Brooklyn, Michigan – For Kevin Harvick, a trip to Michigan was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Harvick won the 2022 FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, his sixth win of his career at the Michigan International Speedway (2010, 2018, 2019 and two sweep wins in 2020).
The win, his first since September 2020, shattered his winless streak of 65 starts and pierced his ticket to the 2022 NASCAR Cup qualifiers. He only drove 13 laps all season that entered Sunday.
But he took the lead on lap 163 on Sunday and didn’t concede it.
“Good timing for sure,” Harvick told USA Network after the race. “Everyone who doubts us doesn’t know us. They know we thrive in these kinds of situations.
“A lot of things went our way today, which didn’t happen much this year…once the path became clear today that the kid was fishing.”
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Bubba Wallace, who won the pole for the first time in his career, finished second, finishing in the top ten in his fourth straight race as his career best. Stage two winner Denny Hamlin finished third, followed by Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.
Sunday was Ford’s eighth consecutive MIS victory (43rd place all-time), with Ford taking three of the top five spots.
Toyota (Wallace, Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr.) took the other three spots in the top six when Chevrolet (Kyle Larson, Eric Jones and Alex Bowman) finished seventh through ninth.
Byron’s Eric Jones (8th) and Rochester Hills’ Brad Keselowski finished 15th, extending the streak that no Michigan-born driver has ever won a NASCAR race at MIS’ highest circuit.
The race was over an hour and a half late After a quick but big rainstorm, which moved through the area at about 2:30 p.m., Harvick was the 15th different winner in the first 23 races of the season – tying a NASCAR record – with three pre-season races remaining.
“Coming to Michigan has been a great place for us,” Harvick said. “You have to thank the fans, they have stayed with us despite this dry period and we hope to be back on the road to victory soon.”