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The NASCAR Drivers Who Struggle at Michigan

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Some drivers are looking forward to Michigan this weekend, while others are not. Some drivers have not been able to get a handle on the 2.0 mile d-shaped oval in the Irish Hills. Which drivers are the ones who struggle the most at Michigan?

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William Byron

By the Numbers: 0 Wins: 1 Top-5; 2 Top-10s; 20 Laps Led; 14.4 Avg. Finish; 8 Races

Breakdown: The issue with Byron has not necessarily been speed at Michigan, but putting a full rcae together. He has scored stage points in six of his eight races at Michigan, but he has only two top-10 finishes in eight races to show for it. He also had one of his most heartbreaking Xfinity Series losses at the track as well.

Austin Dillon

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 2 Top-5s; 5 Top-10s; 36 Laps Led; 17.3 Avg. Finish; 19 Races

Breakdown: Sometimes it’s been bad performance, and at other times it’s been bad luck for Austin Dillon at Michigan. He’s led multiple laps at Michigan four times, and he finished outside of the top-10 in three of those starts. He also was easily a top-10 car at the track in 2021 before being taken out by Brad Keselowski in a horrifying crash.

Chris Buescher

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 1 Top-10; 1 Lap Led; 20.2 Avg. Finish; 12 Races

Breakdown: Chris Buescher has had small flashes of good races at Michigan in his career, but those have been very rare. He only has three top-15 finishes in 12 career races at Michigan. Now that RFK is improving, could Buescher turn it around at Michigan?

A.J. Allmendinger

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 0 Top-10s; 1 Lap Led; 21.2 Avg. Finish; 21 Races

Breakdown: A.J. Allmendinger has never cracked the top-10 or scored any stage points in his career at Michigan. Granted, his last race there was in 2018, but he still had four races there under the current stage points format. Simply put, Allmendinger has never been a factor at Michigan.

Brad Keselowski

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 7 Top-5s; 13 Top-10s; 258 Laps Led; 12.6 Avg. Finish

Breakdown: Brad Keselowski is not on this list because he is bad at Michigan, but he is on this list because he has been so close to victory lane without winning. The Rochester Hills, Michigan, native wants to win at Michigan incredibly badly, but he has never found a way to break through. Maybe he will break through this weekend at Michigan while driving his own car.

Could some of these drivers make their fortunes change at Michigan? Maybe this is the weekend that finally happens.

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