It’s time again for NASCAR to hit the great state of Michigan.
A busy weekend of racing at Michigan International Speedway will be highlighted by the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday afternoon.
There’s a lot more going on than just a singular race though. So if you’re a NASCAR fan or planning to bet on the race at a Michigan sportsbook, it’s best to know all that’s available to you this week.
Weekend NASCAR schedule at MIS
A busy schedule of events will be taking place at MIS starting on Saturday morning. Here’s all you can see if you are planning a trip to Brooklyn, Mich.
Saturday, Aug. 6
- 9:05 a.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice
- 9:35 a.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying
- 10:45 a.m. ET: ARCA Series Practice
- 11:30 a.m. ET: ARCA Series Qualifying
- 12:35 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series Practice
- 1:20 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying
- 3:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Xfinity Series New Holland 250
- 6:30 p.m. ET: ARCA Series Henry Ford Health 200
Sunday, Aug. 7
- 3 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400
Along with the racing schedule, for those staying at the speedway, MIS will be offering infield concerts starting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They also have games and activities for kids and families available each day.
You can see more on what’s available and purchase tickets at NASCAR’s ticketing page for the FireKeepers Casino 400.
FireKeepers bringing in Joey Logano
As part of the sponsorship with the race, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has a special event taking place on Friday.
On Friday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., you can meet NASCAR driver Joey Logano at Dacey’s Sportsbook & Taphouse. Dacey’s is located at FireKeepers, but also has its own dedicated entrance.
Logano is a former NASCAR Cup Series champion, who has won three times at MIS in his Cup Series career. That includes two FireKeepers Casino 400 victories.
Along with the meet and greet with Logano, FireKeepers will be offering up special prop bets for Sunday’s race at Dacey’s and their online sportsbook.
Chase Elliott favored to win FireKeepers Casino 400
Odds for Sunday’s race are likely to see some shifts following practice runs and qualifying this week.
Kyle Busch (+650), Kyle Larson (+700) and Denny Hamlin (+750) are also among the leading favorites to win right now.
Byron native Erik Jones is listed at +2500 to win on Sunday. Rochester Hills native Brad Keselowski is a longshot at +10000. Neither man has picked up a win at their home track in the Cup Series. Keselowski has finished runner-up multiple times.
FireKeepers Casino 400 history
Michigan used to host two races a year during the NASCAR Cup Series season, but that was cut down to one starting in 2021.
Back in June of 1969, the Motor State 500 was the first NASCAR Cup Series race to take place at Michigan.
Starting in 2016, FireKeepers Casino became an official sponsor of one of the yearly MIS races. They maintained naming rights the past two years when the number of races was cut down to one.
When it comes to the FireKeepers Casino 400, here’s a look at who has won the race in its brief history:
- 2016: Joey Logano
- 2017: Kyle Larson
- 2018: Clint Bowyer
- 2019: Joey Logano
- 2020: Kevin Harvick
- 2021: Ryan Blaney
David Pearson holds the record for most wins in Michigan with nine. The last came in 1979.
Larson won three consecutive races at MIS starting in August of 2016 and followed by a sweep of the two races in 2017.