Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
43-Year-Old Driver  
Stewart Haas Racing
Stewart Haas Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Stewart Haas Racing star was equally impressive as Kyle Busch last season, racking up eight victories and 29 Top-10 finishes. Both were career-best marks. However, it would not be Harvick walking away with the championship after Homestead. Instead, the driver of the No. 4 Ford would walk away with his fifth Top-3 finish in the standings in the last six seasons. Harvick is like the Gibraltar Rock of NASCAR. He's had only one bad season in the last nine years, and he's stacked up tons of wins, Top 5s and Top 10s in the process. He and crew chief Rodney Childers will continue to flourish in one of the longest running and most successful driver/crew chief pairings of recent years. The only thing that prevented us from placing Harvick number one in these rankings was the newness of the Ford Mustang. The No. 4 team should adapt faster than most Ford stables, but a slow start to the season would not be that surprising. Read Past Outlooks
Sixth-Place at Sonoma Raceway
NASCAR Cup
June 24, 2019
Harvick started 23rd and finished sixth in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon, stewarthaasracing.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Harvick battled a tight-handling No. 4 Ford, but still battled through heavy traffic to get to the front at the winding Sonoma road circuit. The veteran driver had good track position to start the final stage and worked his way from 10th up to sixth-place by the checkered flag. It was Harvick's 11th Top-10 finish of the season and 10th-career Top 10 at Sonoma Raceway.
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Harvick didn't have a letdown season in 2017, but his lack of victories was very noticeable. His two wins were a season low since the 2012 campaign, and his 850 laps led were also a season low since 2013. Still, the Stewart Haas Racing star managed 23 Top-10 finishes and once again advanced to the final round of the championship at Homestead. The dominant speed just wasn't there for the No. 4 Ford team, but Harvick still made the best of it with a solid and consistent campaign. We expect a bit of a rebound for Harvick in the upcoming season. He should increase his win totals more in the three-to-four range, and he should be good for three or four more Top 10's. Harvick is now 42-years-old and still races at a very high level, but his window of opportunity to win a second championship is closing. You can expect to see that urgency in his racing this season.
Harvick had a bit of a slip in consistency last season, but he still posted monstrous numbers. His four-win and 27 Top-10 season was right on par with what we've seen in recent years for the No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing team. However, Harvick had some shocking power outages in the latter third of the season which led to his being punted prematurely from the Chase. The net affect caused his average finish over the season to balloon to 11.7, when it's been closer to 8 or 9 over the previous two years. Stewart Haas Racing makes the big change from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. That could be some mixed news for Harvick. Over the long haul it could be a good move, but in the short term it could lead to some early-season struggles. However, make no mistake, Harvick is an elite class driver no matter the situation.
Despite falling short of the Sprint Cup Series championship in 2015, Harvick was once again the most dominant driver in the Sprint Cup Series. His failure to defend his title was more a function of the one-race-off luck of the Chase than anything else. He recorded three victories and career highs in top-5s and top-10s with 23 and 28, respectively. When you factor in the 13 runner-up finishes you can truly appreciate just how dominant the No. 4 team was last season. With crew chief Rodney Childers and the entire supporting cast returning in 2016, there's no reason to expect a downturn. If anything, Harvick will be hungrier than ever to win the crown.
It’s difficult to give any driver the “lame duck” label, and ones as gifted as Harvick it is even more difficult. Still, the Richard Childress Racing star is coming off one of his worst seasons in Sprint Cup Series racing. Were it not for some late-season magic and surprise win at Phoenix, he would have been locked out of victory lane in 2012. Harvick announced late last season that he will be heading to Stewart Haas Racing in 2014, making his upcoming season with RCR his last with team owner Richard Childress. Just how this affects the mindset of this team knowing that Harvick’s days are numbered at the No. 29 camp is anyone’s speculation, but it can’t be that good. Raw talent alone probably earns Harvick 13-15 Top-10 finishes in 2013, but making the Chase field and winning races seems highly unlikely.
Harvick has fallen short of expectations since his rookie season with RCR. He should be competing for championships, and it's not clear if it's the team, personell, or Harvick who's holding this team back. He's a high risk/reward driver in 2006.
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Leads Michigan Happy Hour
NASCAR Cup
June 7, 2019
Harvick topped the leaderboard in the final Monster Energy Series practice at the two-mile track Friday. Harvick wheeled his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford around the track at 188.763 mph to lead all drivers, NASCAR.com reports.
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Wins Stage 2 All Star Race
NASCAR Cup
May 18, 2019
Harvick won stage 2 of the Monster Energy NASCAR All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night.
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Wins Kansas Speedway Pole
NASCAR Cup
May 10, 2019
Harvick won the pole for the Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway Friday evening. He turned a fast lap of 179.217 mph.
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Top-5 Finish at the Monster Mile
NASCAR Cup
May 6, 2019
Harvick finished fourth in the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway Monday afternoon.
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Talladega Crash
NASCAR Cup
April 29, 2019
Harvick crashed and finished 38th in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
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