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

Published 01/02/2021, 7:40 AM EST
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 18: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, talks to his crew chief, Rodney Childers, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)


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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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