Ford enters this weekend having won the last six consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway (2018-2020) and this weekend will look to keep the streak alive – the longest consecutive streak of wins by a manufacturer at the 2-mile facility.
Kevin Harvick has won four of the last six races for Ford; including the last three consecutively (2018-2, 2019-2, 2020 sweep). Joey Logano (2019-1), and Clint Bowyer (2018-1) are the other two drivers that contributed to the winning streak.
Can they keep this going?
Michigan is one Harvick’s best playgrounds. He has made 40 starts at the 2-mile facility posting five wins, 15 top fives and 21 top 10s. He also leads or is ranked in the top five of several key pre-race loop data categories – average finish of 9.7, second-best; average running position of 11.317, second-best; driver rating of 102.5, series-best; 425 Fastest Laps Run, series-best; 4,099 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), second-most.
Logano has three Michigan wins over his career with 5 top 10’s in his last six tries up there including 14 of his last 16 overall.
Brad Keselowski has 4 top 6’s in his last 6 tries and Ryan Blaney having four top 10’s in his last six starts there too as his top drivers.
These are the best options but all four have had their fair share of struggles lately too. Ford in general has one win in the last 14 races on the season.
For Harvick, he’s not finished better than fourth since May 9. Keselowski has just three top fives since May. Logano has only one top five in the last eight including four of his last five being 15th or worse.
Is this the turning point that they need?
Eight different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan; led by Ford with 41 victories; followed by Chevrolet with 26, Mercury (12), Dodge (nine), Toyota (five), Buick (four) Pontiac (four) and Oldsmobile (two).