Many people tabbed Kevin Harvick as the favorite entering last Sunday’s Daytona 500.
And rightfully so, as he won the season opening race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the Sprint Unlmited and looked very strong. He backed that up with another dominating win in the Budweiser Duels on Thursday.
He seemed to have a solid car early in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but was caught up in the Lap 34 wreck with many of the other contenders. Fortunately for Harvick, it wasn’t his fault, but unfortunately leaving Daytona neither of his two wins were in points-paying races.
With him being so strong last weekend and flexing his muscle, does that make him a favorite when the Sprint Cup Series takes to the Phoenix International Raceway this weekend?
Harvick clearly has excellent equipment so far thus season and is very good as of late at PIR.
He finished second in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 last year to Denny Hamlin and won the return trip in the AdvoCare 500 in November. He’s my favorite to win as his worst finish is second in the two races last year around the newly configured 1-mile oval.
He had a 19th place finish in November of 2011, but preceding that he finished fourth in the February race and sixth back in the fall race before that. His four top-six finishes in the last five races at PIR make him a very big threat to take the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon and get his season back on track.
Sunday will be his 21st career start at PIR as he has three career wins and six top fives. Watch out for the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet this weekend.
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