Kevin Harvick was en fuego this past weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. How good was he? He led 118 of 160 laps from the pole en route to a 6+ second win over the rest of the field in Sunday’s Brickyard 400.
The 118 laps led rank third most ever for a single driver in a single race in the 26 year history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series coming to the famed track.
The 6.118-second win is the largest ever. What’s even scarier is, he expanded to that gap and only did so in just nine laps. See, the final restart took place on Lap 151. The race ended on Lap 160. He came across the yard of bricks side-by-side with Joey Logano. Nine laps later, Logano was nearly seven second arrears.
The win gives Harvick two in Indy but three in his last seven races on the season. He’s hitting his stride. He’s fast when it counts the most.
But, he’s also climbing up the record book too. The win on Sunday was Harvick’s 48 of his career. That’s tied with Herb Thomas for 15th most ever. His next trip to victory lane ties his boss Tony Stewart for 14th most.
Harvick, is now two wins shy of joining the 50 win club which would tie him with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson. He’s six wins behind Lee Petty for 11th and seven wins behind Rusty Wallace and Kyle Busch for being in the top 10.
There’s no doubt about it, Harvick is a Hall of Famer.
But, his teammates are coming on strong too. Clint Bowyer has three straight top seven finishes on the season. While he hasn’t scored a top five finish in Vegas since 2009 and just one top 10 over his last eight tries, he is someone we have to recognize.
Their other teammate in the playoffs in Aric Almirola is the exact opposite. Almirola, hasn’t scored a top 10 since Daytona and a top five since Phoenix, but he does have three top 10 finishes in as many tries at Las Vegas since joining Stewart-Haas Racing.