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

Kevin Harvick’s winless streak hit 16 races on Sunday in Sonoma, but oddsmakers in the Westgate SuperBook have not lengthened his 6/1 name chances since February. Harvick says he is close to a triumph, and the stats show he’s one of the top-4 drivers in the Cup Series entering Sunday’s Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Harvick salvaged a sixth-place finish at Sonoma following two poor procedures and qualifying, events that he generally excels in. This year, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting position. Regardless of the winless mark, he is third in the points, also has the fourth-best driver rating (101.5) thus far.
“We didn’t have a great car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We aborted everything that we were doing and put the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in and we weren’t very great. We wound up grinding the right front tire off in the conclusion and was hanging on for dear life. That is a brand new performance. That’s what we have done. We need to figure out how to become nearer at the beginning of the weekend. We will. We have been scrapping pretty hard for 16 weeks”
Harvick told reporters he was”past all of the frustration” earlier this month as he goes through his longest winless streak to begin a year since 2012. Harvick does not need a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the extra playoff points that come with a victory will probably be helpful as the playoff area shrinks later in year.
Harvick has made the Championship 4 race in Homestead in four of those five seasons, winning the title in 2015. Harvick still has 10 regular season races to figure out the new rules package, and one he does, look out. Harvick’s best tracks reside in the playoffs: Las Vegas, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead’s 1.5-mile championship circuit. Harvick was at his best in 1.5-mile tracks, leading all drivers using a 118.4 driver rating at those places since 2017.
Chicago has also been kind to Harvick since Stewart-Haas’ move to Ford with back-to-back third-place finishes. Based on Harvick’s history, it’s merely a matter of time before his first win of the season comes, and after the momentum is on his side he’ll likely join Kyle Busch (5/2) atop the oddsboard like when the preseason odds were published.
Kevin Harvick’s loop data that is updated Average Running Ranking: 10.5; 4th
Fastest Drivers Historical in Run: 5.4; 2nd
Fastest Drivers Late in Run: 6.5; 2nd
Fastest Laps Run: 10.2%; 2nd
Fastest on Restarts: 8.2 avg. Rank; 2nd
Green Flag Speed: 5.1 avg. Status; 1st
Laps in 15: 77.5%; 4th

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