After road racing at Watkins Glen, the Monster Energy Cup Series travels west to Michigan and the the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
After three rounds of qualifying with a lap of 35.30 seconds Denny Hamlin sweeps all three rounds of qualifying and wins the pole.
The starting lineup for the Consumers Energy 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Daniel Suarez – did not qualify after hitting the wall
Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two mile track. The drivers cannot complete any of the stages without making a pit stop for fuel.
Joey Logano brings his car down pit road on the pace lap with a shock issue. After changing the the left front shock, he will start the race from the back of the field.
NASCAR has called for a competition yellow on lap 25 after rain in the area on Saturday night. Drivers may come down pit road for tires and service but cannot fuel the car prior to the competition caution.
Denny Hamlin will bring the field down for the green flag with team mate Kyle Busch right beside him. Hamlin and Busch go side by side with Denny Hamlin edging out for the lead. The drivers are getting three wide through the field.
The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, and Ryan Blaney.
The drivers are reaching speeds of over 200 mph, NBC broadcasters point out that a jet plane reaches takeoff speeds at 170mph.
Lap four Deny Hamlin leads the race by less than half a second on Kyle Busch with Ryan Newman in third.
Lap six, Kevin Harvick passes Ryan Newman to take third place with Denny Hamlin in the lead and Kyle Busch over a half a second behind.
Lap eight, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to less than half a second.
Erik Jones spins out on lap eight and brings out the first caution flag of the race. Jones reports that his car is plowing badly and has a massive vibration.
Bubba Wallace brings his car down pit road for adjustments.
Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 but it is Kyle Busch who gets out in front for the lead. Kevin Harvick comes up to challenge Busch for the lead. Kyle Busch holds on to the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Denny Hamlin is in third and Alex Bowman is in fourth
The caution flag comes out on lap 15 when Martin Truex Jr and William Byron get into a wreck. Erik Jones is the “lucky dog”.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 20. Busch gets a push from Alex Bowman to take the lead with Kevin Harvick in second and Ale Bowman in third.
Lap 22, Kyle Busch has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Alex Bowman in third;Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.
On lap 25, Daniel Suarez has moved up to 17th place after starting the race at the back of the field.
NASCAR throws the competition caution flag on lap 26. Rain showers came through the area and cleaned the track. The crew chiefs use the caution to check for tire wear.
Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Several of the teams took only two tires.
Chase Elliott was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to start at the end of the longest line.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 but it is Kevin Harvick who gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second.
Lap 31 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman.
Lap 33, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third.
Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road on lap 36 with complaints of a vibration.
Lap 37 Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Kyle Busch.
Lap 38 Chase Elliott also makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with reports of a loose tire.
Lap 40, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch.
Lap 44, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch with Ryan Blaney in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth, and Kurt Busch in fifth.
Lap 48, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race as he increases his lead over Kyle Busch to over three seconds.
Lap 50 the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch.
Lap 54, Devin Harvick has pulled away fro the field with a lead of nearly four seconds on Kyle Busch.
Lap 57, Kyle Busch has closed the gap to leader Kevin Harvick to under three seconds.
Kevin Harvick wins stage one for his eleventh stage win this season and playoff point number 34.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
AJ Allmendinger spins on pit road but doesn’t hit anyone.
After taking only two tires, Jimmie Johnson wins the race off of pit road.
Chase Elliott takes the wave around and gets back on the lead lap.
Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Kyle Busch along side. As the drivers spread out across the track, Jimmie Johnson takes the lead of the race.
Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin make it a three wide battle for the lead with Jimmie Johnson with Kyle Busch getting out in front to take the lead.
Lap 72, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Blaney with Kevin Harvick in third.
Corey LaJoie becomes the first driver out of the race when he retires with a valve spring issue.
Lap 74, Kyle Busch leads the race with Kevin Harvick giving chase in second.
Ryan Newman spins out after cutting a tire and brings out the caution flag. Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.
Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road after taking only fuel.
Jimmie Johnson stays out on the track and retakes the lead of the race. He brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 80. Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr go side by side for the lead with Jimmie Johnson getting out in front for the lead.
