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 at the Westgate SuperBook haven’t lengthened his 6/1 name chances since February. Harvick says he’s close to a triumph, 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 after two bad practices and qualifying, events he usually excels in. This season, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting position. Regardless of the winless mark, he is third in the points, and contains the fourth-best driver rating (101.5) up to now.
“We did not have a fantastic car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We aborted everything that we had been doing and place the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in and we weren’t very great. We ended grinding up the right front tire off in the conclusion and was hanging on for dear life. That is a performance. That is what we have done. We need to determine how to become nearer in the beginning of the weekend. We will. We have been scrapping pretty difficult for 16 weeks”
Harvick told reporters he was”past all the frustration” earlier this month as he goes through his longest winless streak to start a season since 2012. Harvick doesn’t require a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the added playoff points that come with a victory will probably be useful as the playoff area shrinks later in year.
Harvick has made the Championship 4 race at Homestead in four of those five seasons, winning the title in 2015. Harvick still has 10 regular season races to find out the new rules package, and one that 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 at 1.5-mile tracks, leading all drivers with a 118.4 driver rating at those venues since 2017.
Chicago has also been kind to Harvick because Stewart-Haas’ move to Ford with back-to-back third-place finishes. Based on Harvick’s history, it’s only a matter of time until his first win of the season comes, and after the momentum is on his side he’ll probably join Kyle Busch (5/2) atop the oddsboard just like when the preseason odds were published.
Kevin Harvick’s updated loop statistics Average Running Ranking: 10.5; 4th
Fastest Drivers Early 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 Rate: 5.1 avg. Status; 1st
Laps in 15: 77.5 percent; 4th

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