With his win at Kansas Sunday, Kevin Harvick has certainly added a plot twist in the 2013 Chase. Until now, all the talk has centered around Jimmie “Five Time” Johnson, “Matty Ice” (with all apologies to the Falcons QB) Kenseth and Kyle “Wild Thing” Busch.
At one point, I thought Greg Biffle would make some noise and join the fun up front, but he’s been shuffled back. Before the Chase started, Kasey Kahne looked like a potentially promising candidate, but he’s run into more trouble lately than Jack Daniels at a Temperance Union event. Now- Harvick and the suddenly resurgent Jeff Gordon are a part of the conversation.
Gordon will need a win to be taken seriously, and he may well do that before the Chase is over. The Gordon of old, should he reappear is certainly capable.
The man of the moment,though, is Harvick. Like Gordon, like Johnson, like Busch and Kenseth- this is a driver than can win just about anywhere. This Saturday, he will return to the track where he was a winner back in the spring- Charlotte Motor Speedway. He also has the hard-charging attitude to fare well at Martinsville, and has at the very least enough friends to help him at Talladega.
He’s capable, but will he do it? That is the question I pose to you, race fan.
A fan mentioned Monday that in his mind, in the he believes to be the scripted world of NASCAR, Harvick would be an ideal candidate for a championship. While I am not one for conspiracies, there is certainly a Hollywood flair to having Harvick win it all. He’ll be leaving Richard Childress Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing at season’s end. A championship would give Childress his first since the days of Dale Earnhardt, and of course, Harvick is the man who succeeded one of NASCAR’s greatest of all time when he tragically died at Daytona. Considering that Harvick got his first win in his third Cup start, driving for the man who once drove the number three, it’s a great story line.
While he has the skill, the question regarding Harvick is having the car. Outside of Harvick, it’s not been a banner year for RCR at the Cup level. Harvick is a closer, but it would help him a lot if he could start races closer to the front, and avoid the mid-pack mayhem. Let’s not forget that Harvick was a pretty unhappy Harvick when the race started last Sunday. He’s come close to championships, but no cigar.
So, what say you? Harvick can win, but can he develop the consistency to run with Kenseth and Johnson, in particular?