Kevin Harvick led only 22 out of 200 laps at Michigan, but they were the ones that counted. After passing Joey Logano on lap 183, Harvick never let go of the lead. During the final 48-lap green-flag run, Harvick found his way through the field from seventh to first. He won despite a punctured right-front tire that cost him time and positions early in the race.
“It was a day of a little bit of adversity that we were able to overcome,” Harvick said. “We had a really fast car all weekend. Our car handled really well today, and with the multiple lanes, we were able to run all three lanes pretty well and make our way through traffic. [T he team] put a really fast race car on the track, and we were able to capitalize on it, so that’s always fun.”
Harvick celebrated his win with his son, Keelan, who has ambitions of being a racing driver like his father. Harvick gave him a ride during the victory burnouts, about which the seven-year old said, "it was kind of scary at first, but I liked it!" Harvick mentioned his son's ambition to race against his father as well.
Denny Hamlin finished second in the race, followed by Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr. was fourth. Daniel Suarez finished fifth, which puts him in the playoffs as the points stand, following disastrous finishes by Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer who had been ahead of him in the standings. Joey Logano was forced to pit from second for a splash of fuel on lap 197 to make it to the end and finished in seventeenth. His rival for the regular-season championship, Kyle Busch, had a much better finish of sixth, increasing Busch's lead.