The Sprint Cup points leader has consistently run and finished in the top-five throughout the season with a chance to win nearly every weekend. He has scored two wins and eight second-place finishes, three times he’s finished third and twice he’s finished fourth. He has also scored top-10s in 19 of 22 Sprint Cup races and, in the three races he finished outside the top-10, he had an unfortunate issue arise while leading the race.
The reigning Sprint Cup champion would like to deliver his third Sprint Cup win Sunday at Michigan. He scored his first of the year in the season’s third race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and his second the very next week at Phoenix International Raceway.
Harvick is no stranger to victory lane at Michigan in the month of August. In fact, he has won in each of NASCAR’s three touring series at Michigan during the eighth month of the calendar year.
He scored a Sprint Cup victory at Michigan in August 2010, when he started eighth and led 60 of 200 laps and beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by 1.731 seconds. He scored a NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Michigan in August 2003, when he started fifth, led 10 laps to beat runner-up Kasey Kahne as the race finished under caution. He also visited victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Michigan in August 2011, when he started sixth, led 13 of 102 laps and beat Timothy Peters as the race ended under caution.
Harvick clinched his spot in the Chase field with his eighth-place finish July 11 at Kentucky, guaranteeing a top-30 finish in the driver points after race No. 26 Sept. 12 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He only needs to attempt to qualify for the remaining four regular-season Sprint Cup events to make it official.
Twenty-two races into 2015, Harvick has a series-best 15 top-five finishes and 19 top-10s and sits atop the driver standings with 823 points. The No. 4 Chevrolet SS has led a series-high 1,391 laps with an average finish of 8.1. The 1,391 laps led are 670 more than the next-closest competitor – 721 by his SHR teammate Kurt Busch.
Harvick has led at least one lap in 18 of 22 Sprint Cup races in 2015, including a streak of 14 in a row from March 1at Atlanta Motor Speedway through June 14 at Michigan. The staggering number of laps led and the 14 consecutive races with laps led is among numerous other impressive numbers Harvick has compiled this season.
He leads several other statistical categories: 120.1 driver rating, 32 bonus points, 860 fastest laps run, 22.4 percent of fastest laps run, 23.7 percent of laps led, 1,772.35 miles led, 5,289 laps in the top-15, and average running position of 7.484 in addition to his average finish of 8.1.
While Harvick and the No. 4 team are locked into the Chase field by points and wins, gaining bonus points for additional wins is now their top priority through the next four races, starting this weekend at Michigan.