Kevin Harvick finally got over the hump last Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Harvick, benefited from a late race pit call from his crew chief Rodney Childers to keep his No. 4 Ford out on track in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, which gave the Stewart-Haas Racing driver the much needed track position that it took to get his first win since last November.
Despite heading into Loudon with a 21 race winless streak, Harvick’s approach never wavered. Yes, they were frustrated. Yes, they were down. But, they’re professionals and kept their heads in the game and never changed how they do things.
Kevin Harvick leads Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
It paid off.
“Honestly, I’m excited that we won, but it doesn’t really — we won’t have a different meeting than if we didn’t win,” Harvick said on his win. “We won’t have different conversations. We won’t treat each other any differently. It really doesn’t change anything. I mean, honestly, this is what we’re supposed to do. This is what we get paid to do. And it’s our job, and we expect it. We expect to go out and win races, and on the days — and I’ve said this for several weeks now, now it’s almost a game of how do we fix it, how do we get to where we need to be, and how do we put ourselves in position to try to win a championship.
“Sometimes those years are more fun just because — more fun in the end. They aren’t more fun in the middle just because of the conversations, but the satisfaction that comes out of turning things around is sometimes more rewarding just because of the fact that it takes a lot of people to do it. Like you really have to step back and realize that I can drive the car, but there is no way that I can do anything close to the amount of work that goes into putting these cars into production on the racetrack, changing things. I’m just a small, small sliver of it.
“But I can tell you, confidence is never anything that we will lack.”
Now, can they win again? See, the speed hasn’t always been there. The team has made mistakes on track trying to push harder when the car wasn’t capable of it. They would have to get smart and use strategy to get to victory lane.
That’s how it happened on Sunday and how it may have to happen again until the consistent speed gets there.