MONTE DUTTON - – A CLASS OF HIS OWN
It's great testimony to the competitive nature of racers that a few of them even thought they had a chance against Kevin Harvick last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Then again, I suppose it's natural. It is the reason they have casinos there. In the Pennzoil 400, Harvick had the house money.
While NASCAR officials hunker down with their scientific data and try to figure out how to slow down Kevin Harvick's Ford without slowing down everyone else, too, many of the racers have a refreshing attitude: Harvick is definitely faster and has been for two races. It's our job to catch him.
Harvick is so fast that it doesn't do any good to get mad. The trick is to get even.
So far this season, the only piece of equipment that has successfully slowed Harvick's Fusion down is a bum air wrench, and even that didn't work for long. He's dominated the last two weeks like Trump's Twitter feed.
As Kyle Busch said after crossing the Las Vegas line with Harvick barely in sight, "Definitely, second is fine if you get your butt beat as bad as we got our butt beat. We’ll take that finish. It was a win for the field as the '4' (Harvick) was a class of his own."
Notice the wording. Harvick wasn't "in a class" of his own. He was a class of his own.
“It’s early -- this is only race three – we aren’t worried yet. Show me that at race 26 through 36,” Busch said.
One of NASCAR's informal rules is that if you try something new, it had better not work. Harvick is in direct violation of that ruling principle. The trouble is that no one seems to know what Harvick's team is doing.
It's early. Remain calm. The next race is at Phoenix. It's a different kind of track.
Harvick has only won eight times there.