NASCAR Cup Series in Michigan viewers guide

NASCAR heads to one of its fastest circuits as it returns to Michigan International Speedway for the 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 United States can watch the race on the USA network, the USA mobile app (requires a cable or satellite subscription), the NBC Sports app and the Peacock platform. Radio coverage is available on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.

(All times ET)

Saturday, August 6

Practice: 12:35 – 1:20 pm (streaming on the NBC Sports app)

Qualifying: 1:20 – 2:30 pm (streaming on the NBC Sports app)

Sunday, August 7

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

Top drivers and best bets for FireKeepers Casino 400

Over at 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 last Chevrolet winner at MIS, claimed three straight Cup victories from 2016-2017 while Hamlin and Busch both won there in the Xfinity Series.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch is the betting favorite to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo by Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)

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

Michigan International Speedway layout, what to expect

The two-mile D-shaped oval in southeast Michigan has been one of the fastest tracks on the Cup Series circuit with cars topping over 200 mph on the run into Turn 1. It doesn’t bank as fast as Talladega, Daytona, or even Atlanta (the turns are banked at 18 degrees, the frontstretch is banked 12 degrees and the backstretch is five degrees) so the field is spread out a bit more than the aforementioned superspeedways.

Since it was re-paved in 2012, it has become more difficult to pass and the new Cup car has been described by drivers as being incredibly aerodynamically sensitive which remains so.

Ford has won each of the last seven races at the speedway with veteran Kevin Harvick winning four of them.

Weather forecast for FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend

It’s summer in Michigan so that means heat, humidity and storms. Despite its placement on the calendar, only one of the last five August races in Michigan has not been delayed by rain.

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