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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kevin Harvick
Another season is in the books, as Kyle Busch won his second Cup title at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and drivers now start to focus on racing again in February.
Denny Hamlin has more Homestead wins than the other championship contenders and will start on pole in Sunday’s season finale.
Mark Taylor previews the season finale at Homestead where Kevin Harvick will seek his second championship.
Denny Hamlin’s victory at the Bluegreen Vacations 500 Sunday puts in in the final four to win the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Busch heads C.J. Radune’s lower-risk lineup after leading more than 100 laps in each of the last three Phoenix races and winning the last two.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Harvick didn't have a letdown season in 2017, but his lack of victories was very noticeable. His two wins were a season low since the 2012 campaign, and his 850 laps led were also a season low since 2013. Still, the Stewart Haas Racing star managed 23 Top-10 finishes and once again advanced to the final round of the championship at Homestead. The dominant speed just wasn't there for the No. 4 Ford team, but Harvick still made the best of it with a solid and consistent campaign. We expect a bit of a rebound for Harvick in the upcoming season. He should increase his win totals more in the three-to-four range, and he should be good for three or four more Top 10's. Harvick is now 42-years-old and still races at a very high level, but his window of opportunity to win a second championship is closing. You can expect to see that urgency in his racing this season.
Harvick had a bit of a slip in consistency last season, but he still posted monstrous numbers. His four-win and 27 Top-10 season was right on par with what we've seen in recent years for the No. 4 Stewart Haas Racing team. However, Harvick had some shocking power outages in the latter third of the season which led to his being punted prematurely from the Chase. The net affect caused his average finish over the season to balloon to 11.7, when it's been closer to 8 or 9 over the previous two years. Stewart Haas Racing makes the big change from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017. That could be some mixed news for Harvick. Over the long haul it could be a good move, but in the short term it could lead to some early-season struggles. However, make no mistake, Harvick is an elite class driver no matter the situation.
Despite falling short of the Sprint Cup Series championship in 2015, Harvick was once again the most dominant driver in the Sprint Cup Series. His failure to defend his title was more a function of the one-race-off luck of the Chase than anything else. He recorded three victories and career highs in top-5s and top-10s with 23 and 28, respectively. When you factor in the 13 runner-up finishes you can truly appreciate just how dominant the No. 4 team was last season. With crew chief Rodney Childers and the entire supporting cast returning in 2016, there's no reason to expect a downturn. If anything, Harvick will be hungrier than ever to win the crown.
It’s difficult to give any driver the “lame duck” label, and ones as gifted as Harvick it is even more difficult. Still, the Richard Childress Racing star is coming off one of his worst seasons in Sprint Cup Series racing. Were it not for some late-season magic and surprise win at Phoenix, he would have been locked out of victory lane in 2012. Harvick announced late last season that he will be heading to Stewart Haas Racing in 2014, making his upcoming season with RCR his last with team owner Richard Childress. Just how this affects the mindset of this team knowing that Harvick’s days are numbered at the No. 29 camp is anyone’s speculation, but it can’t be that good. Raw talent alone probably earns Harvick 13-15 Top-10 finishes in 2013, but making the Chase field and winning races seems highly unlikely.
Harvick has fallen short of expectations since his rookie season with RCR. He should be competing for championships, and it's not clear if it's the team, personell, or Harvick who's holding this team back. He's a high risk/reward driver in 2006.
More Fantasy News
Fifth-Place at ISM Raceway
Harvick finished fifth in the Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
Wins AAA Texas 500
Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday evening.
Wins AAA Texas 500 Pole
Harvick won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday evening. He turned a fast lap of 189.707 mph.
Starting Last at Kansas Speedway
Harvick failed pre-qualifying inspection three times Saturday, and was not allowed to qualify for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Top-5 Finish at the Monster Mile
Harvick finished fourth in the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday afternoon.