FireKeepers Casino 400
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Michigan International Speedway
TV: USA - Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Kevin Harvick breaks 65-race drought with NASCAR Cup win at Michigan: On a blustery Sunday in the Irish Hills of Michigan, Kevin Harvick saved his season. Grabbing the lead and pulling away after a restart on Lap 166 of 200 at Michigan International Speedway, Harvick won the FireKeepeers Casino 400 by 2.903 seconds over pole winner Bubba Wallace and leap-frogged bubble-riding Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff standings.[Read More](8-7-2022)
#4-Kevin Harvick won the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The win is his 1st win of the year, 6th at Michigan International Speedway and 59th career win.
Pole winner #23-Wallace finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #12-Blaney, #19-Truex, Jr., #5-Larson, #43-Jones, #48-Bowman, and #45-Gibbs.
Harvick took the lead with 35 laps to go when he stayed out under caution and never relinquished the lead. He pulled away to win by nearly 3 seconds.
The start was delayed by more than an hour for rain. The race went green at 4:33pm/et.
Stage 1 was won by #20-Bell. Stage 2 was won by #11-Hamlin.
There were 15 lead changes among 10 drivers and 7 cautions for 36 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 137.825mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Infraction Report.
Race Fast Facts – Michigan International Speedway:
Kevin Harvick won the 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400, his 59th victory in 777 Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2022.
This is his sixth victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 42 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Bubba Wallace (second) posted his second top-10 finish in nine races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2022.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 32 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Todd Gilliland (27th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 119 points over Ryan Blaney.
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Michigan International Speedway:
Race 23 of 26 in the regular season. 3 races remaining until the Playoffs.
1) #9-Chase Elliott [4 wins], 847
2) #1-Ross Chastain [2 wins], 710
3) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 673
4) #24-William Byron [2 wins], 617
5) #8-Tyler Reddick [2 wins], 557
6) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 524
7) #5-Kyle Larson [1 win], 705
8) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 668
9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 634
10) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 618
11) #48-Alex Bowman [1 win], 572
12) #99-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 556
13) #14-Chase Briscoe [1 win], 533
14) #2-Austin Cindric [1 win], 531
15) #45-Kurt Busch [1 win], 485
16) #12-Ryan Blaney, 728, +19 ahead of 17th
Below the Playoff cutoff:
17) #19-Martin Truex Jr., 709, +19 behind 16th
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.
Cars to the rear: none reported
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #23-Wallace chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #20-Bell took the 16th stall.
See all pit choices on the Michigan International Speedway Pit Stall page.
#23-Bubba Wallace won the Busch pole for the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 190.703mph for his 1st career pole. It is also the first pole for 23XI Racing.
#20-Bell will start second followed by #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #2-Cindric, #8-Reddick, #19-Truex, Jr., #5-Larson, #11-Hamlin, and #43-Jones.
37 teams were entered so everyone made the race.
See the complete qualifying results and the FireKeepers Casino 400 Starting Lineup.
Michigan International Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Bubba Wallace won the Pole Award for the 54th Annual FireKeepers Casino 400 with a lap of 37.755 seconds, 190.703 mph.
This is his first pole in 171 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2022.
This is his first pole in nine races at Michigan International Speedway.
Christopher Bell (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2022 and his second in four races at Michigan International Speedway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 17th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th in 23 races this season.
Austin Cindric (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Practice for the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over. Results:
#19-Truex, Jr. 187.436
Slowest: #51-Ware 182.209
Most laps run: #45-Gibbs, 24 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 10 drivers): #11-Hamlin 186.995
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the FireKeepers Casino 400 Practice speeds page.
The entry list for the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Yeley, #16-Gragson, #33-Hill, #77-Bilicki.
See the full entry list on the FireKeepers Casino 400 Entry List page.
Weekend on-track schedule
Friday, August 5
4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)
7:30 PM-9:30 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOADING)
Saturday, August 6
7:30 AM-3:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
7:30 AM-12:00 PM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
12:35 PM-1:20 PM NCS PRACTICE (GROUP A & B)
1:20 PM-2:30 PM NCS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND) (GROUP A & B / SINGLE VEHICLE, 1 LAP, 2 ROUNDS)
Sunday, August 7
12:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS (STAGE)
3:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 45/120/200 LAPS = 400 MILES)
7:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT