NASCAR: Kevin Harvick didn’t clinch a playoff spot

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick didn’t clinch a playoff spot

Published August 8, 2022
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For the first time in nearly two years, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick found himself in victory lane following Sunday afternoon’s rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

With his victory in Sunday’s 200-lap FireKeepers Casino 400 around the four-turn, 2.0-mile (3.219-kilometer) Brooklyn, Michigan oval, Harvick is the 15th different driver to win at some point throughout the 2022 season’s first 23 races.

With just 16 playoff spots available no matter how many winners there are, this means that there could be one or two winners who miss out on the postseason, despite the “win and in” concept that is often (incorrectly) associated with the playoff format.

Harvick sits 133 points ahead of 23XI Racing’s Kurt Busch, who is currently the lowest placed single-race winner, and 87 points ahead of Team Penske rookie Austin Cindric, who is currently the second lowest.