Picture-perfect ending for NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick? Everyone else celebrating

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

"As you look at the results, how we won it and who we passed, that's kind of like winning the seventh game of a championship series headed to the Super Bowl or the World Series," Harvick said. "That couldn't have come at a better time."

Don't underscore that Texas win. It was important and all, just ... it wasn't the big one.

Also, it was so recent. The other three championship contenders -- Truex, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski -- have been terrific for large swaths of the season. Not Harvick. He may be peaking at the right time, but his team's inconsistency has made him more of a dark horse pick than an outright favorite.

At least that's how Las Vegas oddsmakers have painted it, only giving him the third-best odds to win (Truex is the favorite with Busch just behind him). Harvick isn't concerned with that though, especially not after his performance the past three races and his history at Homestead (where he has finished in the top 10 each of the past nine years).

"At this point, it's proven that we can do it," Harvick said. "That would be the ultimate feather in the cap to the company."

Instead, Harvick is concerned with what a second championship would mean, although not for himself.

"It's really not about me and my legacy," Harvick said. "That part doesn't really mean a lot to me."

"I feel like I've done a lot in this sport and at this particular point, it's about making people happy and being around people that have taken a chance on you and the things that you do."


So he'll race this championship for his crew, for his Stewart-Haas racing team, for his owner and his fans and Ford and a whole host of other people. They are the ones he wants to savor this championship, if he can overcome the odds and prove those Las Vegas oddsmakers wrong.

And of course, he'll want this win for Keelan, finally old enough to remember Victory Lane.

Maybe come Monday, Harvick will have a new photo to hang in his closet -- and a new trophy to go along with it.

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