Why Kevin Harvick Holds a Big Advantage Over His Competitors in the Final Four Races in 2020

Published 10/16/2020, 9:01 AM EDT
Aug 23, 2020; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) celebrates winning the Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports


Kevin Harvick has been in fine form in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. For a long time, he and Denny Hamlin tied for the most wins in the season until he surged ahead. Now, he is the runaway leader in the championship, with only Hamlin for company.

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With the season slowly winding down, there are just four races left in the playoffs. Harvick already seems to be the favorite, as the championship leader, but the playoffs can be potentially unpredictable. However, it is worth noting that in the final four races, Kevin Harvick has a combined 16 wins at all four tracks.
Naturally, many can expect him to repeat the feat once again. On the other end of the scale, trying to win four races on the trot, could be a bit of a stretch. Also bearing in mind that the likes of Hamlin and the other playoff drivers are capable of winning.

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Can Kevin Harvick win the remaining four races?

Truthfully speaking, he definitely, can, as he has 9 wins at Phoenix, 3 each at Kansas and Texas, and 1 at Martinsville. Judging from this, Phoenix seems to be his most favored track. Meanwhile, he does not have a particularly great track record at Martinsville.

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Of course, he will be eager to add more wins under his belt, though his rivals will try to stop him in his tracks. Out of the Top 8 in the playoff field, Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Joey Logano have won at Kansas. Moving on to the Texas Motor Speedway, Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Kurt Busch are the only drivers sharing honors with Harvick.
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Sep 27, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
At Martinsville, Truex Jr, Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, and Brad Keselowski tasted success along with Harvick. Finally, there is the Phoenix Raceway, where Kevin Harvick reigns supreme. Despite his dominance at that track, other winners include, Logano and Hamlin. In other words, those two drivers stand the best shot at trying to stop him.

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It is also worth noting that Logano and Hamlin visited the Phoenix Victory Lane at the last two races there. So this explains why they have the best chance of stopping Kevin Harvick. The only question that now remains is, will anyone step up to the plate and take the fight to Harvick?

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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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