Kevin Harvick Relatively Happy With his Top 10 Finish at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 09/28/2021, 7:54 AM EDT
DARLINGTON, SC – APRIL 12: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Nick Laham/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick finished the Las Vegas Playoff race in ninth place. Although it was not quite second place like Bristol last weekend, he was reasonably satisfied with his race result. He was the highest-placed Stewart-Haas car and managed to avoid any drama, unlike last time at Bristol. However, his car did get a little bit banged up during the course of the race.

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Harvick said, “It didn’t really, honestly the balance never really changed on our Subway Ford Mustang. Just kept plugging away at it way better than we were here. Last time we made up some points and we’ll go to the next one.

“It’ll be the same as this week, go try to score stage points, try to put yourself in the best position possible and go from there. Done it all year, it’s an old story right?”

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How will this help Kevin Harvick advance to the next round?

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Truthfully speaking, the #4 driver is in a tough spot. This is because he currently sits in 10th place in the championship, and right in the relegation zone. Harvick has William Byron, Alex Bowman, and Christopher Bell for company in vulnerable positions. If he wants to stay alive in the competition, he needs to get past Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Logano and Keselowski are currently in 7th and 8th, respectively. They are also behind Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott. So, in the next two races, Kevin Harvick will need to deliver some blindingly good performances. At the same time, he should also pray that his rivals encounter some misfortunes that adversely affect their progress.

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Until then, Harvick will want to focus on his own race and performing to the best of his ability. Meanwhile, he will also be wise to watch his back and have clean races at Talladega and Charlotte.

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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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