Cup Series Standings: Kevin Harvick Had a Lousy Day Considering He Finished 10th at Road America

The worst-case scenario for Kevin Harvick grew even worse halfway through the third stage of the race at Road America. When Tyler Reddick passed Chase Elliott to set up his first NASCAR Cup Series victory, he knocked Harvick down into what amounts to must-win territory.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Kevin Harvick’s precipitous fall continues

Kevin Harvick looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 at Road America on July 2, 2022, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. | Sean Gardner/Getty Images
Kevin Harvick looks on during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Kwik Trip 250 at Road America on July 2, 2022, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. | Sean Gardner/Getty Images

There’s a case to be made that Kevin Harvick’s falloff is even more dramatic than what Jimmie Johnson endured at the end of his NASCAR career.

Johnson, of course, went winless in his final 130 starts before retiring at the end of the 2020 season. However, Johnson finished 10th or worse in points in three of the four seasons even before going winless from 2018-20.

While it’s true the seven-time Cup Series champion won the 2016 title and then three races in 2017 before the astonishing slump, Harvick’s current 61-race winless streak is more dramatic because he reached the Championship 4 from 2017-19 and was heading back there in 2020 when his nine-win season disintegrated before our eyes. He stunned NASCAR when he failed to transfer out of the final eight to the title race, and it’s been nothing but disappointment since.

Aside from being winless in 2022, Harvick could be heading for decade-long lows in top-five and top-10 results.

Tenth place at Road America constituted a loss

Kevin Harvick has stood 13th or better in points since the fourth NASCAR Cup Series race of the year, and a current streak of three straight results in the top 10 has helped him climb two spots to 11th place.

That had been of some consolation and a reason for optimism regarding playoff hopes, and Harvick showed up at Road America on the bubble. Had the regular season ended in Nashville, he would have been the last driver on the right side of the points cutoff.

On Sunday, Tyler Reddick made the bubble burst. By winning at Road America, Reddick became the 13th driver to score a victory. At best, three winless drivers can get to the playoffs on points, and Harvick now ranks fourth on that list to Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., and Christopher Bell.

At just 20 points back, Harvick certainly could still catch Bell. But what happens if (when?) Blaney finally wins a race this year to punctuate a superbly consistent season? That would make Truex the guy to catch, and Harvick trails him by a more problematic 61 points with just eight races to go.

So, no, 10th place over the weekend was not a good day for Harvick.

Here’s what the points list looks like at the moment:

Rank Driver Points Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top 5 Top 10
1 Chase Elliott 624 2 3 13 5 12
2 Ryan Blaney 591 0 5 5 6 9
3 Ross Chastain 589 2 3 13 9 12
4 Kyle Larson 553 1 2 7 8 10
5 Joey Logano 551 2 2 12 5 8
6 Kyle Busch 547 1 1 6 6 11
7 Martin Truex Jr. 540 0 5 5 2 7
8 Christopher Bell 499 0 0 0 4 10
9 Alex Bowman 494 1 1 6 3 9
10 William Byron 489 2 3 13 4 5
11 Kevin Harvick 479 0 0 0 4 10
12 Aric Almirola 452 0 0 0 2 5
13 Tyler Reddick 441 1 2 7 5 7
14 Austin Cindric 431 1 1 6 2 5
15 Kurt Busch 424 1 2 7 5 7
16 Chase Briscoe 422 1 2 7 3 4
Rank Driver Points Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top 5 Top 10
17 Daniel Suarez 420 1 2 7 4 6
18 Erik Jones 414 0 0 0 1 5
19 Austin Dillon 405 0 0 0 3 6
20 Denny Hamlin 394 2 2 12 3 4
21 Michael McDowell 384 0 0 0 1 7
22 Chris Buescher 356 0 0 0 1 5
23 Justin Haley 344 0 0 0 1 1
24 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 327 0 0 0 1 5
25 Bubba Wallace 322 0 1 1 1 2
26 Ty Dillon 301 0 0 0 0 1
27 Cole Custer 295 0 0 0 0 0
Rank Driver Points Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Top 5 Top 10
28 Harrison Burton 277 0 0 0 0 0
29 Todd Gilliland 264 0 0 0 0 0
30 Brad Keselowski 239 0 0 -10 0 2
31 Corey LaJoie 205 0 0 0 1 1
32 Cody Ware 134 0 0 0 0 0
33 David Ragan 61 0 0 0 0 1
34 Joey Hand 44 0 0 0 0 0
35 Greg Biffle 24 0 0 0 0 0
36 Jacques Villeneuve 15 0 0 0 0 0
37 Boris Said 11 0 0 0 0 0
38 Kyle Tilley 7 0 0 0 0 0

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