BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kevin Harvick scored his second win of the season and second consecutive in the August Michigan race in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400.
Harvick got by Joey Logano, who eventually had to pit for fuel, with 18 laps to go and raced to the checkered flag to score his 47th career win.
“Winning races is what it’s all about,” Harvick said as he celebrated in Victory Lane. “We just can’t do it without all you guys (the fans) and getting a win for Ford.”
Harvick had to come back from an early race flat tire to get the win on a hot and sunny afternoon in Michigan.
Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.
Kyle Busch, Ryan Preece, William Byron, Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman completed the first 10 finishers.
Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch won the first two stages. Stage Points
“We lost track position for the start of Stage 3, restarted 19th and lost some spots, got going a little bit and got some back and then another restart got in the wrong lane and lost some more,” Truex Jr. explained. “The track position deal really hurt us but we just had to pick them off one-by-one and of course fuel mileage helped us get some more.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway next Saturday night.
How Harvick Won: It was a comeback story as Harvick experience early race trouble when a tire went down. He methodically worked his way back to the front and crew chief Rodney Childers correctly calculated the team’s fuel mileage to take the top spot and then make it to the end of the race.
Who Had a Good Day: Hamlin scored his fifth straight top-five finish this season and best Michigan finish since 2011…Larson battled back from a pit road speeding penalty for his fifth top-thre finish at Michigan and fourth top-five finish in the last seven races (Read More)…Truex Jr. made his 500th career Cup start and registered his fourth straight top-six finish this season. He also finished top five in both Michigan races this season…Suarez had his third top-five finish this season and he finished top five in both Michigan races this season.
Who Had a Bad Day: Logano had the top spot in the closing laps but ran out of fuel to give up the lead and sink back to a 17th-place finish…Jimmie Johnson had an issue early and hit the wall taking him out of contention for a good finish in his race to stay in the playoff hunt. He finished 34th…Clint Bowyer suffered a similar fate but later in the race severely hurting his playoff hopes as he was saddled with a 37th-place finish…Aric Almirola made hard contact in a multi-car accident on the frontstretch that severely damaged his Ford and was credited with a 33rd-place finish.
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What Else Happened: Early on the question was would drivers use the PJ1 traction compound that was applied to the track again overnight by officials in hopes of widening the racing surface. The answer was not much. The race turned into more of a usual fuel strategy game that has been Michigan’s calling card for years with some teams guessing right and others coming up short.
Quotable: “We have plenty of racing but we have to get some things figured out,” Clint Bowyer.
Notables: It is Harvick’s seventh straight year with multiple victories…Harvick scored Stewart-Haas Racing’s 53rd win…Preece had his third career top-10 finish.