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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan


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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kevin Harvick is so assured in his expertise and crew he doesn’t get excited when he wins.

“It’s more of an expectation,” Harvick mentioned.

He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his profession and his second in lower than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight yr.

With simply three races earlier than the playoffs, the timing of his newest robust efficiency could assist him win a second championship.

“Hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time,” he mentioned.



Late within the race, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver created a cushion between his Ford and the competitors and completed greater than a second forward of Denny Hamlin.

“Nothing I could really do,” mentioned Hamlin, who drove a Toyota-powered automobile for Joe Gibbs Racing. “Didn’t have enough speed.”

Kyle Larson was third, greater than 16 seconds behind Harvick. He was adopted by Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and points-leader Kyle Busch.

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson must shut the common season robust to increase his streak of incomes a spot in each postseason for the reason that format was created 15 years in the past. He began the race tied for the 16th and last spot within the playoffs and slipped to 18th. Johnson had an early setback, making contact with a wall on Lap 15 that broken his proper rear quarter panel and tire, and completed 34th.

Johnson was a number of laps again for a lot of the race, however acquired a break probably within the playoff race when Clint Bowyer was knocked out of the race after Paul Menard appeared to bump him. Bowyer started the day 15th within the playoff standings and completed 37th at MIS, placing him in 16th within the race for the ultimate spot.

Ryan Newman, who began the day tied with Johnson within the playoff standings , was 12th within the 38-car subject and that was adequate to maneuver him as much as 15th.

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski was 19th, extending his winless streak to 21 at the observe about 70 miles from his hometown in suburban Detroit. Keselowski acquired off to a robust begin and led for a race-high 66 laps, however a flat tire throughout the second stage set off sparks behind him and was a setback he couldn’t overcome.

“Someone once told me faith isn’t believing when everything is going your way, it’s believing when nothing is going your way,” Keselowski posted on Twitter . “Today was a test of faith. We will return and win here, just not today.”

Joey Logano gained at Michigan in June, serving to Ford win 4 straight at the observe and bragging rights over Chevrolet and Toyota in a state the place the manufactures have a giant presence.

“We want to win every race, but definitely here,” mentioned Mark Rushbrook, world director for Ford Performance.

WHO’S HOT

Harvick additionally gained at New Hampshire Motor Speedway final month, giving him two wins in a four-race stretch. He completed sixth and seventh between the victories.

“We still have to get a lot better, but we’re in better shape than we were,” crew chief Rodney Childers mentioned.

WHO’S NOT

Johnson completed 30th or worse for the third time in 5 races and within the different two, he was 15th and 19th, placing his postseason possibilities in peril.

“The guys around that cutoff point all seem to be having bad luck,” he mentioned.

Johnson’s final Cup victory was on June 4, 2017 at Dover International Speedway.

PLAYING HURT

Harvick mentioned he has been driving with an injured shoulder, hurting it whereas throwing a nerf ball. Harvick mentioned he couldn’t carry his arm in June at Sonoma Raceway, however estimated his shoulder is 80% wholesome.

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