The last caution fag was a lucky break for Brad Keselowski who was going to have to make a pit stop for a tire issue.
Lap 83 Erik Jones spins out but keeps it off the wall after making contact with Ryan Blaney; bringing out the caution flag.
Jimmie Johnson brings his car down pit road and giving the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 8 and gets out in front for the lead with Kyle Busch in second and Kevin Harvick in third.
Lap 90 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kevin Harvick a half second behind and Kyle Busch in third.
Lap 93, there are 34 cars on the lead lap.
The top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Kurt Busch.
Lap 96 Martin Truex Jr has a third of a second lead on Kevin Harvick with Kyle Busch nearly two seconds behind.
Lap 103 Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead but Kevin Harvick has closed the gap and is challenging for the lead. Kyle Busch has also caught up to Kevin Harvick.
Lap 107, Kevin Harvick is on leader Martin Truex Jr’s bumper but so far has been unable to pass for the lead.
Lap 110 Kevin Harvick gets around Martin Truex Jr for the lead with Kyle Busch passing to take second as Truex tries to save fuel before making a pit stop.
Lap 112, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Kyle Busch less than a second behind; Martin Truex Jr is in third; Ryan Blaney and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Daniel Suarez reports that he may not make it to the end of the stage on fuel.
Lap 117, Daniel Suarez brings his car down pit road for fuel. The stops cost him five stage points.
Martin Truex Jr is out of fuel and pit road is closed but has to make the stop and will end up serving a penalty.
Kevin Harvick wins stage two to sweep the stage points. The win ties Harvick with Kyle Busch for playoff points with 35.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to serve an additional penalty.
Kevin Harvick narrowly wins the race off of pit road.
Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 127 as the drivers get three wide.
Kevin Harvick holds on to his lead with Ryan Blaney in second and Kyle Busch in third.
Lap 130, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Ryan Blaney with Kyle Busch over a second behind as drivers get three wide across the track.
The caution flag comes out when Ty Dillon has flames coming out the underside of his car on lap 133. Apparently Dillon ran over something on the track and broke something in the car that resulted in oil smoke coming out of the car.
After an extended caution to clean up the track, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 143 with Kevin Harvick jumping out in front for the lead.
Lap 145, Kevin Harvick leads with Austin Dillon in second, Brad Keselowski in third; Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Lap 147, Kevin Harvick has a one second lead on Austin Dillon; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 151, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Dillon.
Lap 161, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race as Alex Bowman becomes the first driver to make his green flag pit stop.
Kevin Harvick has a lead of over three seconds on Austin Dillon with 28 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 168, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch.
Lap 169, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over three seconds on Austin Dillon; Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Lap 172, Kevin Harvick brings his car down pit road for service, giving the lead over to Austin Dillon.
Lap 174, the top five are Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, and Ryan Newman.
Lap 175, Kevin Harvick passes Austin Dillon to get his lap back and pulls away from Dillon.
Lap 176, leader Austin Dillon brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Joey Logano with Jimmie Johnson in second and Ryan Newman in third.
Lap 178 Joey Logano comes down pit road and give the lead over to Ryan Newman with Erik Jones in second and Martin Truex Jr in third.
Lap 183, Ryan Newman leads the race as green flag pit stops continue to cycle through.
Leader Ryan Newman and Kyle Larson bring their cars down pit road for fuel. Kevin Harvick is again the leader of the race.
Trevor Bayne’s car is stalled on pit road. The crew comes out and pushes Bayne back into his pit stall.
Lap 193, Kevin Harvick has led over half of the race as he continues to dominate the race.
Jimmie Johnson makes an unscheduled pit stop with a possible loose wheel.
With five laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over three seconds on Austin Dillon.
Only two laps remaining in the race, Austin Dillon reports that he has a flat tire but is trying to continue the race.
Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.
Leading 108 laps, Kevin Harvick wins his seventh race of the season on the way to his goal of 10 wins.
The unofficial results of the Consumers Energy 400:
Martin True Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr