DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Kevin Harvick is no stranger to success in the NASCAR Cup Series. He’s won a championship (2014), has finished third in the final points standings for the last three years and in the top four in six of the last seven. He’s won the Brickyard and Coke 600 twice each, the Southern 500, Bristol Night Race and All-Star race each once. He’s also won the Daytona 500 once too.
But, for Harvick, he’s hoping to get another Daytona 500 crown on Sunday.
See, Harvick has won 49 times over the course of his Cup career. He’s one win shy of 50. It would be special to pull into victory lane for the 50th time following Sunday’s Daytona 500. You can’t find a better place to pull that feat off.
But, not only that, Stewart wants to get there with Stewart-Haas Racing. His lone Daytona 500 triumph came back in 2007 with Richard Childress Racing. You can argue that his best years have been with SHR instead of RCR, so why not reward SHR with a Daytona 500 victory.
26 of those 49 wins after all have come with SHR. Just none at Daytona. He did win one of last year’s Duels, but that’s his only victory at Daytona since joined SHR for the 2014 season and beyond.
SHR hasn’t had the most Daytona success anyways. Last year’s win in the Duels by Harvick gave SHR their first Duels victory in the last seven years. It was also just their third career Speedweeks victory overall as Tony Stewart won his Duel in 2012 and Kurt Busch winning the Daytona 500 in 2017.
SHR only has five total DIS victories anyways with the other two coming by Stewart in the annual Coke Zero Sugar 400.
But, for them to have won twice in the last three years at Daytona when the “Big 3” have been hogging victory lane is noticeable.
For Harvick, he’s just struggled in superspeedway races lately. He’s crashed out in four of his last five races on them. Five of his last seven Daytona 500 starts have seen him finish outside the top 10 including his last three being — 22nd, 31st and 26th respectively.
Its been 13 years since Harvick last won the ‘500, maybe that streak ends on Sunday.