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NASCAR at Michigan 2020 Results: Kevin Harvick Completes Rare Weekend Sweep

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2020

Kevin Harvick races during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Kevin Harvick had himself quite the weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

After winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, the No. 4 car took home the victory at Sunday's Consumers Energy 400. Harvick held off Denny Hamlin after taking the lead with a key restart with 15 laps remaining.

NASCAR @NASCAR

The 4️⃣ had 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 enough to hold off the 1️⃣1️⃣. Retweet to congratulate @KevinHarvick on win No. 6 of 2020! https://t.co/tVrsSpv9uH

It was a tight battle to the finish, but there was less drama than Saturday when Harvick defeated the field in a race that featured nine caution flags and a two-lap overtime.

Sunday's win was Harvick's sixth of the year and 55th career premier-series victory, moving him into a tie for 10th with Rusty Wallace on the all-time leaderboard. He also passed Lee Petty, whom he had tied Saturday. 

"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, but when you start getting up there with those names and those icons in our sport, they've been a part of a lot of big moments and helping change the sport in a positive direction," he said Saturday, per Zack Albert of NASCAR.com. "That's the way I look at it and the responsibility that I think I have." 

There was news before the race even started Sunday, as a number of cars were moved to the rear of the field. Pole-sitter Chris Buescher, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Cole Custer all went to the rear for going to backup cars.

Brennan Poole did so for an engine change, and the No. 7 car did so for changing drivers from Joey Gase to Josh Bilicki. Reed Sorenson and Daniel Suarez went to the rear for inspection failures.

Clint Bowyer avoided those early troubles and cruised to a Stage 1 win. He led every lap on his way to his third stage win of the year, and Aaron Bearden of Motorsports Beat noted he had more success in the opening laps Sunday than he did in the rest of his entire career at Michigan:

NASCAR @NASCAR

He's a man of his word! @ClintBowyer backs up his guarantee and takes Stage 1 of the #ConsumersEnergy400 at @MISpeedway! https://t.co/H4gzAKbbXL

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Bowyer has his crew chief back -- Johnny Klausmeier ... Klausmeier was allowed in garage last night as team prepared car for race today. He was suspended for 1 race after Bowyer having two missing/loose lugs at New Hampshire.

Aaron Bearden @aaronbearden93

Two to go in Stage 1. Clint Bowyer has led more laps in this opening stage (38) than he had in his 29 prior starts at Michigan combined (37). #NASCAR

Bowyer was unable to hold the lead in the opening portion of Stage 2, as Harvick moved into the top position and held on for his fifth stage win of the year.

He also moved into the lead for playoff points:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Kevin Harvick wins Stage 2, his fifth stage win of the year. He also takes the lead in playoff points with 30 (eight of them so far this weekend). Also getting stage points: 2. Keselowski 3. KyBusch 4. Bell 5. Bowyer 6. Hamlin 7. Jones 8. Almirola 9. Logano 10. Blaney

Like Harvick did in Stage 2, Ryan Blaney took the lead in the early portion of Stage 3 right before the first major crash of the race. His Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski crashed into him, knocking them both out of the race and giving Hamlin the lead:

NASCAR @NASCAR

TEAMMATES WRECK!!! 😱 @keselowski gets loose and slides up into @Team_Penske teammate @Blaney at @MISpeedway! https://t.co/49xokMOKaK

NASCAR @NASCAR

"I just lost it ... it's my fault." @keselowski talks about the incident between he and his teammate @Blaney at @MISpeedway. 📺: NBCSN https://t.co/GXD51D0TcA

NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC

"It's unfortunate but it's not going to carry over. Mistakes happen." Class from Ryan @Blaney, who got taken out in the accident with his @Team_Penske teammate Brad @Keselowski. https://t.co/MclahAAozL

Aric Almirola took a temporary lead after staying out before a restart because of some head-turning miscommunication:

NASCAR @NASCAR

Usually hot dogs are a great thing to think about ... but not in this case. 🌭 🔊🆙 | @Aric_Almirola https://t.co/3OFBZadrK5

Still, Harvick took the lead back with the restart with 15 laps remaining and never looked back despite a strong push from Hamlin on the final stretch.

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