Harvick Appears In Position To Fulfill Potential
Kevin Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing Chevys may be confetti magnets quite often this season. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
It’s always been tough to slot Kevin Harvick during discussions about driving talent. By the end of the 2014 Sprint Cup season – 2015 at the latest – that process will become easier.
Right now, albeit just a week into the current season, there is growing evidence that Harvick’s place in those discussions could make a dramatic leap upward.
Harvick has always scored well on the scale of recognizability. He was the driver who took over Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s seat at Richard Childress Racing after Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
That in itself was a spotlight magnet.
But that spotlight didn’t wilt the charm school dropout from hard-scrabble Bakersfield, Calif. Harvick finished a very respectable 14th in his first race in the car that had previously carried the No. 3 on its door. The next week, at Las Vegas, he finished eighth.
The race after that, at Atlanta, Harvick drove Earnhardt’s car to victory. He would win again in Chicagoland Speedway’s first-ever race that autumn and would finish the season ranked ninth in driver points. Read the full story »