From mid-September 2020 through early August 2022, Kevin Harvick failed to win in 65 consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races. Now he’s won two in a row, and all of a sudden, he looks unstoppable. Can the veteran driver make it three straight on Sunday at Watkins Glen? Harvick’s lone win on the fast road circuit came way back in 2006 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing, but based on all the trend lines, he has to be considered one of the favorites – and maybe even the favorite – to go to Victory Lane this weekend.
“I think we've obviously figured out ways to make this new Next Generation car more comfortable, and I think once it's more comfortable week after week, you just become more confident,” Harvick said after winning this past weekend at Richmond. “You just work different weeks and different tracks and different things, and you have good tracks, bad tracks, and now we're kind of getting into a rhythm. I feel pretty good about where everything is right now and being able to lean on things and do the things that you need to do in the car.”
Harvick considers his back-to-back wins to be more a result of the proverbial ball finally bouncing his way than any kind of breakthrough within his team in the past 8-10 weeks. “We haven’t done anything different, but the cars have run good for a couple months, and now a few things went right and now we’ve won twice,” the Stewart-Haas Racing driver and 2014 Cup Series champion said. “That’s just the way this deal goes. You can take the fastest car and not win with it 10 weeks in a row. If you keep pounding away and putting yourself in position and doing a good job and communicating and talking and trying to progress things on a week-to-week basis and don’t quit, things will come back around.”