Kevin Harvick Wins NASCAR Cup Race At Michigan

Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson Finishes Third

Scott Stiller
August 11, 2019 - 10:41 pm
Stewart Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick Celebrates In Victory Lane At Michigan International Speedway

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BROOKLYN, MI (93.7 The Fan) – Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick passed Joey Logano with 17-laps to go to win Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race at Michigan International Speedway.

The victory was Harvick’s second of the season and 47th of his career.

“We just had a really fast car all weekend,” said Harvick.  “Our car handled really well today, and with the multiple lanes, we were able to run all three lanes pretty well and make our way through traffic.  So just really proud of everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford, everybody from Busch and Hunt Brothers and Jimmy John's and everybody back at the shop from Haas Automation and Stewart-Haas Racing, just put a really fast car on the racetrack and we were able to capitalize on it, and that's always fun.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin finished second after Logano had to pit for fuel with a few laps to go.

“We were able to hang on to those Fords there at the end -- the 4 was trying to save fuel I'm guessing there, the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 22 (Joey Logano) peeled off,” said Hamlin.  “But we were right there, just a really fast car.  The whole FedEx team did a great job adjusting from the last time we were here.”

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson finished third in the No. 42 McDonald’s Camaro.

“I feel like we've been showing a lot of speed here the last two to two and a half months now, so we contended for a win in Chicago and have had some good runs since then,” said Larson. “Our McDonald's Chevy handled really well today when we had four tires on it.  When we would do two rights, I'd be way too tight, and then we'd put two lefts on and I was way too loose, but then that finally balanced out and I was back to being good and running really fast laps at the end.”

Larson’s third place finish solidified his spot to qualify for NASCAR’s playoffs with three races remaining in the regular season.  Larson now sits in 13-place in the playoff standings, 71-points above the cut-off.

“That was a great point saver, well above the cut line now, so happy about that,” said Larson.  “Just says a lot about our team and fighting through the season, and yeah, it's a good time of year to get the speed and get some rhythm, so hopefully we can keep it going.”

Larson’s teammate Kurt Busch finished 23rd in the No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro.  Busch ran out of gas on the backstretch on the last lap after running in the top 10 all day.

Clint Bowyer is in the 16th and final playoff spot, 6-points above the cut line.  The top 16 in points qualify for NASCAR’s playoff.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race moves on to Bristol Motor Speedway next Saturday night.