Preseason Rank: 9th
Kevin Harvick finished 19th in points in 2009 and came back in 2010 in a big way. He won three races, scored 16 top fives, 26 top 10’s, a average finish of seventh and finished third in points.
Harvick who thought he might be leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2010 resigned and once again was “Happy Harvick”
Harvick expects nothing less than a championship. “The biggest thing is it’s all about winning a championship at this point, nothing else,” Harvick said during a break from testing at Daytona International Speedway. “Nothing else is good enough at this particular point in time.”
Harvick is more confident than before as he goes into 2011. He is looking to bring RCR back to the head table at the awards banquet.
Why he might do well: He has some swag and why not after a season he had. He is more confident than ever in himself, his crew chief and most importantly in the cars.
He ran well at just about every track in 2010 always getting that top 10. He became Mr.Consistency and he will need that along with more wins to take Johnson off his throne.
If he can win five races and continue to be very consistent he may end up being the driver to beat.
Why he might do well: He has yet to put two great seasons together and history tends to repeat itself in NASCAR. Harvick is coming off a career season and has a new fire in his belly.
That being said RCR has yet to be able to have Harvick put two great seasons in a row.
This could change or it could be more of the same. It will all depend on how the addition of Paul Menard affects the whole RCR organization.
Final Statement: Kevin Harvick showed how good he can be in a cup car in 2010. He now has more confidence then ever in himself, his crew chief, RCR but most importantly his racecars.
In 2011 he will try to duplicate his 2010 success and may very well do so. But if history is correct look for less consistent season from the 29 team