Literally and figuratively, the NASCAR Cup Series field was red for most of Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Harvick’s red Stewart-Haas Racing # 4 Ford was in front for most of the afternoon – leading the best 92 of the 161 laps – but five restarts in the last 30 laps, including an overtime finish, forced Harvick: “The Closer to “to end the win.”
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“That was just a great car today,” said Harvick.
Below is more of Harvick’s win, as well as the full results of Saturday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 in Michigan.
Who won the NASCAR race yesterday?
Kevin Harvick dominated the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, resulting in his third win in Michigan in the last four races and the fourth of his career. It was also his fifth win in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season that tied him with Denny Hamlin for most of the series this year.
Harvick beat Michigan-born Brad Keselowski by 0.284 seconds to win on a final restart in overtime.
“Kevin is just super fast on the straight and doesn’t give up in the corner,” said Keselowski, who hoped to become the first Michigan native to win a NASCAR Cup Series race in the state’s famous two-mile race. “We still have something to do.”
Keselowski was referring to the second half of the Michigan double-header weekend that has another 156 lap race scheduled for Sunday, the Consumers Energy 400 (4:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The line-up for the race on Sunday was set in a unique way – on Saturday the top 20 finishers were turned around. This means that 20th place Chris Buescher and 19th place Clint Bowyer will start at the front.
NASCAR results in Michigan
Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch rounded off the top 5 after Harvick and Keselowski. Busch was racing for victory when Harvick’s car almost made contact with Busch’s car. The resulting change in airflow caused Busch’s car to come loose and almost hit the outer wall.
“We felt we had a fast car,” said Busch, the reigning series champion, who is still looking for his first win of the season. “But it was the best of the rest. The 4 cars (Harvick) were out. He deserved to win the race. It was a race for second place today.”
Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch completed the top 10.
The full results from the FireKeepers Casino 400 in Michigan are as follows:
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
John Hunter Nemechek
Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.