The year 2021 is here, signaling the start of a new decade. A new year brings renewed excitement for another season in the NASCAR Cup Series, and many drivers would like to continue their form from the 2020 season. Kevin Harvick is one such driver.
Harvick had a sudden and shocking exit just before the ‘Championship 4’ stage, despite being the most dominant driver all year. Many believe that the disappointment of not winning the title would still hurt Harvick in 2021, but one of his fellow drivers does not feel so at all.
Recently, Corey LaJoie backed Harvick to go on to win the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series title. NASCAR broadcaster NBC Sports posed a question to fans on Instagram, asking them to make their picks for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion.
LaJoie was quick to respond, saying, “Harv”. This could only mean one thing, that LaJoie is backing Harvick to win the title in the new year.
Many of his fellow drivers and competitors were themselves surprised to see Harvick not compete in the 2020 championship race. He dominated the field with seven wins in the regular season, before winning two of the first three races in the playoffs at Darlington and Bristol.
In the Round of 12, Harvick started with a top-10 finish, but then fell outside the top-10 in the remaining two races. However, the points he had already accumulated were enough to send him in the Round of 8 of the playoffs.
In the next round, he started well again, with a second-place finish at Kansas. The next two rounds then saw Harvick involved in certain unfortunate as well as nervy incidents on the track, and two poor runs resulting in 16th and 17th place finishes at Texas, and Martinsville knocked him out of the final four.
It will certainly be tough for Harvick to emulate the efforts from the 2020 season, winning so many races again. However, as the season showed him, the most crucial thing is to find a good run of form in the playoffs, when it matters most.
LaJoie, on the other hand, will drive the no. 7 car at Spire Motorsports. He competed in the Cup Series for Go Fas Racing in the last two seasons, and a new season with a new team in 2021 means he will also have a tough task at hand.
At the same time, his confidence in Kevin Harvick even before the start of the season shows the no. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing driver’s reputation in the NASCAR field.