BROOKLYN, Mich – Kevin Harvick only led 22 laps in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, but despite two problems with tires during the race, he still drove his No. 4 Ford to victory lane.
The win was his second in the last four weeks including two in-a-row in the August Cup race at Michigan. It appears, Harvick is starting to finally find his groove. He’s had a top 10 finish in each of the last four races and six of the last nine. On the year, he has 15 top 10’s overall.
Kevin Harvick celebrates his win in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway
But, with how well his car is racing now with over 45-percent of his season laps led coming in the last seven weeks, is he peaking at the right time?
“Yeah, you know, we really got off on the wrong foot as far as where we needed to be on the cars, and it’s been kind of an uphill battle really all year to get where we needed to be,” said Harvick after earning his 47th career Cup win. “The cars have been running a lot better as we’ve got into the last two months.”
Harvick, noted that despite his team getting better finally, he’s been doing so with a bum shoulder.
“I’ve been nursing a shoulder injury for the last two months to try to make sure I made it through Watkins Glen, and that was no problem. I hurt myself throwing a baseball to him (Keelan), so it’s cut into my golf game. So, we’ve had a lot of things that we’ve had to overcome to get to this point.”
Harvick, made a point that while the start of this season was a struggle, he made reference that he won eight races a year ago and still didn’t win the championship. It’s not how you start the season, it’s how you finish and right now, Harvick is starting to come on again.
“It’s kind of like last year; we started off on fire, we won eight races and then didn’t win the championship. In the end you want to win that championship, and hopefully we’re peaking at the right time.”