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Kevin Harvick hoping to bounce back make Pocono his place in victory lane on Sunday after finishing 2nd four times at the 2.5-mile tri-oval

Kevin Harvick has vowed to bounce back and make Pocono his place in victory lane this weekend.

He hasn’t had a great Memorial Day Weekend run followed a failed inspection for qualifying and a wreck on Lap 83 saw Harvick digging for answers post-race.

Now he moves on from the nightmare weekend before Harvick resumes on-track work tomorrow.

Kevin Harvick’s Pocono Raceway Cup Series Record

He has made 34 starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval in Long Pond, Pennsylvania throughout his 18-year career at the top level.

Harvick hasn’t scored his first Top 10 at Pocono until Sunday, July 28, 2002, where he came home in 6th.

The next two years are somewhat inconsistent where he posted outside the Top 10.

But, in 2005, Harvick made both Top 10 finishes where he came home 8th and 6th in the June and July races respectively.

Fast forward to Sunday, July 23, 2006; He steered his No.29 Chevrolet towards his first Pocono Top 5 finish in 5th for Richard Childress Racing.

Just after two years without a Top 5 or 10 finish, he posted his 2nd Top 5 run where he finished in 4th place back on Sunday, August 3, 2008.

He may not have a great 2009 at the tri-oval with an inconsistent run.

Though spanning from June 2010 to 2011, Harvick made three straight Top 5 finishes.

Results

  • 4th, June & August 2010
  • 5th, June 2011

Since he achieved that feat, he hasn’t posted any Top 5 or 10 finishes until June 2013 where Harvick finished 9th.

The last time we saw him in a Richard Childress car at this track is over two months later as he had another disappointing run in 17th.

Since Harvick joined Stewart-Haas back in 2014, his first race with the team didn’t go as good where he started from 4th to 14th.

But, he once again made his 2nd straight back-to-back Top 5 finish where Harvick finished runner-up twice in August 2014-June 2015.

The way he wanted to finish 2015 at Pocono didn’t go great as expected over an engine issue that saw Harvick finish in 42nd.

Over his last four Pocono stints, Harvick has since made four straight Top 10 finishes at the tri-oval.

That includes his last three stints are his consecutive Top 5 finishes.

Results

  • 9th, June 2016
  • 4th, August 2016
  • 2nd, June and July 2017

Summary

  • 34 Starts
  • 5806 of 6125 Laps Completed, 94.8%
  • 68 Laps Led
  • Highest Starting Spot: 2nd, August 2, 2015
  • Best Finish: 2nd, August 2014, June 2015, June and July 2017
  • 10 Top 5s, 29.4%
  • 15 Top 10 finishes, 44.1%
  • Average Start: 16.2 & Finish: 13
  • DNFs: Three, Transmission (June 2002), Engine (August 2004 & 2015).
  • Average Driver Rating: 95.2

Although, he never suffered a Cup Series wreck at Pocono Raceway.

But, he has suffered only three mechanical related issues which have DNFs against his name.

His 2018 Season (As of Charlotte)

  • 13 Starts
  • 3874 of 4302 Laps Completed, 90.1%
  • 820 Laps Led
  • Highest Starting Spot: 1st, Talladega, and Kansas
  • Best Finish: 1st, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dover & Kansas
  • Five Wins, 38.5%
  • Nine Top 5s, 69.2%
  • Ten Top 10 finishes, 76.9%
  • Average Start: 10.2 & Finish: 10.3
  • DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona & Charlotte).
  • He currently sits 3rd in the Drivers’ Standings with 485 points.
  • Harvick’s 88 points behind Championship Leader Kyle Busch.

Results

  • 31st, Daytona 500
  • 1st, Atlanta, Las Vegas & Phoenix
  • 35th, Fontana
  • 5th, Martinsville
  • 2nd, Texas
  • 7th, Bristol
  • 5th, Richmond
  • 4th, Talladega
  • 1st, Dover & Kansas
  • 40th, Charlotte

Conclusion

It’s not a great Memorial Day Weekend for Kevin Harvick where he failed inspection for qualifying.

Harvick tried to recoup from the disappointment from practice and qualifying by bouncing back on race day.

But, unfortunately, He suffered a massive wreck at Turn 3 where his No.4 car has the entire right side damage and a right front flat tire.

He has already had the All-Star Race in the bag but unlucky to complete the 10 Days of Thunder triumph by taking out the Coca-Cola 600.

Let’s move on, and Harvick hasn’t won a Cup Series race at Pocono before.

He has finished in the runner-up position for about four times now.

Can he finally get a breakthrough and win at the tri-oval for the first time?

We’ll find out this Sunday at 2 PM ET LIVE on FS1 & MRN.

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Image and Statistics Source: Racing Reference

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