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Published on August 16th, 2010 | by Michael J Smith


Harvick Clinches Chase Spot With Michigan Win

A late tire gamble paid off for Kevin Harvick, helping him win the Carfax 400 at Michigan International Speedway. The win locked him into this year’s Chase.

Harvick stayed out on old tires under the final caution, and he was able to pass then-leader Denny Hamlin with about 10 laps to go. He crossed the finish line nearly two seconds ahead of Hamlin to capture his third victory this season.

Top 5: Harvick, Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth. 

Tony Stewart, Juan Montoya, Martin Truex Jr, Elliott Sadler, and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10.

Notables: David Ragan (11th), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Clint Bowyer (13th), Kasey Kahne (14th), David Reutimann (16th), Kyle Busch (18th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (19th), Jamie McMurray (20th), Ryan Newman (23rd), Jeff Burton (24th), Jeff Gordon (27th), Mark Martin (28th), and Kurt Busch (40th).

Kurt Busch lost an engine on lap 32. He finished 40th and fell six positions in points to 10th.

On lap 148, Joey Logano got loose inside of Ryan Newman in Turn 4. Logano bobbled and drifted up the track into Newman’s left read quarter panel. Newman went around but managed to keep it off the wall.

After the race, Newman confronted Logano. The discussion didn’t appeared heated, but Newman was not pleased with Logano’s actions on the track. Newman said that he was “racing for points,” indicating that Logano should have more respect.

Logano lightly touched Newman. Newman gave Logano a light shove telling him, “Don’t touch me.”

After the exchange Logano said:

I tried to talk to him about it. But, I don’t know. I didn’t get [anywhere]. 

Jeff Gordon cut a tire around lap 153 and hit the wall. He damaged his race car and finished 27th.

Mark Martin also had problems. He scraped the wall while racing with Carl Edwards and damaged his race car, leading to handling problems. He finished 28th and fell out of the Chase.

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