“Have to Be Very Careful” – Kevin Harvick Explains Approach Ahead of NASCAR Cup Race at Las Vegas

Published 03/07/2021, 12:40 PM EST
PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 09: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)


Early season title contender Kevin Harvick has already claimed pole position ahead of Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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For quite a few years now, Harvick has been the torchbearer for the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team. He represents the outfit’s best chance to win a Cup Series championship, having won it once back in 2014.

But of course, there is still a long, long way to go in the season, which includes qualifying for the Playoffs at some stage. Speaking in an interview, the NASCAR veteran opens up on expectations and talks about balancing them to stay in contention for results.

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Have to really balance those emotions and expectations, said Kevin Harvick

The No.14 stated, “It’s so funny that people talk about the first few weeks, and I think as you come off of the off-season… And when you have so many expectations in your mind, you have to be very careful to balance that to the point of making sure that you don’t do something out of character.”

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, prepares to start during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Speedway on November 17, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“It’s almost like the start of the Daytona 500, you have to really balance those emotions and expectations to just go out and drive.”

Harvick also goes on to mention about the importance of keeping oneself in the Top 5 places. By staying in and around those valued track positions, there is hence a greater chance of seizing the latter phase of the race and eventually, driving into Victory Lane at the end of it all.

Harvick holds an extremely outstanding record at Las Vegas

While there have been no wins for the SHR superstar so far, he has secured solid results that see him sit 5th in the drivers’ standings. With a Top-10 finish in each of the three rounds in 2021, Harvick only needs some more momentum before he begins winning races.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 21: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas clash hence could not have come at a better time considering the 45-year-old’s record at the location. Harvick has seven Top-10 finishes in his last ten starts, including two race wins in 2015 first, and later in 2018 as well.

So there is no doubt that having achieved pole for this weekend will give him a shot of confidence. But Harvick knows with all his experience that the job is not done until he aces the final stages of the 267-laps race.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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