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

Kevin Harvick’s winless streak hit 16 races Sunday at Sonoma, but oddsmakers in the Westgate SuperBook haven’t lengthened his 6/1 title chances since February. Harvick says he is close to a triumph, and the stats show he is one of the 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 procedures and qualifying, events he generally excels in. This season, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.8 starting position. Despite the winless mark, he’s third in the points, also has the fourth-best driver rating (101.5) up to now.
“We didn’t have a fantastic car this weekend,” Harvick told reporters on Sunday. “We all know everything that we had been doing and place the 14 (Clint Bowyer) stuff in and we still weren’t very good. We ended grinding up the right front tire off at the end and was just hanging on for dear life. That is a performance. That is what we have done annually. We need to determine the way to be closer in the beginning of the weekend. We will. We’ve been scrapping pretty hard for 16 weeks.”
Harvick told colleagues that 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 need a win to make the 16-driver playoff, but the added playoff points which include a victory will be useful as the playoff field 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 nevertheless has 10 regular season races to find out the new rules package, and one that 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 was at his best in 1.5-mile tracks, leading all drivers with 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 merely a matter of time before 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 chances 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. Status; 2nd
Green Flag Speed: 5.1 avg. Rank; 1st
Laps at Top 15: 77.5%; 4th

Read more here: http://admecool.com/?p=15533