Kevin Harvick, the No:4 Ford Mustang driver for Stewart Hass Racing, has been in the line of fire of critics since the start of the season as the 2014 cup champion though was consistent was underachieving so far in 2022. Kevin Harvick though was producing pretty consistent results failed to shut his critics as he went winless in the whole 2021 season and was in line to repeat it in this year’s regular season at least so far.
Kevin Harvick who started the race on Sunday at P16 had a fast car and made full use of it by driving himself to the top and the desperate win without any hesitation. The win has ensured Kevin Harvick the 2022 playoff spot as he became the 15th different race winner of the season and the veteran win has cost No:19 JGR driver Martin Truex Jr., who is winless this season, his playoff spot.
Kevin Harvick was able to secure a comfortable gap between himself and Bubba Wallace at P2 with 35 laps left in the race as he chooses the upper lane. The 63-race winless run ended after he led all the remaining laps to the finish line while Bubba Wallace failed to catch up, as he finished P2 ahead of his team boss Denny Hamlin.
Find out what Kevin Harvick has to say about his race-winning run
Talking about his win Kevin Harvick acknowledged that they have had several good runs in the last few weeks but couldn’t figure out everything with the car that could have gotten them the win. He went on to add that He is proud of everyone behind the No:4 team as they have been giving their whole to make the car go faster this year.
“Just good timing for sure. We’ve had several good runs the last few weeks – Loudon and Pocono where the car ran good and just didn’t have everything work out. I’m just really proud of everybody on our Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang. They’ve been digging all year long trying to make these Mustangs run faster,” Kevin Harvick said.
He went on to say that the No:4 team hasn’t been in great form this year, as he even called out his crew publicly for efficiency, but pointed out that they have maximized the racing product at the track with the limited resources they have. He reiterated that he is just proud of everyone at SHR for what they have done.
“They haven’t been great this year, but our guys have done a good job in trying to take what we have, maximize it and do the things that we need to do. I’m just really proud of everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing,” Kevin Harvick added.
Talking about the criticism that came in his way and the lack of confidence put in him by some on his Playoff chances, Harvick acknowledged that those who doubted him are just individuals who have no idea of SHR. He went on to say that his team thrives in this kind of situation and on Sunday everything just fell right for them.
“Everybody who doubted us doesn’t know us. They obviously know we thrive in these types of situations and a lot of things went our way today, which we haven’t had all year long things go our way and have things fall our way,” says Kevin Harvick.
He pointed out that he was able to get control of the race as he didn’t go a lap down thanks to the caution that came out when he pitted. He added that the traffic was a strong challenge for him to overcome but once he was able to have a good track his car went smooth.
“There at the end, we pitted and didn’t go a lap down and then the caution came out and got control of the race. That’s the thing I struggled with most today was traffic and restarts and just having to make up ground, but once I got a clear track that baby was hunting,” added Kevin Harvick.