Michigan International Speedway 49th Annual Consumers Energy 400
Michigan International Speedway
August 21, 2018
Senior Photographer: Nelli Thomas
Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod
On Sun, Aug 12, at the Michigan International Speedway was honored to host the 49th
Annual Consumers Energy 400 Race. The Time of the Race: 02 Hrs. 50 Mins. 51 Secs.
The Average Speed: 140.474 MPH and the Margin of Victory: 3.233 Seconds. Kevin Harvick won the Race,with this being his 44th victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Consumers Energy is proud to support a great family tradition for Michiganders who enjoy seeing NASCAR come to Michigan year after year at MIS. Consumers Energy envisions the relationship with the speedway as an opportunity to showcase its commitment to the area and to promoting clean energy for Michigan. The energy provider recently announced plans to stop using coal and reduce its carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2040.
Harvick was the dominating force in the Consumers Energy 400 as he proved to
the be the most consistent driver the entire day. He claimed wins in the first two
stages and then closed it off the during the final stage. During a series of green
flag pit stops starting on lap 172 he surrendered the lead. But after all the cars
made the pit stops, it was Harvick out front. Harvick held the lead right through
the checkered flag to claim his series-high seventh race win in 2018. It marked his
second win at MIS. After this win, Harvick and his team are still motivated to keep
winning races this year. Harvick had a special ride to victory lane. The race winner
stopped at the start-finish line to celebrate with the fans and his son, Keelan,
made his way out to give his dad a hug. Keelan got the checkered flag and then
got a special lift into the “passenger” side of the car for the ride to victory lane.
Austin Dillon was in second place until he suffered a flat tire on Lap 198.
He was able to make it around to finish fourth. Michigan native Brad Keselowski overtook Dillon to finish second. Kyle Bush finished third and Ryan Blaney ended the race in fifth. Erik Jones came home 13th after two early spins. Denny Hamlin started the race on the pole and led the first 13 laps. Erik Jones brought out the first caution when he spun coming off turn four on lap 10. On the restart, Harvick jumped to the lead before Kyle Busch moved to the front. After a William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. spin, it was Kyle Busch at lead. On lap 30 it was Harvick back at the front. He held that spot until the end of the first stage.
After his spin in stage one due to contact from Byron,Truex Jr. found himself in the lead in the second stage. He held that spot for 25 laps before Harvick regained the lead, a position he would not give up the final 11 circuits to win his second stage of the day.Michigan International Speedway will continue to be a premier racing facility in 2019 when it hosts a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2019