Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Motorsports

Kevin Harvick stakes claim to NASCAR Chase in Michigan

See also

Taking the win at Michigan International Speedway, clinched a spot for Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield) and the No. 29 team in the 2010 Chase. Harvick was the first driver to lock in a spot among the 12 who will battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in the season's final 10 races, which begin at New Hampshire and culminate in Homestead this November.

Harvick led five times for 60 of the 200 laps. Denny Hamlin finished a distant second, followed by Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Elliott Sadler and Joey Logano.

“This has [traditionally] been a bad track for us, so today says a lot about RCR,” Harvick said. “Racing is a lot of fun right now, and I thank the crew for putting up with me. It's almost like being on vacation, but we'll be in the pressure cooker for the last 10 races.”

Harvick took the lead for good on lap 190, when he passed Hamlin and began pulling away. He won by 1.731 seconds in a race that featured only five caution periods, which slowed the event for a mere 25 laps. Other lap leaders included Stewart, Johnson, Hamlin, Truex, and Kvapil.

The win was Harvick's third this year, his first ever at Michigan and the 14th of his Cup career.

Harvick, hasn’t welcomed the notion of being the favorite for the title just yet. "Until you beat that guy [Jimmie Johnson], there's no reason to put that pressure on yourselves," according to Harvick.

For more information on Southern California Motorsports, check out:

Janelle Jalbert is a fan of a variety of racing formats and equally enjoys the history of the sport. Janelle grew up in an auto mechanic’s family and swears that there is carb spray running through her veins.

You can join the discussion of So Cal Motorsports at the Southern California Motorsports Examiner page on Facebook. Janelle can be reached via email for both comments and story ideas. You can follow Janelle as the Southern California Motorsports Examiner on Twitter as @SoCalMotorsport.

Janelle also serves as the NASCAR Truck Series Examiner. Feel free to join the discussion about the hard racing in the CWTS at the NASCAR Truck Series Examiner fan page on Facebook.




  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes
    Stephen A. Smith: Ray Rice rant was 'most egregious error of my career'
    Domestic Violence
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • New York Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner
    MLB News
  • Brees gets tested
    Saints Drew Brees says he has 10 years left in NFL, immediately gets drug tested
    NFL News
  • Bryan subdues burglar
    Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan holds down burglar with submission move
    Fight Sports
  • Grave defiler identified
    Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video
    Crimes & Court