Kevin Harvick holds off Denny Hamlin to sweep Michigan weekend

Coming into Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick finished in the top 10 in 18 of the 21 races, including 14 of the 21 inside the top five. Harvick added one more to those totals as he picked up his sixth win of the season on Sunday, sweeping both races at Michigan this weekend.

The race started with 13 drivers, a third of the field, dropping to the rear. This allowed Clint Bowyer to start on the pole and take an early lead. Due to the lineup being inverted from yesterday’s results, we saw fringe playoff drivers have a golden opportunity to gain stage and playoff points. Kyle Busch, looking for his first Cup Series win of 2020, blazed his way through the field up to third after starting 16th.

Bowyer dominated the field in stage one, picking up the stage one win. It is his third of the season and first since the second Darlington race in late May. Rookie Christopher Bell would finish second in the stage.

On pit road, Busch and Harvick had strong pit stops, gaining first and second place off pit road respectively. Harvick would take the lead on the restart. Michigan-native Brad Keselowski would pass Busch for second.

Harvick would easily take the stage win for his fifth of the season. Keselowski and Busch would finish second and third, followed by Bell and Bowyer.

Harvick would win the race off pit road followed by Busch and Keselowski with Denny Hamlin moving into the top five.

On the restart, Ryan Blaney took the lead closely followed by Hamlin and Harvick.

11 laps into the final stage, Keselowski got loose and slid right into Blaney, causing both to crash into the wall. It brought out the first caution flag of the race caused by a wreck. Both Keselowski and Blaney were not able to continue, a disaster for Team Penske.

Harvick would take the lead on the restart followed by Hamlin and Chase Elliott. Bowyer had a tire rub, causing him to take a green flag pit stop. Bell, who was running top 10, suffered a flat tire, bringing out another caution. This allowed the drivers to take fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto were the first two cars off pit road, followed by Harvick. Aric Almirola stayed out and restarted as the leader due to a miscommunication with his crew chief. Almirola took the lead on the restart followed by Harvick.

With 41 laps left in the race, Harvick took the lead from Almirola.

With 19 laps left, Alex Bowman collided with the wall and the debris from his car brought out the caution. This was huge for Almirola for him to refuel as he had to pit at least once. Almirola ran ninth after a strong restart. Almirola would finish the race sixth.

On the restart, Harvick took the lead once again with Hamlin and Truex behind him. Hamlin fought hard to catch Harvick but Harvick just edged him out to win both races at Michigan this weekend. The margin of victory was 0.093 seconds. Harvick picked up his sixth victory of the season. Harvick is the first Cup Series driver to win races on back-to-back days since Richard Petty in 1971.

Truex and Busch finished third and fourth respectively, followed by Joey Logano, who finished fifth.

Matt DiBenedetto, the last driver above the playoff cutline, finished seventh, picking up his seventh top-10 finish this season.

The NASCAR Cup Series will head to Daytona International Speedway for the road course next weekend.

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