Corey LaJoie Picks 2014 Champ Kevin Harvick to Win His Second NASCAR Cup Title in 2021

January 2, 2021 6:10 pm

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.

How Harvick’s 2020 NASCAR season unraveled

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.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 10: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford, looks on during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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.

What Kevin Harvick needs to win the title again

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.

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Corey LaJoie, driver of the #32 Pala Casino Ford, prepares for practice at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

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.

READ MORE – Kevin Harvick Chases Major Achievements in NASCAR in 2021 Season after a Stellar 2020

Aayush Majumdar

Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR and tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is an avid follower of both the sports as well as many other. He has been covering sports events and writing on sports since 2017. His experience includes prior work as a sports reporter at a leading English daily in India. Aayush has also worked with leading digital platform Hotstar as a sports content contributor. He is a bronze medalist Sports Management Graduate. When he is not writing on sports, he is still watching them with utmost passion and is a big follower of Manchester United and Rafael Nadal.

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