Kevin Harvick won five of the first 12 races. He has two wins since in 20 races.
If not for a long list of problems in the pits that include driver error, pit crew mistakes and simple bad luck, he would likely have several more.
“My biggest concern for the 4 is the 4,” Jeff Burton said. “Their pit road issues have got to get cleaned up. You cannot come to any race track late in the race, have a bad pit stop, get caught speeding on pit road – whatever it happens to be.”
Harvick has not won during the playoffs.
Last week at Kansas, he had the dominant car until he was caught speeding on pit road. At Talladega, he had to pit for fuel as the field was getting ready to begin overtime. An errant lug nut broke a valve stem at Dover.
“I have a hard time saying they’re the favorite because they continually have problems,” Burton continued. “I think they have the most speed, but it’s not always speed that wins these races.”
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