NASCAR 2019: Kevin Harvick Wins at Michigan


Kevin Harvick needed 20 races to record his first win of the season a few a weeks ago. The No. 4 Ford now has a pair of victories in his last four races after holding on to win the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The win was Harvick's third at Michigan and 47th of his Cup Series career. Fuel strategy was a heavy influence in Harvick's win, as runner-up Denny Hamlin had to ease off the throttle for some of the final laps in an effort to conserve fuel.

Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.

Brad Keselowski, who led a race-high 66 laps, was poised to finish in the top five, but had to pit from third with 11 laps remaining in order to have enough fuel for the finish. He wound up 19th.

Fuel mismanagement struck Joey Logano as well, as the No. 22 led 52 laps, but had to pit with four laps remaining in order to fuel up. He finished 17th but maintained his second-place status in the Cup Series standings.

Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer both entered the day on the playoff bubble and in need of a good performance, something that ultimately eluded the pair by the race's end. Johnson was forced to pit early in the race on Lap 15 and ultimately finished 34th. Bowyer hit the wall hard on Lap 139, spelling the end of the race for the No. 14 and a 37th-place finish. Bowyer now holds the final playoff position, while Johnson sits on the outside, looking in, at 18th place.