Kevin Harvick got his rhythm back, precisely on one of his favorite tracks.
Harvick ended a 65-race winless streak that spanned nearly two years with his sixth win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
“Good timing for sure,” he said.
Harvick’s victory shakes up the playoff fight with three dates left in the season, leaving little time for drivers to clinch a berth in the 16-car postseason and gives a boost to a veteran who made it into the weekend in 17th position in points.
“All those who doubted us do not know us,” he stressed.
NASCAR has had 15 different winners this season. If there are two new winners in the last three races, a driver with a win will be eliminated from the 16-car playoff roster with the points-based tiebreaker. Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. are top-10 drivers in points, but they haven’t finished in first place, putting their postseason position in jeopardy.
Harvick’s No. 4 Ford slipped away from Bubba Wallace and the rest of the field after a restart with 35 laps to go in the FireKeepers Casino 400. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver took advantage of the clean air, helping him to his 59th win, including five since 2018 at the two-mile oval in the Irish Hill region of southern Michigan.