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Harvick completes sweep of Michigan doubleheader

Field Level Media
10 Aug 2020, 09:40 GMT+10

Second verse, same as the first for Kevin Harvick. After driving to a dominating victory in Saturday's first race of the weekend doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway, Harvick staged a repeat performance on Sunday.

The Stewart-Haas driver led a race best 90 of 156 laps in Sunday's Consumer Energy 400 NASCAR Cup Series race to get the win.

The result gave Harvick a series-high six victories on the season and was his fifth at Michigan, where he has now won four of the last five races.

About the only difference in the two races was the closeness at the end of the race. Over the final 10 laps, Denny Hamlin tracked Harvick down and finished just 0.09 seconds back.

Hamlin was going for his sixth win of the season.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch finished third and fourth, respectively.

Finishing fifth was Joey Logano of Team Penske.

A victim of Harvick's dominance over the weekend was Busch, the defending series champ who still has not won a race this season. Busch, who battled Harvick for a win before finishing fifth on Saturday, led laps again on Sunday but could not quite break through.

For a second straight day, Michigan native Brad Keselowski came up short in a bid to get his first victory at his home track. On Saturday, he finished second. On Sunday, things fell apart on Lap 96 when he lost control going for the lead. His car moved up into leader and Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney. Both cars hit the wall and were knocked out of the race.

"I just lost it," Keselowski said. "My fault. I feel bad for my teammate Ryan Blaney. He didn't deserve that. Lost the back a little bit. He was there. I wiped him out and myself out."

Apology accepted.

"We had two fast cars, battling for the lead," Blaney said. "It's unfortunate but it's not going to carry over. Things happen. Mistakes happen."

There are now just four races left before the start of the 16-driver, 10-race playoffs.

--Field Level Media

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