Consumers Energy 400 Preview: Pit-Strategy Gambit
Consumers Energy 400 Preview: Pit-Strategy Gambit

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the Consumers Energy 400.  This is the second and final race at the Brooklyn, Mich., oval for the season.  We return to the scene of Joey Logano's big victory in June at the two-mile oval.  He took the lead from William Byron with 18 laps to go, and held off Kurt Busch on a wild overtime restart to capture the victory.  

It's not always the strongest car and driver of the day that wins, but often times it's the team that surges in the final leg of the 400 miles or has the right pit strategy and timing at the end.  In this case, Logano was the strongest driver and team of the day, but he'd still have to rally late to cash in and grab the win.  Considering that the driver of the No. 22 Ford is battling for a good position in the Chase for the Cup entering this weekend, Logano will have high expectations coming to the Irish Hills of Michigan this time around.  The Penske Racing veteran has two wins this season and he will be looking to add to that total in order to improve his Chase for the Cup standing.  The distinct possibility of a Logano Michigan sweep is on everyone's minds as we take on Sunday's Consumers Energy 400.

While there is a Logano sweep theme this weekend, we have to acknowledge that it has mostly been Chevrolet teams and drivers that have

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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