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AP photo by Paul Sancya / Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick celebrates with his daughter Piper after winning Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It was the 59th win of his Cup Series career but his first in 65 races.

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Kevin Harvick got his groove back, fittingly at one of his favorite tracks.

Harvick ended a 65-race winless drought on the NASCAR Cup Series that lasted nearly two years with his sixth victory at Michigan International Speedway.

"Good timing for sure," the 2014 Cup Series championship said Sunday after securing his 59th career win.

Harvick shook up the fight for the playoffs even more with just three races remaining in the regular season, leaving little time for drivers to earn a spot in the 16-car field but giving himself a boost after entering the weekend No. 17 in points.

"Everybody that doubted us doesn't know us," the 46-year-old Stewart-Haas Racing driver said.

The Cup Series has had 15 different drivers win at least one points race this season. If there are two new winners over the last three races of the regular season, a driver with one win will be eliminated from the 16-car playoff field with a tiebreaker based on points.