After the first race weekend of the Eliminator round at Martinsville Speedway started and ended badly for the No. 4 team of Kevin Harvick, one of the next two races of the Eliminator round are pretty much a must-win for the Stewart-Haas team if they’re to continue on to contention at Homestead-Miami.
What better place for the team to get it done than this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway — Harvick’s 500th Sprint Cup start?
Fans and the media probably put more into most milestones than the teams and drivers, but there’s definitely something nice about everything coming together at the right time. It definitely makes for a good story.
Harvick’s best track is definitely not Texas. He’s never won in the Sprint Cup series at the track, and after an engine failure at the track earlier this year that forced the team out early, Harvick is likely motivated even more to get to Victory Lane in the Lone Star State.
He has several wins in the Nationwide series at the track, but only a single top 5 in the Cup series. Harvick has seven top 10’s at the track and has an average finish there of 13.6.
Stats are made to be skewed, and what better time to do it than in the Eliminator round of the 2014 Chase?