Kevin Harvick’s winless streak hit 16 races on Sunday in Sonoma, but oddsmakers in the Westgate SuperBook haven’t lengthened his 6/1 title odds since February. Harvick says he’s close to a win, and the stats prove he is still one of the top-4 drivers in the Cup Series entering Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Harvick salvaged a sixth-place complete at Sonoma after two poor practices and qualifying, events he generally excels in. This year, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting position. Regardless of the winless mark, he’s third in the points, also has the fourth-best driver evaluation (101.5) thus far.
“We didn’t have a fantastic car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We aborted everything that we were doing and put the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in and we still weren’t very good. We wound up grinding the right front tire off at the end and was just hanging on for dear life. That’s a brand new performance. That’s what we have done. We need to figure out the way to be nearer at the beginning of the weekend. We will. We have been scrapping pretty difficult for 16 weeks”
Harvick told colleagues that he was”beyond all of the frustration” earlier this month as he goes through his longest winless streak to begin a season since 2012. Harvick doesn’t need a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the extra playoff points which come with a victory will probably be helpful as the playoff field shrinks later in year.
Harvick has made the Championship 4 race at Homestead in four of the five seasons, winning the title in 2015. Harvick nevertheless has 10 regular season races to figure out the new rules package, and one he does, look out. Harvick’s very best tracks live in the playoffs: Las Vegas, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead’s 1.5-mile championship circuit. Harvick was at his best in 1.5-mile tracks, leading all drivers using a 118.4 driver rating at these places since 2017.
Chicago has also been kind to Harvick because Stewart-Haas’ proceed to Ford with back-to-back third-place finishes. Based on Harvick’s history, it is only a matter of time before his first win of the season comes, and once the momentum is on his side he’ll probably join Kyle Busch (5/2) atop the oddsboard like when the preseason chances were published.
Kevin Harvick’s updated loop data Average Running Ranking: 10.5; 4th
Fastest Drivers Historical in Run: 5.4; 2nd
Fastest Drivers Late in Run: 6.5; 2nd
Fastest Laps Run: 10.2%; 2nd
Fastest on Restarts: 8.2 avg. Status; 2nd
Green Flag Speed: 5.1 avg. Rank; 1st
Laps in 15: 77.5%; 4th
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