Wallace is temporarily filling in for the injured Aric Almirola in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and will be making only his second Cup start this Sunday in the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan (2 p.m. ET on FS1).
So he's a long shot at best. But Almirola claimed his only Cup win in the car in a rain-shortened race at Daytona in July of 2014. Who's to say Wallace couldn't get in position to do the same by gambling on strategy if rain comes into play in one of these upcoming races?
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Another mighty big long shot, McDowell has made 227 Cup starts without a single top-five finish, although he does have four top 10s.
But his lone XFINITY Series win came on a road course at Road America last season, a place where he also finished second in 2012. Road America isn't on the Cup schedule, but McDowell's expertise on road courses could come into play at either Sonoma or Watkins Glen.
Cassill has made 227 starts with only one top-five (also his only top-10) finish -- a fourth at Talladega in the fall of 2014.
Therein lies his best chance of pulling off a major upset victory: at a restrictor-plate track. He drives for Front Row Motorsports, which pulled exactly that off in 2013 when David Ragan got pushed to a win by then-Front Row teammate David Gilliland. Now Ragan and Cassill are teammates.
OK, OK, another long shot. Patrick appears to be running out of time in her quality No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing ride, as sponsorship isn't flocking to her like it used to.
Her 10th-place finish at Dover this season was her first in two years and she's never had a top-five finish in 168 career starts. So it's going to take something like a fuel-gamble strategy is a strange race where maybe weather comes into play for her to have a shot, but, hey, if Chris Buescher can win a fog-shortened race at Pocono like he did last year, who's to say Patrick couldn't pull off the same sort of thing if all the stars align just right?
Dillon tried an alternate strategy at Dover earlier this year and led 27 laps before crashing and fading to 14th by the finish.
The rookie driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet is more than willing to take such chances to run up front and possibly get to Victory Lane. So despite being in inferior equipment to most others in the Cup field each week, don't completely count him out.
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Suárez earned his first career XFINITY Series win last year at Michigan and used it as a springboard to go on and claim the series championship.
He thought he would be driving in that series again this year, but instead was thrust into a rookie seat in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota vacated suddenly by Carl Edwards in the offseason. It's a quality ride, and already in his first 14 Cup starts, he's piled up four top-10 finishes, including a career-best sixth at Dover. He's getting better every week.
Jones is coming off a career-best third-place run at Pocono last week and has been fast in practice all weekend at Michigan. Could this be his week?
Another Cup rookie, he has the one top-five and three total top-10 finishes in his first 14 starts in the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, and is a respectable 16th in points. Like Suárez, he appears to be getting better rapidly.
Now in his second full-time season driving the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, it's hard to believe Elliott hasn't won yet.
He's finished third twice already this season, at Las Vegas and at Martinsville, and has a total of four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 14 starts while leading 169 laps. He's also sixth in points. It remains only a matter of time before he visits Victory Lane.