Kevin Harvick Beats Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson to Earn an Important Honor

Published 12/19/2020, 8:45 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


In 2020, Kevin Harvick had a dream year and should have won the NASCAR Cup Series title. Unfortunately, in a case of not winning when it really counted, he missed out on a ‘Championship 4’ berth.

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However, his scintillating form did not go unnoticed in the motorsport world. Recently, the National Motorsports Press Association named Harvick as the ‘Richard Petty Driver of the Year.’
In the process, he defeated the likes of Kyle Larson, IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and even reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott.

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Of course, Kevin Harvick would have preferred to win the bigger prize – the 2020 Cup Series, but he would also gladly accept the Driver of the Year award.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Beer Car2Can Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA #1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick has to do it all over again in 2021

With 2020 being a missed opportunity to bag a second crown, Harvick will be keen to correct that oversight.
The Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) driver notched up nine wins during the season, the most in the Series, but could not win when it counted. It came down to a desperate lunge to try and stay alive in the competition, but it backfired.
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)
As it turned out, Harvick needed to get past Kyle Busch to make it into the Championship 4. So, he attempted a dive-bomb down Busch’s inside on the final lap at the final corner.

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Unfortunately, he ended up tagging Busch into a spin and spinning himself, so he squandered his shot.
In 2021 though, Harvick will try his utmost to improve on those areas. However, trying to replicate his nine-win season in the coming year is easier said than done.
There are many drivers who will be eager to take the 2021 Cup Series title for themselves. The first among them is Chase Elliott, who will want to defend his crown as much as possible.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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