“When It’s Not Going Good”- Kevin Harvick Gets Candid Over His Final Nail in the Coffin After Being Let Down by Tony Stewart

Published 09/01/2023, 9:37 PM EDT

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It is the final swan song for the outgoing driver, Kevin Harvick. With the season in its final legs, the 2014 Cup Series champion is just steps away from bowing down for the last time. However, the dark horse still believes that he still has unfinished business that he has to fulfill before finally hanging up his helmet.

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With a career that has lasted over two decades, Kevin Harvick has been nothing less than an enigma in the world of NASCAR. It is not just the victories that define Harvick’s illustrious career, but his devotion to the sport and nurturing it that has made the driver a legend of his own.

However, the departing driver still has one question that is yet to be answered: Will Kevin Harvick win a race in the 2023 season?

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A confident Kevin Harvick delivers his final verdict before entering the playoffs

Very few drivers have been able to thrive under the intensifying circumstances of the Cup Series, one of them being Kevin Harvick. With a streak of edge in him, Harvick always had the thirst to prove himself and mark his dominion in the world of NASCAR. He was handed the chance to drive in the sport’s highest series and also to fill in the big shoes of the deceased legend Dale Earnhardt.

It was the turning point of Harvick’s life, and since then he has never looked back. However, reflecting upon his long and illustrious career, Kevin Harvick has yet to deliver that awe-struck performance that the fans expect from him. Struggling with an awfully slow car, the final season of the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has failed to live up to the expectations of his fans.

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Even Harvick’s rival and fellow driver Denny Hamlin did not fail to contemplate the plausible reasons that are acting as hindrances on Harvick’s road to victory. Yet Harvick has kept his chin up, and so have his hopes. The No. 4 Ford driver aspires to be able to abrogate his disappointing season with a victory or perhaps a championship. In an interview with Bob Pockrass, Harvick expressed, “Last year we had one going into the playoffs.”

“Before we had one going into the playoffs, I believe. But I don’t remember it at all, works out. I have been in on all sides of defense, so it’s really no different. You go and just prepare and race and I think as you look at everything in general, it’s a big ship to turn when it’s not going good and in order to change direction, so I think you go into it and see what happens,” Harvick asserted.

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Outspoken NASCAR driver delivers the final blow to Tony Stewart

Seizing 17 opportunities to enter the playoffs, Harvick is tied with his JGR rival, Denny Hamlin. Owing to this, it can be asserted that it is still early to decide the fate of Harvick and his shot at the championship.

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However, given the unapologetic nature of Denny Hamlin, the No. 11 driver did not miss the opportunity to throw a jab at Harvick’s struggling team. In the episode of Actions Detrimental, the JGR driver took a moment to ponder the current form of Tony Stewart’s driver.

Harvick expressed, “If they made the final four, what a freaking accomplishment! I mean, that team (Tony Stewart‘s team) has been driving for has been struggling mildly, all year long.”

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“Just that they don’t have speed. They have shown glimpses of speed over the last few weeks or so, but man! You can’t continue to just outperform all your other teammates that much. That just means there’s not enough room for error in speed in your car.”

Hamlin’s final blow to Tony Stewart and his team was, “So I think that they execute better than anyone in the series, but if he doesn’t make it, it is because this is the slowest 4 car since they have been together.”

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Ayantika Maitra

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Ayantika Maitra is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. It was initially Formula 1 that made her fall in love with the world of motorsports. But quickly, the raw and unfiltered nature of NASCAR is what led her to build an affinity for the Stock Car Racing Series.
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