We’re three races into the 2021 NASCAR season, and so far, things have been going quite well for Ford. In fact, the manufacturer boasts the only two drivers that have secured top-ten finishes in all three races so far this season – Kevin Harvick and Michael McDowell. On top of that, Harvick has also secured the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 in his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang.
So far, Kevin Harvick has recorded a fourth-place finish at the Daytona 500, sixth-place at the Daytona Road Course, and fifth in Miami for an average fifth-place finish. Meanwhile, McDowell and his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford won the Daytona 500, placed eighth at the Daytona Road Course, and nabbed a sixth-place finish in Miami for an average fifth-place finish.
These results don’t come as a major surprise in regards to Harvick, who has racked up 58 cup series wins in his 20-year career and is a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion. McDowell, on the other hand, just scored his first career victory at Daytona during his fourth season with Front Row. He also won at Road America in the Xfinity series back in 2016, but those are his only victories over 360 career starts.
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McDowell’s streak will be put to the test this weekend in Las Vegas, a place where he’s recorded a 32.9th average finish across 14 starts, though he did finish 21st at the track last fall. Meanwhile, Harvick is a virtual lock to continue his top-ten streak in Sin City, especially since he’s recorded four straight top-ten finishes at the track. Harvick has also secured two wins in Vegas since 2015, so he has a solid shot at being the first to cross the finish line this weekend, too.