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Harvick returning to the scene of two more recent successes

By admin | February 5, 2010

By Richard Allen

A couple of recent February trips to the Daytona International Speedway have produce big wins in the career of Kevin Harvick. Unfortunately for the driver of car #29, those are the only wins he has had in three years.

Last year Harvick scored a victory in the lucrative but non-points paying Budweiser Shootout on the 2.5 mile track.

Aside from that win there was little to cheer about in 2009 as far as Harvick was concerned. He had no points paying wins and finished a disappointing 19th in the overall Sprint Cup standings. He posted only five top-5s and nine top-10 finishes.

In 2007 Harvick just beat Mark Martin to the finish in a somewhat controversial ending to the Daytona 500. Obviously, winning the Daytona 500 was a high point in the career of this driver. However, since that time he and his Richard Childress Racing team have failed to win any other points paying race.

Harvick made the Chase for the Championship in 2007 but managed only a 10th place result. He also won the Sprint All Star Challenge in 2007.

In 2007 and 2009 Harvick looked to be off to a great start as he and his team left the Daytona International Speedway in February. However, neither of those years turned out as they would have liked in the end.

This year has not started so well for Harvick. He was unable to practice his car on Thursday due to illness. In turn, his car was crashed by teammate Clint Bowyer in the season’s opening practice. Harvick, if he is able to race, will be forced to go to a backup car for Saturday’s Bud Shootout.

Kevin Harvick has started two of the last three seasons well in Daytona only to have his season go off the rails later. Perhaps, in some strange twist of fate, he will start poorly in Daytona this year and improve as the season goes on.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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