Consumers Energy 400 Preview: NASCAR's Chess Match
Consumers Energy 400 Preview: NASCAR's Chess Match

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 Clint Bowyer's big victory in June at the two-mile oval. He took the lead from Kevin Harvick after the conclusion of stage 2, and led the final 8 laps before a downpour would bring the racing to an end for the day. This has become the theme for this race track in recent seasons. 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, weather was the number one factor, and Bowyer the No. 14 SHR team capitalized on pit strategy to claim the win. Considering that the driver of the No. 14 Ford is battling for a good position in the Chase for the Cup entering this weekend, Bowyer will have high expectations coming to the Irish Hills of Michigan this time around. The Stewart Haas 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 Bowyer Michigan sweep is on everyone's minds as we take on Sunday's Consumers Energy 400.

While there is a Bowyer sweep theme this weekend,

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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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