The numbers for Kevin Harvick:
1 – Number of wins Kevin Harvick has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway (2014)
2 – Number of wins Kevin Harvick has during the 2017 season; including one during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – (Sonoma, Texas-2).
3 – Number of times Kevin Harvick has made it to the Championship 4 in the new Playoff format.
6 – Number of stage wins Kevin Havick has posted during the 2017 season.
6.9 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway – best all-time.
8 – Number of top-five finishes Kevin Harvick has posted at Homestead-Miami Speedway – most all-time.
10.9 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish during the first nine races of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
11.3 – Kevin Harvick’s average finish during the 2017 season.
12 – Kevin Harvick’s career Playoff wins (second to Jimmie Johnson’s 29).
13 – Number of top-five finishes Kevin Harvick has logged during the 2017 season.
14 – Number of top-10 finishes Kevin Harvick has recorded at Homestead-Miami Speedway – most all-time.
22 – Number of top-10 finishes Kevin Harvick has tallied this season.
102.7 – Kevin Harvick’s 2017 driver rating – third-best in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
106.0 – Kevin Harvick’s career driver rating at Homestead-Miami Speedway (best among the Championship 4).
315 – Total number of laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Kevin Harvick (second among active drivers, but first among the Championship 4).
Happy Hits Homestead: Harvick Hopes To Take Home Second Championship In Miami
Kevin Harvick will attempt to capture his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title in Sunday’s season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The No. 4 Ford driver won the inaugural Championship 4 Race in 2014 at Homestead for his first and only series crown.
In 16 starts at the 1.5-mile track, Harvick claims one win, eight top fives and 14 top 10s. He has the track series-best average finish (6.9), second-ranked driver rating (106.0) and third-best average running position (8.9). His 315 laps led at Homestead rank second among active drivers and fourth all-time.
He has finished in the top three and has led at least 46 laps in his last three Homestead starts.
Harvick Enters Sunday’s Race In Good Form
Harvick has shown off his speed lately with four consecutive top-eight finishes. He’s especially performed well lately at 1.5-mile tracks. In the four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races at intermediate tracks, Harvick finished third with 59 laps led (Chicagoland), third with 149 laps led (Charlotte), eighth with 37 laps led (Kansas) and first with 38 laps led (Texas).
NASCAR’s Intermediate Master
Since 2014, Kevin Harvick has arguably been the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ top driver on intermediate tracks.
He’s led a series-best 2,450 laps at tracks spanning 1.5 or 1.54 miles. Following Harvick are Martin Truex Jr. with 2,209 laps led and Brad Keselowski with 1,305 laps led.
Harvick also ranks first since 2014 in average finish (9.6), top fives (22) and top 10s (34) at intermediate tracks. Trailing Harvick in average finish are fellow Championship 4 drivers Kyle Busch (9.92) and Truex (9.93). Harvick is followed in top fives by Joey Logano (21) and Busch (18). His top 10s outpace Brad Keselowski’s mark of 30 and Logano’s total of 29.
Despite his statistical success on intermediate tracks since 2014, Harvick has struggled to close the races at times. His five wins at intermediate tracks are only the fourth-most in the series. He’s behind Jimmie Johnson (10), Truex (8) and Keselowski (6).
Stewart-Haas Racing Can Win Third Championship In Nine Years
If Kevin Harvick wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title on Sunday, he would give Stewart-Haas Racing its third championship in the nine years since Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing to form the team with Gene Haas.
Stewart won the organization its first championship in 2011, while Harvick earned the second title for it in 2014.
Over the same time frame only Hendrick Motorsports has more titles with Jimmie Johnson’s four.
Championships With Different Manufacturers
Kevin Harvick won his 2014 championship in a Chevrolet, but this year he is piloting a Ford. The last driver to win a new championship with a separate manufacturer was Harvick’s team owner, Tony Stewart. He earned the 2002 crown racing a Pontiac, then captured the 2005 and 2011 titles driving a Chevrolet.
Nine drivers have won championships with multiple manufacturers: Buck Baker, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, David Pearson, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, Richard Petty, Tim Flock and Stewart.
Harvick/Childers A Dream Combination
Since joining forces at Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season, the driver/crew chief pairing of Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers has amassed 14 wins, 67 top fives, 99 top 10s and one championship in 143 starts.
Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway marks the third Championship 4 appearance for Harvick and Childers in their four years together.
An accomplished driver himself, Childers won seven World Karting Association championships in South Carolina and five championships at the national level. He made a NASCAR XFINITY Series start in 2000.
Childers, 41, won three races as a crew chief for Michael Waltrip Racing (two with David Reutimann and one with Brian Vickers) before leaving for SHR in 2014.
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