In Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Raceway, Kevin Harvick became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 2001 to eclipse 1,200 laps led 15 races into a season.
Harvick only has two wins, but his robust loop data numbers suggest more are coming.
Remember, you can’t win races unless you lead laps.
The No. 4 Chevrolet driver ranks first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average running position (7.3), number of fastest laps (755), laps led (1,225) and driver rating (126.0).
Harvick’s number of fastest laps are nearly triple the next-best driver’s total (Kurt Busch, 277). His number of laps led are nearly double the next-best driver’s total (Kurt Busch, 665).
Furthermore, the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title-winner is on pace to shatter the driver rating record of 112.2 set by Jimmie Johnson is his 2009 championship season. The only caveat when comparing Harvick’s driver rating statistic is that it could drop with two restrictor plate and two road course races left on the schedule.