It’s no secret, Kevin Harvick has been the top driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series all season long. With this weekend’s track, the Michigan International Speedway, rewarding downright horsepower, shouldn’t Harvick’s No. 4 Ford be among the favorites?
The stats say, yes.
Harvick, has had eight top seven finishes over his last nine starts of the 2018 season. Two of those finishes were wins. Now, can he win again in Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 (2 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)? If so, it would be his first win there since 2010. See, despite that win eight years ago, when Harvick raced for Richard Childress Racing, the 2-mile D-shaped oval wasn’t one of his better tracks. But, when he joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, the finishes got better and better. Even if you go to his final year with RCR, the finishes were already trending his way.
Since 2013, Harvick has had five runner-up finishes on the Irish Hills race track. Unfortunately, none of the good finishes have resulted in a win. He was runner-up in both races in 2013, both races in 2014 and the summer race in 2015. In both races in 2016, he finished fifth.
So, can the California native turn that trend and win Sunday’s race?
I’m not betting against him that’s for sure.
What about Chase Elliott? Chevrolet has been down in power all season and could have a tough time competing on Sunday. But, if they do find an ace in the hole, look no further than Elliott to capitalize. See, in three of his four Michigan starts, he’s finished second. His other finish was an eighth place run last August.
Elliott, hasn’t finished worse than 12th since Bristol back in April. In fact, if you go back to Fontana at the end of March, Elliott has finished outside the top 12 just once. His No. 9 Chevrolet is doing a lot better.
So, since 2013, Harvick and Elliott have finished runner-up eight of the last 10 Michigan races. They just haven’t won. Can they do so on Sunday?