April 23, 2014 — official release — AP Photo — RICHMOND, VA — For Kevin Harvick in 2014, when it rains, it pours – both positively and negatively.
In Harvick’s two wins this year, he dominated. At Phoenix, his first win of the season, Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps for a driver rating of 149.9 (a perfect rating is 150.0). At Darlington, he led 238 of the 374 laps, recording a driver rating of 148.9.
That’s the positive. Then there’s the negative.
When the bad luck hits, boy does it hit. Joining his two victories are four finishes of 36th or worse. In three of those – at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas – he led at least one lap. Good days turned bad, in the worst possible way.
In those instances, it poured.
So, is this a success-in-bunches portion of the program for Harvick? The statistics say “yes.”
Harvick has won three races at Richmond – including two of the last five – and has finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 26 starts. And with another 55 laps led on Saturday night, Harvick will reach 1,000 Richmond laps led in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
Harvick has won consecutive races twice in his career, one of them involving Richmond. In 2006, Harvick won Richmond-2 and followed that with a New Hampshire victory. Most recently, in 2011, Harvick won back-to-back races at Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville.
So can Harvick rekindle the mojo and go to Victory Lane for a third time in 2014 at Richmond? Find out as the Toyota Owners 400 takes the green flag Saturday night at 7:00 PM Eastern, with live coverage on FOX and the Motor Racing Network.