In methods each and each literally and figuratively the NASCAR Cup Assortment discipline seen red most of Saturday afternoon – Kevin Harvick’s red-coloured No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, which dominated the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan Worldwide Speedway – ensuing in Harvick’s third Michigan take cling of within the closing four races and fourth of his occupation.
Harvick’s red car turned into as soon as out front the majority of the afternoon – main a speed perfect 92 of the 161 laps – however five restarts within the closing 30 laps – alongside with an time beyond law label – no doubt forced Harvick, 44, “The Closer” to cease out the take cling of – his fifth of the one year tying him with Denny Hamlin for most within the series in 2020.
“This turned into as soon as moral an implausible car to pressure at the present time,” Harvick acknowledged. “I cling the confidence is high when we arrive to Michigan anyway. It’s a speed observe that’s been really factual to us and for whatever reason moral fits our kind of vehicles, all the pieces we label with our vehicles at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“[Crew chief] Rodney [Childers] and those guys cling given me qualified speed vehicles each time we’ve arrive. Precise a extraordinarily, really swiftly speed car at the present time.
Harvick within the rupture edged Michigan native Brad Keselowski by a mere .284-seconds for the victory on a closing time beyond law restart. Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded out the head five. Hamlin, Creep Elliott, Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch finished the head 10.
“It turned into as soon as a heck-of-a fight,” acknowledged Keselowski, who turned into as soon as hoping to turn out to be the first Michigan native to take cling of a NASCAR Cup Assortment speed at the speak’s renowned two-miler. “Precise no longer rather sturdy sufficient to sustain up with Kevin.”
“Kevin [Harvick] is moral gigantic-swiftly on the straightaways and doesn’t stop one thing within the nook. We’ve got some work to label.”
Keselowski turned into as soon as referring to an instantaneous opportunity – the 2nd half of of this Michigan doubleheader weekend, which parts but another scheduled 156-lapper Sunday, the Consumers Energy 400 (4: 30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The lineup for Sunday’s speed will likely be arrangement in a authentic contrivance – inverting the Top-20 finishers on Saturday. Which methodology 20th speak Chris Buescher and 19th speak Clint Bowyer will originate out front.
Maybe one in every of the most effective challenges on Saturday turned into as soon as a brand unique element launched by NASCAR and debuting at Michigan – the “Rob Rule” – which lets in drivers to acquire whether or no longer they want to line up within the high or low lane on restarts. The characteristic got a high-profile, essential-examined originate with so many restarts within the closing laps of the speed and turned into as soon as by all accounts put up-speed, a fashionable addition.
It created but another element of drama on the re-begins and undoubtedly forced Harvick to speed back around his chief challengers repeatedly all but again to assemble a shot at hoisting the gigantic trophy.
“Felt take care of we had a like a flash car,” acknowledged Kyle Busch, the reigning series champion who’s quiet taking a witness for his first victory of the season. “However it turned into as soon as the high-quality of the leisure. The four-car (Harvick) turned into as soon as lights out. He deserved to take cling of the speed. It turned into as soon as a speed for 2nd at the present time.”
Harvick continues to book the championship standings with 10 of the 16 Playoff positions already taken by 2020 speed winners. Simplest 16 parts separates 16th speak William Byron – who finished 14th Saturday – from 17th speak Erik Jones, who finished 11th after running prime-10 quite quite a bit of the day.
Tyler Reddick is 19 parts gradual the cutoff line and retiring seven-time NASCAR Cup Assortment champion Jimmie Johnson is purely 22 parts back.
— NASCAR Wire Carrier —
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