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MID-PACK ATTACK: Michigan International Speedway

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For our top five picks for this week's race, check out , but as fantasy players, we know that you must pick more than just top-tier drivers so Mid-pack Attack is here to help. Unless otherwise noted, the stats are for a driver's career and include all Winston Cup races at Michigan International Speedway. These are our mid-packer picks, but what do you think? Let us know in the , then watch the race Sunday. And tune in to Fox Sports Net's on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET to see how your pick stands up against our experts.

Built in 1968 at a cost of about $6 million, Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile asphalt D-shaped oval with 18-degree banking in turns and 12-degree banking in the tri-oval, which is part of the 3,600-foot frontstretch. The 2,242-foot backstretch is banked five degrees. The track was resurfaced in 1977, 1986 and again in 1995.

Since the corners are so long, drivers are in the gas hard all throughout the race. This may contribute to the engine failures seen in past races at MIS. It's not unusual to see cars racing 3-, 4- and even 5-wide on the straightaways. The first NASCAR race was won in 1969 by Cale Yarborough in a Mercury at an average race speed of 139.254 mph.

There are 46 teams attempting to get into the 43-car field this year. Here are some mid-pack sleeper picks for the race at MIS.

Michigan International Speedway
Driver Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Times led Laps led
14 0 2 6 1 2 16
COMMENT:Johnny Benson has an average MIS finish of 16.5 over the last five years, including three top 10s in the August races at Michigan. Although Benson has finished the No. 10 Pontiac in the top 10 only once this season, this could be the best shot at getting his second.
35 0 1 4 1 6 10
COMMENT: Michael Waltrip has a couple of top fives at Michigan in the last two years. Waltrip scored a win and eight top 10s this season and is currently sixth in the Winston Cup standings. He struggled at this track earlier in his career but has improved to an average finish of around 18th for the last 10 MIS races.
38 5 15 20 1 47 845
COMMENT: slipped two spots out of the top 10 in the championship standings after finishing 37th in last week¿s race at Watkins Glen. He hasn¿t won a race in over two years but he¿s going to a track where he¿s picked up a pole and five wins. Rusty would love to get back into victory lane at Michigan, a track owned by Roger Penske -- who also owns Wallace's No. 2 Dodge.
32 4 13 18 2 23 337
COMMENT: Coming off a Watkins Glen seventh place finish, is anxious to put the No. 88 Ford Taurus back in the winner¿s circle at Michigan. He won this race last year and has three other Cup victories at this track. Jarrett has one win this season and an average finish of 9.8 for the last 11 races at MIS.
1 0 0 0 0 0 0
COMMENT: The No. 41 Dodge driver, , has to be our deepest mid-packer pick for this week. Mears came within a few laps of logging his first top 10 before spinning off the track last weekend at the Glen. Mears ranks third on the list of this year¿s six rookies and finished 20th in the spring MIS race.

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