NASCAR takes six MI cars to wind tunnel

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2018

Kevin Harvick dominated Sunday's Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway to score his seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.

Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano completed the first 10 finishers. You can catch all of the action from MI, starting with prerace coverage at 1:30pm on WBUT 1050AM.

Harvick led 108 of the 200 laps in the Consumers Energy 400 and cruised to a 3.233-second win over runner-up Brad Keselowski, who took over second place when Austin Dillon slowed with a cut tire on the next-to-last lap. He and fellow member of the season's "Big 3" championship contenders Kyle Busch have earned 21 victories each in the past five years - most among their competitors.

He is the grandson of the late Jim Trueman, who once owned the track and was the vehicle owner when Bobby Rahal won the 1986 Indianapolis 500.

The competition caution was waved on lap 25, during which Busch beat Harvick off pit road.

Lead Changes: 15 among 9 drivers. Cindric won the second stage, also 20 laps. Johnson pitted to relinquish the lead to Truex. Chase Elliott, for whom it has always been a matter of "when" and not "if" he would finally get that coveted first Cup Series win, finally got that first career win. Harvick took the lead from Truex on Lap 109. The Penske Racing driver finished second in a Cup race for the second time at MIS, where he also has a trio of third-place finishes in 19 career starts. Harvick swept the first and second stages of the race and leap-frogged past Busch into the lead in Playoff points.

Truex was running with the leaders during the second stage before running out of gas and going into the pits, which were closed. He was followed by Bowyer and a lap later, Harvick and Keselowski.

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Austin Dillon was running second but had a flat tire with one of 200 laps remaining.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, many teams began preparing to make green flag pit stops as Bowman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were the first to do so.

4 Ford finished 3-plus seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Ford on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Busch spoke to reporters after qualifying at Michigan International Speedway but shed little light on his status for next season. Kyle Busch found himself in a tight battle with Ryan Blaney for P2 for a bit but was able to get in front and start on the task of tracking down the 4.

He then climbed in his dad's number four Ford for a ride to victory lane, where he emerged from the auto to cheers. He's won five races with the organization, and qualified for the playoffs each season.

"I was sitting there watching (Allgaier and Cindric) go at it". He's been with me for the last three weeks, so we've had a big time. "So blessed to be part of such a great race team and so many good people around me that makes this all happen". Bowyer was declared the victor with Harvick finishing second as the race ended under caution.

The next Cup race is Saturday, Aug. 18 - Bass Pros Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

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