SHR Post-Race Recap: Michigan – The Official Stewart-Haas Racing Website

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Date: August 7, 2022
Event: FireKeepers Casino 400 (Round 23 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (2 mile oval)
Format: 200 laps, divided into three stages (45 laps/75 laps/80 laps)
Winner of the race: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Arrival of the SHR race:
● Kevin Harvick (started 16th, finished 1st / running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
Chase Briscoe (started 23rd, finished 20th / running, completed 200 of 200 laps)
● Cole Custer (Started 17th, Finished 31st / Accident, finished 94 laps out of 200)
● Aric Almirola (Started 18th, Finished 34th / Accident, completed 25 of the 200 laps)

SHR Points:
● Kevin Harvick (9th with 618 points, 229 on the first)
● Chase Briscoe (15th with 533 points, 314 on the first)
● Aric Almirola (18th with 518 points, 329 on the first)
● Cole Custer (25th with 390 points, 457 on the first)

Victory Notes:
● Harvick’s win in the FireKeepers Casino 400 marked the 94th overall win for SHR. It was the organization’s 68th NASCAR Cup Series victory, its second of the season and its seventh at Michigan. SHR has now won six of the last eight NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan.
● SHR scored its first victory in Michigan via ex-driver Kurt Busch in June 2015, and ex-driver Clint Bowyer earned the team’s second win at the 2-mile oval in June 2018. The first Harvick’s victory on the track came in August 2018 before continuing a three-fight winning streak, returning to winning ways in August 2019 before sweeping the track’s double title in 2020.
● This was SHR’s 32nd NASCAR Cup Series victory with Ford. Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 to deliver the organization’s first victory with Ford.
● Harvick’s win in the FireKeepers Casino 400 was his 59th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first of the season and his sixth in the series lead at Michigan. His margin over second-placed Bubba Wallace is 2.903 seconds.
● Harvick was the 15th different winner of the 23 NASCAR Cup Series races contested this season.
● Harvick has now won 24 NASCAR Cup Series races with Ford. He is one of 13 drivers to have won 20 or more races with the manufacturer. He’s tied with Matt Kenseth for 10th place all-time.
● It was Ford’s 716th all-time NASCAR Cup Series win and fifth of the season.
● It was Ford’s 43rd series-leading victory at Michigan, which is the most at any track currently on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. Ford scored its first win in Michigan with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson on August 17, 1969.
● It was Ford’s eighth straight win at Michigan, a streak that began with Bowyer in June 2018.
● It was Harvick’s 59th career NASCAR Cup Series win, maintaining his 10th spot on the series’ all-time winning list.
● This was Harvick’s 36th NASCAR Cup Series victory since joining SHR in 2014.

SHR Notes:
● Harvick now has 16 top fives and 22 top 10s in Michigan, the most among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Michigan.
● Harvick finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points.
● Harvick once led for 38 laps to increase his total laps led at Michigan to 737, the most of any active driver.
● Harvick has now led 11,407 laps since joining SHR in 2014. He has led 15,833 laps in his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.
● Briscoe finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn a bonus point.

SHR sound clips:
“Jgood time for sure. We’ve had several good runs over the past few weeks – Loudon and Pocono where the car worked well and not everything worked out. I’m just so proud of everyone on our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang. They dug all year trying to get these Mustangs to run faster. Our guys have done a good job of trying to take what we have, maximize it and do the things we need to do. I’m just really proud of everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing. All those who have doubted us do not know us. They obviously know that we thrive in those kinds of situations and a lot of things went our way today that we haven’t had all year. There at the end we pitted and didn’t go back a lap and then the warning came out and took control of the race. That’s the thing I struggled with the most today was traffic and restarts and having to make up ground, but once I got a clear trail that baby was chasing.#BuschelOfBusch #4 #BuschelOfBusch Ford Mustang Busch Light Apple Driver Kevin Harvick

Our Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustangs were really good to start the race. We were able to make some good gains but we were so tight. The guys did a great job working on it, but I got into the wall towards the end and didn’t help. We are still well placed, we just have to get through the next races and make sure we can make the playoffs..” – Chase Briscoe, Driver of No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang

“We don’t really know what started all of this. I mean, we punctured three front left tires in about 20 laps, so I don’t know what happened and why they kept puncturing. It just seems like that’s how our year went. We can’t get a break from most of these races. I do not know. It sucks to have another short end to the day, but we’ll move on to the next one.Cole Custer, #41 Ford Mustang Driver HaasTooling.com

“I got hit in the left-back and spun and then we all crashed. We just can’t get a break. I think some of the guys who were slower cars stayed away and got mixed up in the field a bit and then everyone swarmed them and they can’t get out of the way.Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Ford Mustang Smithfield

Next step :
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sunday, August 14 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by USA and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


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