An Impressive NASCAR Cup Win for Kevin Harvick at Michigan
Denny Hamlin was a close second to Harvick at the Consumers Energy 400 this past weekend.
The Consumers Energy 400 took place at Michigan International Speedway this past weekend, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season narrows down the championship playoff field.
Winner Kevin Harvick took home his third win from the track, after scoring first place finishes in last year’s Consumers Energy 400 and the Carfax 400. Harvick suffered a flat tire during lap 32 of the race, but quickly resecured his spot in the lead. Denny Hamlin was a close second to Harvick with a finish 1.054 seconds later.
Martin Truex, Jr., fourth place finisher, failed his inspection twice but still managed to hold first place at the end of Stage One by taking fuel-only at his stop.
Driver Kyle Busch came in first for Stage Two of the race, largely relying on a defensive driving strategy
Promising driver Brad Keselowski of Team Penske averted a number of disasters throughout the race and ended in 19th. After straightening out his No. 2 Ford Mustang with a blown rear tire, he made it to pit road in flames. Keselowski quickly recovered into third place before running out of gas.
Penske Teammate Joey Logano also maintained a promising position throughout the race, but took a gamble to skip his pit stop and ran out of fuel.
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 10: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Ragan (38), Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher (37) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during practice of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Consumers Energy 400 race on August 10, 2019 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 11: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 11: Kevin Harvick (4), driver of the Mobil 1 Ford and Joey Logano (22), driver of the Shell Pennzoil Ford race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Consumers Energy 400 race on August 11, 2019 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The top 20 finishers are listed below:
- Kevin Harvick (#4)
- Denny Hamlin (#11)
- Kyle Larson (#42)
- Martin Truex Jr (#19)
- Daniel Suarez (#41)
- Kyle Busch (#18)
- Ryan Preece (#47)
- William Byron (#24)
- Chase Elliott (#9)
- Alex Bowman (#88)
- Ty Dillon (#13)
- Kurt Busch (
- Austin Dillon
- Chris Buescher
- Paul Menard
- David Ragan
- Joey Logano
- Erik Jones
- Brad Keselowski
- Matt DiBenedetto
Drivers are preparing for what's expected to be a wild race night at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, with Kurt and Kyle Busche expected to lay it all on the track.