Harvick prevails at Consumers Energy 400 for seventh victory


There is only one word that should come to mind when you think of Michigan International Speedway: speed.

Busch lost his lead to Harvick, who finished second at MIS in June, on a Lap 31 restart. "What a auto", Harvick said in victory lane.

"Those guys, not only do they have the wins, they are dominant cars that have led a lot of laps when they get those wins and all the stage points and all that stuff", Bowyer said Friday at Michigan International Speedway.

Brad Keselowski finished second, 3.2 seconds back, in the No. 2 Ford of Team Penske.

As the series heads to the Irish Hills of MI this weekend, Harvick also has some unfinished business from the June race there that he would like to settle. Even though he did not lead any laps, he ran up front all race long. Martin Truex Jr., along with Busch, the other member of the "Big Three" this year, finished 14th.

"He told me before the race, 'Dad, if you win, I want to go out and wave the checkered flag.' And I said, 'Well, if you do that, you've got to take the victory lap with me.' "It's pretty awesome to a part of NASCAR and bring your kids to work and experience these kind of things with them".

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 5 times for 108 laps; M. Truex Jr. That is the last race. Austin Dillon 5. Ryan Blaney 6.

The Consumers Energy 400 is underway with Denny Hamlin leading the field to the green flag for the second straight week.

Harvick passed Jamie McMurray with 11 laps remaining for the winning move, but McMurray had not yet pitted, so Harvick's pass just completed the normal pit cycle. His seven victories have helped Ford earn 10 Cup victories, matching its total from previous year and pulling within one of Toyota's total.

What made matters worse during the pit stop was that the team was penalized a lap for an uncontrolled tire.

Bowyer, who will start 16th, has a chance to get closer to the Big 3 and create more separation from the pack. Truex led 25 laps during the second stage but was forced to slow down and give up spots to save fuel. "If we could just get some luck one of these times in the playoffs, maybe we can make a run at the championship. When you're going that fast, you don't realize until you hit something and it goes through your oil cooler and you have no control of your auto". That damaged the vehicle and that hurt us, but we were able to recover from that and then the fuel situation and being a lap down because of the penalty, it just wasn't our day. That could be huge if true, because Hamlin is one of a number of drivers who entered Sunday's trip to the Irish Hills seeking his first win of 2018.

"But mostly clean race, and to be able to kind of get the finish we deserve, that's important. We're not where we need to be".

The next Cup race is Saturday, Aug. 18 - Bass Pros Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Here are a few drivers to keep an eye on for Sunday's race, courtesy of Frontstretch.com's Corey Brewer. "You don't want to shut it off".