There’s Hope For Harvick

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

So the number four car of Kevin Harvick failed post-race inspection, eh? Fancy that. Everyone colors outside the lines a little, Harvick and company are no worse than anybody else. They say if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. The real trick is to avoid getting caught at the wrong time. For Harvick, the timing couldn’t be worse.

Or is it? Perhaps for Kevin Harvick, it’s really not so bad. But he lost his automatic bid for the finals, his crew chief got suspended, and he lost points. I know. Let’s take a closer look. Things may not be as bad as they seem.

This Sunday, they race at Phoenix. That may as well be Kevin Harvick’s home track. He’s won nine races there, including the spring of this year. In the last two years, Harvick’s average finish is 3.6. In his last five races at IMS, he has 5 top tens. Heck, they may as well start engraving his name on the trophy now.

Oh yes, things will be a little different for Happy. Instead of Rodney Childers on the pit box, he’ll have Tony Gibson. That’s right, Tony Gibson. Having Gibson waiting in the wings is like having Vinny Testaverde for your backup QB. You can awaken him from a deep snooze, and he’ll come firing, knowing the right calls to make. It won’t be quite the same, but this isn’t Gibson’s first rodeo, so Harvick should be just fine.

After all, this Stewart-Haas Racing in his corner. From top to bottom, this organization has been on top of it this season. Harvick has been the strongest of the team, but Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola have helped demonstrate Tony Stewart has done one of the things he does best- surround himself with good people and let them do what they do.

Then there’s the manufacturer. Ford has been out of the gate good this year, particularly with SHR and Penske.

Anything can happen. The good news for Harvick and his fans is that Phoenix is not one of those places known for 10 car pile-ups. When you have the success that he’s had there, that’s no accident.