Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick
43-Year-Old Driver  
Stewart Haas Racing
Stewart Haas Racing
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Harvick didn't have a letdown season in 2017, but his lack of victories was very noticeable. His two wins were a season low since the 2012 campaign, and his 850 laps led were also a season low since 2013. Still, the Stewart Haas Racing star managed 23 Top-10 finishes and once again advanced to the final round of the championship at Homestead. The dominant speed just wasn't there for the No. 4 Ford team, but Harvick still made the best of it with a solid and consistent campaign. We expect a bit of a rebound for Harvick in the upcoming season. He should increase his win totals more in the three-to-four range, and he should be good for three or four more Top 10's. Harvick is now 42-years-old and still races at a very high level, but his window of opportunity to win a second championship is closing. You can expect to see that urgency in his racing this season. Read Past Outlooks
Wins Duel 1 at Daytona
NASCAR Cup
February 14, 2019
Harvick won the Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night.
ANALYSIS
Harvick would take over the lead after mid-race pit stops and hold the point for the rest of this 60-lap race. The Stewart Haas Racing star would lead 44 laps of the historic oval en route to the win. Harvick held off a two-wide challenge coming to the finish line from Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to claim the victory. It was his second-career Daytona Duel win. The driver of the No. 4 Ford will start third in Sunday's Daytona 500 as a result.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2006
Harvick had a bit of a slip in consistency last season, but he still posted monstrous numbers. His four-win and 27 Top-10 season was right on par with what we've seen in recent years for the No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing team. However, Harvick had some shocking power outages in the latter third of the season which led to his being punted prematurely from the Chase. The net affect caused his average finish over the season to balloon to 11.7, when it's been closer to 8 or 9 over the previous two years. Stewart Haas Racing makes the big change from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. That could be some mixed news for Harvick. Over the long haul it could be a good move, but in the short term it could lead to some early-season struggles. However, make no mistake, Harvick is an elite class driver no matter the situation.
Despite falling short of the Sprint Cup Series championship in 2015, Harvick was once again the most dominant driver in the Sprint Cup Series. His failure to defend his title was more a function of the one-race-off luck of the Chase than anything else. He recorded three victories and career highs in top-5s and top-10s with 23 and 28, respectively. When you factor in the 13 runner-up finishes you can truly appreciate just how dominant the No. 4 team was last season. With crew chief Rodney Childers and the entire supporting cast returning in 2016, there's no reason to expect a downturn. If anything, Harvick will be hungrier than ever to win the crown.
It’s difficult to give any driver the “lame duck” label, and ones as gifted as Harvick it is even more difficult. Still, the Richard Childress Racing star is coming off one of his worst seasons in Sprint Cup Series racing. Were it not for some late-season magic and surprise win at Phoenix, he would have been locked out of victory lane in 2012. Harvick announced late last season that he will be heading to Stewart Haas Racing in 2014, making his upcoming season with RCR his last with team owner Richard Childress. Just how this affects the mindset of this team knowing that Harvick’s days are numbered at the No. 29 camp is anyone’s speculation, but it can’t be that good. Raw talent alone probably earns Harvick 13-15 Top-10 finishes in 2013, but making the Chase field and winning races seems highly unlikely.
Harvick has fallen short of expectations since his rookie season with RCR. He should be competing for championships, and it's not clear if it's the team, personell, or Harvick who's holding this team back. He's a high risk/reward driver in 2006.
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Third in Season Finale
NASCAR Cup
November 18, 2018
Harvick finished third in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fifth at ISM Raceway
NASCAR Cup
November 11, 2018
Harvick finished fifth in the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Leads Phoenix Happy Hour
NASCAR Cup
November 10, 2018
Harvick was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 135.125 mph.
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Paces Saturday Practice at Phoenix
NASCAR Cup
November 10, 2018
Harvick was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway. He turned a fast lap of 134.710 mph.
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Wins Pole at ISM Raceway
NASCAR Cup
November 9, 2018
Harvick won the pole for the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 139.340 mph.
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