Kevin Harvick Finally Gets a NASCAR Front Row Start in 2021 But There is a Twist

Published 05/23/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The qualifying session for the NASCAR Xfinity Series has concluded with an unusual name on pole. Kevin Harvick in one of his rare Xfinity starts, snatched pole position in the pouring rain.

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Alongside him on the front row is fellow Cup Series driver, Ross Chastain. Meanwhile, Justin Allgaier starts third, alongside Jeb Burton, with Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger behind them.

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, prepares for practice at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Cole Custer, Harrison Burton, Austin Cindric, and Tyler Reddick complete the Top-10. Meanwhile, Alex Labbe and Kyle Busch just miss out on a Top-10 berth.

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To be perfectly honest, Harvick definitely needed the pole position morale boost, even if it is in the Xfinity Series. This is because he has been struggling in the Cup Series in 2021.

Can Kevin Harvick make up for his poor Cup form?

Back in 2020, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver was in the form of his life. He snagged 9 wins during the season, winning the NASCAR regular series championship.

The only man who could match him on the win counter was Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Denny Hamlin. Sadly, when the Playoffs arrived, Harvick faltered despite putting up a valiant effort.

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Everything came to a head in the penultimate race when he had to battle it out to make the Championship 4. Unfortunately, he just missed out by virtue of a single position, while Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski battled it out.

During that particular race, Kevin Harvick tried a desperate lunge on Kyle Busch and tried to spin him out. However, it backfired on the Stewart-Haas driver in a spectacular manner. Both of them spun, but Busch was able to retain his place on the track.

Meanwhile, poor old Harvick hit the wall, bringing his title hopes to an end. Now in 2021, the #4 driver is pretty far from championship contention and will want to get his championship challenge underway at the earliest.

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