It was only four years ago that the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick drove into victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the NASCAR’s then Sprint Cup Champion. In that season, he accumulated five wins, 14 top fives and had an average finish of around 13th of 43 drivers. It was Harvick’s first career championship, and to that point, the greatest season of his career.
Fast forward to this season and already it appears Harvick could top that season. 12 races into the 36 race season, Harvick has already matched his highest win total for a season, has the highest average finish of his career and has punched his ticket into the now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
With his history at the remaining tracks, there’s a good chance that Harvick could become the 16th driver to win eight races or more in a season. The two tracks he could have trouble with are Daytona and Kentucky. Despite winning two races in his career at Daytona, he also didn’t finish in six races.
Meanwhile, with Kentucky’s limited sample size of only seven career races, Harvick has never finished in the top five. His highest finish was seventh place.
With two of his best tracks being in the playoffs, Richmond (three wins) and Phoenix (nine wins), we could see “Happy” Harvick manage to etch his way into the history books, but only time will tell. Will Kevin Harvick add to arguably his best season with a championship? There’s a good chance of it,but until it happens, it’s only a possibility.