Stock Car Scoop: Will Kevin Harvick’s Michigan Win Spark NASCAR Playoff Run?

Kevin Harvick snapped a victory drought of nearly two years when the NASCAR Cup Series visited Michigan International Speedway on Sunday (Aug. 7), waiting through a rain delay and outrunning the field en route to the 2022 FireKeepers Casino 400 win.

His reward? A 13th consecutive postseason bid, the longest active streak in the sport. Harvick will now seek a second championship after winning one in the first year of the sport’s elimination-style playoff format in 2014.

Frontstretch’s Adam Cheek is joined by Jared Haas to break down whether Harvick’s triumph vaults him into title contention after a winless 2021 and so-far-lackluster 2022. The duo also discusses the Next Gen performed in the Irish Hills at Michigan and if the Cup Series will have 16 or more winners with just three races left until the playoffs.

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About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

Jared Haas joined the Frontstretch staff in May 2020. A graduate of Cedarville University in December 2019, Jared has been followed NASCAR since 2006.

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kb

Didn’t even read the article. But as to the question…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. DUH

Jeremy

Same here, and I agree. They’ve pretty much sucked all year. Is it possible they could get hot and make a run? Statistically yes, but I don’t think SHR as an organization has it in them (this year) to get Harvick much further than maybe, maybe the first round. Kyle Busch is more likely to get hot and make a run.

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