Will historical past repeat itself with Kevin Harvick’s drought?

Will history repeat itself with Kevin Harvick's drought?

Kevin Harvick is winless by means of 17 races within the 2021 NASCAR Cup Sequence season, however there’s cause to imagine he can snap this drought like he did in 2019.

Kevin Harvick was practically unbeatable throughout a lot of the 2020 season, main the NASCAR Cup Sequence with 9 victories, together with 5 in a span of 9 races. However the driver of the #4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing hasn’t gained a race since final September when he gained at Bristol Motor Speedway. His win drought is as much as 24 races.

This isn’t the primary time that Harvick has gone chilly after scoring a bunch of wins the earlier yr, and he was in a position to bounce again when it occurred earlier than. Plus, the upcoming schedule options a number of tracks the place he has executed nicely in latest seasons. So might this be an indication of déjà vu for the veteran driver?

Harvick tied Kyle Busch for probably the most wins in 2018 with eight victories. He completed in third place within the championship standings however began the next yr with an extended win drought.

His first win of the 2019 season got here in race quantity 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, breaking a 21-race win drought that started after he gained at Texas Motor Speedway in November 2018.

Snapping that drought gave him momentum, as he gained three extra races and superior to the Championship 4 for the fifth time in six years en route to a different third place end within the championship standings.

So identical to from 2018 to 2019, he led the collection in wins 2020 however hasn’t visited victory lane but in 2021. New Hampshire Motor Speedway can be positioned at an analogous spot on the schedule, race quantity 22.

Harvick shouldn’t be the one driver previously decade to snap an extended win drought after successful probably the most races or tying for the series-high the earlier season. Joey Logano gained six races within the 2015 season and didn’t rating his first victory of the 2016 season till race quantity 15 at Michigan Worldwide Speedway. He went on to complete in second place within the championship standings.

Martin Truex Jr. gained seven races within the 2019 season after which scored his first and solely win of the 2020 season in race quantity 11 at Martinsville Speedway.

Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski each went on lengthy win droughts after successful 5 races within the 2012 season, with Keselowski’s first victory of the 2013 season coming in race quantity 31 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Hamlin’s coming within the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin did miss 4 races because of damage. Each drivers didn’t qualify for what was then a 12-driver playoff, though the 2013 season noticed a thirteenth driver added.

Logano and Truex each ended their droughts earlier within the season than Harvick can now, however getting at the very least one victory has been a relentless previously decade, with the one exception being Matt Kenseth within the 2014 season after he gained seven races within the 2013 season.

If Harvick snaps his win drought close to race quantity 20 once more, there’s a good likelihood that it’ll occur at a monitor the place he has latest success.

The following cease on the Cup Sequence schedule is Pocono Raceway for a doubleheader this Saturday and Sunday. Harvick completed in first and second place on the monitor final yr. He has one win, three runner-up finishes and 7 prime 4 finishes in his most up-to-date 9 Pocono begins.

The Cup Sequence is then set to move to Street America for the inaugural Cup Sequence race on the Wisconsin street course subsequent Sunday. The monitor has been a fixture on the Xfinity Sequence calendar for the previous decade, however Harvick hasn’t competed in any of these races. In his final eight street course begins relationship again to 2019, he has one prime 5 end and 4 prime seven finishes with one DNF.

Whereas Street America may very well be a weak spot for Harvick, he does have higher tracks that comply with, with Atlanta Motor Speedway developing the next Sunday and New Hampshire Motor Speedway developing the Sunday after that, main into two consecutive off weekends.

Harvick completed in tenth place at Atlanta Motor Speedway again in March, following a win within the lone race there final yr. He has two wins, 4 prime 4 finishes and 7 prime 10 finishes within the final seven races on the monitor.

After snapping his win drought at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019, he completed in fifth place in final yr’s race on the monitor. He has three wins and eight prime 5 finishes within the final 10 races there with one DNF.

Harvick earned his nickname “The Nearer” due to his means to return again late in a race, however he has additionally proven the power to return again late in a season. With 4 of the following 5 races scheduled to happen at tracks the place he has had latest success, now may very well be the time for him to snap his win drought and put himself in a greater place coming into the playoffs.

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