Published: Mon, August 10, 2020
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Harvick holds off Hamlin for MI sweep

Harvick holds off Hamlin for MI sweep

Prior to that, the first two stages ran uninterrupted to the planned stage breaks at laps 40 and 85, before a crash between Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney while fighting for the lead in turns one and two led to the first caution for incident on lap 96. That meant Harvick became the first driver since Richard Petty in 1971 to win back-to-back Cup races on consecutive days.

"It's been a long time since I've raced back-to-back days, let alone in the Cup vehicle", said Harvick. Drivers that go to backup cars for Sunday's race will drop to the rear on the pace laps and be scored from their original qualifying spots.

Saturday's race is in the books and it was a great opening salvo for the weekend and the choose cone was in full effect all the way to the final restart as drivers tried to figure out the strategy for the restarts. "So I thought it went well and did exactly what everybody thought it would do".

Sunday's race is the shortest Cup race since the rain-shortened June 2018 event at MI that went 2 hours, 15 seconds.

On the final restart, both Harvick and Chase Elliott picked the outside, while Keselowski and Denny Hamlin went inside.

"At no time did I think us or anybody else was better than the 4", Keselowski said.

Keselowski watched the replay to see if he could have done anything differently, in hindsight. "At the moment, there was nothing I feel like I could have done differently other than just be a little faster or have a little more speed". He's one victory behind rusty Wallace and two behind Busch. Hamlin's final desperate bid came up short at the end when Harvick crossed the finish line 0.09 seconds ahead. At first, it looked as if there might have been very slight contact between the cars, but Harvick said that wasn't the case. I've just got to thank all my guys.

Busch managed to finish in the top five despite that incident. "I just got stalled there", Hamlin said.

The drivers that finished 21-39 on Saturday will start there on Sunday and those that finished in the top-20 will be inverted meaning Kevin Harvick, the victor, will start P20 and Chris Buescher will start P1 after finishing 20th on Saturday.

With four laps to go in the 200-lap race, Austin Dillon set the stage for the overtime finish when he brought out the ninth caution of the day after he got sideways coming out of Turn 4, made contact with Christopher Bell and collided with Ryan Newman's vehicle.

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