Sports column: Chasing ‘The King’

By Seth Morin

Kevin Harvick might beat a record set by Richard Petty, a.k.a. “The King.”

I am not a fan of Harvick, but what he has done recently is impressive.

Last year was a stellar year for him. He not only switched teams for the first time in his 13-year career, but he flat out dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series en route to his first Sprint Cup Championship.

Well, it was thought to be dominant.

This year Harvick and his #4 team have come out of the gates in quite possibly the best start to a season that a team has ever had.

The team has finished in the top two for eight races straight, including the first six races of this season.

Last year, the team finished the season off by winning the last two races. And their first win of the season did not come until April – two months into the season.

This year is quite different.

The team has accomplished something only one other driver has done before. No, it is not six-time champ Jimmie Johnson nor is it seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt.

The last time a streak like this occurred was 1975. And it was none other than “The King” of NASCAR, with a streak of 11 top two finishes.

But Harvick’s is more impressive.

Petty led 33 percent of the laps run during his streak. Harvick has led 37 percent during his, according to ESPN.

However, the biggest difference is the competition.

During Petty’s, an estimated two or three cars would finish on the lead lap in every race. But in Harvick’s streak, roughly 25 cars have finished on the lead lap.

I never thought I would see the day that someone would beat any record set by “The King,” but this just might be it.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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