Michigan International Speedway "Consumer Energy 400" Race Review

Consumers Energy 400

August 11, 2019

Michigan International Speedway    Brooklyn, MI

 

Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod

 

Senior Photographer: Charles Rush

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumer Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Sunday, August 11. Sunday’s 400-mile main event is the 23rd of 36 points-paying races for the circuit. Entering Sunday’s Cup Series race at Michigan, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, leads the regular season standings with 851 points and 4 wins, followed by Joey Logano (838 points, 2 wins) and Kevin Harvick (777 points, 1 win). They will battle against Denny Hamlin (771 points, 3 wins), Martin Truex Jr. (753 points, 4 wins) and Michigan native Brad Keselowski (728 points, 3 wins). Harvick won last year’s August race at Michigan. Logano won the pole and took the checkered flag at this season’s first Michigan race in June.The Busch Pole Award is Keselowski’s second of the season, his second at Michigan and the 16th of his career.Keselowski grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and the pole is the first step toward winning for the first time at his home track.

 

Denny Hamlin well. With his second-place finish Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver earned his fifth straight top-five finish. The runner-up finish came with help as multiple drivers had to pit for fuel in the closing laps and Hamlin admitted he didn’t have enough speed to chase down winner Kevin Harvick. He still earned his best Michigan finish since 2011. “The whole FedEx team did a great job adjusting from the last time we were here.  (Finishing) first and second on these tracks that we’re going back to twice, so (Crew chief) Chris (Gabehart) is doing a great job making those adjustments.”

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