Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Consumers Energy 400 highlights, stage results and more — NASCAR at MI

Consumers Energy 400 highlights, stage results and more — NASCAR at MI

The Consumers Energy 400 featured varying strategies by the teams throughout the race. The pit crew was wonderful all day.

It was the season-high 11th stage win for Harvick. He also was penalized for an uncontrollable tire and pushed to the back of the 40-car field. Harvick ranks second with 33 playoff points heading to MI, just two markers behind Busch's 35 and six ahead of Truex. "We were kind of in position that if something happened we could win the race".

"As it turns out, we needed to be more prepared and you can see the results across the Chevrolet camp". That experience and those attention to details of things that they do is second to none, and you see it week after week.

The best way to score maximum playoff points in a race is to start up front, earn stage points and win races.

Harvick had a special ride to Gatorade Victory Lane. He is a six-time race victor in 2018.

He then climbed in his dad's number four Ford for a ride to victory lane, where he emerged from the auto to cheers. We've had some races where I feel like we've been equal to or better than those guys where we haven't put it all together, mostly the plate tracks I would say. We just didn't have enough gas.

"The last three weeks we've had some big struggles", Keselowski said. "That was pretty neat".

· Alex Bowman remains in control of the bubble battle with three regular season races to go. He was able to make it around to finish fourth. Harvick led 108 of 200 laps and beat runner-up Brad Keselowski by 3.23 seconds.

Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Kurt Busch and Austin Dillon. Rounding out the top 10 in order were: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano.

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Harvick gets "Lucky 7th" win at Michigan

Erik Jones started fourth, but his No. 20 Toyota spun out after coming out of Turn 4 to bring out a caution flag with fewer than 10 laps completed.

Kyle Busch, who started Sunday with the points lead, finished third in his No. 18 Toyota. Ten laps later, Johnson pitted under caution, turning the lead over to Martin Truex Jr. 1 time for 25 laps; Kyle Busch 3 times for 22 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 13 laps; J. Johnson 2 times for 13 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 12 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 5 laps; J. McMurray 1 time for 1 lap; J. Logano 1 time for 1 lap.

The next issue for Truex came when he lost eight spots on a pit stop following the first stage. This time, it was trouble between Martin Truex Jr. and William Byron, with both cars going around but Byron getting the worst of it, finding the outside wall.

For Harvick, it was his second career victory at the 2-mile oval in the Irish Hills of MI and the 44th of his Cup Series career, tying Bill Elliott for 17th on the all-time list.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Series returns to action on Sunday, as they race the Consumers' Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Toyota drivers have won 11 races and Ford has nine first-place finishes. The Michigan native is still looking for his first Cup Series win at his home track.

With NASCAR's playoffs on the horizon - the first race in the Challenger Round is September 16 in Las Vegas - Harvick doesn't get to play too much right now.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR's fastest racetrack.

Welcome in, NASCAR fans!

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