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Denny Hamlin started the race from the pole in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. He's been close when he had an elite auto, the last time being 2016. And Joey Logano was penalized at the start for an unapproved adjustment to a front shock. He turned a fast lap of 200.150 miles per hour. The restart took place on lap 14, but after a lap, William Byron got loose and collided with Martin Truex Jr. By this point, Suárez had cracked the top twenty from his fortieth-place start.

He led five laps after making his final stop behind Harvick's under green, and he then hung onto second with a two-tire stop. He has an average finish of 15.5 there and a driver rating of 86.5. He remained in the position as Stage #2 began on lap 67. While he is still searching for his second trip to victory lane there, he has finished second six times in his last 11 outings at MI.

Less than 10 laps, in, though, Erik Jones brought out the first caution for a spin and a trip into the grass.

Sunday also marked the third time that the Bakersfield, California native swept both stages and won the race. Points leader Kyle Busch was second in the 60-lap stage.

Harvick passed Jamie McMurray with 11 laps remaining for the winning move, but McMurray had not yet pitted, so Harvick's pass just completed the normal pit cycle.

Austin Dillon, in the No. 3 Chevrolet, was fourth followed by Ryan Blaney's No. 12 Ford. Harvick took the lead from Truex on Lap 109.

On Lap 161, Alex Bowman was the first to stop for fuel and tires as soon as they got within their fuel window to make it to the finish.

After the next restart, it was Harvick who found his way to the front.

How Harvick Won: Domination. Kyle Bush finished third and Ryan Blaney ended the race in fifth.

Brad Keselowski believes a win is coming at his home track, Michigan International Speedway. During victory celebrations, son Keelan arrived on the track to accept the checkered flag and rode in the #4 auto. "I think what we can take out of today is that we got the race auto a lot better and we had good speed. we were up front there saving fuel and they couldn't do anything with us until we started saving so much that obviously I had to let them go". The rest of the field has combined to win just six of 23 races. That was definitely way up there on the bucket list of things that you didn't expect.

"I've been on the other end of the stick these past two years and it's such a nice feeling to come into these last few races and know that you're locked-in to the deal", he said.

Three races - at short tracks at Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington, and then at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - now remain until the start of the playoffs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 16. Bowyer was declared the victor with Harvick finishing second as the race ended under caution.

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