Just like I’ve mentioned in previous articles, being with a new team can sometimes be a problem, as it may take a while for them to click. However, that’s not the case with Kevin Harvick and his new Stewart-Haas Racing team.
In a recent interview, he said that he chose to join SHR so he could win races and potentially run for championships. So far in 2014, I believe he can do that and more. Being the only two-time winner so far in 2014 can put somewhat of a target on your back, but target or not, Harvick handles pressure very well.
Legendary crew chief Larry McReynolds had some comments to make on the strength of Harvick’s team:
“I view Harvick’s two wins as a bit of an artificial stat. While the box score is the box score, considering the way they were running at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas before they had mechanical issues, he could have four or five wins to his credit. They need to make sure mechanical issues don’t continue to haunt them, but the No. 4 team has a leg up on the competition at the moment.”
McReynolds said it perfectly, if mechanical issues don’t pop up again, they could continue to win races. Harvick may have a chance to be this year’s Matt Kenseth by winning more than six races. Winning six races would be a huge deal for any driver, let alone Harvick.
Harvick was also the favorite headed into this weekend at Richmond. He may very well walk around from Richmond International Raceway with the weekend sweep of both the Toyota Care 250 and the Toyota Owners 400.