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Kevin Harvick dominated the weekend at Michigan International Speedway to win both races. The weekend started perfectly for him as he swept the stage wins and won the race on Saturday. Then on Sunday he came from 20th starting position to the front at the start of the second stage, and then went on to win that segment and hold off Denny Hamlin for the win again. Neither race finished easily, as Saturday went into overtime after multiple late cautions and a red flag, and Sunday's margin of victory was less than a second. Still, Harvick had the fastest car all weekend and has firmly taken hold of the standings with nine consecutive top-five finishes.
This week's race on the Daytona road course will be the first time the NASCAR Cup series teams race on the configuration. The unknowns of a first-time track could present an opportunity for drivers who haven't yet found their way into Victory Lane this season to pull off a surprise. The battle continues to heat up around the final playoff position and another first-time winner in 2020 could jumble that even more with just four races remaining in the regular season.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick kicked off the Michigan double-header race weekend with a dominant performance, winning both stages en route to the race win in an overtime finish. He had the best car throughout the race and survived multiple late restarts to leverage that advantage to grab another victory. On Sunday, he cycled