Kevin Harvick’s victory in Sunday’s Patrons Vitality 400 at Michigan Global Speedway gave the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford crew a weekend bustle sweep and a range of of momentum as the NASCAR Cup Sequence closes out its traditional season agenda at the stop of this month.
Harvick’s take dangle of is a series-ultimate sixth of the season and 55th of his profession – placing the 44-year outdated skool Californian 10th on the NASCAR Cup Sequence all-time wins checklist tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. And Sunday marked the key time since 1971 (Richard Petty) a driver has won lend a hand-to-lend a hand NASCAR Cup Sequence races on lend a hand-to-lend a hand days.
It became once the fourth take dangle of in the final five Michigan races for Harvick and his weekend double earned the prestigious Heritage Trophy for Ford Motor Firm – honoring the weekend’s prime rep in The United States’s auto manufacturer’s yard.
Harvick became once in a situation to pull away from the discipline on a restart with 30 laps final but had to reduction off a charging Denny Hamlin in a duel between the series two winningest drivers in the final handful of laps. Within the kill Harvick took a .093-2nd take dangle of over Hamlin.
“That became once a immense explain,” Harvick acknowledged of the final lap contest with Hamlin.
“While you happen to gape at my crew, we’ve been together occurring seven years now and likewise you gape at the boldness all people has in every other, the details of the bustle cars, all the things that goes into all the things that we manufacture, that’s untouchable,” Harvick acknowledged of his crew. “That’s what it takes, little print to rep these bustle cars dash rapid.”
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch done third and fourth followed by Crew Penske’s Joey Logano. Harvick’s teammate Aric Almirola became once sixth. Matt DiBenedetto, Austin Dillon, Toddle Elliott and Kurt Busch rounded out the tip 10.
Hamlin, a five-bustle winner in 2020, climbed out of his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota dissatisfied in the stop consequence, but successfully unsleeping that the head-to-head battle between his crew and Harvick’s crew became once foreshadowing a thrilling season championship contest.
“After we in the kill purchased to 2nd, I knew we had something for them,” Hamlin acknowledged. “I correct purchased stalled there, he became once tight and I became once tight and we were better, that’s for obvious. But he correct had the video display situation and might per chance perhaps control the lanes there.”
Of the tight championship bustle, Hamlin acknowledged, “Proud of this FedEx crew, correct disfavor giving up wins to the No. 4.
When asked if they create out the particular in every other, “No keep a matter to,” Hamlin acknowledged of contending with Harvick, adding, “I’ve purchased large quantity of admire for all people on that crew and Kevin. As we’ve gotten older, we’ve gotten wiser and discovered to in point of fact like what every other does on the bustle video display and clearly, they’ve having a marvelous season as successfully.”
No longer completely did Harvick change into the key driver in series history take dangle of lend a hand-to-lend a hand races in consecutive days at the same video display but he did it by main doubtlessly the most laps everyday as successfully. He paced the discipline for 90 of the 156 laps Sunday. And his Stage 2 take dangle of became once his third stage victory of the weekend after he swept both phases on Saturday. Harvick’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer won the gap Stage on Sunday.
The beginning to the bustle became once peaceable – the key two of the five entire cautions popping out correct for the scheduled two stage conclusions. On the other hand, correct past the 2nd stage, on Lap 96 Crew Penske teammates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski collided while contesting the lead.
Keselowski became once working low on the video display hoping to rep around bustle leader Blaney but his No. 2 Ford shot up the video display making contact with Blaney’s No. 12 Ford – both cars ended up in the wall and indirectly into the garage. They were scored 38th (Blaney) and 39th (Keselowski) in the 39-car discipline.
“Dazzling slipped, lost the lend a hand rather bit and tried to salvage it and he became once there and I wiped him out and myself,” a unfortunate Keselowski acknowledged after being checked out in the Infield Care Center. “I feel abominable for all people at Crew Penske and particularly for Ryan Blaney. Gosh, he didn’t deserve that.”
The NASCAR Cup Sequence makes its Daytona Global Speedway Boulevard Direction debut next Sunday with the Chase Bowling 235 (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
— NASCAR Wire Service —
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