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The Backstretch Blog-Top 16 in 17: 4 Kevin Harvick

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Here on the The Backstretch Blog, I'm counting down the 16 drivers I think will make the 2017 Chase for the Championship. Here's a look at driver number 4:

4. Kevin Harvick- Stewart Haas Racing

This new points system should play right into Harvick's hand. He is a guy who is almost always fast off the track and the only thing that seems to stand between him victory lane on a lot f weekends is lady luck. If he can collect points without wins, he should be in the championship four in Homestead.

The only think that is keeping me of putting him higher on the list, is the switch to Ford for SHR this season. While the Penske Fords have been strong for the last couple of years, the Ford camp doesn't really have much else. It will be interesting to see how the transition goes.

But other than that, I think Harvick is a strong championship contender. And the biggest thing is I think this team is actually stronger than it was the year he won the championship. More experienced, Harvick is more mature. Look for them to be in the mix for sure.

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