Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick got his first NASCAR Cup Series victory since September 2020 when he won the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway earlier this month.
It had been almost two whole years since Harvick was in Victory Lane, however he cracked the cold streak and won back-to-back races to secure his spot in the playoffs.
SHR and the driver Harvick appear to have made a crucial change which contributed to their success.
Kevin Harvick and his crew chief Rodney Childers have insisted nothing has changed from what they’ve done in the past during the 65-race winless streak.
“Nobody really ever changed a lick. Every single morning, we act the same. We talk about the same things of what we need to do better and when we need to do it,”. – Rodney Childers added.
Harvick encountered regular backlash from fans after his winless run dubbing him inefficient.
In a recent episode of NASCAR Race Hub Hendrick Motorsports Vice President of Competition Chad Knaus, called out the Harvick and his crew chief for lying that they weren’t being honest about their recent run of success.
“Those are lies. Lies, I tell you. Said Chad Knaus, Because something has changed. And I have to eat a tremendous amount of crow, quite honestly, because I stood here on a Race Hub a month and a half ago.
Knaus backed up his opinion that he once wrote off the 46yr-old from his list of championship contenders after his poor run at the beginning of the season.
I said the 4 car of Kevin Harvick won’t win a race before the playoffs because they had not shown me at that point anything to provide me thoughts that they could be competitive at that level,” Chad Knaus added.
Knaus went on credit the work done so far by Stewart-Haas Racing and pinpointed that they have certainly made some changes. “ So, my hats off to those guys. They’ve done great. And something has changed,”.
Harvick last victory was the 60th of his career, making him one of just 10 drivers in series history to ever reach that mark.