NASCAR at Michigan live race updates, results, highlights from Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400

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Because the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan featured an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday’s first leg of the doubleheader, Kevin Harvick was stuck in 20th to start the second leg.

And yet, the NASCAR Cup Series points leader is still the favorite for Sunday’s race at Michigan. Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang was that much better than other cars throughout Saturday’s race.

The question for the Consumers Energy 400, which features the same distance (156 laps and 312 miles) as Race 1, is whether Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott or anybody else who showed speed Saturday will have anything for Harvick on Sunday. Teams were able to make significant adjustments overnight, so the possibility exists.

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan. Follow below for complete results from the Consumers Energy 400.

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NASCAR at Michigan live race updates, highlights from Consumers Energy 400

5:14 p.m. ET: Clint Bowyer wins Stage 1 after leading the entire segment, which goes green the entire way. Track position proves key, as Bowyer was never challenged for the lead after driving away from the start. Daniel Suarez gets the free pass under caution.

Clint Bowyer leads every lap and wins Stage 1. It’s his third stage win of the year, so he has three playoff points.

10 key stage points for him. Also getting stage points:

2. Bell
3. KyBusch
4. DiBenedetto
5. Jones
6. Byron
7. Blaney
8. Harvick
9. KuBusch
10. Logano

— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 9, 2020

5:02 p.m. ET: Halfway through Stage 1, Clint Bowyer has a comfortable lead over Christopher Bell with Matt DiBenedetto in third. Race favorite Kevin Harvick has worked his way up to ninth after starting 20th.

4:48 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway is underway. Clint Bowyer eventually pulls ahead of William Byron to take the lead.

4:47 p.m. ET: Austin Dillon gets hit with a pass-through penalty for an unapproved adjustment on pit road before the race.

4:39 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Consumers Energy 400.

12:15 p.m. ET: Chris Buescher (first), Tyler Reddick (third) and Aric Almirola (fifth) are among those giving up their starting positions by moving to backup cars for Sunday’s race, as they will need to start from the back of the pack. This makes Clint Bowyer the new pole-sitter.

Cars going to the rear for the second Michigan Cup race:

Engine change – 15
Transmission change – 7
Backup Cars – 3, 6, 17, 34, 8, 10, 37, 38, 41
Driver change – 7

— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) August 9, 2020

NASCAR starting lineup at Michigan

The starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan is based on where drivers finished in Saturday’s NASCAR race at Michigan. Below are the starting positions:

Start
Driver
Car No.
Team
1
Chris Buescher
17
Roush Fenway Racing
2
Clint Bowyer
14
Stewart-Haas Racing
3
Tyler Reddick
8
Richard Childress Racing
4
Matt Kenseth
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
5
Aric Almirola
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
6
Matt DiBenedetto
21
Wood Brothers Racing
7
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
8
Christopher Bell
95
Leavine Family Racing
9
Jimmie Johnson
48
Hendrick Motorsports
10
Erik Jones
20
Joe Gibbs Racing
11
Kurt Busch
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
12
Bubba Wallace
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
13
Joey Logano
22
Team Penske
14
Chase Elliott
9
Hendrick Motorsports
15
Denny Hamlin
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
16
Kyle Busch
18
Joe Gibbs Racing
17
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
18
Martin Truex Jr.
19
Joe Gibbs Racing
19
Brad Keselowski
2
Team Penske
20
Kevin Harvick
4
Stewart-Haas Racing
21
Alex Bowman
88
Hendrick Motorsports
22
Corey LaJoie
32
Go Fas Racing
23
Ty Dillon
13
Germain Racing
24
Daniel Suarez
96
Gaunt Brothers Racing
25
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
26
JJ Yeley
27
Rick Ware Racing
27
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
28
Ryan Newman
6
Roush Fenway Racing
29
Michael McDowell
34
Front Row Motorsports
30
Reed Sorenson
74
Spire Motorsports
31
Austin Dillon
3
Richard Childress Racing
32
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
33
Timmy Hill
66
Motorsports Business Management
34
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
35
Garrett Smithley
53
Rick Ware Racing
36
John Hunter Nemechek
38
Front Row Motorsports
37
Brennan Poole
15
Premium Motorsports
38
James Davison
51
Petty Ware Racing
39
Josh Bilicki
7
Tommy Baldwin Racing

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