Kevin Harvick had the best car on Sunday and that was a surprise to him. Tracks like Kansas have been tough for his No. 4 Ford this year. They’ve had top five pace, but not race winning speed on them. On Sunday, no one could touch Harvick. He led a race-high 85 laps in the Hollywood Casino 400. Unfortunately, coming out of the pits in second under caution and not having the control of the restart in the end, cost him his 10th victory of the season.
Joey Logano had two laps led all race prior to that, but his No. 22 Ford beat Harvick’s No. 4 Ford off pit lane. Logano, had control of the final restart with 42 laps left and he blocked his way to the victory. Harvick, finished second.
“There were a lot of things that could happen with lap cars or him guessing wrong and me being able to run the bottom or run the top or get a good run or something along those lines, and it never materialized,” said Harvick after finishing second for the fourth time at Kansas.
“He did a great job of putting his car where he needed to, and we just never had an opportunity to capitalize on anything from a mistake side of it.”
Harvick doesn’t blame Logano for doing that either. It’s the nature of the business in NASCAR with this racing package now.
“Joey did just a good job of putting his car right in front of ours, and with this package every time you put your car in front of the car behind you, it takes the nose away,” said Harvick. “We just had a little bit of trouble trying to get the nose to turn when he would take our lane. So, guys did a great job, brought a fast car and just came up one short.
“I think it’s how we race for sure; I think you’ve become used to that part of it. For me, it’s just a scenario that you just become used to, that’s part of what we race, and I definitely don’t make the rules, and just try to do the best we can each week with whatever situation that we have and go from there.”
Still, Harvick is sitting pretty good. It was his fourth runner-up result at the Kansas Speedway. That’s the most ever. He’s now had 17 top 10’s on this 1.5-mile track, second ever only behind Jimmie Johnson’s 19. He’s also had 10 top five finishes, trailing only Jeff Gordon’s 11.
Harvick, has scored 14 top five finishes over the last 20 races on the season and five straight top 10’s on 1.5-mile tracks overall, four of which being in the top five.
He went from +45 to +41 leaving Kansas this weekend and heading to a track to where he can easily win at next. Harvick, has won each of the last three Texas playoff races and feels confident now heading to the Lonestar State next Sunday.
“I feel better about Texas than I do here (Kansas),” Harvick said on Sunday. “Our guys did a pretty good job of bringing a whole lot better car than what we had at the first race. If our car’s that much better at Texas than it was the first race, it should be a good weekend.”
That’s scary for the rest of the field. He’s had 12 consecutive top 10 finishes on that track and four top two’s in his last six there overall.
Harvick, can be the next to stamp his name into the Championship 4.