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Despite No Wins, Kevin Harvick’s Sprint Cup Title Defense Off to Strong Start

Pop quiz: Who is the hottest driver in the Sprint Cup Series right now? (Careful, this is a bit of a trick question.) Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, you say? Nope. Atlanta winner Jimmie Johnson? Try again. What about Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has finished third in the first two races? Wrong. OK, before you drive yourself crazy, the hottest driver going is Kevin Harvick. What? Yes, somehow, Harvick has become somewhat of a forgotten man. But the statistics bear out that he has been and continues to be the hottest driver in the circuit. Now here’s where the trick part of the question comes in: Harvick has been the best-performing driver in the last five races, dating back to the end of last season. If you start with last fall’s Ch...

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