Chase Capsules: Kevin Harvick

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4-Kevin Harvick
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Rodney Childers
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Best Finish: 3rd (2010, 2011, 2013)
8th Chase Appearance, Best Finish of 3rd (2010, 2011, 2013)

Regular Season Recap: On most weekends this year, Kevin Harvick has been among the fastest drivers in the field. But while he’s netted a pair of wins at Phoenix and Darlington, he could have at least twice that amount and easily be the top seed in the Chase if not for an extensive string of mishaps. From broken wheel hubs and blown tires to pre-race ballast weights left in the car, Harvick and his team have had to deal with just about everything this year. It almost overshadows the fact that when they can keep it together, they’re as strong as any group in the garage.

Chris’ Take: From my perspective, this 4 team is perhaps the biggest enigma in this Chase field. What exactly are we going to see from them when everything is on the line? We know they can be contenders, but can they avoid the mechanical failures and pit crew mishaps that plagued them in the regular season? It also bears noting that Harvick himself has tripped up a few times this year as well.

However, as mentioned above, they’ve been quick almost everywhere and thus, Harvick can win at any time so long as he and his team don’t shoot themselves in the foot (again). Chicagoland is a solid early opportunity to enter the Contender Round, but a sixth Cup win at Phoenix would put him into the championship at Homestead since it’s the final race of the Eliminator Round.

Jerry’s Take: Kevin Harvick could be the most motivated and determined driver to make the Chase. With two wins and six poles, Harvick is in it to win it in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.

But there’s one concern: His pit crew seems to have finally gotten over the mistakes it made during the first half of the season. The key is that those mistakes don’t rear their ugly head again, and also that Harvick himself doesn’t hit a slump.

The more he can handle adversity, the further we see him going – potentially to the season-ending, winner-take-all final round at Homestead.

Tony’s Take: Like Chris mentioned, a hard one to project. His pit crew has been his own worst enemy. Yet overall, Harvick has been the fastest in the SHR quartet this entire season.

Doubtful they’ll be able to win a title in their first year together, but should well make some noise throughout the Chase – likely for a combination of both good and bad reasons.

Kevin Harvick’s Career Statistics at Chase Tracks
Chicagoland (1.5 mile) – Two wins, 7 Top-5s, 8 Top-10s in 13 starts
New Hampshire (1 mile) – One win, 5 Top-5s, 13 Top-10s in 27 starts
Dover (1 mile) – No wins, 3 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s in 27 starts
Kansas (1.5 mile) – One win, 3 Top-5s, 8 Top-10s in 17 starts
Charlotte (1.5 mile) – Two wins, 4 Top-5s, 10 Top-10s in 27 starts
Talladega (2.66 mile) – One win, 6 Top-5s, 11 Top-10s in 27 starts
Martinsville (half-mile) – One win, 3 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s in 26 starts
Texas (1.5-mile) – No wins, 3 Top-5s, 11 Top-10s in 23 starts
Phoenix (1 mile) – Five wins, 8 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s in 23 starts
Homestead-Miami (1.5 mile) – No wins, 5 Top-5s, 11 Top-10s in 13 starts

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E

Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

More: Extreme E 2023 schedule

Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.