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2017 Season in Review: Kevin Harvick

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick speaks during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards at Wynn Las Vegas on November 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

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Kevin Harvick

CREW CHIEF: Rodney Childers

TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing


WINS: 2 (Sonoma and Texas II)

LAPS LED: 850 (fewest since 269 in 2013). Led 2,237 in 2014; 2,294 in 2015; 1,384 in 2016.

TOP 5s: 14 (fewest since 14 in 2014)

TOP 10s: 23 (fewest since 20 in 2014)

POLES: 4 (Atlanta, Texas I, Coke 600 and Southern 500) (second-most in career behind eight in 2014)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Harvick was one of two Ford drivers to advance to the Championship 4 in a year when Stewart-Haas Racing moved from Chevrolet to Ford ... Both of Harvick’s race wins were at tracks he’d never won at. The only active Cup tracks Harvick hasn’t won at are Pocono and Kentucky.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Harvick’s average finish of 11.1 was his worst since it was 11.2 in 2013 ... Recorded four DNFs, including two in the playoffs at New Hampshire and Talladega ... Swept stage wins at Atlanta, but did not win another stage until he swept both stages in the Charlotte playoff race ... His two wins were his fewest since winning just one race in 2012 ... Finished second in both races at Pocono.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: Harvick and the No. 4 team, as well as the rest of SHR, look to build on their success after moving to Ford. Harvick enters his 18th full-time Cup season and his fifth with SHR