Odds to win NASCAR championship entering Chicagoland: Harvick still second-favorite despite winless streak

Kevin Harvick’s winless streak hit 16 races Sunday at Sonoma, but oddsmakers in the Westgate SuperBook have not lengthened his 6/1 name chances since February. Harvick says he’s close to a win, and the stats show he’s 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 following two bad practices and qualifying, events he generally excels in. This season, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting place. Despite the winless mark, he’s third in the points, also has the fourth-best driver rating (101.5) thus far.
“We didn’t have a great car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We aborted everything that we were doing and place the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in and we weren’t very great. We ended up grinding the right front tire off in the end and was just hanging on for dear life. That is a performance. That is what we have done. We will need to determine the way to be closer at the start of the weekend. We will. We’ve been scrapping pretty hard for 16 weeks.”
Harvick told colleagues that he was”past all the frustration” earlier this month as he moves through his longest winless streak to begin a year since 2012. Harvick does not need a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the added 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 in Homestead in four of the five seasons, winning the title in 2015. Harvick still has 10 regular season races to find out the new rules package, and one that 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 has been at his best at 1.5-mile monitors, leading all drivers with a 118.4 driver rating at those places since 2017.
Chicago has also been kind to Harvick since Stewart-Haas’ move to Ford with back-to-back third-place finishes. According to Harvick’s history, it is only a matter of time before his first win of this season comes, and once the momentum is on his side he will likely join Kyle Busch (5/2) atop the oddsboard just like when the preseason chances were released.
Kevin Harvick’s loop statistics that is updated Average Running Ranking: 10.5; 4th
Fastest Drivers Early in Run: 5.4; 2nd
Fastest Drivers overdue in Run: 6.5; 2nd
Fastest Laps Run: 10.2%; 2nd
Fastest on Restarts: 8.2 avg. Rank; 2nd
Green Flag Speed: 5.1 avg. Status; 1st
Laps in Top 15: 77.5 percent; 4th

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