Season Recap: Kevin Harvick
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Kevin Harvick talks with FOX Sports reporter Matt Yoakum in victory lane at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
By Dominic Aragon
December 14, 2015
In a season filled
with career-high marks, Harvick finished one position short of winning a second
consecutive Sprint Cup title.
Harvick became the third driver to virtually lock himself into the Chase with his victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, the third race of 2015. His victory at Phoenix International Raceway the following week made the driver the first repeat winner of 2015.
Harvick scored 23 scored top-five finishes and 28 top-ten finishes, the most among all Cup drivers this season. Both feats were also career highs.
Kevin Harvick races Joey Logano during the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
Harvick picked up 13 runner-up finishes in 2015, a career high and also the most among the competition.
The second-year Stewart-Haas Racing driver led a total of 2,294 laps across 29 of the 36 Cup races this season.
Over the past two seasons, or last 72 races, Harvick has led 4,431 laps. Harvick led 4,426 laps total from 2001 to 2013, a span of 466 races.
QUOTES FROM THE SEASON
POST-RACE LAS VEGAS
“We just have to keep our heads down and keep doing everything that we've been doing. This isn't a bunch of guys that are just going to go out and brag.
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Kevin Harvick comes down pit road during a practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in August.
“We're going to race every week like we have never won a race before. That's the kind of determination that you need when you are going to do this stuff.”
POST-RACE DOVER II:
“I think all these guys thrive in these moments and do such a great job week in and week out. It almost just felt not right where we were after the first two weeks and to come in here with the attitude really that we have every week and just be that more detailed and that more on top of everything that we are doing is something that is special.
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Kevin Harvick leaves the garage area for a practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.
“Really proud, it’s not me, I get to ride this thing and hopefully not screw it up. Those guys over there and back at Stewart-Haas Racing are the ones who make all this go around.”
POST-RACE TALLADEGA II:
“We weren’t running very well there at the end on restarts and we were just trying to get out of the way. I don’t know if I clipped the No. 6 or if he came across as I was coming up.
“Just one of those days where everything went wrong until the very end. When the bottom fell out those last couple of restarts when it cooled off. It has a broken exhaust pipe or something.”
POST-RACE PHOENIX II:
“I feel like we’ve overcome a lot of things throughout the Chase. We’ve survived and advanced. It hasn’t been 100% pretty from one end to the other, but I think as you look at the Chase, it’s been championship material and that’s proven by making it to the championship race.
“I’m just really proud of everybody and we’re going to go down there and just do like we’ve done and race as hard as we can.”
“Yeah, we had a great year. We just ran second today and unfortunately needed to win the race. Just really proud of our team and everything that they have done.
“Congratulations to Kyle [Busch], they had a great car tonight. Just really proud of everybody on our Budweiser/Jimmy Johns team for just staying in there for two years and working hard for both years to run for a championship. Just really proud of everybody and just didn’t have it tonight.”
Kevin Harvick practices for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2015.
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