Event: Consumers Energy 400 (Round 23 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (2-mile oval)
Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish: 3rd/1st(Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Point Standing: 2nd(924points, 62out of first)
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner:Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):
- Kevin Harvick started third, finished first, collecting 10 bonus points and one playoff point.
- The Busch Light/Mobil 1 driver stayed out during the first two cautions on lap eight and lap 15.
- The No. 4 Ford came to pit road during the competition caution on lap 25 for two tires and fuel.
- Harvick restarted second on lap 27 and stayed in the lead for the remainder of the stage.
- He came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage and came out fifth as the top-four cars opted to stay out.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):
- Started fifth, finished first, earning 10 bonus points and an additional playoff point.
- Harvick raced his way back up to the second position by lap 75, when he came to pit road under caution for fuel only.
- The Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford raced up to third by the following caution on lap 85. The team chose to stay out under caution.
- Harvick restarted second on lap 86 and raced to the lead by lap 109 after a long battle with the No. 78.
- The Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford won the stage and came to pit road for four tires and fuel at the conclusion of Stage 2.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-200):
- Started first and finished first.
- Harvick stayed out under caution on lap 140 to remain the leader.
- The No. 4 Ford surrendered the lead to come to pit road for a final time under green-flag conditions for four tires and fuel on lap 171.
- Harvick took the lead for good on lap 190 after the remainder of the field cycled through its final scheduled pit stops.
- Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Brad Keselowski was 3.233 seconds.
- This was Harvick’s 44thcareer Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, and it ties him with Bill Elliott for 17thon the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list.
- This was Harvick’s 21stMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2014.
- Harvick became the first driver since 2008 to win seven of the first 23 races in a season. Kyle Busch scored all eight of his 2008 victories in the season’s first 22 races.
- This was Harvick’s series-leading seventh victory of 2018. It was also his 17thtop-five and 19thtop-10 finish of the season.
- Harvick earned his second victory in 36 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan. It was also his 12thtop-five and 17thtop-10 at the track.
- Harvick finished first in Stage 1 to earn 10 bonus points and one playoff point, and first in Stage 2 to earn an additional 10 bonus points and one more playoff point.
- Harvick led five times for a race-high 108 laps to increase his laps-led total at Michigan to 480.
- Harvick’s victory in the Consumers Energy 400 marked the 53rdoverall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 48thpoints-paying Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win and its third at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
- SHR swept the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan in 2018. Clint Bowyer won in the series’ June visit to the track.
- Harvick’s win marked SHR’s series-leading ninth points-paying victory 23 races into the 2018 season. SHR also won the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race via Harvick.
- This was SHR’s 12thMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with Ford. The team won its first race with Ford when Kurt Busch captured the 2017 Daytona 500.
- There were eight caution periods for a total of 37 laps.
- Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Consumers Energy 400 finished on the lead lap.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light/Mobil 1 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“(Son) Keelan is saving me some work (retrieving the checkered flag after the race). Usually when I get home the next day, we have to mock up a victory lane celebration. For him to be here and able to do that and be a part of NASCAR and bring your son to work and do all the things that we get to do with our kids – I have had him with me by myself the last three weeks, and we have had a ball. I couldn’t be happier to be a dad and be a part of NASCAR where they let your family come to the racetrack and be a part of it. Gotta thank everyone from Busch Light, Mobil 1, Ford, Jimmy John’s, everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing and all these fans for coming out today and supporting everything we do here in Michigan.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN beginning at 6 p.m.