Kevin Harvick is seeking his sixth win of 2018 as Race 15 of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Season moves this Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
He’s satisfied with the No.4 Ford Fusion thanks to the assistance from Crew Chief Rodney Childers and Spotter Tim Fedewa.
But, Harvick wanted to make some improvements that will help flow his strategy from start to finish next time around.
That’s because a mishandled pit stop saw Truex haunt Harvick for the race win & finished 4th instead at Pocono.
He started off from a comfortable 2nd place in which he did lead some laps & came home 2nd behind Truex in the first stage.
Harvick fulfilled his luck when he re-took the lead thanks to a mishandled stop from Truex with ten laps towards the halfway point.
That paved the way for Harvick to win his seventh Stage win of 2018 with huge rewards in the second stanza.
But, in the last stage, a mishandled pit stop have shut down Harvick’s hopes of a race win.
Instead, Kevin Harvick came home in 4th place.
Pocono Green 400 Loop Data Stats
- Start: 2nd
- Middle: 3rd
- Finish: 4th
- Highest Position: 1st
- Lowest Position: 10th
- Average Position: 2nd
- Pass Difference: -2
- Green Flag Passes: 23, Times Passed: 25
- Quality Passes: 18, 78.3%
- Fastest Laps: 35
- Top 15 Laps: 160, 100%
- Laps Led: 89, 55.6%
- Total Laps 160/160
- Driver Rating: 141.4
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 14 Starts
- 4034 of 4462 Laps Completed, 90.4%
- 909 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, April 2018 in Talladega and May 2018 in Kansas
- Best Finish: 1st, February 2018 (Atlanta), March 2018 (Las Vegas and Phoenix) & May 2018 (Dover and Kansas).
- Five Wins, 35.7%
- 10 Top 5s, 71.4%
- 11 Top 10 postings, 78.6%
- Average Start: 9.6 & Finish: 9.9
- DNFs: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & Charlotte).
- He currently sits 2nd with 537 Points, -87 behind Kyle Busch.
His Michigan Cup Series Record
Kevin Harvick made 34 Michigan Cup Series Appearances throughout his 18-year career at the top level.
If you look at his debut back on Sunday, 10th June 2001, Harvick went well where he came home in 10th.
The first time he got a Top 5 run & 2nd Top 10 finish was on Sunday, August 18, 2002, He too finished 3rd behind Tony Stewart in 2nd and Race Winner Dale Jarrett.
One year later, Harvick finished well close where he only fell short to Ryan Newman as runner-up.
Harvick hasn’t scored a Top 10 run for the next two years until he began to compose two Top 10 finishes only in the June 2006-2007 races.
Harvick’s June Michigan Results
- 10th, 2006
- 7th, 2007
He later scored another Top 10 run in August 2008 where he came home in 8th before going one better precisely two years later with his only Michigan Cup win.
After his victory, Harvick hasn’t scored another Top 10 finish until June 2012 where he finished in an okay 10th.
Though, in his final year at Richard Childress Racing, Harvick came just close not once but twice across June and August Races in 2013.
The same scenario happened for another two times during Harvick’s first year at Stewart-Haas Racing & Championship Season in 2014.
His four straight Top 5/10 run has ended where Harvick finished 29th in June 2015.
However, Harvick bounced back with another runner-up spot two months later.
Though, his 5th place finishes in the June and August events throughout 2016 is the most recent time we’ve seen Harvick performed his Top 5 run at Michigan.
That’s because of last year, Harvick failed to post both Top 10s where he finished 14th in June and 13th during August respectively.
- 34 Starts
- 6599 of 6641 Laps Completed, 99.4%
- 323 Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 1st, June 2014
- Best Finish: 1st, August 2010
- One Win, 2.9%
- Ten Top 5s, 29.4%
- 15 Top 10 finishes, 44.1%
- Average Start: 15.7 & Finish: 12.7
- DNF: One, Engine (August 2001).
Kevin Harvick is satisfied with the No. 4 Ford Fusion which helped him finish with a solid Top 5 from Sunday at Pocono.
But, he has reservations about losing control on pit road which saw Truex win the Pocono Green 400 instead of Harvick.
Though, it’s all about competing against the elite in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Going up against Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. helps Harvick’s mental and physical toughness which is healthy competition for the sport.
This year’s Playoff Season will be exciting when either of the three veteran drivers like Harvick would turn into one by winning the Championship.
But for now, Harvick’s focus is aiming to secure his sixth of the season when the Firekeepers Casino 400 resumes this Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
You can attend at the track to root for Harvick if you’re planning to visit in the area.
Otherwise, the race will begin at 2 PM ET LIVE on FOX and MRN.
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Image and Statistics Source: Racing Reference