Photo by: Stewart Haas Racing
Date: Aug. 12, 2018
Event: Consumers Energy 400 (Round 23 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (2-mile oval)
Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/80 laps)
Start/Finish: 12th/6th (Running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Point Standing: 4th (750 points, 236 out of first)
Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-60):
● Kurt Busch started 12th and finished fourth, collecting seven bonus points.
● The Haas Automation driver said the car was better on the top part of the track. He pitted on lap 27 for two tires and fuel.
● Was in the top-five for much of the stage.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 61-120):
● Started seventh and finished fourth, collecting seven additional bonus points.
● Busch pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment on lap 63.
● While in fifth place, Busch pitted for two tires and fuel on lap 76.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 121-200):
● Started seventh and finished sixth.
● Busch pitted on lap 123 for four tires and fuel.
● On lap 172, while in sixth, Busch pitted for just right-side tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.
● Busch finished sixth and ran in the top-10 for most of the 200 laps.
● This was Busch’s 14th top-10 of 2018 and his 13th top-10 in 36 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan.
● Busch finished fourth in Stage 1 to earn seven bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn an additional seven bonus points.
● There were eight caution periods for a total of 37 laps.
● Twenty-one of the 40 drivers in the Consumers Energy 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kevin Harvick won the Consumer Energy 400 to score his 44th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win which ties him with Bill Elliott for 17th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list.
● Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Brad Keselowski was 3.233 seconds.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“Is this groundhog day? Is it deja vu? We are running so strong, not making mistakes and chiseling away. That is why we are fourth in points. Consistency. Anytime I get to the back bumper of the 4, 18 or 78, they inch away from us. We are sliding both ends of our car. We are so close. We will find our day. We have good rhythm, we just can’t steer too far away from this rhythm. Thanks to Monster Energy, Haas Automation and Ford.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN beginning at 6 p.m.