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Kevin Harvick stored issues actual and put racing into perspective when discussing what it means for a NASCAR Cup Sequence driver to have a “unhealthy day”.
Whereas he might not have two wins within the first 9 races of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Sequence season like Staff Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, no person has had a greater begin to the yr than Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick.
The motive force of the #four Ford gained NASCAR’s first race again amid the coronavirus pandemic at Darlington Raceway, and he has led the championship standings after every of the final six races, going again to his runner-up end to Logano at Phoenix Raceway.
Harvick’s common end up to now this season is a series-best 6.00, three.44 positions higher than the second finest common end of Keselowski (9.44).
The 44-year-old Bakersfield, California native has only one end exterior of the highest 10 this yr, with that being an 11th place end at Bristol Motor Speedway after a minimize tire and call with the #20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones set him again from what simply might have been one other prime 5 outcome.
Earlier than that incident, he hadn’t completed exterior of the highest 10 since final October.
However as you take a look at anyone’s season, there’s at all times room for enchancment. Requested by Past the Flag about what he feels he and his group might have accomplished higher by way of the primary quarter of the season, Harvick mentioned his near-win at Phoenix Raceway and his misfortune at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I feel as you take a look at the circumstances, I might like to have gained Phoenix,” he mentioned. “I feel because it labored out to get my 50th win in the course of the comeback at Darlington, issues simply work out for a motive. I feel as I take a look at Phoenix, it’s only a race monitor that I really feel like and we as a group really feel like we must always have an opportunity to win each time we go there. We did.
“Going there, Rodney [Childers] and myself had the conversations privately that this might be an ideal place to get that 50th win, to get the primary win of the season. It didn’t occur, and we felt like we had the perfect automobile, so I at all times hate lacking a chance to win. We had an ideal automobile at Bristol final week and blew a proper entrance tire.”
However when assessing what might have gone higher, Harvick additionally stored issues actual and put racing into perspective, a perspective amplified by the pandemic.
“If there’s one factor — post-pandemic break — again on the race monitor, I’m simply actually grateful that we’re capable of go race,” he added. “I’m glad to have the ability to go do my job and nonetheless have a job and have the ability to placed on a present for lots of people which might be sitting at residence. Every thing is simply a lot larger than me and worrying about my unhealthy days, as a result of I at all times inform individuals, they’re like ‘man, sorry about your unhealthy day.’ I say, ‘Don’t ever really feel sorry for me. I drive vehicles for a residing.’
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“So my unhealthy days don’t final very lengthy. I often recover from them by the following morning and transfer on simply because there are such a lot of issues which might be happening which might be simply a lot larger than racing.”