NASCAR: Michigan results, standings – Kevin Harvick sweeps

Kevin Harvick swept the NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway, holding off Denny Hamlin in the second race.

After dominating yesterday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick won again on Sunday, this time by holding off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin to win the Consumers Energy 400 at the track.

Harvick held off Hamlin by just 0.093 seconds to secure the victory in this 156-lap race around the four-turn, 2.0-mile (3.219-kilometer) oval in Brooklyn, Michigan, which featured 10 lead changes among six drivers. Harvick, who won stage two after race polesitter and teammate Clint Bowyer won stage one, led a race-high 90 laps.

The driver of the #4 Ford has now won a series-high six races this year. Hamlin sits in second place in that category with five wins in his #11 Toyota, as these two drivers have combined to win half of the season’s 22 races.

Hamlin led a 2-3-4 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing, as Martin Truex Jr. finished in third place in his #19 Toyota ahead of Kyle Busch in fourth in his #18 Toyota.

Ford drivers from three different teams rounded out the top seven, with Team Penske’s Joey Logano in fifth place in his #22 Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola in sixth in his #10 Ford and Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto in seventh in his #21 Ford.

Another abysmal race for Chevrolet, which saw them fail to lead a lap, resulted in Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon leading the pack in eighth place in his #3 Chevrolet ahead of Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott in ninth in his #9 Chevrolet and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch in 10th in his #1 Chevrolet.

The highlight/lowlight of the race took place when Team Penske teammates Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski collided while racing for the lead with 61 laps remaining. The only other driver who failed to finish the race was Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman. Of the 36 drivers who finished the race, 28 finished on the lead lap.

Here are the full race results of the 2020 Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Race Results
1st – Kevin Harvick
2nd – Denny Hamlin
3rd – Martin Truex Jr.
4th – Kyle Busch
5th – Joey Logano
6th – Aric Almirola
7th – Matt DiBenedetto
8th – Austin Dillon
9th – Chase Elliott
10th – Kurt Busch
11th – Jimmie Johnson
12th – William Byron
13th – Ryan Newman
14th – Clint Bowyer
15th – Matt Kenseth
16th – Ryan Preece
17th – Christopher Bell
18th – Ty Dillon
19th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
20th – Chris Buescher
21st – Bubba Wallace
22nd – Corey LaJoie
23rd – John Hunter Nemechek
24th – Tyler Reddick
25th – Cole Custer
26th – Daniel Suarez
27th – Erik Jones
28th – Michael McDowell
29th – J.J Yeley
30th – Brennan Poole
31st – Reed Sorenson
32nd – Quin Houff
33rd – Josh Bilicki
34th – Garrett Smithley
35th – Timmy Hill
36th – Alex Bowman
37th – James Davison
38th – Ryan Blaney
39th – Brad Keselowski

Here are the updated point standings.

NOTE: * = Drivers locked into the playoffs. Those drivers have all won races.

Rank – Driver: Points (Behind), (Wins/Playoff Points OR +/- cut line)
1st* – Kevin Harvick: 916 (0), (6 WINS/35 PP)
2nd* – Brad Keselowski: 779 (-137), (3 WINS/21 PP)
3rd* – Denny Hamlin: 776 (-140), (5 WINS/29 PP)
4th* – Ryan Blaney: 741 (-175), (1 WIN/8 PP)
5th* – Chase Elliott: 721 (-195), (1 WIN/10 PP)
6th* – Joey Logano: 717 (-199), (2 WINS/14 PP)
7th* – Martin Truex Jr.: 716 (-200), (1 WIN/7 PP)
8th – Aric Almirola: 669 (-247), (+158)
9th – Kyle Busch: 651 (-265), (+140)
10th – Kurt Busch: 648 (-268), (+137)
11th* – Alex Bowman: 585 (-331), (1 WIN/9 PP)
12th – Clint Bowyer: 571 (-345), (+60)
13th – Matt DiBenedetto: 568 (-348), (+57)
14th – William Byron: 537 (-379), (+26)
————PLAYOFF CUT LINE————
15th – Erik Jones: 511 (-405), (-26)
15th – Jimmie Johnson: 511 (-405), (-26)
17th – Tyler Reddick: 501 (-415), (-36)
17th* – Austin Dillon: 501 (-415), (1 WIN/5 PP)
19th – Christopher Bell: 415 (-501), (-122)
20th – Bubba Wallace: 400 (-516), (-137)
21st* – Cole Custer: 396 (-520), (1 WIN/5 PP)
22nd – Michael McDowell: 376 (-540), (-161)
23rd – Chris Buescher: 371 (-545), (-166)
24th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 369 (-547), (-168)
25th – John Hunter Nemechek: 341 (-575), (-196)
26th – Ryan Newman: 338 (-578), (-199)
27th – Ty Dillon: 325 (-591), (-212)
28th – Matt Kenseth: 316 (-600), (-221)
29th – Corey LaJoie: 281 (-635), (-256)
30th – Ryan Preece: 249 (-667), (-288)
31st – Daniel Suarez: 238 (-678), (-299)
32nd – Brennan Poole: 154 (-762), (-383)
33rd – Quin Houff: 121 (-795), (-416)

The next race on the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Go Bowling 235, which is scheduled to take place next Sunday, August 16 at the Daytona International Speedway road course. This race is set to be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.