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Kevin Harvick seems to thrive on adversity

By admin | November 10, 2013

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By Richard Allen

Kevin Harvick winning the Sprint Cup race in Phoenix on Sunday should not have come as a surprise to anyone. After all, the guy just seems to thrive on adversity. And there has been plenty of it in his life of late.

When the often volatile driver got into an on track bumping match followed by a war of words with Ty Dillon during and after the Camping World Truck Series race in Martinsville, many thought he had thrown away any chance at late season success. After all, Dillon is the grandson of Harvick’s team owner, Richard Childress.

It never seems like a good idea to get into a fight with the relatives of the boss when in the workplace.

Some even wondered if Childress might take the keys of the #29 ride away from Harvick a couple of weeks early. And certainly, it was thought that the RCR team would focus comparatively little of its energy in the outcast driver’s direction, especially since he will be leaving that organization at the end of the 2013 season.

Kevin Harvick, seen here wrestling with Carl Edwards, seems to be at his best under adverse conditions.

But every time Harvick gets himself in one of these type situations, he seems to step his game up. Whether it be with the team owner’s family, the team owner himself, another driver or even NASCAR, the California native finds a way to soothe the situation with a strong run.

Just last season when it was revealed that he would be joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, many cast the label of ‘lame duck’ around the neck of Mr. Harvick. “Surely he can’t continue to run well with everyone knowing he will be walking out the door soon” was thought by more than a few.

However, Harvick went on to win late last year in Phoenix, even after that revelation had been made. And in 2013, he has posted one of his better Sprint Cup efforts with four victories and a rank of 3rd in the standings going into the season finale in Miami.

Kevin Harvick has made a very nice living by succeeding at the very times when others think it impossible for him to do so. That’s probably a good thing considering that he will have some rather fiery teammates to work with next year.

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3 Responses to “Kevin Harvick seems to thrive on adversity”

  1. Leto Says:
    November 10th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I never understood why people seem to think that ‘lame duck’ drivers are completely incapable of running well. It would be in the best interest of both driver and team for them to run as well as humanly possible during their ‘lame duck’ period, especially if they are trying to lure drivers or sponsors to their team.

    With Harvick leaving RCR and taking basically all of his sponsors with him to SHR, it’s certainly in RCR’s best interest to make that 29 car look as good as possible, in hopes of attracting sponsorship dollars (especially if Austin Dillon is going to be taking over the 29/3, and has basically no sponsorship deals announced at this point).

    Not to mention, it makes a good plea for sponsors to work with him at SHR in the future.

  2. ann Says:
    November 11th, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Yes, Kevin was led ALOT of laps today, the scoring was weird today, one look a driver is 25 the next 5. Anyhoo, in my mind the old saying a win is a win, but again, Kevin just happened to be in the right place at the right time when old Eddie Haskel ran out of gas. I cannot stand either one, but I actually felt bad for Mrs. Cleavers not so favorite friend of her son. I will put * next to his name as I do the driver who wins the super-speedways when they field crashes in front of them and they are lucky to sqeek thru…call me cynical. I am not impressed.

  3. brent nowostawski Says:
    November 13th, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Ann , running out of gas is a team strategy gone wrong. It means they were trying to stretch it too long , meaning they really didn’t belong in 1st place anyway , but took a huge gamble just in case they could luck out and finish. Being in the right place at the right time is what racing is about. Avoiding an accident is not always all luck. You have to have talent,good prep,good strategy,good luck,good car and a good pit crew to make it all come together.