Chase Elliott won as many races as all Ford drivers combined, which doesn’t sit well with the manufacturer heading for Home Turf in Michigan

Racing at Michigan International Speedway is different. Drivers like Chase Elliot (Atlanta), Kyle Bush (Las Vegas), and Bubba Wallace Talladega may have Cup Series stops that feel like coming home, and every trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway is pretty much a home visit for everyone at NASCAR.

But MIS weekend is great for manufacturers. Chevy, Ford and Toyota all have major Michigan operations, so the desire to see one of their drivers win there is stronger than perhaps anywhere except for the opening game at Daytona and Championship 4 in Phoenix.