“Missed It on All Levels” – Kevin Harvick Reviews NASCAR Las Vegas Race After Huge Missed Opportunity

Published 03/10/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) races for position against driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) and driver Michael McDowell (34) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Last year, Kevin Harvick came ever so close to winning the Cup Series title. This time around, he was in a decent run of form, but it snapped at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After a string of Top 10 finishes, where the lowest he finished was sixth, he ended up 20th at Vegas.

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A couple of days after the race, he reflected on what Stewart-Haas Racing could have done better. Kevin Harvick said, “For us, we just missed it on all levels. With all the different things that are better going on from last year. Whether we overthought it or just missed it, remains to be seen. We just missed it bad.”

The situation is so dire for the four-car organization that Harvick is the only one who is fighting hard. His fourth, sixth, and fifth place finishes is the lowest number of times that the outfit has finished in the top 10 in four races. To make matters worse, the team has led a collective 18 laps in 2021, the fewest number for them since 2013.

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What else did Kevin Harvick say?

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The Stewart-Haas driver also reflected on his 2020 season, where he had the fastest car. As a result, he was able to lead the most laps, despite eventually finishing second. Harvick insisted that he would consider himself as a serious challenger. However, he acknowledged that he will not be so quick every time.

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

On the bright side, the paddock is heading to the Phoenix Raceway next weekend. Admittedly, the Stewart-Haas driver has a fairly decent track record at the racetrack. In light of this, he is confident that he can secure a great result for the team.

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However, the veteran driver is also aware that he cannot carry the entire team on his shoulders. He needs support from the likes of Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Chase Briscoe. Only together can the drivers carry the team forward, one driver cannot and should not shoulder all the responsibility.

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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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