Kevin Harvick will try to become the first driver in more than a decade to win four straight NASCAR Cup Series races on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. And the bad news for the competition is that Harvick says this track has been in his Stewart-Haas Racing team’s sights for some time.
“I feel good,” Harvick said Friday. “I think as you look at the schedule, this is one that we’ve all had circled since I’ve been at SHR as a track that we hadn’t won at, that we felt like we’ve run well enough to win at, and for me personally, it’s obviously close to home.
“And I crashed coming to the green flag last year, so there’s got to be a little bit of redemption somewhere along the line to pick yourself back up and recover from that. So I’m looking forward to the weekend and hopefully, we can keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Harvick has won the last three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rounds at Atlanta, Las Vegas and ISM Raceway. He dominated the first two, leading a total of 395 laps. Last weekend he didn’t have the best car, but put himself in position when leader Kyle Busch stumbled on his final pit stop. It was Harvick’s ninth win at Phoenix.
Should Harvick find the checkered flag in California – where he has a 2011 victory – he would be the ninth driver in NASCAR’s modern area (since 1972) to have won four straight. The others are Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Harry Gant, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and most recently Jimmie Johnson, who accomplished the feat during the playoffs in 2007.
Harvick is already on an unprecedented streak of his own, as his victory last weekend was the first time he had won three consecutive Cup races.
“I’m just happy to win one let alone two in a row, three in a row,” said Harvick. “And this most likely will be the only opportunity that you’ll ever have to do it because it’s hard to string together just putting a whole day together, and the odds of putting three weeks together?
“But, anytime you can put your name next to a group of guys on a list is something that’s pretty special, and just shows the magnitude of where our race team is at right now and how good it’s actually functioning.”