Can Harvick Cross Kentucky Off Winless Tracks List?

Kevin Harvick has won at all but two race tracks now on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The list stood at three a couple weeks ago but he was able to cross Pocono Raceway off the winless list on June 27. Harvick, was 0-for-38 entering that race.

Now, two tracks remain — Kentucky Speedway and the Charlotte ROVAL. On the ROVAL, he’s 0-for-2.

He has a chance on Sunday to cross one of those off if he can win the Quaker State 400 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN) in Kentucky.

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Harvick, is 0-for-9 in Kentucky and hoping the 10th time is the lucky charm.

He’s only finished in the top five there once though but does have six top 10 finishes, all in the last seven years.

On the season, he’s been en fuego. Harvick has won two of the last three races run and has four wins on the year, all since the COVID break. In fact, if you go back to 2018, no one has won as many times as Harvick (16).

“I think there are a lot of things that come into play,” Harvick said on being this good over the stretch of three seasons now. “You have a manufacturer change that’s in the middle of that. But in the end, I think when you look at the root of the equation, it’s the team, right? It’s the crew chief and the driver that have been together, the engineer. We had one engineer move on, but we’ve had the same engineer with Dax (Gerringer).

“You keep adding little pieces to keep making that puzzle come together and fit together well. But experience plays a big role in this.

“I think for us, when we come to the racetrack, I know I have to be prepared. I know every guy on my team is going to be prepared and has done everything he can during that week leading up to that race to do 100 percent of his job. If you’re not prepared, you’ve let every person down because that’s the type of team we’ve been fortunate to put together over the last seven years.

“Everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing allowed us to do that from the beginning. It keeps progressing. You keep getting more and more details out of things because you keep the people together, and everybody believes in what I just said. If you don’t do 100 percent of your job during the week, you have let the rest of the team down because they have.”

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