NASCAR: Is Kevin Harvick Being Overlooked?

Travis SmithAnalyst IIJune 14, 2010

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 11:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 11, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are the hottest drivers in NASCAR right now. They've won seven races since NASCAR returned with the rear spoiler back in April.

Fans are already predicting that either a Joe Gibbs Racing driver or Jimmie Johnson will win the 2010 Sprint Cup Series championship because of their success in 2010 and in years past.

I know that Kurt Busch and the rest of Hendrick Motorsports are more competitive than ever before but fans seem to be overlooking the current points leader, Kevin Harvick.

Kevin came off a horrible 2009 season and the rumors  about Harvick leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the 2010 season were spreading like wildfire. Fans didn't expect much from Harvick in the preseason predictions because fans felt like Harvick had lost the passion to succeed in the 29 car but when the season began, Harvick was running up front and contending for wins.

Kevin continued to be successful with the whole consistency deal during the beginning of the season and then Kevin won at Talladega thus breaking a three year win less drought. Kevin has been up front all season long and at this moment, he is the point leader by twenty-two points over Kyle Busch.

Harvick's season stats are pretty solid so far; one win, five top fives, ten top tens, and an average finish of ninth.

Yes, Harvick is solidly in the chase, but at the moment his 2010 season is overshadowed with his feud with Joey Logano.

Harvick could lose the focus of winning a championship by having to handle Logano on the track during the chase. Harvick could also sneak under the radar, letting the feud get the attention. When chase time comes around in September, Harvick can sup rise everybody and steal the championship away from Gibbs or Hendrick.

Kevin Harvick is one of the best drivers on the track and he has a golden opportunity to win a championship, but fans won't give Harvick the credit he deserves because of the hot streak Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are on right now.

One piece of advice to racing fans though, if you think Harvick won't be a factor in the championship battle, then be prepared to be surprised because Harvick is more determined than ever to capture his first career Sprint Cup Title.