Just seven races ago and we were all asking ourselves about Kevin Harvick‘s first win of 2019.
Fast forward to the start of the playoffs and the Stewart-Haas driver is red-hot heading into the playoffs.
Harvick has three wins, a fourth place and two other top 10 results in the last seven races.
After needing 20 races to score his first win of the season, the Stewart-Haas driver is now carrying a lot of momentum.
And it simply couldn’t have come at a better time.
The 2014 champion enters the playoff on the back of a win in the regular season finale at Indianapolis.
Harvick now has more wins than he did at this point of the season during his championship-winning season.
And, as he has proven over the past ten seasons, Harvick knows how to show up when it matters.
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Harvick started the season as number 2 on the championship odds.
The Stewart-Haas driver was coming off what was perhaps his best season.
Despite missing out on a second championship ring, he still managed to score a career-high eight wins.
Harvick tied Kyle Busch for the lead in wins and fought at the top of the points standings all season long.
After such an incredible 2018, it was only natural for Harvick to figure among the contenders once again.
His relatively slow start to 2019 doesn’t mean that much either.
Harvick and the rest of the Stewart-Haas team admitted going the wrong direction with some setup choices.
But the #4 team in particular seemingly figured things out over the course of Summer.
And the postseason is usually Harvick’s time to shine.
He immediately mastered the new format, winning his first championship in 2014, when the new format was introduced.
The Stewart-Haas driver narrowly missed out on a second consecutive championship the following year, finishing second to Kyle Busch.
Harvick’s record in the playoffs is impressive.
The 2014 champion only missed out on a spot in the Final Four once.
He has never been eliminated in the first two rounds either.
Harvick also scored seven wins in the postseason during that same span.
Not to mention his solid record at Homestead, which will host the championship decider for the final time in 2019.
The Stewart-Haas driver has eight top 5 and 12 top 10 finishes at the Miami track.
Harvick has not finished lower than fourth at Homestead since the Final Four’s introduction in 2014.
We can certainly expect him to be in contention again this year come November.
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