By admin | November 10, 2013
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.
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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