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2020 NASCAR Cup Series Spring Michigan Race Page

Firekeepers Casino 400
(312 miles)
Saturday, August 8, 2020
(Rescheduled from Sunday, June 7, 2020)
Michigan International Speedway
4:00pm/et
Laps: 156 - Stages: 40/85/156
TV: NBCSN -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

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Weekend on-track schedule

Friday, August 7
** ENTRANCE SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BY DEPARTMENT **
12:00 PM 12:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)

Saturday, August 8
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
7:00 AM-9:00 AM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
9:00 AM-3:00 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
9:00 AM-11:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
3:50 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
4:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 40/85/156 LAPS = 312 MILES)

Sunday, August 9
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
8:30 AM-3:30 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
8:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
4:20 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
4:30 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 40/85/156 LAPS = 312 MILES)
8:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT

Race Rundown

Kevin Harvick continues impressive season with a win at Michigan: In ways both literally and figuratively the NASCAR Cup Series field saw red most of Saturday afternoon – Kevin Harvick’s red-colored No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, which dominated the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway – resulting in Harvick’s third Michigan win in the last four races and fourth of his career. Harvick’s red car was out front the majority of the afternoon – leading a race best 92 of the 161 laps – but five restarts in the final 30 laps  – including an overtime finish – certainly forced Harvick, 44, “The Closer” to close out the win –  his fifth of the year tying him with Denny Hamlin for most in the series in 2020.[Read More](8-8-2020)

Paint Schemes

#4-Kevin Harvick won the Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The win is his 5th win of the year, 4th at Michigan, and 54th career win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #19-Truex, Jr., #12-Blaney, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #9-Elliott, pole sitter #22-Logano, #43-Wallace, and #1-Busch.
Harvick led 92 total laps, but had to take the lead back from Elliott with 8 laps to go and held the lead through a couple late cautions.
The race finish determined the starting lineup for Sunday’s race with the top 20 finishers being inverted tomorrow.
Stages 1 & 2 were both won by #4-Harvick as well.
There were 12 lead changes among 7 drivers and 9 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 124.712mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Michigan:
Kevin Harvick won the 52nd Firekeepers Casino 400, his 54th victory in 703 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his fourth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 39 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2020.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 29 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Christopher Bell (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
This is Stewart-Haas Racing’s fifth NASCAR Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway.
This is Ford’s 40th NASCAR Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway – series-most.
(NASCAR)(8-8-2020)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Michigan (race 21):
(5 races remaining until the Playoffs begin)

Pos Driver
Wins
Points
Behind
1) #4-Kevin Harvick
5
863
leader
2) #11-Denny Hamlin
5
736
3) #2-Brad Keselowski
3
769
4) #22-Joey Logano
2
682
5) #12-Ryan Blaney
1
735
6) #9-Chase Elliott
1
693
7) #19-Martin Truex, Jr.
1
682
8) #88-Alex Bowman
1
584
9) #3-Austin Dillon
1
472
10) #41-Cole Custer
1
384
Currently in on points
11) #10-Aric Almirola
635
-228
12) #1-Kurt Busch
619
-244
13) #18-Kyle Busch
602
-261
14) #14-Clint Bowyer
532
-331
15) #21-Matt DiBenedetto
531
-332
16) #24-William Byron
507
-356
Currently outside the playoffs:
17) #20-Erik Jones
491
-372
18) #8-Tyler Reddick
488
-375
19) #48-Jimmie Johnson
485
-378
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Cars to the rear: #6-Newman (unapproved spoiler), #17-Buescher (unapproved spoiler), #7-Gase (multiple inspection failures), #48-Johnson (multiple inspection failures)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made. Selections were made based on the results of New Hampshire’s race.
New Hampshire winner #2-Keselowsksi chose pit stall 1.
New Hampshire runner-up #11-Hamlin took the 2nd stall.
See all pit choices on the Pit Stall chart.(8-6-2020)

#22-Joey Logano will start from the pole for the Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
#11-Hamlin will start second, followed by #4-Harvick, #10-Almirola, #2-Keselowski, #88-Bowman, #18-Busch, #9-Elliott, #14-Bowyer, and #1-Busch.
The lineup was set by random draw based on owner points.
See the complete Firekeepers Casino 400 Starting Lineup.(8-6-2020)

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Goodyear Tire Notes

The Entry List for the Firekeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Gase, #27-Yeley, #51-Davison, #53-Smithley, #74-Sorenson.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

Race Officials

Grand Marshal: WWE’s “Big Show”
Command: WWE’s “Big Show”
Honorary Starter: None
Honorary Pace Car Driver: None
Color Guard: Unknown
Invocation: Unknown
National Anthem: Cece Winans
Flyover: None

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