Published On: Sat, May 12th, 2018

NASCAR: Harvick Brings The Heat

Harvick’s 10.0 average finishing position on the Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile high banks is second only to Jimmie Johnson in the series, while he leads the loop data category of average running position (9.415 in races since 2005). He has two wins, three Busch Pole Awards and his top-five (seven) and Top-10 (13) efforts are also second only to Johnson.

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For those wondering if the 2018 season’s hottest driver, Kevin Harvick may be slowing down any time soon, the answer is a definitive “no” judging by his historical statistics. A week after claiming his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series-best fourth victory at Dover, Harvick arrives in Kansas for the KC Masterpiece 400 (Saturday, 8 p.m., FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) with every reason to feel completely optimistic and confident.

Harvick’s 10.0 average finishing position on the Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile high banks is second only to Jimmie Johnson in the series, while he leads the loop data category of average running position (9.415 in races since 2005). He has two wins, three Busch Pole Awards and his top-five (seven) and Top-10 (13) efforts are also second only to Johnson.

The driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford arrives as the hottest driver on the circuit courtesy of a hard-fought victory Sunday on the Dover Monster Mile. He has only one finish worse than fifth (a seventh at Bristol) since mid-March. 

Harvick’s recent work at Kansas includes five top 10s in the last six races and seven of the last nine – including two wins in that span. He was third in the 2017 spring race.

“It’s been a fun place to go to. I feel like we should’ve won more races there than we have, but I think you can say that at a lot of places, and sometimes the circumstances dictate that,” said Harvick, who will drive with Busch Light sponsorship on his No. 4 Ford this weekend.

“I’m confident our Busch Light Ford will be fast. Anything less than a win there is usually a disappointment.”

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Next Race: KC Masterpiece 400
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Saturday, May 12
The Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400.5 miles (267 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 80),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 160), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 267)

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