Kevin Harvick denies Brad Keselowski for overtime Cup win at MI

Lawrence Kim
August 10, 2020

Considering his results there, you've got to believe that Kevin Harvick wishes it were a triple-header.

Expect something big this weekend heading into Michigan International Speedway's series of auto races. But Keselowski, who was looking for his second consecutive win and fourth overall win of the season, was unable to motor past Harvick in the green-white-checkered finish. He's been a big part of what is now a five-race winning streak for Ford at the Cup level at MIS. Harvick will start in the 20th position. "But in the end it was a great day for us". "I think as you look at that number, I've been fortunate to drive a lot of really fast race cars and we've been fortunate to be successful throughout the years". Keselowski, of Team Penske, has yet to win at his home track. He's never won a Cup race at MI, but he'll have another chance Sunday.

"Having the Big Show as the Grand Marshal of the FireKeepers Casino 400 not only is an honor, but it also exhibits the stature of the race", said Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner. "I just needed to keep him from going by us".

Wallace utilized the lane choice to run as high as third and came away from the race with a ninth-place finish, giving him a career-best four top-10 finishes this season.

For the first two stages, the only yellow flags were for a competition caution and the stage endings. There was even a brief red flag at one point for track cleaning.

Sunday's race will be 156 laps (312 miles) around the 2-mile speedway.

Two changes were made prior to the race based on the rule's use in Friday night's Truck Series race - the location of the choose mark was moved to 200 feet beyond the start/finish line (initial location was 100 feet) and closed pit road after all vehicles have had their initial opportunity to pit to help streamline the process of setting the single-file lineup. As drivers approach a designated spot, they must commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart.

"I kinda showed my hand early when I passed the 9 [Elliott]", Harvick said. "You can take a chance and gain some track position. That's the way I look at it and the responsibility that I think I have".

That proved to be all Keselowski had as Harvick pulled clear out of turn four and led the final two laps to claim the victory, the 54th of his career.

Keselowski watched the replay to see if he could have done anything differently, in hindsight.

"'There were parts I liked and there were parts I didn't like (about the rule)", Keselowski said. "At the moment, there was nothing I feel like I could have done differently other than just be a little faster or have a little more speed". He is now tied with Lee Petty for 11th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series victory list. "I must have packed a bunch of air on his left rear". "I knew I needed to be right there".

Busch managed to finish in the top five despite that incident. "It was close enough that it disturbed my auto obviously and made me have to get out of it real bad", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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