“You Just Go Race” – Kevin Harvick Not Worried Despite Being 16th in the Playoffs Standings

Published 09/02/2021, 2:11 PM EDT
FONTANA, CA – MARCH 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, walks on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 15, 2019 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Kevin Harvick is in a far more vulnerable position in the playoff battle than he was last year. Despite this, he still confident that he can be a threat in the title race. According to the Stewart-Haas Racing driver, the expectations are no different from previous years. Since this is the first race 0f the playoffs, it is a matter of seeing how the races pan out.

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He said, “You really have to see how these first few races go. In order to see where you stand, from a performance standpoint. Where your cars are, how you’ve done, and all those things to go with it. I’ve been there before, there’s really not anything that can surprise me at this point.

“I have seen the magnitude after the 2001 Daytona crash, and walked into those press conferences and answered those tough questions. So, you just go race and that’s about it.”

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For the moment, the #4 driver will be keen to try and make his way up the order. The bad news is that his form has left something to be desired.

Can Kevin Harvick turn his season around?

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Theoretically speaking, he definitely has the capability to snatch a win from under so many noses. The bad news is that the Stewart-Haas team has not performed particularly well as a whole. Their only source of joy was when Aric Almirola won at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Aside from him, none of the other SHR drivers have reached Victory Lane.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, prepares to start during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Speedway on November 17, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

This season is a sharp contrast to last year when Harvick racked up the most wins in the season. In the playoffs that year, he was in fine form, until he sadly missed out on a Championship 4 berth at Martinsville. At least he can take comfort in the fact that Denny Hamlin is also experiencing a win drought.

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But can Kevin end his winless season before Hamlin does? Or will the latter blaze past him in the playoffs?

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Dhruv George

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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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