Kevin Harvick is no doubt a future NASCAR Hall of Famer. He’s eclipsed the 50 win barrier. He’s won a championship. He’s a Daytona 500 champion. He’s won the Brickyard 400 and Coca-Cola 600 each twice. He’s won the Southern 500, the Bristol Night race and the All-Star race too.
There’s no question that he’s going to end up in NASCAR lore in Charlotte when his career is all said and done. But, out of all of these accolades, one track has eluded him — Pocono.
Harvick, has made 38 career starts at the Pocono Raceway and has yet to win there. It’s not like Harvick hasn’t been close on the 2.5-mile Tricky Triangle though. He has four runner-up finishes in his last 10 starts there. He also has nine top 10 finishes, seven of those being in the top four, in his last 11 tries.
He’s just never won.
Now, with two races ahead on the Pennsylvania race track, Harvick is hoping to get his season back on track again. He started off 2020 with a top 10 finish in each of the first eight races. Over the last five, he has just two top 10s, win in Atlanta and 10th last Monday in Talladega.
Furthermore, he has just one top five in his last six starts on the year too. Maybe this is a prime time for his No. 4 Ford to find speed again and to capture his first career Pocono triumph.
“It’s very intriguing, I think, as you look at the weekend and you look at the shorter races, which means shorter stages, and you have the inversion,” Harvick said in a media release. “The car itself having to be raced twice and the things that you’ll need to try to do to the car.
“And there are a lot of things to digest in order to keep yourself competitive from one day to the next. So it will be interesting to see how we all manage that.”
The only issue with that is, Ford has struggled recently in Pocono. They’ve had just two wins since 2011 there and the were with Front Row Motorsports (Chris Buescher) and Wood Brothers (Ryan Blaney).