Sonoma down, only threemore tracks to go. Kevin Harvick now only has three active tracks on the NASCAR Monster Energy circuit where he hasn’t won: Kentucky, and oddly enough, Texas and Pocono. With his win at the piece of land known as Sears Point, the 2014 champion now has 36 career Cup wins and cements his place in the playoffs.’s further evidence of how far Harvick has come. When this observer started opining about NASCAR in 2007, he saw Dale Earnhardt’s successor win a dramatic victory in 2007 at Daytona. After a solid year, he went cold for a while. 2008 and 2009, and Kevin Harvick was stuck on 12 career wins. Once he got back on track in 2010, the former Xfinity Series stalwart hasn’t gone a season without at least winning one.
Another interesting facet of Kevin Harvick’s success is how steady he’s become. Look over his career stats. There’s really no place where he’s patently awful. Remember this too: Sonoma is not his first career win on a road course. Harvick has tasted victory at Watkins Glen, and has raced well on the road courses that have been a part of the Xfinity Series. The fact that Sunday’s win in Sonoma comes in Harvick’s home state makes it all the sweeter.
The door is wide open on road courses. If you’ll remember last week, we came up with a pretty lengthy last for contenders at Sonoma. It will be the same at Watkins Glen in August. Racers have made a more concerted effort to add road course proficiency to their satchel. Short tracks, super speedways, intermediates- Kevin Harvick is capable at all.
For all the talk about the young guns, Kevin Harvick serves notice that his versatility is a feather in his cap. Knowing his capacity for hot streaks, look for Harvick to run up there with the likes of Larson and Truex. We got the makings for one hot summer.