Capping off a double header day, the NASCAR Cup Series runs the first of a double header weekend in the Irish Hills of Michigan for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

During the pre-race inspection process the number six and 17 cars of Roush Fenway Racing had the rear spoilers confiscated and were charged with violating the NASCAR rule book for making altercations.  As a result of the rule violation, each team was fined $25,000, will have to start the race from the back of the field, car owner Jack Roush was docked 20 car owner points for each team, and drivers Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher were also docked 20 driver points.

Also starting from the back of the field are Joey Gase and Jimmie Johnson after their cars failed the inspection process twice.  The penalty does not affect Gase since he was already starting from the back of the field.

After a random draw based on driver points, Joey Logano will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.  Denny Hamlin will start alongside Logano on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Newman – moved to the back of the field for rules violation
Tyler Reddick
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Jimmie Johnson – moved to the back of the field for failing inspection twice
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher – moved to the back of the field for a rules violation
Erik Jones
Bubba Wallace
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
Brennan Poole
James Davison
Christopher Bell
Reed Sorenson
John Hunter Nemechek
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Garrett Smithley
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase

Stage one of the race is 40 laps long, stage two is 45 laps long, and stage three lasts 71 laps for a total 156 laps.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution around lap 15.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead but Aric Almirola makes a challenge for the lead before falling to second place.

The top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick.

Leader Joey Logano reports that he has a vibration.

Lap four, Joey Logano in lead, Denny Hamlin is in second; Aric Almirola is in third place nearly a second back.

Lap six, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin with Aric Almirola over a second back.

Lap seven, the top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 13, Denny Hamlin challenges Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 15, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are side by side battling for the lead but Logano holds him off; Kevin Harvick is in third.

The competition caution comes out on lap 16.  Ryan Blaney had come down pit road for fresh tires just before the caution flag came out.  Under the rules of the competition caution, drivers can come down pit road but cannot take fuel until the competition caution.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service; Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski had adjustments made to their cars.

Beginning this weekend, NASCAR has implemented the “Choose Rule” where the drivers can decide whether they want to restart the race from the inside or outside lane.  There is a big V on the track where the drivers decide which lane they want.  If they run over the orange box inside the V then they must restart the race form the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 19 with Hamlin getting out in front for the lead.  Drivers get three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Garrett Smithley has been posted for a restart violation.

Lap 21, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman, and Kurt Busch.

Martin Truex Jr has to bring his car down pit road with a flat tire; the track stays green.

Lap 23, Kevin Harvick takes second place to make it a 1-2 Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick.  Kevin Harvick passes Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 25, Kurt Busch passes Joey Logano for third place; Kevin Harvick has a half second lead.

Kevin Harvick is driving the same car he drove to a win at Indianapolis.

Tyler Reddick comes down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop, saying that something broke.

Lap 27, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin.  Joey Logano is reporting some issues with his car.  There are 34 cars on the lead lap.  James Davison is off the track.

Lap 33, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Ryan Blaney is in third two and a half seconds back.

With five laps remaining in stage one, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones.

Three laps remain in stage one, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, and Erik Jones rounding out the top five.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 and edges out for the lead after a push form Kevin Harvick.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 50, Ryan Blaney takes the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kurt Busch is in third with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski battling for fourth.

Lap 52, Ryan Blaney is in the lead with Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 60, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin with 33 drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 64, Kevin Harvick challenges Ryan Blaney for the lead with Erik Jones a half second back

Joey Gase is off the track.

Lap 66, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.  The Busch brothers battle for sixth.

Lap 68, Denny Hamlin takes third while Kevin Harvick continues to stalk leader Ryan Blaney.

Lap 71, Denny Hamlin makes it a three way battle for the lead.

Lap 77, the top five are Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Erik Jones.

Kevin Harvick continues to battle Ryan Blaney and takes the lead.  There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Brad Keselowski takes third place after Denny Hamlin gets loose and has to save the car.

Lap 80, Kevin Harvick has a third of a second lead on Ryan Blaney; Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski gets loose but saves the car, Denny Hamlin retakes third place.

Lap 81, Erik Jones takes fourth place from Brad Keselowski

Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Ryan Blaney.  There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek and Alex Bowman are reporting vibrations in their cars.

Kevin Harvick wins stage two to sweep the stages.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Erik Jones
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson

Drivers come down pit road for service.  Denny Hamlin says that he is too loose.  Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 92 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.  After a push from Erik Jones, Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead.  Drivers are getting three and four wide across the track as they battle for position.

Lap 93, Kevin Harvick takes the lead; Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

The caution flag comes out when John Hunter Nemechek spins out after making contact with Chris Buescher.

A few drivers come down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 99 with Denny Hamlin alongside on the front row.

After a push from Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick takes the lead.  Drivers are getting aggressive and three wide across the track.

Kevin Harvick is in the lead; followed by Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin.  There are 31 trucks on the lead lap.  Joey Gase is out of the race.

With 71 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a stop for fuel.

Lap 103, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 106, John Hunter Nemechek brings out the fifth caution flag of the race with a flat tire.

With 50 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are close to their pit window for fuel.

The drivers come down pit road for service.  Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 111.  With a push from team mate Erik Jones, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead.

Kevin Harvick is in second and challenges Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 112, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead of the race; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

With 42 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr is in third.

Lap 117, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott.  There are 32 cars on the lead lap; Joey Gase is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 121, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 123, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 32 cars on the lead lap.

With 30 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting aggressive on the track as they battle for position.

With 29 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Kyle Busch.

With 27 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over two seconds on Kyle Busch.

The caution flag comes out for a crash involving John Hunter Nemechek.  Nemechek takes his car to the garage.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service, but most of them stay out on the track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 18 laps remaining in the race with Chase Elliott alongside on the front row.  Kevin Harvick gets out in front for the lead but Kyle Busch makes it a three wide battle.  Chase Elliott takes the lead.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell.

Fifteen laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick is on leader Chase Elliott’s bumper and challenging for the lead.

The caution flag comes out with 14 laps remaining in the race when Ryan Preece spins out after making contact with Tyler Reddick.

Ten to go, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with Kyle Busch alongside on the front row.  Elliott and Busch go side by side for the lead.  Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Kevin Harvick challenges Kyle Busch for the lead and takes the air off of Busch’s spoiler causing Busch to get loose.  Busch saves the car and Harvick takes the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Erik Jones.

The caution flag comes out with just seven laps to go when Cole Custer hits the wall hard.  He takes his car to the garage.

With fluid on the track, NASCAR has red flagged the race to get it cleaned up.

While the drivers wait in their cars, NASCAR brings out water for those who want it.

In a three lap shootout, Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with Denny Hamlin alongside on the inside lane.  Bubba Wallace makes it a three way battle for second place with Kevin Harvick in the lead.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin.

The ninth caution flag of the race comes out for a crash involving Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman.  Dillon gets loose and spins out making contact with a number of drivers…and the wall before making a run through the grass.

The race runs into overtime.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down with Brad Keselowski on the inside lane.  With no pushing, Harvick and Keselowski battle for the lead.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

After sweeping the race stages, Kevin Harvick wins the race for his fifth wins of the season, third Michigan race in a row in August, and to tie Lee Petty with 54 career Cup series wins.

The unofficial results of the Firekeepers Casino 400:
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Bubba Wallace
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Aric Almirola
Matt Kenseth
Tyler Reddick
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Alex Bowman
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Ryan Preece
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
Reed Sorenson
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Timmy Hill
Cole Custer
Garrett Smithley
John Hunter Nemechek
Brennan Poole
James Davison
Joey Gase