Some have different forms of lucky charms that they feel brings them good fortune in life. Some may consider a pair of socks, a tee, or some other piece of clothing their go-to for luck in life. Others could consider it a number, a day, or just a particular moment.
For many, the lucky number in life is 7. It’s the number that Alan Kulwicki carried his entire career, and it brought him a championship, and now an induction to the hall of fame.
For Kevin Harvick, lucky seven was calling his name. At Michigan, that call was loud and clear.
In the heart of Ford country, the brand that exemplified the “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” mantra, Harvick decided to once again put on a clinic on the field. Stage 1 went to the No. 4, then it went through Stage 2 with the same result. At the end of 200 laps, with 108 of them seeing Harvick out front, there was no doubt the top guy was winning.
The best part was seeing young Keelen celebrate with his dad, and getting the ride of his life to victory lane. Sure, the right-side window had to come out to do so, but it was well worth it. The next generation of racers got more cheers than dad. Must be great being a kid.
Must be good to be picking Harvick, because a couple folks have kept the trend going with two victories this week. It also means a new leader in the standings after a dominant Consumers Energy 400:
Penny Whitecotton – 862 – Kevin Harvick WON (7) 39
Sal Sigala Jr. – 850 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th (4) 23
Trisha Rodisch –830 – Chase Elliott finished 9th (5) 29
Ashley Hobbs – 819 – Kyle Larson finished 17th (5) 26
Dustin Parks – 771 – Kyle Larson finished 17th (1) 9
Billy Fellin – 747 – Kevin Harvick WON (4) 29
Rob Tiongson – 738 – Kyle Larson finished 17th (3) 17
Rob Blount – 708 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th (2) 16
Misan Akuya – 694 – Chase Elliot finished 9th (4) 23
Next Race: In the last three weeks, NASCAR has seen a triangle, a road course, and a wide speedway. What is missing from this particular group? It seems like what’s missing is a short track. Luckily, all the concepts of the last few races can be included. There’s hard braking, like the Glen. There’s high speed, like Pocono. To the chagrin of some, there can be some side by side racing, like Michigan.
But then again, this place packs in fans for this one particular race, as everywhere one looks, there’s a seat. When the lights turn on, emotions run higher. It’s a race where Dale Earnhardt bumped Terry Labonte, once in the final corner that put him in the wall but still to victory, the next in the second corner where he just wanted to “rattle his cage.”
It’s time for Bristol to light up the night, and maybe light up some tempers.
This Saturday night bash fest will require picks to be locked in by Thursday, August 17, at 10 p.m. ET for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.