daytona 500 in February, but it should be known that only Jimmie Johnson has been able to win in consecutive weeks.

J.J. brought home the bacon at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International in each of the previous two races prior to ‘Junior’ winning last weekend. Earnhardt jr., Johnson, Logano and Kevin Harvick are all tied with two wins apiece this season.

Outside of the ‘favorites’ who stands the best chance of winning?

  • Denny Hamlin #11 16/1
  • Clint Bowyer #15 20/1
  • Jamie McMurray #1 50/1

I love the way veteran, Denny Hamlin is driving this year, with one win and four top 5 finishes under belt. Hamlin won at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4 and also found his way into the winner’s circle for the 75-lap Sprint Unlimited on February 15 and 60-lap Budweiser Duel 2 five days later.

Clint Bowyer won the 40-lap NASCAR Sprint Showdown on May 16 and has two top five finishes to go along with four top 10 finishes.

Jamie McMurray won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17 and has four top 10 finishes and one top five finish.

Which driver is overdue for a win and could surprise at the Quicken Loans 400?

Tony Stewart is so overdue for a win people. Smoke Stewart has five top 10 finishes and two top five results on his record this season, not to mention the fact that he is a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

My expert NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 Winning Pick Is

Jeff Gordon leads the NASCAR standings at the moment and he’s had a fine season so far with a whopping 10, Top 10 finishes and five top five results. I think NASCAR’s former golden boy may be due to find his way into the winner’s circle after taking home the hardware in Kansas City on May 10.

My No. 2 pick to win is for Kyle Busch, a driver that is currently sixth in the standings and won the Sprint Cup Series at California on March 23. Busch has six Top 10 finishes to go along with three top five finishes and his lone victory.

2013 NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 Results

  1. Greg Biffle (Start: 19)
  2. Kevin Harvick (21)
  3. Martin Truex Jr. (13)
  4. Kyle Busch (9)
  5. Tony Stewart (14)
  6. Matt Kenseth (8)
  7. Clint Bowyer (27)
  8. Carl Edwards (1)
  9. Joey Logano (6)
  10. Jeff Burton (18)
  • Pole winner: Carl Edwards (202.452 mph)
  • Average speed: 139.278 mph
  • Time of race: 2 hrs., 52 mins., 19 secs
  • Margin of victory: 2.989 secs.
  • Caution flags: 8 for 38 laps
  • Lead changes: 22 among 13 drivers

Betting Odds To Win The 2014 NASCAR Quicken Loans 400

  • Jimmie Johnson #48 13/2
  • Kevin Harvick #4 7/1
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 8/1
  • Brad Keselowski #2 9/1
  • Joey Logano #22 9/1
  • Matt Kenseth #20 9/1
  • Jeff Gordon #24 12/1
  • Kyle Busch #18 12/1
  • Carl Edwards #99 14/1
  • Greg Biffle #16 14/1
  • Kasey Kahne #5 14/1
  • Kurt Busch #41 14/1
  • Tony Stewart #14 14/1
  • Denny Hamlin #11 16/1
  • Clint Bowyer #15 20/1
  • Kyle Larson #42 25/1
  • Brian Vickers #55 33/1
  • Ryan Newman #31 33/1
  • Jamie McMurray #1 50/1
  • Juan Pablo Montoya #12 66/1
  • Martin Truex Jr. #78 66/1
  • Paul Menard #27 66/1
  • Austin Dillon #3 66/1
  • Danica Patrick #10 200/1
  • Casey Mears #13 300/1