• Odds to win NASCAR championship entering Chicagoland: Harvick still second-favorite despite winless streak

    Kevin Harvick’s winless streak hit 16 races on Sunday at Sonoma, but oddsmakers in the Westgate SuperBook haven’t lengthened his 6/1 name odds since February. Harvick says he is close to a win, and the stats show he’s one of those top-4 drivers in the Cup Series entering Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Harvick salvaged a sixth-place complete at Sonoma following two poor practices and qualifying, events he usually excels in. This season, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting place. Regardless of the winless mark, he’s third in the points, also contains the fourth-best driver rating (101.5) thus far.
    “We did not have a great car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We all know everything that we had been doing and put the 14 (Clint Bowyer) things in and we weren’t very good. We wound up grinding the proper front tire off at the conclusion and was hanging on for dear life. That’s a gritty performance. That’s what we have done. We need to figure out how to be closer in the beginning of the weekend. We will. We’ve been scrapping pretty difficult for 16 weeks.”
    Harvick told colleagues that he was”past all of the frustration” earlier this month as he moves through his longest winless streak to start a season since 2012. Harvick doesn’t need a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the extra playoff points which include a victory will probably be useful as the playoff field shrinks later in the year.
    Harvick has made the Championship 4 race at Homestead in four of those five seasons, winning the title in 2015. Harvick nevertheless has 10 regular season races to find out the new rules package, and one he does, look out. Harvick’s very best tracks live in the playoffs: Las Vegas, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead’s 1.5-mile championship circuit. Harvick has been at his best in 1.5-mile monitors, leading all drivers using a 118.4 driver evaluation at these places since 2017.
    Chicago has also been kind to Harvick since Stewart-Haas’ proceed to Ford with back-to-back third-place finishes. According to Harvick’s history, it is only a matter of time before his first win of the season comes, and once the momentum is on his side he will likely join Kyle Busch (5/2) atop the oddsboard just like when the preseason chances were released.
    Kevin Harvick’s updated loop data Average Running Position: 10.5; 4th
    Fastest Drivers Early in Run: 5.4; 2nd
    Fastest Drivers Late in Run: 6.5; 2nd
    Fastest Laps Run: 10.2 percent; 2nd
    Fastest on Restarts: 8.2 avg. Rank; 2nd
    Green Flag Rate: 5.1 avg. Rank; 1st
    Laps at Top 15: 77.5%; 4th

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